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Drum Roll, Please: The 2021 Golden Quill Awards

Old Cars has chosen the winning recipients of the 2021 Golden Quill Award for automotive club publication excellence.
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What it takes to earn Old Cars’ coveted club pub award 

“It is a privilege to announce that dozens of car club publications have been honored with the Golden Quill Award by the editorial staff of Old Cars magazine, a well-established mainstay in the world of vintage car publications,” says Angelo Van Bogart, Old Cars editor. “Quality, balanced content, creativity, accuracy, admirable layout and design plus professionalism are main factors in the selection.”

Van Bogart added that, when judging club publications, the Old Cars staff looks for a balance of historical articles with stories about members and their vehicles, technical articles and club communication. “There should be a good balance of images showing members and their vehicles — but not too much of one over the other — plus helpful information and leads to resources that strengthen the club, its members and the hobby,” he added.

Dr. Gerald Perschbacher, chief judge for the competition, noticed several shifts in publications during 2021. Some were thinned in page count or in frequency, likely due to less activities and income attributed to the COVID pandemic and the curtailing of select activities. Some clubs skipped issues and, in rare cases, may have gone into hibernation. A few clubs even lost their editors to the virus, which affected the club’s ability to publish.

“There was less to report when it came to events, but plenty to include on special features,” Perschbacher notes. So member memories, experiences and stories seemed to be bumped up in frequency. He sees this as a benefit for car clubs since it builds rapport. The hobby slowdown also resulted in a rise in technical and historical features that Perschbacher believes will strengthen enjoyment of the hobby and the preservation or restoration of collectible cars."

"Some events were planned then canceled, and advertising space seemed to take a dip. But overall, clubs shouldered the situation. “If there are heroes in this process, let’s give a special word of appreciation to editors who kept the old car hobby rolling in print,” he adds, “and let’s not forget club members who supported their editors by providing articles and pictures.”

On the plus side, several publications increased their page counts when frequency changed, or the necessity of communication was heightened. This resulted in a new “Super Size” category for national publications. In 2021, it was not unusual for a national car club publication to surpass 80 pages, some going as high as 116 pages, or more.

The category of Honorable Mention in the following list does not note winners, but potential publications that may rise to be winners in future annual contests for the Golden Quill Award.

There are still car club publications that are not in competition, but can be considered for 2022. To be involved, clubs are to send gratis printed copies upon publication to the two sources involved in judging:

Old Cars Editor
5225 Joerns Drive, Suite 2
Stevens Point, WI 54481

AND ALSO

Dr. Gerald Perschbacher, Chief Judge
8868 Rock Forest Drive
St. Louis, MO 63123-1116

Hard copies sent to the addresses above are also eligible to be featured in the “Club Clips” section that appears in each issue of Old Cars, and be further promoted online on Old Cars’ website and Facebook page.

Since publications are categorized and judged for the Golden Quill Award based on printed copies, it is necessary to mail publications to the above addresses in order to be considered for the award. Those clubs that only offer their publication via email may still enter the 2022 competition by sending printed copies of the club’s digital publication to the addresses noted.

Is your club’s information up to date on the Old Cars Club List? Visit your club’s listing at www.oldcarsweekly.com/old-cars-car-club-directory and if your club’s contact information needs to be updated or added, please send an e-mail with the updates to oldcars@aimmedia.com.

Now onto the Winners 

Old Cars awards 2021 club publications

Awarded by Chief Judge Gerald Perschbacher & Old Cars Staff

National Awards

Super Size

Antique Automobile, West Peterson, editor, The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)

Avanti, Lewis Schucart, editor, Avanti Owners Association International

Horseless-Carriage-Gazette

Horseless Carriage Gazette, Tracy Lesher, editor/graphic design, Horseless Carriage Club of America

Model-A-News

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, editor, The National Corvette Restorers Society

Porsche Panorama, Rob Sass, editor, The Porsche Club of America

The Professional Car, Walt McCall, editor, The Professional Car Society

The Restorer, Andy Scheer, editor, Model A Ford Club of America

Smoke Signals, Tim Dye, editor, Pontiac-Oakland Club International

National Luxury

Air Cooled News, Alex Huppe & Jeryl Schriever, co-editors, H.H. Franklin Club, Inc.

