The impact of COVID-19 brought significant changes to car and truck club publications during 2020. Some publications suspended or curtailed regular issues. Many clubs adjusted their publication’s number of pages (usually downward). Content shifted from reports on events (which were scheduled but canceled) to features on members and historical subjects in step with club interests.
As chief judge for the Golden Quill Award selections, I can say 2020 was far from a normal year, yet publications adjusted. Much credit can be given to club editors, their support teams and club officials who backed the adjustments.
As a result of the impact of COVID-19 upon publications, there were some adjustments to the 2020 Golden Quill Award categories. The categories that publications are judged within always relates to size, page counts and print quality. From that information, the 2020 Golden Quill Awards are categorized as such: National publications are placed in Luxury, Intermediate and Compact categories plus Museum and Special Purpose publications. Regional Publications are categorized into Full-size and Compact. Winners are judged in these categories for balanced content, layout, design, photographs and overall quality. The Honorable Mention list includes publications with good promise and content, but were not as exemplary as category winners. Certificates for the award are being given to category winners only.
Creativity amid the challenges of 2020 was notable in several publications, whether those were award-winning or not. Some club editors used their time on quarantine to research interesting tidbits of automotive and club history, then included their findings in their club publications. Some club officials and editors found innovative ways to unite their members from afar. To press this point, here are a handful of examples of the many creative topics and ideas that appeared in club publications during 2020:
Among museums, David Coco, editor of Great Arrow News (publication of the Pierce-Arrow Museum), published five pages on the prototype 1920 Waldon. This stillborn effort of Colonel Sidney D. Waldon to work with Pierce-Arrow in production of a quality lower-cost passenger vehicle was featured in the publication’s July issue. The related group of articles further preserve a seldom-known piece of history.
As editor of the Steering Wheel Newsletter, publication of the Studebaker Drivers Club’s Missouri-Illinois Gateway Chapter, Ed Meyer detailed dealerships in a series of issues by drawing from postwar regional newspaper ads and articles. Thus, the compilation provides insightful “period” reading.
The Cruisin’ Tigers Pontiac Club kept collector car interests moving forward in conjunction with Don Keefe’s Poncho Perfection print efforts. The club provided input for the classified advertising section, thus allowing the hobby and car ownership to perpetuate.
With Ken Dunning serving as editor, Peachstate Packards Region ran a series of vintage excerpts in Packard Profiles. The excerpts were derived from the rare publication “The Saga of Packard,” which was published by the car company upon its 50th anniversary in 1949. One wonders how many copies remain.
To make the most of canceled events, the Newsletter of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club saw a cooperative effort between club officials (headed by president Craig Birkhold and including editor Shannon Olson) and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Included in a fall issue of the Newsletter was a handful of club “goodies” marking what would have been the 65th Annual Reunion of the club on Labor Day weekend. A “retrospective” on past reunions was the major feature in that issue. Together, the package bound club members together even though they didn’t formally meet.
Looking to make the list of winners in 2021? Examples of what it takes to win are often included in the “Club Clips” column of each issue of Old Cars.
To include your club’s publication in judging for the 2021 Golden Quill Award, please send a subscription or sample issues by Dec. 31, 2021, to Old Cars Editor, 5225 Joerns Dr. Suite 2, Stevens Point, WI 54981 and Gerald Perschbacher, 8868 Rock Forest Dr., St. Louis, MO 63123-1116. Club publications sent throughout the year are eligible for inclusion in Old Cars’ “Club Clips” column.
Editor’s note: Due to the Old Cars staff’s work-at-home orders during 2020, the 2019 Golden Quill Awards were not mailed. However, they will be mailed with the 2020 Golden Quill Awards.
2020 OLD CARS GOLDEN QUILL AWARDS
2020 National Luxury
Air Cooled News, Alex Huppe & Jeryl Schriever, co-editors, H.H. Franklin Club, Inc.
