The Winning Field: 2012 Golden Quill Awards

The Golden Quill Award is issued by the staff of Old Cars Weekly to provide special recognition of literary achievement that boosts the hobby. And the 2012 winners are...
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By the Old Cars Weekly staff

“The Golden Quill Award honors outstanding efforts by editors and their clubs in fostering progress in the old car hobby, and the impact of the award is tremendous,” says Dr. Gerald Perschbacher, chief judge for the award. The Golden Quill Award is issued by the staff of Old Cars Weekly to provide special recognition of literary achievement that boosts the hobby.

In recent years, the quality and competition between publications has taken several steps higher. “As desktop publishing became more sophisticated, so did club magazines and newsletters,” adds Old Cars Weekly editor Angelo Van Bogart. “Quite a number of national publications have reached such high quality that they could compete on the magazine rack of a bookstore. Those publications would be right at home beside news and features magazines. That’s how far our old car hobby has come in publishing.” Therefore, being a club member has benefits, if nothing more than just receiving the publication.

To level the field, categories are designated based on size, complexity, paper stock and circulation. There is also a category of Honorable Mention.

Perschbacher explains: “National clubs have a larger financial base from which to operate, which means more color and fancy design techniques often abound. Regional clubs have lesser circulation and, in general, significantly lower budgets. Some national clubs pay professional editors, whereas regional clubs often do not have the funds. So the categories are necessary for all clubs to have fair consideration.”

As for Honorable Mention, it is a category that respects the wholesome achievements of publications and encourages greater progress in order to jump into the award categories. Certificates are sent to publications listed in the Golden Quill Award categories. Those listed in Honorable Mention simply have name recognition in this issue of Old Cars Weekly.

“Our hobby continues to make good progress in publications,” says Van Bogart, “and I anticipate that future competition will reflect an even greater series of advances for 2013.”

For publications to be in consideration for 2013, clubs are to send copies of each issue to two locations: Dr. Gerald Perschbacher, Chief Judge, 8868 Rock Forest Dr., St. Louis, MO 63123-1116 and Editor, Old Cars Weekly, 700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990. Clubs that have publications that are only electronic (also called e-publications) in fairness to others should submit printed copies to the addresses listed.

And the winners are...

National Full Size

Antique Automobile, West Peterson, editor in chief, Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)
Avanti Magazine, Lewis Schucart, editor, Avanti Owners Association International
The Bulb Horn, Anne Morris, editor, The Veteran Motor Car Club of America
The Classic Car, Ron Verschoor, editor, Classic Car Club of America (CCCA)
The Corvette Restorer, Vinnie Peters, editor
The Early Bird, Lin Somsak, editor, Classic Thunderbird Club International
Generator & Distributor, Pete Phillips, editor, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America
Horseless Carriage Gazette, John Meyer III, editor, Horseless Carriage Club of America
LaCad, Terry & Robyn Griffin, editors, Cadillac & LaSalle Club of Australia
La Luneta, Orlando Bongiardino, director, Club Amigos De Automoviles Antiguos
Lincoln and Continental Comments, Tim Howley, editor, Lincoln and Continental Owners Club
LineChaser, Sandy Felde, editor, Minnesota Street Rod Association
Model “A” News, Helen Ehrenhofer, editor, Model “A’ Restorers Club
Model A Times, John LaVoy, editor, Model A
Model T Times, Steve Hubert, editor, Model T Ford Club International
The NCRS Driveline, Eric Mortimer, editor, National Corvette Restorers Society, Supplement to the Corvette Restorer Magazine
Plymouth Bulletin, Lanny D. Knutson, editor, Plymouth Owners Club
Porsche Panorama, Betty Jo Turner, editor, Porsche Club of America
Quicksilver, Todd Haefer, editor, International Mercury Owners Assoc.
The Self-Starter, Stephen E. Stewart, editor, Cadillac & LaSalle Club (CLC)
Smoke Signals, Donald J. Keefe, editor-in-chief, Pontiac-Oakland Club International (POCI)
Stutz News, William J. Greer, editor, The Stutz Club
Turning Wheels, Art Unger/Ann Turner, editors, The Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC)
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
Woodie Times, John Lee, editor, The National Woodie Club
White Triangle News, Sam Jackson, editor, The Hudson-Essex-Terraplane 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
Brute Force, Merle Wolfer, editor, Chrysler 300 Club
Bulletin, Ron Verschoor, editor, CCCA
Enjine! Enjine!, Scott Rollins, editor, SPAAMFAA
Healey Marque, Reid Trummel, editor, Austin-Healey Club of America
Jaguar Journal, Michael L. Cook, editor, Jaguar Club of North America
The Legend, Tom Szymczyk, editor, GTO Association of America
The Nomad Post, John Lee, editor, Chevrolet Nomad Association
On Solid Ground, Ken Amrick, Solid Axle Corvette Club
The Riview, Ray Knott, director/editor, Riviera Owners Association
The Skyliner, Edward J. Albracht Jr., International Ford Retractable Club
The Supercharger, Dale Robbins, editor, Graham Drivers Club
The Vintage Triumph, Mike Cook, editor, The Vintage Triumph Register
The Way of the Zephyr, David L. Cole, editor, Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club
WPC NEWS, Richard Bowman, editor, Chrysler Product Restorers Club

