Old Cars Weekly Golden Quill Awards 2009

Interesting changes are filtering through club publications these days, and many of them are good. That’s the conclusion of Gerald Perschbacher, chief judge for Old Cars Weekly’s annual Golden Quill Award.

It’s not unusual for Perschbacher and the editorial staff of Old Cars Weekly to receive one or two inches of mail from car clubs each daily. Most items are publications, carefully and passionately compiled for the betterment of each club and for the overall advancement of the hobby.

“Club editors are on the front line of our hobby, communicating with their members and spreading positive public relations that can strengthen memberships and attract newcomers,” Perschbacher said. “Over the past two years, there has been a shift in the manner of production and the planned outreach through layout.”

He says the hobby is fast approaching the midpoint in clubs offering their publication via e-mail, “a fine improvement on speedy delivery and less cost. On the down side, there won’t be many copies printed for future reference. And if they are, the print quality may vary depending on a member’s computer.” This holds true for local and regional clubs. “A club’s publication is its historical vehicle,” he noted.

National vintage car clubs still enjoy the privilege of printing on quality paper stock. It’s costly, but most have a financial base that is healthy enough to shoulder it. Since those publications offer historical perspectives that are hard to find elsewhere, and since they attract respected experts on the subjects, a printed copy is archival. Not so for e-mail versions. At least, not yet.

Layouts seem “to grab the reader more than before, with some outstanding covers on national and regional publications,” Perschbacher said. He explained that, instead of a 3/4 or 7/8 view of an old car, photographers are using vintage pictures, creative angles, digitally enhanced collages and close-ups. Distortion is at a minimum, and if it is used, it has purpose and adds an artistic flair that intrigues the reader at first glance. A cover should entice an individual to open up and read inside. In 2009, a host of regional clubs have caught on to the method.

A number of publications appear to have slimmed or trimmed in order to survive amid financial constraints. Hopefully, they will flourish in the future. Other publications are holding their ground, not wishing to change much in content, design and creativity. Some past winners may not have kept up with “competitors.”

For the Golden Quill Awards, publications are grouped and judged against similar publications. Criteria include the dimensions of the publication, page count, quality of paper and printing, color use (as applicable), binding and budget limits.

“There seem to be less compressed photos, and that’s probably a good thing.  Readers want to see an old car the way it really appears, not squeezed or stretched merely to fit a space. For editors who haven’t discovered this basic truth, maybe 2010 will be their year of professional-grade discovery,” Perschbacher noted.

The best candidates for awards are those publications that strike a favorable balance of club members content, old cars, historical applications, new information, technical explanations, entertaining articles, event coverage and, in some cases, ads.

“The best criteria is this: The publication should serve its club at a high degree,” Perschbacher said.

“Sometimes it boils down to the chief judge and Old Cars Weekly editorial experts deciding if a publication just seems to ‘have it’ where it’s needed. Kind of like judging a good old car at a nice show.”

If you feel your club has an outstanding publication but is not listed here, perhaps it’s because your club has not sent copies for consideration. Copies are to be sent to two addresses: Gerald Perschbacher, 8868 Rock Forest Dr., St. Louis, MO 63123-1116, and to Editor, Old Cars Weekly, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI  54990. In order to maintain competitive fairness, electronic publications must be printed and mailed. Printed issues will be eligible to appear in the weekly “Club Clips” column.


NATIONAL AWARDS

Luxury Size

Air Cooled News, Pierre F. & Susan R. Lavedan, co-editors, The H.H. Franklin Club, Inc.