Antique Automobile, West Peterson, editor, The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)
At The Sign Of The Cat, David Hyatt, editor/graphics, Cougar Club of America
The Auburn Cord Duesenburg Club Newsletter, Shannon Olson, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club
Avanti, Lewis Schucart, editor, Avanti Owners Association International
Buick Bugle, Pete Phillips, editor, Buick Club of America (BCA)
The Bulb Horn, Dennis Holland, editor, The Vintage Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA)
The Classic Car, Ron Verschoor (Jan.-July) and Jonathan Sierakowski (Aug.-Dec.) editors, Classic Car Club of America (CCCA)
The Corvette Restorer, Vinnie Peters, editor, National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS)
Early Bird, Jim Spawn, editor, Classic Thunderbird Club International
Enjine! Enjine! Scott Rollins, editor, Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA)
Generator & Distributor, Vince Taliano, editor, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, Inc. (VCCA)
Horseless Carriage Gazette, Tracy Lesher, editor, Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA)
Journey with Olds, Shannon Olson, editor, Oldsmobile Club of America (OCA)
The Legend, Tom Szymczyk, editor, GTO Association of America
Lincoln & Continental Comments, Jeff Shively, editor, Lincoln & Continental Owners Club
Model “A” News, Helen Ehrenhofer, editor, Model “A” Restorers Club
Model T Times, Natalie Weaver, editor, The Model T Ford Club International
The NCRS Driveline, Vinnie Peters, The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS)
The Packard Cormorant, Stuart R. Blond, editor, Packard Automobile Classics
Plymouth Bulletin, Lanny D. Knutson, editor, Plymouth Owners Club
Porsche Panorama, Ron Sass, editor, The Porsche Club of America
The Professional Car, Walt McCall, editor, The Professional Car Society (PCS)
Quicksilver, Todd Haefer, editor, International Mercury Owners Association
The Restorer, Andy Scheer, editor, Model A Ford Club of America
The Self-Starter, Jeff Shively, editor, Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc. (CLC)
Smoke Signals, Tim Dye, editor, Pontiac-Oakland Club International (POCI)
Turning Wheels, Ann Turner, editor, The Studebaker Drivers Club
V8 Times, Jerry Windle, editor, Early Ford V-8 Club of America (EFV8CA)
The Vintage Ford, Aleesa Drennen, editor, Model T Ford Club of America
WTN, Sam Jackson, editor, Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club, Inc. (HET Club)
The Arrow, Roger J. Sherman, editor, Pierce-Arrow Society
The Brickline, Randy Wyrick, editor, Bricklin International Owners Club Inc.
Bulletin, Ron Verschoor (Jan.-July) and Jonathan Sierakowski (Aug.-Dec.) editors, CCCA
The Cormorant News Bulletin, Craig Handley, editor, The Packard Club
Corsa Communique, Don Keefe, executive editor, Corvair Society of America
The Crosley Quarterly, Abigayle & Joyce Morgan, co-editors, Crosley Automobile Club
DeSoto Adventures, Geoff Overley, National DeSoto Club, Inc.
Dodge Brothers Club News, Phil Kennedy, editor, Dodge Brothers Club
Fomoco Times, Travis B. Sheaffer, editor, Crown Victoria Association
Impala News, Don Keefe, editor, National Impala Association
International Thunderbird Club Script, Nichole Colwell, editor, International Thunderbird Club
The Nomad Post, Jim Kelso, editor, The Chevrolet Nomad Association
On Solid Ground, Ken Amrick, editor, Solid Axle Corvette Club
Pur Sang, Matthew Baran, editor, American Bugatti Club
Quarterly, Jack Mueller, editor, Kaiser Frazer Owners Club International
The Riview, Ray Knott, director/editor, Riviera Owners Association
The Skyliner, Jim Conrad, editor, International Ford Retractable Club
The Starter, John Nikodym, editor, Willys-Overland-Knight Registry, Inc.
Stutz News, Carrol & Carl Jensen, editors, The Stutz Club, Inc.
