30 years of IMOA 2021 Show

The Rocky Mountains and the Denver area welcome the IMOA for its annual 2021 show, to be held June 23-27.

This year’s show was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis and it was decided to keep the Denver area as the show site.

The dates include visits to the Clive Cussler Auto Museum, Coors Brewery and Colorado Railroad Museum. Attendees can also take part in the All-Ford Car Show and Picnic on Sunday, June 27, in Golden, Colo.

Of course, there is also the beautiful mountain scenery in the area.

The host hotel is the Denver Marriott Hotel in Westminster, Colo., which will also be the site of the actual IMOA car show on Saturday, June 26.

The Marriott is located at 7000 Church Ranch Blvd, Westminster, CO. 80021; phone (720) 887-1177 .

Registration forms for the IMOA and All-Ford shows follow this article.

Colorado Railroad Musuem
The Colorado Railroad Museum (coloradorailroadmuseum.org) has its origins in the late 1940s when Colorado’s narrow-gauge railroad companies started going out of business.

Robert W. Richardson began collecting rolling stock, railway records and other pieces of equipment in an effort to preserve Colorado history.

Bob’s collection quickly outgrew the available space at his museum in Alamosa and in 1958, with the help of his friend Cornelius Hauck, moved the museum to Golden.

Many Colorado railroad companies closed down in the late 1940s and ’50s, when falling ore prices and increasing operating expenses made business unprofitable.

The Uintah Railway Company closed in 1939, the Silverton Northern in 1942, the Rio Grande Junction in 1941, the Midland Terminal in 1949 and the Rio Grande Southern in 1951.

Once in Golden, Richardson built a replica narrow-gauge railroad station to serve as the main museum building.

With the help of volunteers, he started laying track for 50 pieces of equipment and built a motel to help fund the museum. The Iron Horse Motel was originally located where the roundhouse now sits.

Clive Cussler Auto Museum
The Clive Cussler Auto Museum in Arvada, Colo., features the vintage car collection of the late Cussler, the multi-million selling author of a series of books, with the most famous featuring Dirk Pitt, marine engineer, government agent and adventurer.

Cussler was also an underwater explorer, discovering more than 60 shipwrecks and founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency.

Cussler was born in Aurora, Ill. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, achieving the rank of sergeant and working as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer for the Military Air Transport Service.

After his discharge from the military, Cussler went to work in the advertising industry, first as a copywriter and later as a creative director for two of the nation’s most successful advertising agencies.

He began writing in 1965, with the Pitt novels catching on with a format of sunken ships, lost treasures, exotic locations, dastardly villains and vintage cars.
Cussler established his car museum to preserve rare and vintage automobiles from 1906 to 1965.

Coors Brewery
In 1873, German immigrants Adolph Coors and Jacob Schueler emigrated to the United States and established a brewery in Golden, Colo.

Coors was a penniless brewer’s apprentice who stowed away on a ship from Germany and arrived in the U.S. in 1868 before making his way to Golden.

In 1880, Coors bought out his partner and became sole owner of the brewery.

Coors was one of the few breweries to survive Prohibition. The brewery itself was converted into a malted milk and near beer production facility. Coors sold much of the malted milk to the Mars candy company.

However, the company relied heavily on its porcelain, cement and real estate companies to keep the brewery operating.

The company sold it beer mainly in the western U.S., but reached nationwide distribution in the mid 1980s.

It introduced Coors Light in 1978, known as the “Silver Bullet,” and it remains one of the most popular beers in America. Other Coors brands include Blue Moon, Icehouse, Keystone Light, Molson’s, Hamm’s Henry’s Hard Soda and Crispin ciders.