American Motoring, Cheryl Samuel & Mike Spangler, editors, American Motors Owners Association

Antique Automobile
, West Peterson, editor in chief, Antique Automobile Club of America

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Newsletter, Josh B. Malks, editor, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club

Avanti Magazine, Lewis Schucart, editor, Avanti Owners Association

The Bulb Horn, Anne Morris, editor, The Veteran Motor Car Club of America

The Classic Car, Ron Verschoor, editor, Classic Car Club of America

The Corvette Restorer, Vennie Peters, editor, National Corvette Restorers Society

Double Clutch
, Greg Matecko, editor, Antique Truck Club of America

Generator & Distributor
, Dennis & Jean Fink, editors, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America

Healey Marque, Reid Trummel, editor, Austin-Healey Club of America

Horseless Carriage Gazette, John C. Meyer III, editor, Horseless Carriage Club of America

The Ignitor, John Teel, editor, The Spark Plug Collectors of America

Jaguar Journal, Michael L. Cook, editor, Jaguar Clubs of North America

LaCad Magazine, Terry & Robyn Griffin, editors, Cadillac-Lasalle Club of Australia

Lincoln And Continental Comments
, Tim Howley, editor, Lincoln & Continental Owners Club

Model A News, Helen Ehrenhofer, editor, Model A Restorers Club

Model T Times, Steve Hubert, editor, The Model T Ford Club International, Inc.

The Packard Cormorant, Stuart Blond, editor, Packard Automobile Classics

Packards International Magazine, Don Hull, editor, Packards International Motor Car Club

The Plymouth Bulletin, Lanny Knutson, editor, Plymouth Owners Club

Porsche Panorama, Betty Jo Turner, editor, Porsche Club of America, Inc.

Porsche 356 Registry
, Gordon Maltby, editor, Porsche 356 Registry

Quicksilver
, Todd Haefer, editor, International Mercury Owners Association

Smoke Signals, Donald J. Keefe, editor in chief, Pontiac-Oakland Club International

The Star, Jim Luikens, editor, Mercedes-Benz Club of America

The Starter, Ed Hanish, Willys-Overland?-Knight Registry

Turning Wheels, Art Unger & Ann Turner, editors, The Studebaker Drivers Club

V8 Times, Jerry Windle, editor, Early Ford V-8 Club of America

The Vintage Ford, Jay Klehfoth, editor, Model T Ford Club of America

Wheels of Time, Stormy Wylie, editor, American Truck Historical Society

The White Triangle News
, Sam Jackson, editor, Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club, Inc.


Intermediate Size

Action Era Vehicle, Charles R. Smith, editor, The Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association

The Arrow, Roger J. Sherman, editor, Pierce-Arrow Society

Bulletin, Ron Verschoor, editor, Classic Car Club of America

Citroënthusiast, George Dyke & John McCulloch, editors, Citroën Club of North America

DeSoto Adventures, Judith Alta Kidder, editor, National DeSoto Club, Inc.

Enjine! Enjine!, Scott Rollins, editor, Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America

Journey With Olds, Brad Bishop, editor, The Oldsmobile Club of America

The Legend, Tom Szymczyk, editor, GTO Association of America

The News Counselor
, Fred Mauck, editor, Packards International Motor Car Club

The Nomad Post, John Lee, editor, Chevrolet Nomad Association

On Solid Ground, Ken Amrick, editor, Solid Axle Corvette Club

 Pur Sang, Tom Clifford, editor, American Bugatti Club

The Review, Ray Knott, editor, Riviera Owners Association

The Skyliner, Edward Albracht, Jr., editor, International Ford Retractable Club

Stutz News, William J Greer, editor, The Stutz Club, Inc.

The Way of the Zephyr
, David L. Cole, editor, Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club

Woodie Times, John Lee, editor, National Woodie Club Inc.

WPC News, Richard Bowman, editor, The WPC Club, Inc.

   


Compact Size


Airflow Newsletter
, Jerry Allstott, editor, The Airflow Club of America, Inc.

The American Austin Bantam Club News
, Bob & Cathy Cunningham, editors, The American Austin Bantam Club

AM Spirit, Steve Johnston, editor, Northern Ramblers Car Club of Canada

ASWOA, Tim Cleary, editor, American Station Wagon Owners Association

At the Sign of the Cat, Kamran Waheed, Cougar Club of America

The Brickline, John T. Blair, editor, Bricklin International Owners Club, Inc.