Torque Tube II, Matthew Hinson, editor, 1936-1938 Buick Club
Thunderbird Scoop, Terri McNeill, editor, Vintage Thunderbird Club International (VTCI)
The Way of the Zephyr, Richard L. Cole, editor, Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club
Woodie Times, John Lee, editor, The National Woodie Club
WPC News, Frank Pascoe, editor, Chrysler Product Restorers Club
Airflow Newsletter, John Boyd, editor, Airflow Club of America
American Austin Bantam Club News, Cathy & Bob Cunningham, editor, The American Austin Bantam Club
Chrysler 300 Club News, Andy Mikonis, editor, Chrysler 300 Club International, Inc.
Cross Flags, Jeff Butz, editor, ’65-’66 Full Size Chevrolet Club
Durant Partner, Shawn D. Humphrey, editor, Durant Motors Automobile Club
Front Wheel Driver, Steve & Lucy Blakey, editors, Toronado Owners Association
Jeepster News, Peter G. Mozzone, editor, Willys Overland Jeepster Club, Inc.
The Marmon News, George Bradley, editor, The Marmon Club
North American Singer Owners Club News, Phillip Avis, editor, North American Singer Owners Club
Professional Car Collector, Louis C. Farah, editor, Professional Cars International
Reo Echo, Stan (Butch) & Lois Pream/ Martin & Joyce Moody, editors, Reo Club of America, Inc.
Runabouts to Rockets, Brad Bishop, editor, National Antique Oldsmobile Club
The Silver Shell, Jeff Buckley, editor, Moon Car Club
Silver Trumpet, Katrina Falk, editor, SPAAMFAA
Skylark, Gary DiLillo, editor, ’53-’54 Buick Skylark Club
Supercharger, Dale Robbins, editor, Graham Owners Club International, Inc.
Talegate, Chuck Snyder, editor, International Station Wagon Club
Thunder & Lightning, Judy Badgley, interim editor, Hurst/Olds Club of America
The Vintage Triumph, Shawn Frank, editor, The Vintage Triumph Register
Viva Carrera!, Mike Denney, editor, The Road Race Lincoln Register Club
VSA, Jim Bates, editor, Volvo Sports America/1800 Register, Inc.
Wheels & Waves, Larry DePasquale, editor, International Amphicar Owners Club
Museum & Special Purpose
Braking News, Jeff Lane, director, Lane Motor Museum
Driving Force, Colby Martin, editor, SEMA Government Affairs Office
The EMMR Times, Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
Emporium Service Bulletin, Pierce-Arrow Society
Finz, Ron Melville, editor, The Cadillac & LaSalle Club of New Zealand, Inc.
The Ford Legend, Frank Scheidt, editor, Henry Ford Heritage Association
Foundation News, Frank Scheidt, editor, Early Ford V-8 Foundation
Gray Goose News, The Wills Museum, Terry Ernest, editor, Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum
Great Arrow News, David Coco, editor, Pierce-Arrow Museum
Henney Program of Progress, George Hamlin, editor, Henney Chapter — Professional Car Society
Kaiser Frazer Owners Club International Monthly News Bulletin, Barbara Mueller, editor, Kaiser Frazer Owners Club International
LaCad, Andrew & Rachel Rees, editors, Cadillac & LaSalle Club of Australia
Reflections, Jeffrey E. Bliemeister, executive director, AACA Museum, Inc.
The Voice, Dave Bajumpaa, editor, Connecticut Council of Car Clubs
The Bonding Strip, Ed Vigone, editor, Southern California Chapter NCRS
Cormorant Flier, Stan Ruesch, editor, Wisconsin Packard Automobile Classics, Inc.
The Dashboard, Maureen Blevins, editor, Greater lllinois Region-CCCA
Fiero Focus, Sadie Kaminski, editor, Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts, Inc.
