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OCW presents annual Golden Quill Awards

Scores of regional and national publications are receiving the Golden Quill Award for club publications published during 2013.
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Our annual salute to the top club publications

Scores of regional and national publications are receiving the Golden Quill Award for club publications published during 2013. “It’s thrilling news for each club, especially for their editor and the support crew that make each publication a reality,” says Angelo Van Bogart, editor of Old Cars Weekly which issues the annual award.

He adds that there are 45 “Honorable Mentions” which show a hopeful bunch of potential future winners. “Honorable Mention” is not an award category, but offers special recognition by being listed in this issue.

The Golden Quill Award is presented as recognition for the publishing efforts of national, regional and local car clubs, registries, associations, museums and related organizations.

Researcher and OCW columnist Dr. Gerald Perschbacher serves as chief judge. He and the OCW staff inspected and evaluated publications throughout the year. Perschbacher shared interesting information from nearly 100 club publications throughout the year in OCW’s weekly “Club Clips” column. When the final 2013 club submissions came to his attention, he offered conclusions and insights to the editorial staff of OCW. The final selections were then made.

“Clubs are encouraged to submit each issue as it comes out — and send a copy to my attention and to the OCW office,” Perschbacher said (see addresses at end of article). “Too often, a club changes its mailing list and one or the other location is dropped. Simply put, if publications are not received, how can they be judged?”

It is important for clubs to submit hard copies of the printed publication. “Sometimes it’s a close call between publications, and the only way to offer a fair judgment is to spread the competitors out for one-to-one comparisons. That just cannot happen easily on a computer screen,” Perschbacher notes. Likewise, the quality of printing and paper stock can sometimes come into play, which can be determined only when hard copies are sent.

What are the various criteria used in selecting a Quill winner? High standards in several areas are important. A well-balanced publication “meets the needs of its club members and advances their appreciation and knowledge of old cars and the hobby in general,” says Perschbacher. News of the hobby and the club, advancements in hobby services, discoveries, historical insights, interesting tales, events, human-interest items and technical articles are sought. Good photos with little (if any) condensing to fit a space are reflective of the publication’s worth. Editors should avoid distortion of visuals and the facts. Layout, design, readability, a variety of fine visuals and professional/semi-professional approaches to the publication are examined. Continued growth of the quality of the publication is also encouraged.

There are no first-, second- or third-place winners of the Golden Quill Award. A winner is a winner. The categories are based on size of the publication by page count and dimensions. Most often, the “National Luxury” category is for publications with 32 or more pages, often (but not necessarily) in color. “National Intermediate” is for publications usually ranging from more than 12 pages and up to 32. “National Compact” is up to and including 12 pages or those of small dimensions. Contenders are grouped according to size to increase the fairness of the final selection. This also reflects the amount of printing/production costs each club puts behind its publication. Likewise, the chapter and regional organizations are divided by size with “Regional/Chapter Full-Size” containing high-page-count, glossy color publications. “Regional/Chapter Sub Compact” generally includes black-and-white publications with about 12 pages per issue.

“It’s too late for consideration for 2013, but 2014 is in full swing. So now is the time to begin submitting your club’s publication,” Perschbacher encourages.

For possible club exposure in the weekly “Club Clips” column and entry in the Golden Quill Award competition, send copies of each issue to two addresses: OCW Editor, 700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990 and Dr. Gerald Perschbacher, 8868 Rock Forest Drive, St. Louis, MO 63123-1116.

Winning publications will be recognized in the annual list of winners appearing in OCW in the spring after the calendar year being judged. A certificate will be sent to each winner marking the achievement.

Publications listed in “Honorable Mention” will not receive a Golden Quill Award certificate, but have the distinction of being noted in the print and online versions of OCW.

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National Luxury

Antique Automobile, West Peterson, editor-in-chief, Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)

Avanti Magazine, Lewis Schucart, editor, Avanti Owners Association International

Brute Force, Merle Wolfer, editor, Chrysler 300 Club

The 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, Classic Car Club of America (CCCA)

Corvette Restorer, Vinnie Peters, editor, National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS)

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

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

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

LaCad, Terry & Robyn Griffin, editors, Cadillac LaSalle Club of Australia

La Luneta, Orlando Bongiardino, editor, Club Amigos De Automoviles Antiguos (Argentina National)

Lincoln and Continental Comments, Tim Howley, editor, The Lincoln and Continental Owners Club (LCOC)