ATSOTC

At The Sign Of The Cat, David Hyatt, editor/graphics, Cougar Club of America

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Newsletter, Shannon Olson, editor, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club

The Bulb Horn, Dennis Holland, editor, The Vintage Motor Car Club of America

Buick-Bugle

Buick Bugle, Pete Phillips, editor, Buick Club of America

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

Enjine! Enjine! Scott Rollins & Steve Hagy & Tony Barrancotta, editors, 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.

Journey with Olds, Shannon Olson, editor, Oldsmobile Club of America

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

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

Lincoln & Continental Comments, Jeffrey D. Shively, editor, Lincoln & Continental Owners Club

Plymouth-Bulletin

Plymouth Bulletin, Lanny D. Knutson, editor, Plymouth Owners Club

Quicksilver, Todd Haefer, editor, International Mercury Owners Association

Self-Starter

The Self-Starter, Jeffrey D. Shively, editor, Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.

Stutz News, Carl & Carrol Jensen, editors, The Stutz Club, Inc.

Turning Wheels, Ann Turner, editor, The Studebaker Drivers Club

V8 Times, Shannon Olson, editor, Early Ford V8 Club of America

The Vintage Ford, Aleesa Drennen, editor, Model T Ford Club of America

WPC News, Frank Pascoe, editor, Chrysler Product Restorers Club

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

National Intermediate

The Arrow, Steven Rossi, editor, Pierce-Arrow Society

The Brickline, Randy Wyrick, editor, Bricklin International Owners Club Inc.

The Cormorant News Bulletin, Craig Handley, editor, The Packard Club

Corsa Communique, Don Keefe, executive editor, Corvair Society of America

Crosley Quarterly, Abigayle & Joyce Morgan, co-editors, Crosley Automobile Club

DeSoto Adventures, Dan Lyman, National DeSoto Club, Inc.

Early-Bird

The Early Bird, Garrett Shropshire, editor, Classic Thunderbird Club International

The Fork & Blade, Greg Bilpuch, editor, Lincoln Owners Club

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

The Riview, Ray Knott, director/editor, Riviera Owners Association

Sallee Speaks, John Byrden, editor, LaSalle Appreciation Society — Chapter of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.

Silver Trumpet, John & Amy Tippett, editors, SPAAMFAA

The Skyliner, Judi Terrell Linden, editor, International Ford Retractable Club

The Starter, Tom Johnson, editor, Willys-Overland-Knight Registry, Inc.

Talegate, Chuck Snyder, editor, International Station Wagon Club

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

Torque Tube II, Matthew Hinson, editor, 1936-1938 Buick Club

The VSA, Jim Bates, editor, Volvo Sports America

Vintage Triumph, Shawn Frank, editor, The Vintage Triumph Register

VSA, Jim Bates, editor, Volvo Sports America

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

Wheels & Waves, Larry DePasquale Sr., editor, International Amphicar Owners Club

Woodie Times, Roddy Sergiades, editor, The National Woodie Club

National Compact

Airflow Newsletter, John Boyd, editor, Airflow Club of America

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

Cross Flags, Jeff Butz, editor, ’65-66 Full Size Chevrolet Club

Fomoco Times, Travis B. Sheaffer, editor, Crown Victoria Association

Front Wheel Driver, Steve & Lucy Blakey, editors, Toronado Owners Association

Jeepster News, Peter G. Mozzone, editor, Willys Overland Jeepster Club, Inc.

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

The Marmon News, George Bradley, editor, The Marmon Club

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

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 and Martin & Joyce Moody, editors, The Reo Club of America, Inc.

Runabouts to Rockets, Brad Bishop, editor, National Antique Oldsmobile Club

The Silver Shell, Jeff Buckley, editor, Moon Car Club

53’/54’ Buick Skylark Club Newsletter, Gary DiLillo, editor, ’53/’54 Buick Skylark Club

Thunder & Lightning, Linda Greisinger, editor, Hurst/Olds Club of America

Viva Carrera!, Mike Denney, editor, The Road Race Lincoln Register Club

Special Purpose & Museum

Braking News, Jeff Lane, director, Lane Motor Museum

The EMMR Times, Eastern Museum of Motor Racing

Emporium/Service Bulletin, Pierce-Arrow Society

The Ford Legend, Josh Conrad, editor, Henry Ford Heritage Association

Foundation News, Henry Dominguez, editor, Early Ford V-8 Foundation

Great Arrow News, Dave Stevens, museum director, Pierce-Arrow Museum

LaCad, Andrew & Rachel Rees, editors, Cadillac LaSalle Club of Australia

Reflections, Jeffrey E. Bliemeister, executive director, AACA Museum, Inc.