Hoosier Horn, Rachel Daeger, editor, Indiana Region-CCCA
The Hub Cap, Jim Nicholson, editor, Wisconsin Region-CCCA
LineChaser, Cheryl Loegering, editor, Minnesota Street Rod Association
The Livery, Eileen Schoenecker, editor, Professional Car Society-Tri-State Chapter
The Occasional, Steven G. Williams, editor, Model T Ford Club of Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Overhead Cammer, Jim Black, editor, Overhead Cammers Chapter-POCI
The Pittsburgh Tri-State Chapter NCRS Newsletter, Jim Patitucci, editor, Top Flight Chapter-NCRS
Porthole, Fred Syrdal, editor, Gopher State Chapter-Buick Club of America
The Redline Times, Reba Whittington, editor, Carolinas Chapter-NCRS
Road Chatter, John & Robin Emmering, editors, Northern Illinois Regional Group # 8-EFV8CA
Sallee Speaks, John Byrden, editor, LaSalle Appreciation Society-CLC
Snic Braaaapp, Tom Morgan, editor, Triumph Illinois Sports Owners Association
Thunderbird News, Ed Raabe, editor, Classic Thunderbird Club of South Florida
Torque, Rich Ray, editor, Michigan Region-CCCA
The Vette Signal, Tom Komenera, editor, Michigan Chapter-NCRS
The Windshield Post, Bjorn Anderson, editor, Upper Midwest Region-CCCA
The Bird’s Nest, Don Seymour, editor, New England’s Thunderbirds
Boomtimes, William C. Anderson, editor, Buick Owners of Maryland
Corvan Antics, Molly Bacon, editor, Corvanatics-Corvair Society of America
DeSoto Diary, Bob Baer, editor, DeSoto Owners Club of Maryland
The Gas Buggy Gazette, Angelica Yost, editor, Gettysburg Region-AACA
Gateway Gazette, Ted Baker, editor, St. Louis Gateway Chapter-Buick Club of America
Hoosier Tailfin, Michael Fellenzer, editor, Indiana Region-CLC
Northern Lights, Donna & Bill Dirnberger, editors, MN-AACA
Northstar News, Dave Gustafson, editor, Northstar Region-Lincoln & Continental Owners Club
The Packard Panorama, Jim Yocum, editor, Keystone Packards-The Packard Club
Planetary News, Mike Zahorik, editor, Model T Ford Club of Milwaukee
Rocket Review, Judy Badgley, editor, R.E. Olds Chapter-Oldsmobile Club of America
Sidelights, Jean Hawa, editor, South Florida Region-AACA
The Standard of The World, Bill Levy, editor, CLC-North Texas Region
Steering Wheel Newsletter, Ed Meyer, editor, Missouri-Illinois “Gateway” Chapter-Studebaker Drivers Club
Studebaker Spokesman, Claude Chmielewski, editor, Wisconsin Region-Studebaker Driver’s Club
Wheel Tracks, Gary Fiske, editor, Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts
Wheels “A” Rolling, David Young, editor, Mid-Atlantic Region-VMCCA
The Ah-OOO-Gah Bulletin, Elyn & Faith Smith, editors, Mohican Model A Ford Club, Inc.
