Horseless Carriage Club

2018 Board of Directors Candidates

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HCCA Board Candidate George Preston Dorris

George Preston Dorris III

   I am the grandson of George Preston Dorris, an automotive pioneer who built his first auto before 1898 in Hashville, Tennessee. He was the co-founder of the St. Louis Motor Carriage Company (1899- 1905) and the Dorris Motor Car Company of St. Louis (1906-1925).

   I am the proud owner of several St. Louis Motor Carriage Company single- cylinder autos. I have participated in five Hew London to Hew Brighton Runs in Minnesota with my son and grandsons as navigators. I also own two brass-era Dorris Motor Cars.

   These old cars have such wonderful stories to tell, and I feel it is our job to pass these stories along. It is so satisfying to see the faces of young people when you let them sit in your car and imagine what life was like driving a horseless carriage.

   My wife Sue and I have been so fortunate to tour with the HCCA in the past. We have met many wonderful people along the way who are as enthusiastic as we are about the history, preservation and the future of our fine old cars.

1 look forward to serving on your board of directors.
HCCA Board Candidate Russell Holden

Russell Holden

   My old car adventures started when I was 14 years old in the early 70s; life, career, family and business soon got in the way of an active pursuit of cars. It was not completely out as we do own a 1957 Chevrolet that I purchased when I was 19 years old!

   Brass-era cars had always interested me, but to be honest, I never thought I could afford one. About 20 years ago however, we "took the plunge" and purchased a 1904 Curved Dash Oldsmobile.
Well that opened the flood gates. Early 4-cyl Cadillacs soon became a love affair. These days we have a few of them.

   1 soon joined the Horseless Carriage Club in 2004 after meeting many members at Hershey.

   My wife Chris and I are members of many car clubs worldwide, however, brass-era automobiles are our major focus.

   For many years we've regularly enjoyed attending the three major swap meets in the US: Hershey, Bakersfield and Chickasha plus occasionally Portland and Charlotte.

   We particularly enjoy participating in the Grizzly Bear Tour which leads into the always fun Bakersfield Swap Meet.

   At home in Australia we have organized a number of brass-era tours including the 2008 national 1- & 2- Cylinder Tour which attracted more than 140 entries.

   I am currently the tour director for the 2019 HCCA International Tour in Bathurst, HSW, Australia, which already has over 80 expressions of interest worldwide.

   Being no stranger to committees and not-for-profit organizations, 1 have served as a board member of our regional tourist organization for 15 years and as chairperson for a good many years. We re very proud being recently named "Australia's Best Tourism Marketing Organization".

   1 am also chairperson of the Water Security Committee (which is a major issue in our community) and am currently serving my second term as an elected councillor in our region.

   My interest in the HCCA (along with some prompting by other members) has encouraged me to stand for the board of directors of this fine organization. While I appreciate that it may seem unusual to have an overseas applicant, I consistently attend most of the major events and can participate in regular board meetings at these times.

   Your consideration (and vote) for my application would be appreciated.

HCCA Board Candidate Jon Lee

Jon Lee

   Being asked to run for a position on the Horseless Carriage Club Board of Directors is quite special.

   I`ve been involved in old cars of various sorts all my life. My first was a 1916 Model T Ford when I was just 9 years old. That car was just 43 years old at the time. Since then, many wonderful cars have come and gone from my barn and garage.

   My wife Sandra and I have been involved with several collector car clubs and find that touring with these wonderful old cars is our favorite part of the hobby. Our current tour car is a 1910 Buick Model 16 surrey.

   My working life has always been about automobiles, and at our little shop in Maine, we are still working or playing with old cars of different varieties.

   It has been very rewarding serving on the board of other clubs, including the Classic Car Club where I served in various capacities for 11 years.

   For about a decade prior to that, I had the pleasure of chairing the Auto Collection Committee at a local transportation museum.

   This year is the 18th year I've had the privilege of serving as a class judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

   The ideals and goals of the Horseless Carriage Club are well established and supported by a strong and thoughtful membership. My own goals are to see that the HCCA is able to continue on this route. It has worked so well for many decades.

   Thank you for considering me as a candidate for the HCCA Board

HCCA Board Candidate Tracey Lesher

Tracey Lesher

   The Susquehanna Valley Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club is a great group of people that have become our car family. While my husband, Jeff, is our president, I am editor of our newsletter Sassy Brass and maintain our regional group's website. I have enjoyed doing these tasks for five years.

   I take great pride in saying that our newsletter and website are HCCA Award winning publications two years in a row. Most recently, I have assisted Clay Green in securing publicity for the BBC Tour

   I believe that we can continue to grow our membership by reaching out to the public on a local level especially during regional events. The public needs to see us having fun with our brass cars.

   I am looking forward to working with the HCCA board to broaden our club's exposure whether it be through the web or literature based.

   I was born into an antique car family. My parents, Janet & John Ricketts, brought my younger brother and me to our first AACA Meet in 1981. The adventure really began somewhere around middle school when my parents began taking our family on AACA tours (as long as they did not conflict with school!).