Chrysler 300 Club News, Andy Mikonis, editor, Chrysler 300 Club International, Inc.

The Cormorant News Bulletin, Craig Handley, Packard Automobile Classics

CORSA Communique, Mike McGowan, editor, Corvair Society of America (Corsa)

Crosley Quarterly, Fred Syrdal, editor, Crosley Automobile Club

Driveshaft, Doug Buhrer, editor, Lambda Car Club International

The Durant Partner, Carol Fogarazzo, editor, Durant Motors Automobile Club

The Early Bird, Lin Somsak, editor, Classic Thunderbird Club International

 E-Ford Lines, Judy Berrian, editor, European Ford Owners North America

’53-54 Buick Skylark, Joanna Depeppo, editor, ‘53-’54 Buick Skylark Club

Fomoco Times, Paul Placek, editor, Crown Victoria Association

Front Wheel Driver, Mike Vogt, editor, Toronado Owners Association

Jeepster News, James J. Sommer, Editor, Willys-Overland-Jeepster Club

Kaiser Frazer Owners Club International Monthly News Bulletin, Barbara Mueller, editor, Kaiser Frazer Owners Club International

The Lincoln Owners Club News-Letter
, David W. Schultz, editor, Lincoln Owners Club

The Marmon News, Ron Barnett, editor, The Marmon Club

1930 Marquette Automobile Owners International Registry
, Mike Balogh, editor, 1930 Marquette Automobile Owners International Registry

Minutia, Richard Campbell, editor, The Microcar & Minicar Club, Inc.

Mitchell Motormouth, Tony Zimmerman, editor, Mitchell Club

Morris Gazette, Joe Mercer, editor, Comgo

The National Falcon News, Wendy Crosby, editor, Falcon Club of America

News-Flite, Andy Mikonis, editor, Chrysler 300 Club International, Inc.

The Nomad Post, John Lee, editor, Chevrolet Nomad Association

North American Singer Owners Club News, Phillip Avis, editor, North American Singer Owners Club

The Professional Car, Walter McCall, publications chairman, The Professional Car Society

REO Echo, Butch Pream & Martin Moody, editors, The Reo Club of America

Rotunda Times, Steve Rohde, editor, Ford & Mercury Restorer’s Club of America

Runabouts To Rockets
, Wendy Crosby, editor, National Antique Oldsmobile Club

The Self-Starter, Steve Stewart, editor, The Cadillac-Lasalle Club, Inc.

SPAAMFAA Silver Trumpet, Roger Birchfield, editor, SPAAMFAA

Supercharger, Harold Loutzenheiser, editor, Graham Owners Club

300 Starletter, Jim Luikens, editor, Gull Wing Group International

Talegate, Chuck Snyder, editor, The International Station Wagon Club

TC America Newsletter, B. Karleen Tarola, president, TC America, Inc.

Thunder & Lightning, Nathan Olson, editor, Hurst/Olds Club of America

Thunderbird Script, Kathy Holton, editor, International Thunderbird Club

Thunderbird Scoop, Terri McNeill, editor, Vintage Thunderbird Club International

The Vintage Triumph, Mike Cook, editor, The Vintage Triumph Register

Tucker Topics, Pat Fortin & Bill Pommering, editors, The Tucker Automobile Club of America, Inc.

Viva Carrera!, Bill Culver, editor, The Road Race Lincoln Register

 VSA, Jim Bates, editor, Volvo Sports America/1800 Register, Inc.

Wheels-N-Waves, Keith Mathiowetz, editor, International Amphicar Owners Club

WPC News, Richard Bowman, editor, The WPC Club, Inc.