Service Bulletin, David White, editor, Pierce-Arrow Society

The Time Machine, Mary Ann Porinchak, editor, National Packard Museum

The Voice, Dave Bajumpaa, editor, Connecticut Council of Car Clubs

Regional Chapters 2021

Full Size Chapters

The Bonding Strip, Ed Vignone, editor, Southern California Chapter — National Corvette Restorers Society

The Dashboard, Maureen Blevins, editor, Greater Illinois Region — Classic Car Club of America

LineChaser, Cheryl Loegering, editor, Minnesota Street Rod Association — NSRA

Overhead Cammer, Jim Black, editor, Overhead Chapter — Pontiac-Oakland Club International

Torque, Rich Ray, editor, Michigan Region — Classic Car Club of America

The Vette Signal Magazine, Tom Komendera, editor, Michigan Chapter — National Corvette Restorer’s Society

Compact Chapters

The Blue Gray Rocket Report, Darlene Myers, editor, Blue/Gray Chapter — Oldsmobile Club of America

Boomtimes, William C. Anderson, editor, Buick Owners of Maryland

Corvan Antics, Molly Bacon, editor, Corvanatics

Cormorant Flier, Stan Ruesch, editor, Wisconsin Packard Automobile Classics, Inc.

Cruisin, Luke Karosi, editor, West Coast Customs

Fiero Focus, Sadie Kaminski, editor, Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts, Inc.

Gateway Gazette, Ted Baker, editor, St. Louis Gateway Chapter — Buick Club of America

Hoosier Horn, Rachel Daeger, editor, Indiana Region — Classic Car Club of America

Hoosier Tailfin, Michael Fellenzer, editor, Indiana Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club

The Hub Cap, Jim Nicholson editor, Wisconsin Region — Classic Car Club of America

Legendary Lines, David & Melinda Gale, editors, NW GTO Legends

The Livery, Eileen Schoenecker, editor, Tri-State Chapter — Professional Car Society

Northern Lights, Donna & Bill Dirnberger, editors, Minnesota Region — AACA

Northstar News, Dave Gustafson, editor, Northstar Region — Lincoln & Continental Owners Club

Paw Prints, Karen Wilson, editor, GTO Association of Central Ohio

Henney Program of Progress, George Hamlin, editor, Henney Chapter — Professional Car Society

The Redline Times, Reba Whittington, editor, Carolinas Chapter — National Corvette Restorers Society

The Restoration Preservation Motoring Fun, Jimmy Patitucci, editor

Road Chatter, John & Robin Emmering, editors, Northern Illinois Regional Group #8 – Early Ford V-8 Club of America

Snic Braaaapp, Tom Morgan, editor, Triumph Illinois Sports Owners Association

Studebaker Spokesman, Claude Chmielewski, editor, Wisconsin Region — Studebaker Drivers Club

Vairforce, Kathy Bombardier, editor, Bay State Corvair Club

Whales On Wheels, Molly Bacon, editor, Ultra Van Motor Coach Club, Inc.

Wheels “A” Rolling, David Young, editor, Mid-Atlantic Vintage Motor Car Club of America

WOW (Willys Overland Words), Martin Jaeger, editor, Northwest Chapter — Willys-Overland-Knight Registry

Sub-Compact Chapters

Arc and Spark, David O. Lyon, editor, Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restores Club

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

Carhart Chronicle, Ralph Kalal, editor, Wisconsin Society of Automotive Historians

Carolina Plymouth Power, Dean Yates, editor, Plymouth Owners Club

Classic Olds Journal, Mary Degler, editor Olds Club of Florida — Oldsmobile Club of America

The Echo, Chris Collins, editor, Grand Canyon State Chapter — Studebaker Drivers Club

Finz, Ron Melville, editor, The Cadillac & LaSalle Club of New Zealand, Inc.