LineChaser, Sandy Felde, editor, Minnesota Street Rod Association

Mercedes-Benz Classic, Jochen Fischer & Hermann Ries, editors

Model “A” News, Helen Ehrenhofer, editor, The Model “A” Restorers Club

Model A Times, John LaVoy, editor, Model A Times

Model T Times, Natalie W. Peiffer, editor, Model T Ford Club International

The Packard Cormorant, Stuart Blond, editor, Packard Automobile Classics (PAC)

Packards International Magazine, Don Hull, editor, Packards International Motor Car Club (PIMCC)

Plymouth Bulletin, Lanny D. Knutson, editor, Plymouth Owners Club (POC)

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

The Professional Car, Walter M.P. McCall, editor, Professional Car Society (PCS)

Quicksilver, Todd Haefer, editor, The International Mercury Owners Association

The Restorer, Jim Spawn, editor, Model A Ford Club of America

Sacred Octagon, David Lawley, editor, The New England MG “T” Register (NEMGTR)

Secrets, Vintage Speed & Sport, Donna Yapp, editor, The Secrets of Speed Society

The Self-Starter, Stephen E. Stewart, editor, Cadillac & LaSalle Club (CLC)

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

Turning Wheels, Art Unger/Ann Turner, editors, The Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC)

V8 Times, Jerry Windle, editor, Early Ford V-8 Club of America (EFV8CA)

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

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

Woodie Times, John Lee, editor, The National Woodie Club

National Intermediate

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

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

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

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

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

The Cormorant News Bulletin, Craig Handley, editor, Packard Automobile Classics

Corsa Communique, Mike McGowan, executive editor, Corvair Society of America

Crosley Quarterly, Fred Syrdal, editor, Crosley Automobile Club

DeSoto Adventures, Geoff Overley, editor, National DeSoto Club

Enjine! Enjine!, Scott Rollins, editor, SPAAMFAA

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

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

Impala News, Mike Berry, editor, National Impala Association

Jeepster News, James J. Sommer, editor, Willys Overland Jeepster Club

Journey With Olds, Marsha Nicholas, OCA Communications Coordinator, Oldsmobile Club of America (OCA)

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

The NCRS Driveline, Eric Mortimer, editor, National Corvette Restorers Society

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

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

The Peerless Co-Operator, Lis Nichols, editor, Peerless Motor Club

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

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

The Starter, John Nikodym, editor, Willys-Overland-Knight Registry

Stutz News, Carl & Carol Jensen, editors, The Stutz Club

The Supercharger, Dale Robbins, editor, The Graham Owners Club International

300 Star Letter, Cyndi Vander Horn, editor, Gull Wing Group

Thunder & Lightning, Renee Kuharchuk, editor, Hurst/Olds Club of America

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

VSA, Jim Bates, editor & publisher, Volvo Sports America/1800 Register

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

WPC News, Richard Bowman, editor, Chrysler Product Restorers Club

White Triangle News, Sam Jackson, editor, The Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club (HET Club)

National Compact

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

At The Sign of The Cat, Rob Merritt, temporary editor, Cougar Club of America

Cross Flags, Jeff Butz, editor, 1965-’66 Full-Size Chevrolet Club

Driving Force, Colby Martin, editor, SEMA Action Network, Specialty Equipment Market Association

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

’53-’54 Buick Skylark Club, Gary Li Lillo, editor, ’53 –’54 Buick Skylark Club

Fomoco Times, Travis Sheaffer, editor, Crown Victoria Association

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

Long Life, John Nikodym, editor, WOKR Inc. Velie Registry

Marmon Club News, Jeff Stumb, editor, The Marmon Club

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

1915-1918 Buick & McLaughlin-Buick Owners Newsletter Group, Dean G. Tryon, editor

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

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

Pur Sang, Tom Clifford, editor, American Bugatti Club

Reo Echo, Stan & Lois Pream & Martin Moody, editors, Reo Club of America

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

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

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

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

Thunderbird Script, Nicole Colwell, editor, International Thunderbird Club

Torque Tube II, Joseph Suarez, editor, 1936-1938 Buick Club

Tough Americans, Jock Jocewicz, editor, The National American Motors Drivers & Racers Association

Tucker Topics, Bill Pommering, editor, Tucker Automobile Club of America

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

Regional/Chapter Full Size

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

The Atlantic Lady, Joanne Goldman, editor-in-chief, Atlantic Region of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club

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

Driven, Tom Dankel, editor, Shelby American Automobile Club of Northern California

Fiero Focus, Scott Savage & Christopher Sass, editors, Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiast

Hoosier Horn, Jeffrey Shively, editor, Indiana Region CCCA

Northern Lights, Bob Porter, editor, Ohio Region CCCA

Oregon Clipper, David Charvet, editor, Packards of Oregon

Torque, Tom Goad, editor, Michigan Region CCCA

The Vette Signal, John Davin, editor, Michigan Chapter NCRS

Regional/Chapter Compact

Arizona Bird Chatter, Barbara Blair, editor, Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club