REGIONS AND CHAPTERS

Full-Size

The Arrow Driver, Greg  Loftness, editor, Midwest Region, Pierce-Arrow Society

The Bird’s Nest, Don Seymour, president/magazine editor, New England’s Vintage Thunderbirds

Caddie Chronicle, Vince Taliano, editor, Potomac Region, Cadillac-Lasalle Club

Cormorant Flier, Karl Henry, editor, Wisconsin Packard Club

The Dashboard, Donald Wright, editor, Greater Illinois Region, Classic Car Club of America

Driven Living the Legend, Anna Lewellen, editor, Shelby American Automobile Club of Northern California

Excitement, Bill Wolf, editor, South Jersey Pontiac Chapter, Pontiac-Oakland Club International

Fiero Focus, Michelle & Scott Savage, editors, Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts

The Hood Release, Jana Freedman, editor, Oregon Region, Classic Car Club of America

The Hub Cap, Joyce Edfors, editor, Wisconsin Region, Classic Car Club of America

Keystone Keynotes, Sidney Kertzel, editor, Keystone Region Chapter, Studebaker Drivers Club

Linechaser, Sandy Felde, editor, Minnesota Street Rod Association

Members’ Parade, Brooke Davis, editor, Hornets Nest Region, Antique Automobile Club of America

Metropolitan Skyline, Grace Gluck, editor, Metro Region, Classic Car Club of America

Northern Lights, Donna & Bill Dirnberger, editors, Minnesota Region, Antique Automobile Club of America

Northern Lights, Bob Porter, editor, Ohio Region, Classic Car Club of America

Oregon Clipper, David Charvet, editor, Oregon Region, Packards International Motorcar Club

Prix Views, Dee Schaudek, editor, Grand Prix Chapter, Pontiac-Oakland Club International

Professional Car Collector, Louis C. Farah, editor, Professional Car International

Road Chatter, Ken & Carolyn Bounds, editors, Northern Illinois Regional Group #8, Early Ford V-8 Club

Royal Goat Tales, Tom Somerville, editor, GTO Association of America

The Superior Times, Brady D. Smith, editor, Mid-Michigan Chapter, Professional Car Society

Torque, Tom Goad, editor, Michigan Region, Classic Car Club of America


Compacts

Blue Smoke, Karl Henry, editor, Central Chapter, Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club

BOOMtimes, William Anderson, editor, Buick Owners of Maryland

The Brass Lamp, Bill Devore, editor, Genesee Valley Antique Car Society, Antique Automobile Club of America

Cadillac Past, Chris Milici, editor, New England Region, Cadillac-LaSalle Club

Carolina Roadmaster, Rob Grindstaf, editor, Carolina Chapter, Buick Club of America

Connector, Ed & Chris Gray, editors, Pacific Northwest Region, Lincoln & Continental Owners Club

Hexagon, Jon Hatfield, editor, Mid-Atlantic Packards

The Lord Nuffield Crier, Bob & Lynne Mendelsohn, editors, Ohio Chapter, New England MG “T” Register

Mid-Atlantic Mayflower, David Young, editor, Mid-Atlantic Region, Plymouth Owners Club

The Oakland Digest, Tim Dye, editor, All American Oakland Chapter, Pontiac-Oakland Club International

On Call, Bee Hamlin, editor, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Professional Car Society

Pan Siftings, Ray Maier, editor, St. Cloud Antique Auto Club

Portland Gas Leak, Keith Townsend, president, Portland Regional Group, Horseless Carriage Club of America

Snic Braaapp, Bob Streepy, editor, Illinois Sports Owners Association

The Standard, Katie Robbins, Motor City Region, Cadillac-LaSalle Club

Wheeling The “A,”
Sue Quam, editor, Wisconsin Chapter Model “A” Ford Club of America

Sub Compacts

Asphalt Angels, Beth Bandy, editor, Asphalt Angels Car Club of Maryland

Autograf
, Jim & Kay Scott, editors, Mississippi Valley Region, Antique Automobile Club of America

