Winning publications continue to improve
There are no two ways about it: The quality of car club publications was on the rise during 2015. “It’s as clear as a blue sky that more and more car clubs realize the importance of their publications and are doing something about it,” said Dr. Gerald Perschbacher, chief judge for the 2015 Golden Quill Award issued by Old Cars Weekly. “As a result, the entire old car hobby is beneficiary.”
Perschbacher has followed the ups and downs of trends over the past 30-plus years. Having been a club editor, he can appreciate the ways in which a fine club publication shines good light on a club and is a benefit for membership.
“Clubs do some of their best communicating thorough a publication, whether in print or, as some clubs choose, online. The club’s ‘face’ for many of its members is the publication. It is a friend coming to the mailbox of members, a cordial handout to prospects, and a ‘fun read’ that keeps members going in the same direction. For some clubs, the publication is the cement that binds the members in a common goal,” he says.
For 2015, it seemed clubs were putting more importance on their publications. This appears true for national and regional clubs. “Yes, there is more use of color printing, more pages and better layouts plus design extras that have placed publications on top of the mail heap when items are opened. From what I can tell, car club magazines often are the first things read in daily mail.”
Perschbacher says that the days of a hunt-and-peck, blandly composed and non-visual publication are practically gone. “Readers want bang from their membership bucks, which may have forced clubs to get more serious about content and appearance.”
In selecting the winners announced in this issue, the chief judge explains, “The outer dimensions and page count of a publication place it in a category. Balance of articles, range of topics and serviceability for members quickly follow. Quality photos, originality, technical tips and social ability of articles are factors, too. Overall, what is wanted is a truly admirable publication that members want to pick up and read as soon as it arrives.”
He says publications receiving an “Honorable Mention” should be confident that they are on the right track “as improvements lift the publications to potentially winning spots. The competition is tough, to say the least, but the advantages for the entire hobby are golden. Good publications can set a high mark for the hobby and its recognition.”
Perschbacher concludes, “If a club wants to know what it takes to produce a winning publication, just look at examples in this issue’s list. By gleaning tips from those, it will give prospective winners a chance to improve and move onto that list in the future.”
National Luxury -
Air Cooled News, Alex Huppe & Jeryl Schriever, co-editors, H.H. Franklin Club, Inc.
American Motoring, Cheryl Samuel & Mike Spangler, editors, American Motors Owners Association
Antique Automobile, West Peterson, editor, The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)
At The Sign Of The Cat, Thierry Frisch, editor, Cougar Club of America
Avanti Magazine, Lewis Schucart, editor, Avanti Owners Association International
Brute Force, Merle Wolfer, senior associate editor, Chrysler 300 Club, Inc.
Buick Bugle, Pete Phillips, editor, Buick Club of America (BCA)
The Bulb Horn, Dennis Holland, editor, The Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA)
The Classic Car, Ron Verschoor, editor, The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA)
The Cormorant News Bulletin, Craig Handley, editor, The Packard Club
The Corvette Restorer, Vinnie Peters, editor, National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS)
Early Bird, Lin Somsak, editor, Classic Thunderbird Club International
Enjine! Enjine!, Scott Rollins, editor, SPAAMFAA
Generator & Distributor, Kate Sullivan, editor, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, Inc.
Horseless Carriage Gazette, John Meyer III, editor, Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA)
The Ignitor, John Teel, editor, Spark Plug Collectors of America
Journey With Olds, Shannon Olson, editor, Oldsmobile Club of America
Lincoln and Continental -
Comments, Tim Howley, editor, Lincoln & Continental Owners Club
LineChaser, Tom Vollbrecht Jr., editor, Minnesota Street Rod Association
Mercedes-Benz Classic, Jochen Fisher, editor, Mercedes-Benz
Model “A” News, Helen Ehrenhofer, editor, Model A Restorers Club (MARC)
Model A Times, John LaVoy , editor, Model A Times
The NCRS Driveline, Eric Mortimer, editor, National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS)
The Packard Cormorant, Stuart R. Blond, editor, Packard Automobile Classics
Packards International Magazine, Don Hull, editor, Packards International Motor Car Club
Plymouth Bulletin, Lanny D. Knutson, editor, Plymouth Owners Club
Porsche Panorama, Pete Stout, editor, The Porsche Club of America
Porsche 356 Registry, Gordon Maltby, editor, Porsche 356 Registry, Inc.