The Fordist Newsletter, Charlie Dildine, editor, So-Cal Regional Group — Early Ford V-8 Club of America

The Hudson-Aire, Lynn P. Horn, editor, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club

Mass Cruisers Auto Club, John Buchanan, editor, Mass Cruisers Auto Club

The Occasional, Steven G. Williams, editor, Model T Ford Club of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Packard Digest, Kevin Luedtke, executive director, Motor City Packards — Packard Automobile Classics, Inc.

Packardgram, Duane Gunn, editor, Arizona Region — Packards International

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

The Potomac Rambler, Chad Quella, editor, Association of AMC & Rambler Enthusiasts

Rocket Recorder, Irma Benedek, editor, Delaware Valley Oldsmobile Club

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

The Rope Shaft Reader, Gary Stoiber, editor, Little Indians Chapter —Pontiac-Oakland Club International

Rumble Sheet, Bill Gillies, editor, Twin Cities Regional Group #46 — Early Ford V8 Club of America

Sidelights, Jean Hawa, editor, South Florida Region — AACA

The Standard of The World, Bill Levy, editor, North Texas Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.

The Starterator, Rich Gibbs, editor, Sunflower Region — Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association

Steering Wheel Newsletter, Ed Meyer, editor, Missouri-Illinois Gateway Chapter — Studebaker Drivers Club

Thunderbird Flyer, Tom Przedwojewski, president, Northwest Vintage Thunderbird Club

Wheel Tracks, Gary Fiske & Anne Pierce and Nancy & Ken Gypson, editors, Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts

Honorable Mention*

Airhorn, Charley Biddle, editor, Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts — Corsa Chapter

The AM-xcentric, Joshua Greenplate, editor, Great Lakes Classic AMC Club

The Belltown Bulletin, Dan David, editor, Belltown Antique Car Club

Bird Talk, Art Fleming, editor, Long Island Thunderbird Club — Vintage Thunderbird Club International

Borgward Owners’ Club Newsletter, Dave Jolksovsky, editor, Borgward Owners’ Club

Caddy Chatter, Tony Albarella, editor, Cadillac Club of North Jersey

Chrysler Tonic, Carol Morice, editor, Chrysler Product Restorers Club — WPC Club

Driving Force, Colby Martin, editor, SEMA Government Affairs Office/SEMA Action Network

East Coast Chapter Newsletter, Pat & Dan Kasten, editors, East Cost Chapter — International Ford Retractable Club

The Enlightener, Dan Cress, editor, The Badger Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.

Exhaust Valve, Jim Jaeger, editor, Fireball Chapter — Buick Club of America

The Gas Buggy Gazette, Angelica Yost, editor, Gettysburg Region — AACA

The GMC Times, David & Julie Bailey, editors, GMC Truck Chapter — Pontiac-Oakland Club International

The Golden Rocket, Carol Murray, editor, 57 Chapter — Oldsmobile Club of America

Good Olds Days, Dan Bodine, editor, Illinois Valley Olds Chapter

Hawkeye Hexagon, Dick Boswell, editor, Hawkeye Packards

The Horseless Page, Cinda Dorholt, editor, The Twin Cities Regional Group — Horseless Carriage Club of America

Hudsonnews, Richard Low, editor, Dixie Chapter Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club

The Newsletter of the PCPV Chapter of POCI, editor, Paul Bergstrom, Pontiac Commercial & Professional Vehicle Chapter — Pontiac-Oakland Club International

Overhead Cammer, Jim Black, editor, Overhead Chapter — Pontiac-Oakland Club International

The Packard Panorama, Jim Yocum, editor Keystone Packards — The Packard Club

Packard Profiles, Ken Dunning, editor, Peachstate Packards Region — Packard Automobile Classics

Pelican Papers, Drusilla Carter, editor, North Atlantic Packards — Packard Automobile Classics

Phantom News, Arlene Roth, editor, Phantoms Motor/Model Club

Rocket Review, Judy Badgley, editor, R.E. Olds Chapter — Oldsmobile Club of America

Southern Nevada Chapter Newsletter, Felipe Wentzel, editor, Southern Nevada Chapter — National Corvette Restorers Society

The Standard of The World, T.R. Toon, editor, West of the Lake Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club

*Printed award not issued for Honorable Mention category.

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