Badger Bullet-N, Ernie Loga, editor, Badger Wheels SDC

The Bonding Strip, Jamie Fiffles, editor, Southern California Chapter NCRS

Cadillac Past, Chris Milici, editor, New England Region CLC

Cormorant Flier, Stan Ruesch, editor, Wisconsin Packard Club PAC

The Echo, Chris Collins, editor, Grand Canyon State Chapter SDC

The Falcon Times, Gary Nenninger, editor, Northeast Chapter Falcon Club of America

Frankfort Car Club Newsletter, Doris Bernier, editor, Frankfort Car Club

Henney Program of Progress, George Hamlin, editor, Henney Chapter PCS

The Hexagon, Peter Johnson, Mid-Atlantic Packards PAC

Hoosier Views, Bruce & Carol Gable, editors, Indiana Regional Group #56 EFV8CA

The Hub Cap, Joyce Edfors, editor, Wisconsin Region CCCA

The Mudflap, Bob Stein, editor, Tidewater Region AACA

On Call, Bee Hamlin, editor, The Mid-Atlantic Chapter PCS

The Overhead Cammer, Jim Black, editor, Overhead Cammers Chapter POCI

Packardgram, Duane Gunn, editor, Arizona Region Packards International

Pelican Papers, David Robinson, editor, North Atlantic Packard Region PAC

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

Porthole, Marge Dahl, editor, Gopher State Chapter BCA

Rocket Review, Judy Badgley, editor, Reo Olds Chapter OCA

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

Studebaker Spokesman, Claude Chmielewski, editor, Wisconsin Region SDC

Wheels “A” Rolling, Gerald & Barbara Howard, editors, Mid-Atlantic Region VMCCA

Wheel Tracks, Gary Fiske, editor, The Vermont Antique Automobile Society/Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts

Willys Overland Words, Joy Heidal, editor, Willys Overland Northwest Chapter

Regional/Chapter Sub Compact

Arc and Spark, John McLellan, editor, Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club

Blue Smoke, Karl Henry, editor, Central Chapter LZOC

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

Buicks Our Way, Keith Horsfall, Buick Modified Division BCA

Caddy Corner, Ray Koziol, editor, Raritan River Region CLC

Classic Olds Journal, Mary Degler, editor, Olds Club of Florida OCA

Cloisonne Calendar, Bill Heptig, editor, Minnesota Packards PAC

Clutch Chatter, Larry Huffman, editor, Tri-County AACA

Connector, Chris Gray, editor, Pacific Northwest Region LCOC

The Dagmar, Wayne Shmitka, editor, Rocky Mountain Region CLC

The Data Plate, Jeff Pachl, editor, Mid-America Packards PAC

The Distributor, Brad Hunsinger, editor, High-Country Regional Group EFV8CA

The Driving Force, Keith & Wendy Horsfall, editors, Buick Driving Enthusiasts

The Hood Scoop, Chris Winslow, editor, Gateway GTO Association

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

The Hudson Monthly, Lew Bird, editor, North Texas Chapter HET Club

The Lord Nuffield Crier, Bob & Lynne Mendelsohn, editors, The Ohio Chapter NEMGTR

Metro Lines, John Waluk, editor, Metro-Long Islands Chapter NCRS

Mid-Atlantic Mayflower, David B. Young, editor, Mid-Atlantic Region POC

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

Northstar News, David W. Gustafson, editor, Northstar LCOC

The Pious Pelican, Bud Juneau, editor, Northern California Packards PAC

PMD Excitement, Chuck Catalano, editor, South Jersey Pontiac Chapter POCI

The Prairie Chief, Claudia Mathes, editor, Nebraskaland Chapter POCI

Road Chatter, Ken and Carolyn Bounds, editors, Northern Illinois Regional Group #8 EFV8CA

The Rocket Review Quarterly, Scott Phillips, editor, Capitol City Rockets OCA

Rocky Mountain HET News, William E. Lentz, editor, The Rocky Mountain Chapter HET Club

Royal Goat Tales, Tom Somerville, editor, The Royal GTO

Rumblesheet, Bruce Nelson & Associates, editor, Twin Cities Regional Group EFV8CA

Standard of the World, Bill Levy, editor, North Texas Region CLC

The Steering Column, Betty Fisher, editor, The Greater Baltimore Model A Ford Club