The Professional Car, Walt McCall, editor, The Professional Car Society
Pur Sang, Tim Clifford, editor, American Bugatti Club
Quicksilver, Todd Haefer, editor, International Mercury Owners Association
The Restorer, Jim Spawn, editor, Model A Ford Club of America (MAFCA)
The Riview, Ray Knott, editor, The Riviera Owners Association
Sacred Octagon, David Lawley, editor, The New England MG “T” Register, Ltd.
Secrets, Charlie Yapp, editor, The Secrets of Speed Society
The Self-Starter, Stephen E. “Steve” Stewart, Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Smoke Signals, Don Keefe, editor, Pontiac Oakland Club International (POCI)
Thunderbird Scoop, Terri McNeill, editor, Vintage Thunderbird Club International (VTCI)
Turning Wheels, Ann Turner, editor, The Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC)
V8 Times, Jerry Windle, editor, Early Ford V-8 Club of America
The Vintage Ford, Jennifer Hollandbeck, editor, Model T Ford Club of America (MTFCA)
Wheels of Time, Stormy Wylie, editor, American Truck Historical Society
White Triangle News (WTN), Sam Jackson, editor, Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club, Inc.
Action Era Vehicle, Charles E. Smith, editor, Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association
The Arrow, Roger J. Sherman, editor, Pierce-Arrow Society
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Newsletter, Shannon Olson, editor, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club
The Brickline, John T. Blair, editor, Bricklin International Owners Club, Inc.
CCCA Bulletin, Ron Verschoor, editor, Classic Car Club of America
Corsa Communique, Mike McGowan, executive editor, Corvair Society of America, Inc.
Crosley Quarterly, Fred Syrdal, editor, Crosley Automobile Club, Inc.
DeSoto Adventures, Geoff Overley, editor, National DeSoto Club, Inc.
Fomoco Times, Travis Sheaffer, editor, Crown Victoria Association
Healey Marque, Reid Trummel, editor, Austin-Healey Club of America
Impala News, Mike Berry, editor, National Impala Assoc.
The Legend, Tom Szymczyk, editor, GTO Association of America
The Nomad Post, John Lee, editor, The Chevrolet Nomad Association
On Solid Ground, Ken Amrick, editor, Solid Axle Corvette Club
Reo Echo, Stan (Butch) & Lois Pream & Martin Moody, editors, The Reo Club of America, Inc.
Runabouts to Rockets, Wendy Crosby, editor, National Antique Oldsmobile Club
Skyliner, John Shapiro, editor, International Ford Retractable Club
The Starter, John Nikodym, editor, Willys-Overland-Knight Registry
Stutz News, Carl Jensen, editor, The Stutz Club, Inc.
Torque Tube II, Joseph Suarez, editor, 1936-1938 Buick Club
Vintage Triumph, Mike Cook, editor, The Vintage Triumph Register
VSA, Jim Bates, editor, Volvo Sports America/1800 Register, Inc.
The Way of the Zephyr, David L. Cole, editor-in-chief, Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club
Wheels & Waves, Larry & Pat DePasquale, editors, The International Amphicar Owners Club
Woodie Times, John Lee, editor, The National Woodie Club
WPC News, Richard Bowman, editor, Chrysler Product Restorers Club
National Compact -
Airflow Newsletter, Frank Faly, editor, Airflow Club of America
American Austin Bantam Club News, Bob & Cathy Cunningham, editors, 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
Driven, Bill Funk, editor, Shelby American Automobile Club of America
Driveshaft, Doug Buhrer, editor, Lambda Car Club International
Durant Partner, Carol Fogarazzo, editor, Durant Motors Automobile Club
’53-’54 Buick Skylark, Gary I. Lillo, editor, ’53-’54 Buick Skylark Club
Front Wheel Driver, Steve & Lucy Blakey, editors, 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
Long Life, John Nikodym, editor, WOKR — Official Velie Registry
The Marmon News, Jeff Stumb, editor, The Marmon Club
The National Falcon News, Janet Wilkerson, editor, The Falcon Club of America, Inc.