Birds-Eye View
, Bob Depaola, editor, Chapter 78, Classic Thunderbird Club International

The Criterion, Gregg Merksamer, editor, Northeast Chapter, The Professional Car Society

The Bow Tie Bulletin, Ron Panicucci, editor, Jersey Lakeland Region, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America

The Dagmar, Dave Leger, editor, Rocky Mountain Region, Cadillac-LaSalle Club

Great Lakes Archer
, Bill Morris, editor, Great Lakes Region, Pierce-Arrow Society

Hawkeye Hexagon, Dick Boswell, editor, Iowa Hawkeye Packards Region, Packard Automobile Classics

The Mobile Director
, Joel Klassen, editor, Sunday Afternoon Car Klub

The Nuts and Bolts, Anita Kirk, editor, Antique Automobile Club of Cape Canaveral

Planetary News, Mike Zahorik, editor, Milwaukee Model T Club

Porthole, Marge Dahl, editor, Gopher State Chapter, Buick Club of America

Rocket Review Quarterly, Scott Phillips, editor, Capitol City Rockets, Oldsmobile Club of America

Sidemount, Eugene Shild, editor, Packards of Chicagoland

Velie, Chuck Hoaglund, editor, Velie Registry Newsletter, Horseless Carriage Club of America

Wide Tracking, Greg Sereico, editor, GTO Association of Pennsylvania

HONORABLE MENTION

 Airhorn, Charley Biddle, Chicagoland Enthusiasts

Arc & Spark, John Mclellan, Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club

Autoluxe, Dave Bishop,Editor,Lcci Nutmeg Chapter

The Avanti Arrow, Thomas Gipe, Editor, St. Louis Gateway Chapter , Avanti Owners Association International

Badger Bullet – N, Ernie Loga, Editor, Badger Wheels Studebaker Drivers Club

Badger Chatter, Keith Baker, Editor, Badger State Chapter Poci

Bird – News, Bert Eisenhour, Editor, Classic Thunderbird Club Of Chicagoland – Ctci Chapter 9

1915 – 1918 Buick & Mclaughlin Owners Newsletter Group, Dean Tryon, Editor, 1915 – 1918 Buick & Mclaughlin Owners

Cadillac Lasalle Club St. Louis Region, George Bergen, Editor, Cadillac Lasalle Club St. Louis Region

Classic Vibrations, Greg, Stachura, Editor, Michigan Region – Classic Car Club Of America

Clutch Chatter, June Whitmer, Editor, Tri-County Aaca

Coastal Rambler, Lynne Pinto, Editor, First Coast Amc Of Florida

Cole Bulletin
, Leroy Cole, Editor Cole Motor Car Club Of America

Christian Rod & Customs, Jerry Spear, President,United Christina Street Rods, Christian Rod & Customs

Data Plate, Carol Hoyle, Editor, Mid-Atlantic Packards – A Region Of Packard Automobile Classics

Dairyland Digest, Ken Bartz, Editor, The Plymouth Owners Club

The Dipstick, Ronald Struewing, Editor, The Tidewater Mg Classics Car Club

Exhaust Notes, The Shadow, Editor, Volkswagen Club Of Sheboygan

The Exhaust Whistle, Robert Hinds, Editor, Aaaca Dixie Region

’54 Ford Club Of America, Tom Hoskins, President, ’54 Ford Club Of America

52nd Street News, Mike Spangler, Editor, South East Wisconsin Chapter Of Amo

Ford Words, Phil Vinson, President, Early Ford V8 Club Of America East Tennessee Regional Group

Ford Script News, George Ball, Editor, St. Louis Regional Group # 124, The Early Ford V-8 Club Of Americfrom

The Corral, Bill Krieger, Editor, Northern Mustang Corral

Flyer, Marty Hanson, Editor, The Freewheelers Car Club San Francisco Historical Automobile Society