Best in Show: Gary and Beth Baehmann, 1969 Cyclone CJ 428

Participants choice: Jay Williams, 1970 Cougar Eliminator

Best in Class: Jerry and Kathy Orcutt, 1970 Cyclone

Best in Class: Lynn Mahncke, 1987 Cougar LS

Best in Class: Fred and Linda Akers, 1964 Comet

Best in Class: Tom and Fran Harrington, 1966 Comet Cyclone

Best in Class: David and Barbara Kohler, 1949 two door

Best in Class: Paul and Sheila Voyles, 1954 station wagon

Best in Class: Larry and Carol Parks, 1967 Monterey convertible

Best in Class: Steve Casselman, 1977 Grand Marquis

Best in Class: Larry and David McFarland, 1960 Parklane

Best in Class: Steve and Patti Tukos, 1956 Montclair

Best in Class: Gene and Dianna Oliver, 1957 Turnpike Cruiser

Best in Class: Mike Peters, 1978 Grand Marquis

Long Distance: Mike Lough, 1956 Montclair convertible,  distance of 1,230 miles from Dryden, Ontario, Canada

Hard Luck Award: Steve and Patti Tukos, 1956 Montclair, lost a hubcap

Special award from John Clor: Gene and Dianna Oliver,  1957 Turnpike Cruiser

IMOA members have a chance to visit the National Packard Museum in Dayton during the annual IMOA show in August.

In 1899, the first Packard Motor Car was built in Warren, Ohio, at the Packard Electric Company’s subsidiary plant, the New York and Ohio Company.

Manufacture of a successful automobile brought about the formation of the Ohio Automobile Company, which evolved into the Packard Motor Car Company in 1902.

The birth of the Packard Motor Car company began when James and William Packard traveled to Cleveland in 1898 to purchase a brand new Winton automobile for $1,000.

On the 70-mile drive home, the car broke down due to electrical failure and it had to be towed back to Warren by a team of horses. When the brothers confronted the president of Winton Automotive, he replied, “If you think you can build a better car, then why don’t you try!”

So they did.

James had the knowledge and means to build a better car. He was a mechanical genius who had earned a degree in engineering from Lehigh University and had obtained several patents even before founding the Packard Electric Company with his brother.

Armed with knowledge and experience, the brothers convinced wealthy Winton investor George Weiss to join them in the automobile business.

The first Packard automobile was built in a corner of Packard Electric’s New York and Ohio lamp plant on North Street (now Dana Street) and rolled out onto the streets of Warren on Nov. 6, 1899.

From the very beginning, Packard built luxury vehicles for an exclusive clientele. William D. Rockefeller was so impressed by the Packard automobiles exhibited at the first National Automobile Show in New York City in 1900 that he bought two of them.

One of the many vexing problems confronting U.S. automobile manufacturers at the time was that of electric wiring. Suitable cable for the high-tension circuit were not available in this country, and only limited quantities of an inferior grade could be had from Italy and France.

The brothers capitalized on this opportunity and set about developing a cable suitable for not only Packard automobiles, but other auto manufacturers, as well.

This led to the development of the Packard Lac-Kard Cable in 1901. An early issue with pre-Packard ignition cables was the presence of Corona – an ozone gas emitted when power is fed through a cable or wire. Corona would quickly deteriorate the rubberized insulation found on early spark plug wires.

When that happened, cracking or separation persisted, and the wires would “leak” electricity in the form of arcing. This leaking caused greatly reduced engine power. Packard developed machines early on to test for Corona levels and assess the damaging effects.

The birth of the Lac-Kard cable meant the use of treating the rubber insulation on the wires with a lacquer coating until they were saturated and sealed from the corrosive ozone gas. Doing so prevented the failures found in early ignition sets. This quickly became an industry standard.

Eventually, the brothers sold the Packard car company to Michigan investors, led by Henry Joy Jr., who moved car production to Detroit. This allowed the Packards to focus on what had quickly become the largest and most profitable division of Packard, electrical systems.

One of the early cars produced by the newly independent Packard Automotive was the 1903 Model F. One of these, dubbed the “Old Pacific,” made the first transcontinental journey from San Francisco to New York City in May of 1903.

Designed to showcase Packard’s industry-leading quality and durability, the Old Pacific was the first (of three other cars made by different auto manufacturers) to complete the trip, 63 days later.

1903 also marked the first year that Packard automobiles were equipped with a dual-cylinder engine, at a time when most were single cylinder.