1915-1918 Buick & McLaughlin-Buick Owners Newsletter Group, Dean G. Tryon, editor, 1915-1918 Buick & McLaughlin-Buick Owners Group
North American Singers Owners Club News, Phillip Avis, editor, North American Singer Owners Club
Professional Car Collector, Louis C. Farah, editor, Professional Cars International
The Silver Shell, Jeff Buckley, editor, Moon Car Club
Supercharger, Dale Robbins, editor, Graham Owners Club International, Inc.
Thunderbird Script, Nicole Colwell, editor, International Thunderbird Club
Thunder & Lightning, Renee Kuharchuk, editor, Hurst/Olds Club of America
Tiger News!, Paul & Nichole Lyczak, editor, The Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club, Inc.
Tough Americans, Jock Jocewicz, editor, National American Motors Drivers & Racers Association
Tucker Topics, Martin Mieras & Cheryl Tucker, editors, Tucker Automobile Club of America, Inc.
Viva Carrera!, Mike Denney, editor, The Road Race Lincoln Register
Museums & Associations -
Braking News, Jeff Lane, director, Lane Motor Museum
Driving Force, Colby Martin, editor, SEMA Action Network
Foundation News, Frank Scheidt, editor, Early Ford V-8 Foundation
Gray Goose News, Terry Ernest, editor, The Wills Museum
The Hudson Triangle, Bob Ross, editor, Hudson Essex Terraplane Historical Society
Precious Metal, Jackie L. Frady, editor, National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)
Red Cap Review II, Charles Wilson, editor, Mullins Owners Club
SAH Journal, Ruben L. Verdes, editor, Society of Automotive Historians
The Time Machine, Mary Ann Porinchak, editor, National Packard Museum
Regions/Chapters Full Size -
AM Spirit, Ron Morrison, editor, Northern Ramblers Car Club, Inc.
Bird’sNest, Don Seymour, editor, New England’s Vintage Thunderbirds
Driven, Tom Dankel, editor, Shelby American Automobile Club of Northern California
Fiero Focus, Scott Savage, editor, Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts, Inc.
Finz, Ron Melville, editor, Cadillac & LaSalle Club of New Zealand
Hoosier Horn, Jeff Shively, editor, Indiana Region CCCA
LaCad, Terry & Robyn Griffin, editors, Cadillac & LaSalle Club of Australia
The Mudflap, Mark & Marion McAlpine, editors, Tidewater Region – AACA
Northern Lights, Donna & Bill Dirnberger, editors, Minnesota — AACA
Oregon Clipper, John Imlay, editor, Packards of Oregon
Overhead Cammer, Jim Black, editor, Overhead Cammers Chapter — Pontiac-Oakland Club International
The Pious Pelican, Bud Juneau, editor, Northern California Packards
The Skyline, Craig Handley, editor, The Metro Region — CCCA
Torque, Rich Ray, editor, Michigan Region – CCCA
Vairforce, David McMillan, editor, The Bay State Corvair Club CORSA
The Vette Signal, John Davin, editor, Michigan Chapter — NCRS
Vintage Voice, Fred Lewis, editor, Oakland Pontiac Worldwide — AACA
Wheels “A” Rolling, David Young, editor, Mid-Atlantic — VMCCA
Regions/Chapters Compact -
Arizona Bird Chatter, Barbara Blair, editor, Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club
The Bonding Strip, Jamie Fiffles, editor, Southern California Chapter NCRS
BoomTimes, William C. Anderson, editor, Buick Owners of Maryland
The Brass Lamp, Ron Nelson, Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri, Inc.
Cadillac & LaSalle Club Northwest Ohio Region News, Elden Smith, editor, Northwest Ohio Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Country Roads, Ron Althoff, editor, Blue Ridge Packards — Packard Automobile Classics, Inc.
DeSoto Diary, Bob Baer & Kathy Keller-Baer, editors, DeSoto Owner’s Club of Maryland, Inc.