Futurliner News, Dean Tyron, Editor, Gm Futurliner Restoration Project

The Gaslite Gaze-Atte, Bob Trueax, Editor, Mid Valley Historical Auto Club – The Antique Automobile Club Of America

The Golden Fin Society Letter
, Jack Lewis, Editor, The Golden Fin Society

The Gearbox Chatter, Rosebud, Editor, West Michigan Regional Group Horseless Carriage Club Of America

The Herald, Tony Karsnia, Editor, Cadillac & Lasalle Club Northstar Region

Hexagon, Jon Hatfield, Editor, Mid-Atlantic Packards, Inc.

Hexagon News, Bob Zimmerman, Editor, Packards International Midwest Region

Hoosier Ramblings
, Joseph & Debi Fougerousse, Editors, Hoosier Amc Club

Hudsonews, Richard Low, Editor, Dixie Chapter Hudson Essex – Terraplane Club

The Iowa Corvair Connection, Jon Crisman, Editor, Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts Chapter # 526, Of The Corvair Society Of America – Corsa

Jetsetter, Sarah Young, Editor,  Jetset Hudson Enthusiasts

Mid-South Chapter Triangle
, Nell Owen, Editor, Mid-South Chapter Of The Hudson Essex Terraplane Club, Inc

Mountain West Street News
, Bob & Louise Eames, Editors

Oily Rag, John Bishop, Editor, Rods-N-Relics Car Club, Ltd.

Pcn, Chris Dubuque, Editor, Citroen Car Club – Northwest Citroen Owner’s Club – Citroen Autoclub Canada

Pegasus Pages, Wayne Hudson, Editor, Minnesoto Fieros Forever

Peregrin Press, Philip Barber, Editor, The Mason Dixon Chapter, Falcon Club Of America

Phantoms News, Ron Bystrom, President, Phantoms Motor/Model Club

The Pious Pelican, Bud Juneau, Editor, Northern California Packards, A Region Of The Packard Club, Packard Automobile Classics, Inc.

The Polishing Rag, Forrest Honebrink & Francis Kalvoda, Editors, Willmar Car Club

Pony Xpress, Mike, Deliberto, Editor, Garden State Region Mustang Club

The Popper, Leone Junck, Editor, Tall Corn Region Aaca

The Professional Car Collector, Louis Farah, Editor, Professional Cars International  

Puget Sounds, Ray & Sherry Bunn, Editors, The Early Ford V-8 Club Puget Shound Regional Group

Redline Times, George Boeckel, President, The Goat Herd Gto Club Of Oregon

The River Cities Running Board
, Al Lugo, Editor, River Cities Model “ A” Ford Club

Sidelights, Sylvia Lauridsen, Editor, Illinois Region, Aaca

Silver Dome Gazette, Norm Frey, Editor, California Chrylser Product Club

The Solenoid, Michael Berckart, Editor, Great Autos Of Yesteryear

The Steering Wheel
, Ed Meyer, Editor, Mo/Il Gateway Chapter Studebaker Drivers Club

Studebaker Spokesman, Claude Chmielewski, Editor, Wisconsin Region Studebaker Drivers Club

The Sun Visor, Kevin Lathrop, Editor, Orange Blossom Chapter Hudson – Essex & Terraplane Club

Tailfin, Mike & Nancy Book, Editors, Central Ohio Region Cadillac Lasalle Club

Three Pedal Press, Dave Deyoung, Editor, The Wisconsin Capital Model T Ford Club

Tough Americans, Jack Jocewicz, Editor, National American Motors Drivers & Racers Association

Twin Ports Mustang & Ford Times, Judy Aunet & Kim Culp, Editors, Twin Ports Mustang & Ford Club Mustang Club Of America

The Voice, Dave Bajumpaa, Editor, Connecticut Council Of Car Clubs

Wow, Rudy & Ruth Ann Domke, Editors, Western Regional Chapter W.O.K.R.

 

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