   Fast forward to high school and their interest in brass-era cars began to take hold with the purchase of a 1913 Buick Model 31 in 1992 with the hopes of participating on future Reliability Tours.

   It must have been peer pressure. A few of their car friends were also owners of 1913-14 Buicks. It was at this time when my mother became heavily involved with AACA as a National Director. They also became HCCA Members.

    I have always had a deep love of history and antiques. My father "volunteered" me to do the prep work on the wooden body. Those three weeks in the garage with my father made terrific memories. During high school and college my family were Reliability Tour participants.

    I learned how to drive a 1912 Hudson in Houghton Lake, Michigan, and went through a McDonald's drive-thru in a Model T Ford speedster. 1 completed my bachelor's degree in special education in 1997. In 1999 my mother became the first female National President of the AACA.

    My parents took great pride in bringing Molly, the 1913 Buick, to the school where I taught in Florida. This is about the time my relationship with "Molly" was temporarily broken up. My father decided he needed a car with an electric starter. Molly was sold and purchased by a good family friend, but we had right of refusal.

    Fast forward again.

    I met the love my life (Jeff) at an AACA Meet on my 30th birthday. At this time, Jeff had recently purchased a 1915 Overland. Jeff and I have many fond memories of touring in the Overland before we were married, followed by installing infant car seats in the back.

    Shortly before my father passed away five years ago, we got a phone call with an offer to buy Molly. It was an offer we could not refuse. We are blessed to be able to pass this love of brass-era cars to our boys, Augie (10) and Jack (7).

    Between raising two fine boys, working full-time and being heavily involved with our local HCCA Regional Group, we always seem to find time to drive our brass cars. I currently teach elementary and middle school at a Montessori school outside of Reading, Pennsylvania. Jeff and I continue to bring antique cars to school on an annual basis. The best part of this hobby is that it brings many generations together.

Mike Reid, candidate for HCCA Board

Mike Reid 

    I was pleased and honored when asked to run as a candidate for the Horseless Carriage Club Board of Directors. If elected to serve, this would be my second time on the HCCA Board as I was previously on the board in the late '80s through early '90s. To date, I believe I am still the only non-USA resident to serve since the clubs inception.

   1 was fortunate enough to have been born into the hobby as my Dad was involved with the HCCA in the 1960s. I think the day I decided I would have to own (and drive) brass-era cars was when 1 had a ride in a 1910 Rambler when I was 9 years old! While that was some 55 years ago, 1 remember it like it was yesterday.

    1 joined the HCCA in 1981 and have maintained my passion for early cars since then, having owned numerous brass-era cars over the years.

    I was a charter member of the Vancouver BC Regional Group and moved to Alberta 14 years ago. This year 1 was the tour chairman for the Alberta Region's northern Brass Lights Tour staged in Sherwood Park.

    Over the past 40 years I have held numerous executive and board positions for the clubs I have been actively involved in.

    My wife, Mary, and I live in Sherwood Park, Alberta (a suburb of Edmonton) and have two adult children. I am employed as president and CEO of Western Dealers Co-Auto, a buying group for 1,150 new car franchised dealerships throughout Western Canada.

    Mary and 1 enjoy touring in brass-era cars. In 2016 we attended nine tours!

    We presently own a 1911 Cadillac Thirty touring and a 1911 Model T Ford touring having recently sold our 1910 Mitchell to make room in our garage for a 2-Cyl touring.

    I am extremely passionate about the brass-era car hobby and for keeping the HCCA true to its roots of being pre-1916. 1 believe the same holds true for clubs as in business: that is to "develop a niche and cater to it" Clearly the HCCA holds a unique niche that no other club in north America has or offers. 1 would be concerned if we allow the club to move away from its foundation that the same thing that happens in business would happen to the club...that is to say "when you try and please everyone you please no one."

    If elected, I am prepared to take on the challenge of keeping our club and the hobby strong for the next generation of brass-era car enthusiasts.

HCCA Board Candidate Douglas Tomb

Douglas Tomb

    Ever since 1 was little, I knew one important fact: my Grandfather Aurin M. Chase had owned a company that made trucks. This was big! And I also knew that someday I would own one.

    In the late 1980s, I hit pay dirt when I found a 1909 Chase truck in original condition. This was special for me. I had my very own Chase.

    Of course, I couldn't stop at just one. I have a 1911 Chase automobile as well. (I didn't stop at just two either.)

    1 bought my first antique car in 1968. It was a 1931 Studebaker sedan. We drove it home. Ho! My brother drove. I only had a learners permit.

    I scoured the area for parts, tuned it up and drove the Studebaker on the local back dirt roads in Hew Hampshire. It was a blast.

    My next adventure was with a Model T Ford. I found a Model T engine in a saw rig in the woods. Soon it was mated to a Model T chassis. I used 16" wheels and a homemade seat. Once running, I drove it as often as I could. It would start on compression when I turned the switch. That really impressed my friends. I learned a lot and it was fun.

    I discovered the HCCA while at the Balboa Park Auto Museum in San Diego, California. We were visiting Beverly's parents in 1991.

    I was really impressed with the Horseless Carriage Gazette. 1 joined right away.