The Detroit Headliner, John Northup, editor, Detroit Region Lambda Car Club International
The Falcon Times, Gary Nenninger, editor, Northeast Chapter — Falcon Club of America
Ford Lines, Mike Denney, editor, Tulsa — Early Ford V8 Club of America
The Gas Buggy Gazette, John E. Sayler Jr., editor, Gettysburg Region—AACA
Henney Program of Progress, George Hamlin, editor, Henney Chapter — Professional Car Society
The Hood Scoop, Chris Winslow, editor, Gateway GTO Association
Hoosier Views, Bruce & Carol Gable, editors, Indiana Regional Group # 56 — Early Ford V8 Club of America
The Hub Cap, Joyce Edfors, editor, Wisconsin Region — CCCA
Monthly Cruisin’, John Buchanan, editor, Mass Cruisers Auto Club
Northstar News, Dave Gustafson, editor, Northstar Region — Lincoln & Continental Owners Club
Nuts And Bolts, Joe Pinson, editor, Cape Canaveral Region — AACA
The Occasional, Steven G. Williams, editor, Model T Ford Club of Greater St. Louis, Inc.
On Call, Bee Hamlin, editor, Mid-Atlantic Chapter — Professional Car Society
Planetary News, Mike Zahorik, editor, Model T Ford Club of Milwaukee
Rocket Review, Judy Badgley, editor, R.E. Olds Chapter — Oldsmobile Club of America
Snic Braaapp, Bob Streepy, editor, Illinois Sports Owners Association
The Stacked Lamp Standard, Jeff Shively, editor, Vertical Headlamp Chapter — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Thunderbird News, Ed Raabe, editor, Classic Thunderbird Club of South Florida
Wheel Tracks, Gary Fiske, editor, Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts
Regions/Chapter Sub Compact -
labama Packards Newsletter, Dale Baker, editor, Alabama Packards Club
The Belltown Bulletin, Dan David, editor, Belltown Antique Car Club
Caddy Chatter, Tony Albarella, editor, Cadillac Club of North Jersey
Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club, Inc., Robin Will, editor, Plymouth Owners Club affiliate
Classic Olds Journal, Mary Degler, editor, Olds Club of Florida — Oldsmobile Club of America
The Herald, Tony Karsnia, editor, Northstar Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
The Hudson Monthly, Lew Bird, editor, North Texas Chapter — HET
The Pushrod, Pam Scherer, editor, Milwaukee CORSA
Saxon Times, Walter Prichard, editor, Saxon Car Club
The Steering Column, Betty E. Fisher, editor, The Greater Baltimore Model A Ford Club
Tiger News!, Paul & Nichole Lyczak, editors, The Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club, Inc. —POCI
Twin Ports Mustang & Ford Times, Judy Aunet, editor, Twin Ports Mustang & Ford Club
Voice, Steve Fox, editor, Iowa CrossRoads Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Willys Overland Words, Joy Heidal, editor, Northwest Chapter — WOKR
Honorable Mention -
Airhorn, Charley Biddle, editor, Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts Chapter — Corsa Chapter
Alabama Packards Newsletter, Dale Baker, editor, Alabama Packards — PAC
American Xpress, Jack Stokely, editor, Ohio AMC
Badger Bullet-N, Ernie Loga, editor, Badger Wheel — Studebaker Drivers Club
Bird Talk, Art Fleming, editor, Long Island Thunderbirds – ITC,VTCI
Bow Tie Bulletin, Ron Panicucci, editor, Jersey Lakeland Region — VCCA
Caddy Corner, Ray Koziol, editor, Raritan River Region Cadillac Club
The Chatter, Kim Gardner, editor, Capitol City Chapter — AACA
Cormorant Flier, Stan Ruesch, editor, Wisconsin Packard Club
The Criterion, Bill Marcy, editor, Northeast Chapter — Professional Car Society
The Dagmar, Wayne Shmitka, editor, Rocky Mountain Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Dairyland Digest, Helen Gellert, editor, Dairy Region — Plymouth Owners Club
The Distributor, Brad Hunsinger, editor, Hi-Country Regional Group # 28 — Early Ford V8Club of America
Dynaflash, Jim Jaeger, editor, Hawkeye Chapter — BCA
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 Enlightener, Dan Cress, editor, Badger Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Exhaust Valve, Jim Jaeger, editor, Fireball Chapter — BCA
Ford Words, East Tennessee Regional Group — Early Ford V8 Club of America
Frankfort Car Club Newsletter, Joni Plummer, editor, Frankfort Car Club
From The Corral, Bill Krieger, editor, Northern Mustang Corral
Gateway Gazette, Ted Becker, editor, St. Louis Chapter — BCA
The GMC Times, Paul Bergstrom, editor, GMC Truck Chapter — POCI
The Great Plains Terraplane Hudson-Gazette, Ramona Dittrich, editor, NE Iowa Chapter — HET
Hawkeye Hexagon, Dick Boswell, editor, Hawkeye Packards — PAC
The Helm, Sarah Ulrich-Meller, editor, Mississippi Valley Packards
The Hexagon, Rick Parker, acting editor, Mid-Atlantic Packards, Inc.