The Superior Times, Brad A. Ross, editor, Michigan Chapter PCS

Tales of the South Jersey Studebaker Club, Tony Lombardi, editor, SJSDC

Three-Pedal Press, Karl Henry, editor, Wisconsin Capital Model T Ford Club of America

Tiger News!, Ken Smith, editor, The Cruisin’ Tigers GTO Club POCI

Tomatalk, Paul Bergstom, editor, Minnesota Tomahawk Chapter POCI

Trail Bird News, Betty Tulowitzky, secretary, Trail Birds of Southwest Florida

The Tripower Times, Jay Robinson, editor, Northern Colorado GTO Association

Twin Ports Mustang & Ford Times, Bob Raaflaub, president, Twin Ports Mustang & Ford Club


Braking News, Jeff Lane, director, Lane Motor Museum

Foundation News, Frank Scheidt, editor, Early Ford V-8 Foundation

Gray Goose News, Terry Ernest, editor/director, The Wills Museum

The Lincoln Link, David L. Cole, guest editor, The Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum and Research Foundation

Precious Metal, Jackie L. Frady, editor, National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection

SAH Journal, Ruben L. Verdes, editor, Society of Automotive Historians

Stanley Museum Quarterly, H. James Merrick, editor, Stanley Museum

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

Honorable Mention

The Ah-OOO-Gah Bulletin, Peter Winnewisser, editor, Mohican Model A Ford Club

Airhorn, Charley Biddle, editor, Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts

Auto Clips, The William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum

Bird-News, Bert Eisenhour, Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland

The Bird’s Eye View, Helen O’Hara, editor, Classic Thunderbirds of San Diego CTCI

The Brass Lamp, M. Larry Hassel, editor, Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri

The Brass Lamp, Wendy Billings, editor, Genesee Valley Antique Car Society AACA

Bow Tie Bulletin, Ron Panicucci, editor, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America

Carolina Plymouth Power, Dean Yates, editor, Carolina Region POC

Cruisers Monthly Cruisin’, Paul Saulnier, editor, Mass Cruisers Auto Club

Driveshaft, Doug Buhrer, editor, Lambda Car Club International

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

The Enlightener, Dan Cress, editor, The Badger Region CLC

Exhaust Valve, Jim Jaeger, editor, Fireball Chapter Newsletter BCA

Ford Words, Murvin & Rita Perry, East Tennessee Regional Group

From The Corral, Bill Krieger, editor, Northern Mustang Corral

The GMC Times, Paul Bergstrom, editor, GMC Truck Chapter POCI

Good OLDS Days, Robert Bezingue, editor, Illinois Valley Olds Chapter

Got Yer Goat, John & Linda Lawrence, editors, Classic GTO Association of Denver

The GTO Tiger Times, Bill Vantuono, contact, Susquehanna Valley SVGTO

The Great Plains Terraplane Hudson-Gazette, Ramona Ditrich, editor, The Nebraska-Iowa Chapter HET Club

Hawkeye Hexagon, Dick Boswell, editor, Hawkeye Packards PAC

The Helm, Sarah Ulrich-Meller, editor, Mississippi Valley Packards

The Herald, Stephen Page, editor, Northstar Region CLC

Kaiser Frazier Owners Club International Monthly News Bulletin, Barbara Mueller, editor, KFOCI

Mitchell Motormouth, Tony Zimmerman, editor, Mitchell Club

Mountain West Street News, Bob & Louise Eames, editors

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

The Newsletter of the Pontiac Commercial and Professional Vehicle Chapter POCI, Paul Bergstrom, editor

The Nuts & Bolts, Joe Pinson, editor, Cape Canaveral Region AACA

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

Packard Profiles, Ken Dunning, editor, Peachstate Packards Region PAC

Pansiftings, Ray Maier, editor, The St. Cloud Antique Auto Club

Puget Sounds, Scott Jenkins, editor, Puget Sound Regional Group EFV8CA

Redline Times, Holly Geist, editor, The Goat Herd GTO Club of Oregon

The Rumble Sheet, Barb Bergdorf, editor, Badger State EFV8CA

Sales Department Bulletin, Walter Prichard, editor, Saxon Motor Car Corp

Silver Trumpet, Kevin Sweeney, editor, SPAAMFAA

The Solenoid, Michael Berckart, editor, Great Autos of Yesteryear

The Spyder Web, Dee Lynch, editor, North East Wisconsin Corvair Club

The Steering Wheel, Ed Meyer, editor, Missouri-Illinois-Gateway Chapter SDC

Tough Americans, Jock Jocewicz, editor, The National American Motors Drivers & Racers Association

Up To Speed, Maureen Blevins, editor, Greater Illinois Region CCCA

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

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