    Our first HCCA tour was in 1996 on the 1996 1 & 2 tour in Belfast, Maine.

    We took the 1909 Chase truck out of the Owl's Head Museum for the tour. It is a 3-cyl, but they let me go because it's a high-wheeler. The Chase didn't run well but all the other cars did, and—wow— touring was our new adventure.

    Since then, we have found our favorite tour car: a 1909 Buick Model F (plus a few others).

    We have been on many 1- & 2-cyl tours and we have enjoyed the support of other HCCA members and the resources of the club. The Horseless Carriage Gazette is always anticipated when it arrives at our house.

    I have made many friends in the club and really enjoy the chance to see so many early cars up close and to help troubleshoot problems.

    Here in Virginia I have been active in our local Model A Club: The George Washington Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America (GWC). Over the past 14 years with the GWC I have served as assistant newsletter editor, vice president & programs chair, president, activities chairman, and more recently, secretary.

    Last year Beverly and I were asked to lead an HCCA 1- & 2-cyl tour. We felt it was time to give back. Alas, Seeing Historic Central Virginia Slowly tour will be over by the time this reaches our members.

    What I will bring to the HCCA as a member of the board is a long-time passion for early cars and hands on experience with keeping them going. More importantly, 1 will endeavor to promote how interesting and how much fun our historic vehicles can be. In the past 38+ years, I have worked for CDS, Arthur Andersen, Texas Instruments and now Oracle. I have worked diligently in each position to meet our customer's technical computer needs and to help them succeed with our software products. Having enjoyed the benefits of my HCCA membership these past 26 years, I would now like to give back to the club and take a more active role to help promote the enjoyment of our precious horseless carriages. I thank you for the honor of being asked to submit my name to serve on the board of directors.

HCCA Board Candidate Andy Wallace

Andy Wallace

    My name is Andy Wallace.

    I am honored to run as a candidate for the Horseless Carriage Club of America Board of Directors.

    After studying engineering at the University of Notre Dame, I chose a career in music as a performer and eventually became a Grammy winning producer.

    My very first driver at 17 years old was a 1929 Model A Ford. This was my first opportunity to actually put an old car on the road, and in spite of frightening several dates, I have never stopped.

    My wife Tricia and I (both car crazy) have been active HCCA tourists since 2005 and have hosted numerous brass- era car tours.

    I am an able negotiator and drawing on my production experience, 1 will bring to the board my ability to resolve club issues and to actively promote the educational aspect of our brass-era automobiles, drawing in new members to the unique joy of brass-era car touring.

    Please cast your vote for whomever you choose. If you don't vote, you won't be heard.

HCCA Board Candidate Rob Williams

Rob Williams

   What sparked my interest in the old car hobby and especially the HCCA and brass-era cars?

    The first thing that comes to mind is seeing my dad's good friend Leo Kempling. He was a HCCA member in the '50s and '60s from Vincennes, Indiana, where I grew up. Leo started his little red 1909 Metz roadster by cranking it a quarter turn. That really impressed me as a boy and I've loved anything that moves on its own power ever since.

    It probably helped that dad was a skilled diesel mechanic as we worked on lots of projects together. Ever wish you could go back to those days, dads & grandpas? There's a subliminal message in there somewhere.

    I earned a degree in business management at BYU in Provo, Utah, in 1971 after which I worked in marketing for NCR for several years. Then I ventured out on my own. For 30 years I have owned automotive repair shops in Boise, Idaho.

    During those busy years of working six days a week to get businesses off the ground, my wonderful wife, Tamie, of 46 years now said, "You need a hobby." I think she meant something like stamp collecting or a hobby that could fit on a small shelf.

    Then came the day that we attended our first HCCA Tour in Tucson, Arizona. We rode with our good friends Rena & Ron Thurber in their 1909 White Steamer.

    When we saw the brass-era cars all lined up on both sides of the parking lot to start the tour and club members walking around in their vintage clothes, we were smitten and have absolutely loved it ever since! Consequently, these days our modern cars never seem to see the inside of our garage.

    If asked what part of our club experiences I enjoy the most: discovering a treasure, collecting, touring, restoring, repairing, attending swap meets, period clothing, displaying cars, admiring cars & their technology, learning of their history or associating with fellow club members...I guess I'd have to say YES!

    Since becoming life members in December of 1991, we have never looked back. We are enjoying the ride and plan to do so for many years to come.

    We enjoy seeing exquisite early cars, but I hope we can impart to our friends who might be prospective club members that there is just as much "Fun Factor"— and possibly more—in owning and participating in our activities with a modest pre-1916 car showing a lot of experience and patina as one with a fresh professional restoration. That's part of the beauty of it. There's a place in our club for all of us. The antique cars are "vehicles" we use to meet some of our choicest lifelong friends.

    May I close by saying thank you to our great members, past and present, who have made this club such a rich, wonderful experience in our lives.

    No matter what your membership responsibilities are or have been, you are the club and you are what makes it so great! In my opinion, it is the standard bearer of the antique car clubs.

    No matter what your membership responsibilities are or have been, you are the club and you are what makes it so great! In my opinion, it is the standard bearer of the antique car clubs.