National Compact

American Austin Bantam Club News, Bob & Cathy Cunningham, editors, The American Austin Bantam Club
Corsa Communique, Mike McGowan, editor, Corvair Society of America
Crosley Quarterly, Fred Syrdal, editor, Crosley Automobile Club
Cross Flags, Jeff Butz, editor, 1965-66 Full Size Chevrolet Club
DeSoto Adventures, Geoff Overley, editor, National DeSoto Club
Driveshaft, Doug Buhrer, editor, Lambda Car Club International
Durant Partner, Carol Fogarazzo, editor, Durant Motors Automobile Club
Fomoco Times, Travis Sheaffer, editor, Crown Victoria Association
Front Wheel Driver, Steve & Lucy Blakey, editors, Toronado Owners Association
Henney Program of Progress, George Hamlin, editor, Henney Chapter-Professional Car Society
The Marmon News, Jeff Stumb, editor, The Marmon Club
Morris Gazette, Joe Mercer, editor, COMGO
The National Falcon News, Wendelyn Crosby, editor, Falcon Club of America
North American Singer Owners Club News, Phillip Avis, editor, North American Singer Owners Club
The Professional Car, Walter M.P. McCall, editor, Professional Car Society
Pur Sang, Tom Clifford, editor, American Bugatti Club
Runabouts to Rockets, Wendy Crosby, editor, National Antique Oldsmobile Club
The Starter, John Nikodym, editor, Willys-Overland-Knight Registry
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, Kathy Holton, editor, International Thunderbird Club
Thunderbird Scoop, Terri McNeill, editor, Vintage Thunderbird Club International
Tough Americans, Jock Jocewicz, editor, The National American Motors Drivers & Racers Association
Tucker Topics, Bill Pommering, editor, Tucker Automobile Club of America
Torque Tube II, Joseph Suarez, editor, 1936-1938 Buick Club
Viva Carrera!, Bill Culver, editor, Road Race Lincoln Register
VSA, Jim Bates, publisher, Volvo Sports America/1800 Register
Wheels-n-Waves, Linda Correnti, editor, International Amphicar Owners Club

Regional Full Size

AM Spirit, Steve Johnston, editor, Northern Ramblers Car Club
The Bird’s Nest, Don Seymour, editor, New England’s Vintage Thunderbirds
Driven, Anna Lewellen, editor, Northern California Shelby American Automobile Club
Fiero Focus, Scott Savage & Christopher Sass, editors, Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiast
The Mud Flap, Bob Stein, editor, Tidewater Region — AACA
Northern Lights, Bob Porter, editor, Ohio Region — CCCA
On Call, Bee Hamlin, editor, Mid-Atlantic Chapter — The Professional Car Society
Torque, Tom Goad, editor, Michigan Region — CCCA

National 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 — National Corvette Restores Society
Boomtimes, William C. Anderson, editor, Buick Owners of Maryland
Caddie Chronicle, Vince Taliano, editor, Potomac Region ­— CLC
Cadillac Past, Chris Milici, editor, New England Region — CLC
Cormorant Flier, Stan Ruesch, editor, Wisconsin Packard Club
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
Got Yer Goat!, John & Linda Lawrence, editors, Classic GTO Association of Denver
Hoosier Views, Bruce & Carol Gable, editors, Indiana Regional Group # 56 — Early Ford V-8 Club of America
The Hub Cap, Joyce Edfors, editor, Wisconsin Region — CCCA
The Overhead Cammer, Jim Black, editor, Overhead Cammers Chapter — POCI
Packardgram, Duane Gunn, editor, Arizona Region — Packards International
The Packard Panorama, Jim Yocum, editor, Keystone Packards
Pegasus Pages, Wayne Hudson, editor, Minnesota Fieros Forever
Pelican Papers, David Robinson, editor, North Atlantic Packard Region — Packard Automobile Classics
Planetary News, Mike Zahorik, editor, Model T Ford Club of Greater Milwaukee
Snic Braaapp, Bob Streepy, editor, Illinois Sports Owners Association
Studebaker Spokesman, Claude Chmielewski, editor, Wisconsin Region — SDC
Triumph Standard, Scott McKee, editor, Southern California Triumph Owners Association
Wheel Tracks, Gary Fiske, editor, The Vermont Antique Automobile Society/Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts

Regional Sub-Compact

Bird-News, Bert Eisenhour, editor, The Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland — Classic Thunderbird Club International
Bird Talk, Art Fleming, editor, Long Island Thunderbird Club — International Thunderbird Club, Vintage Thunderbird Club International
Bow Tie Bulletin, Ron Panicucci, editor, Jersey Lakeland Region — Vintage Chevrolet Club of America
The Brass Lamp, Bill DeVore, editor, Genesee Valley Antique Car Society
The Brass Lamp, Larry Hassel, editor, The Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri
Cadillac & LaSalle Club Northwest Ohio Region News, Elden Smith, editor, Northwest Ohio Region — CLC
Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club, Robin Will, editor, Cascade Pacific Region — Plymouth Owners Club,
Classic Olds Journal, Mary Degler, editor, Olds Club of Florida — Oldsmobile Club of America
Clutch Chatter, Larry Huffman, editor, Tri-County AACA
Connector, Ed & Chris Gray, editors, Pacific Northwest Region — Lincoln and Continental Owners Club
Country Roads, Ron Althoff, editor, Blue Ridge Packards
Crank “n” Throttle, Bob Merner, editor, Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter — Willys-Overland-Knight Registry
The Criterion, Gregg D. Merksamer, editor, Northeast Chapter — Professional Car Society
Cruisers, Paul Saulnier, editor, Mass Cruisers Auto Club
The Dagmar, Wayne Shmitka, editor, Rocky Mountain Region — CLC
Exhaust Valve, Jim Jaeger, editor, Fireball Chapter — Buick Club of America
Finz, Ron Melville, editor, Cadillac & LaSalle Club of New Zealand
From The Corral, Bill Krieger, editor, Northern Mustang Corral
The Gearbox Chatter, Rosebud, editor, West Michigan Regional Group — Horseless Carriage Club of America
Good Old Days, Robert Bezingue, editor, Illinois Valley Olds Chapter
The Great Plains Terraplane Hudson-Gazette, Ramona Dittrich, editor
Hawkeye Hexagon, Dick Boswell, editor, Hawkeye Packards
The Helm, Sarah Ulrich-Meller, editor, Mississippi Valley Packards
The Herald, Stephen Page, editor, Northstar Region — CLC
The Hood Scoop, Chris Winslow, editor, Gateway GTO Association
The Hudson Monthly, Lew Bird, editor, North Texas Chapter — Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club
The Lord Nuffield Crier, Bob & Lynne Mendelsohn, editors, The Ohio Chapter New England MG T Register
Metro Lines, John Waluk, editor, Metro-Long Islands Chapter — National Corvette Restorers Society
The Mountain Road, Beuiah (Penny) White, editor, Central Mountains Region — AACA
Northern Lights, Donna & Bill Dirnberger, editors, Minnesota Region — AACA
Northstar News, David W. Gustafson, editor, Northstar — Lincoln and Continental Owners Club
The Nuts & Bolts, Anita Kirk, editor, Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral
Packard Digest, Roger Luksik, editor, Motor City Packards — Packard Automobile Classics
Pansiftings, Ray Maier, editor, St Cloud Antique Auto Club
PCPV News, Paul Bergstrom, editor, PCPV Chapter — POCI
Phantoms News, Arlan Vollan, interim editor, Phantoms Motor/Model Club
The Pious Pelican, Bud Juneau, editor, Northern California Packards — Packard Automobile Classics
Porthole, Marge Dahl, editor, Gopher State Chapter — Buick Club of America
Prix News, Paul Bergstrom, editor, Grand Prix Chapter — POCI
Puget Sounds, Scott Jenkins, editor, Puget Sound Regional Group — Early Ford V-8 Club of America
The Redline Times, Reba Whittington, editor, Carolinas Chapter — National Corvette Restorers Society
The Rocket Review Quarterly, Scott Phillips, editor, Capitol City Rockets — Oldsmobile Club of America
Road Chatter, Ken and Carolyn Bounds, editors, Northern Illinois Regional Group #8 — Early Ford V-8 Club
Royal Goat Tales, Tom Somerville, editor, The Royal GTO
Sidelights, Pat Market, editor, Illinois Region — AACA
The Solenoid, Michael Berckart, editor, Great Autos of Yesteryear
The Solid Scoop, Jim Lundal, editor, Southern California Solid Axle Corvette Club — Solid Axle Corvette Club
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 Steering Wheel, Ed Meyer, editor, MO/IL Gateway Chapter — SDC
The Superior Times, Brad A Ross, editor, Michigan Chapter — Professional Car Society
Tales of the South Jersey Studebaker Club, Tony Lombardi, editor, South Jersey Region — SDC
Three-Pedal Press, Karl Henry, editor, Wisconsin Capital Model T Ford Club —Model T Ford Club of America
Tiger Times, Dick & Sandy Kos, managing editors, Land of Lakes GTO Club
Tin Block Times, Tim Foster, editor, West Coast Crosley Club
Tin Lizzie Times, Jerry Campbell, editor, Tacoma Model “T” Ford Club International
Trail Bird News, Betty Tulowitzky, secretary, Trail Birds of Southwest Florida
The Tripower Times, Jay Robinson, editor, Northern Colorado GTO Association
Vairforce, David McMillan, editor, Bay State Corvairs
Wide Tracking, Gregory Sereico, editor, GTO Association of Pennsylvania