Airhorn, Chris Biddle, editor, Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts-Corsa Chapter
Alabama Packard Newsletter, Dale Baker, Editor, Alabama Packards Club-PAC
The AM-xcentric, Joshua Greenplate, editor, Great Lakes Classic AMC Club
Arc and Spark, David O. Lyon, editor, Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restores Club
The Belltown Bulletin, Dan David, editor, Belltown Antique Car Club
Bird Talk, Art Fleming, editor, Long Island Thunderbird Club-VTCI
Borgward Owners’ Club, L. Silano, editor, Borgward Owners’ Club
Bow Tie Bulletin, Ron Panicucci, editor, Jersey Lakeland Region-VCCA
Caddy Chatter, Tony Albarella, editor, Cadillac Club of North Jersey
Carolina Plymouth Power, Dean Yates, editor, Carolina Region-Plymouth Owners Club
The Chatter, Kim Gardner, editor, Capitol City Chapter-AACA
Chrysler Tonic, Carol Morice, editor, Northern Illinois Region-WPC
Classic Olds Journal, Mary Degler, editor, Olds Club of Florida-Oldsmobile Club of America
Cloisonne Calendar, Bill Heptig, editor, Minnesota Packards, Inc.-PAC
Cruisin’, John Buchanan, editor, Mass Cruisers Auto Club
East Coast Chapter Newsletter, Pat & Dan Kasten, editors, International Ford Retractable Club
The Echo, Chris Collins, editor, Grand Canyon State Chapter-Studebaker Drivers Club
The Egbert Express, Roberta Helpap, editor, Northeastern Michigan Chapter-Studebaker Drivers Club
The Enlightener, Dan Cress, editor, Badger Region-CLC
Exhaust Valve, Jim Jaeger, editor, Fireball Chapter-Buick Club of America
Ford Lines, Don Diehl, editor, Tulsa Region-EFV8CA
Fordist Newsletter, Charlie Dildine, editor, Southern California Regional Group-EFV8CA
GMC Times, David & Julie Bailey, editors, GMC Truck Chapter-POCI
Good Olds Days, Dan Bodine, editor, Illinois Valley Olds Chapter
Hawkeye Hexagon, Dick Boswell, Hawkeye Packards
The Horseless Page, Cinda Dorholt, editor, The Twin Cities Regional Group-HCCA
The Hudson-Aire, Lynn P. Horn, editor, Chesapeake Bay Chapter-HET Club
Hudsonnews, Richard Low, editor, Dixie Chapter-HET Club
News-Flite, Andy Milonis, editor, Chryler 300 Club International, Inc.
The Newsletter of the PCPV Chapter of POCI, editor, Paul Bergstrom, PCPC Chapter-POCI
Oldsletter, Larry Ewing, editor, Northern California Chapter-Oldsmobile Club of America
Packardgram, Duane Gunn, editor, Arizona Region-Packards International
Pelican Papers, Drusilla Carter, editor, North Atlantic Packards
Phantom News, Arlene Roth, editor, Phantoms Motor/Model Club
PMD Excitement, Chuck Catalano, editor, South Jersey Pontiac Chapter-POCI
The Potomac Rambler, Chad Quella, editor, Association of AMC & Rambler Enthusiasts
The Redline Times, Reba Whittington, editor, Carolinas Chapter-NCRS
Rocket Recorder, Irma Benedek, editor, Delaware Valley Oldsmobile Club
Rocket Review Quarterly, Scott Phillips, editor, Capitol City Rockets-Olds Club of America
The Rope Shaft Reader, Gary Stoiber, editor, Little Indians Chapter-POCI
Rumble Sheet, Bill Gillies, editor, Twin Cities Regional Group # 46-EFV8CA
The Standard of The World, T.R. Toon, editor, West of the Lake Region-CLC
The Starterator, Rich Gibbs, editor, Sunflower Region-CHVA
The Steering Column, Dave McLeish, editor, The Greater Baltimore Model A Ford Club
Studebaker Spokesman, Claude Chmielewski, Wisconsin Region-Studebaker Drivers Club
Thunderbird Flyer, Tom Przedwojewski, editor, Northwest Vintage Thunderbird Club
Vairforce, Kathy Bombardier, editor, Bay State Corvairs Club
WOW, Willys Overland Words, Joy Heidal, editor, Northwest Chapter WOKR
AACA = Antique Automobile Club of America
BCA = Buick Club of America
CCCA = Classic Car Club of America
CLC = Cadillac & LaSalle Club
EFV8CA = Early Ford V8 Club of America
HET Club = Hudson Essex Terraplane Club
NCRS = National Corvette Restorers Society
HCCA = Horseless Carriage Club of America
PAC = Packard Automobile Classics
POCI = Pontiac-Oakland Club International
SPAAMFAA = Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America
VCCA = Vintage Chevrolrt Club of America
VTCI = Vintage Thunderbird Club International
WOKR = Willys Overland Knight Registry
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