The Hub & Spoke, Tony Simmons, editor, Lynchburg, Virginia — AACA
The Hudson-Aire, Lynn P. Horn, editor, Chesapeake Bay Chapter — HET Club
Hud-Nut News, Polly Mitchell & Jesse Smith, editors, Chicago-Milwaukee Chapter — HET Club
Hudsonnews, Richard Low, editor, Dixie Chapter — HET Club
The Hudson rEflecTor, Bob Ross, editor, So. Cal. Chapter — HET Club
The Lord Nuffield Crier, Bob & Lynne Mendelsohn, editors, The Ohio Chapter NEMGTR
Mid-Atlantic Mayflower, David B. Young, editor, Mid-Atlantic Region — Plymouth Owners Club
Missouri-Illinois “Gateway” Chapter Studebaker Steering Wheel newsletter, Ed Meyer, editor, MO/IL Gateway Chapter — Studebaker Drivers Club
Newsletter, Carolyn Weaver, editor, Las Vegas Chapter — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
The Old Crank, Brenna Olwine & Chuck Riblett, editors, Northern Colorado Chapter — VMCCA
Packard Panorama, Jim Yocum, editor, Keystone Packards — PAC
Packard Profiles, Ken Dunning, editor, Peachstate Packards Region — PAC
The Packards Proving Grounds New Report, Bud Juneau, editor, Packard Motor Car Foundation
Peregrine Press, Phil Barber, editor, Mason Dixon Chapter — Falcon Club of America
Phantom News, Arlene Roth, editor, Phantoms Motor/Model Club
PMD Excitement, Chuck Catalano, editor, South Jersey Pontiac Chapter — POCI
Porthole, Fred Syrdal, editor, Gopher State Chapter — BCA
Puget Sounds, Scott Jenkins, editor, Puget Sound Regional Group – Early Ford V-8 Club of America
The Redline Times, Reba Whittington, editor, Carolinas Chapter — NCRS
The RopeShaft Reader, Gary Stoiber, editor, Little Indians Chapter — POCI
Rumble Sheet, Bill Gillies, editor, Twin Cities Regional Group # 46 — Early Ford V-8 Club of America
Silver Dome Gazette, Stuart Ryce, editor, California Chrysler Products Club
The Standard, Kevin Luedtke, editor, Motor City Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Standard Of The World, Bill Levy, editor, North Texas Region — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
Steering Wheel Newsletter, Ed Meyer, editor, MO/IL Gateway Chapter— Studebaker Drivers Club
Studebaker Spokesman, Claude Chmielewski, editor, Wisconsin Region — Studebaker Drivers Club
Tough Americans, Jock Jocewicz, editor, NAMDRA
Thunderbird Flyer, Tom Przedwojewski, editor, Northwest Vintage Thunderbird Club
Tin Lizzie Times, Jerry Campbell, editor, Tacoma Model T Ford Club
Tomahawk, Paul Bergstrom, editor, Minnesota Chapter 13 — POCI
Trail Bird News, David Tulowitzky, editor, Trail Birds of Southwest Florida
The Tripower Times, Jay Robinson, editor, Northern Colorado GTO Association
Triumph Standard, Scott McKee, editor, SCTOA
Up To Speed, Maureen Blevins, editor, Greater Illinois Region — CCCA
The Winged Goddess, Jeff Shively, editor, 1941 Chapter — Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.