Museums & Associations

Braking News, Lane Motor Museum
Driving Force, Colby Martin, editor, SEMA Action Network, Specialty Equipment Market Association
Foundation News, Early Ford V-8 Foundation
Gray Goose News, Terry Ernest, editor/director, The Wills Museum
Mercedes-Benz Classic, Daimler AG, Jochen Fischer & Hermann Ries, editors
Precious Metal, National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)
Secrets: The Vintage Speed & Sport Magazine, Charles H. Yapp, editor, Secrets of Speed Society
The Time Machine, Mary Ann Porinchak, editor, National Packard Museum

Honorable Mention

Note: Notable club publications and editors listed in “Honorable Mention” do not receive a Golden Quill Award certificate.

Airhorn, Charley Biddle, editor, Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts
The Data Plate, Jeff Pachl, editor, Mid-America Packards — Packard Automobile Classics
The Distributor, Brad Hunsinger, editor, Early Ford V-8 Club — Hi-Country Regional Group
The Enlightener, Dan Cress, editor, Badger Region — CLC
’53-’54 Buick Skylark Club, Gary Di Lillo, editor, ’53-’54 Buick Skylark Club
Fleetwood Flyer, George Bergen, secretary/editor, St. Louis Region — CLC
The GMC Times, Paul Bergstrom, editor, GMC Truck Chapter of POCI
The GTO Tiger Times, Russ Esenwine, secretary, GTO & Pontiac Enthusiasts in Central Pennsylvania
Hexagon News, Bob Zimmerman, editor, Midwest Region — Packards International
The Hudson-Aire, Lynn P. Horn, editor, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club
The Hudson Mechanic’s Rag, Ed Wright, editor, Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Modified Cars & Trucks
Jeepster News, James J. Sommer, editor, Willys-Overland, Jeepster Club
1915-1918 Buick & McLaughlin-Buick Owners Newsletter Group, Dean G. Tryon, editor
Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club International Monthly News Bulletin, Barbara Mueller, editor, Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club International
Mid-Atlantic Mayflower, David Young, editor & writer, Mid-Atlantic Region — Plymouth Owners Club
The Old Crank, Brenna Olwine & Chuck Riblett, editors, Northern Colorado Chapter — Veteran Motor Car Club of America
Packard Profiles, Ken Dunning, editor, Peachstate Packard Region — Packard Automobile Classics
Peregrine Press, Phil Barber, secretary & editor, The Mason Dixon Chapter — Falcon Club of America
Pierce-Arrow Society Emporium, The Pierce-Arrow Society
Pierce-Arrow Society Service Bulletin, Arnold Romberg, editor, The Pierce-Arrow Society
Planetary News, Mike Zahorik, newsletter, Greater Milwaukee Model T Ford Club
Puget Sounds, Scott Jenkins, editor, PSRG# 18 — Early Ford V-8 Club
The Rumble Sheet, Barb Bergdorf, editor, Badger State #35 — Early Ford V8 Club
Up to Speed, M. Blevins, editor, Greater Illinois Region — CCCA
The Voice, Karen and Jim Pitman, editors, Iowa CrossRoads Region — CLC

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