In 1904, a Packard Model K “Gray Wolf” set one-, five- and ten- mile land speed records, using a prototype four-cylinder engine developed and tested by engineer Charles Schmidt. The Gray Wolf featured a 275.6 c.i. engine that produced approximately 25 hp at 1,000 rpm.

In 1906, James Packard stepped down as Packard Electric president, turning over the position to a fellow Lehigh alumnus, Newton A. Wolcott. Ten years later, the Packard brothers would sell the company to a group of investors led by Wolcott. Despite his departure from leading the company, James continued to lead the electrification movement in his hometown, eventually leading to another first for Warren, Ohio. In 1911, Warren became the first city in the United States to light its streets with all- incandescent light bulbs.

The Packards sold their lamp division, which eventually became General Electric.

In 1912, a Packard truck carrying a three-ton load traveled from New York City to San Francisco over a period of 16 days. Much like the journey of the Old Pacific, this journey was an endurance challenge designed to showcase the durability of Packard vehicles.

This durability would be needed to supply the forthcoming wartime effort brought about by World War I. This journey was also aided by the ongoing construction of the Lincoln Highway, America’s first stone-paved coast-to-coast road. The completion of the highway was a milestone in not only American history, but Packard’s as well, as the Packard Automobile’s president at the time, Henry B. Joy, was also the president of the Lincoln Highway association and was instrumental in its formation.

The motor company built trucks to support the war effort and also adopted the moving assembly-line process with the advent of Packard “Series” cars. The Packard Motor Company would continue to set new records as their line of engines found their way into multiple land-, water- and air- based competition machines, and Packard aircraft engines would power the first U.S. Navy airships. Packard would also suffer its first heavy internal losses with the crash of the first company plane, and the deaths of founders James and William Packard.

In addition to transitioning leadership and preparing for the war effort, 1915 was also the year that a Packard Twin Six Typhoon set a new land-speed record, averaging 103.35 mph over 32 laps at the Sheepshead Bay two-mile track.

After Packard introduced the six- cylinder engine option in 1913, the “Twin Six” was born, boasting a full 12-cylinder “V” style configuration. A three-speed transmission was mated to a multiple-disc clutch, rare in even high-performance cars.

One year later, a Packard 299 set a new Indianapolis speed record for engines of 300 c.i. at 100.76 mph. The 299 was named for its engine displacement in cubic inches. The V-12 engine was designed by Packard’s Chief Engineer Jesse Vincent and was originally designed for aircraft use; however, Vincent thought it was cheaper and safer to test new engines in automobiles. Another innovative feature of the 299 was an all-aluminum body that kept vehicle curb weight to a minimum.

The company made the switch to volume-based production of vehicles that were more attainable to the working class, while still maintaining the ability to cater to the premium market. Advances in engine technology set new standards for speed and performance, and innovations like electronic overdrive and suspension enhancements kept Packard ahead of the competition.

In 1935, Packard unveiled its first sub-$1000 car in order to battle Depression sales – the One Twenty Coupe. Following the release, sales tripled for the company and took Packard from what many described as an engine company and coachworks operation into a full-scale auto manufacturer.

The One Twenty model was spun off of Packard’s new single-assembly line process that was implemented at their Grand Avenue facility. This allowed for a low-cost, volume-based vehicle that could be built in multiple configurations at the same time on the same line. The initial three-passenger business coupe started at just $980.

Packard switched to wartime production during World War II and in a matter of months, its employment mushroomed from 350 to more than 3,500 employees. It not only produced automobile and truck engines, but also ones for ships and aircraft.

However, the lack of raw materials available after the war stifled Packard’s high-volume production – in 1950, only 42,000 cars were produced.

Packard merged with Studebaker in 1954, which drained money from the company and it was slow in offering a V-8 engine, which the Big Three already had. Sales continued to decline and the last Packard was made in 1959.

By Cy Schmidt

Aug. 1-3 are the days of the 2019 IMOA show that will be hosted in Dayton, Ohio.

Besides the Saturday car show at the host hotel Marriott at The University of Dayton, there are trips available to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the Gale Halderman Museum, National Packard Museum, Wright Cycle Co./Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and more.

The Marriott address is 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45409. Its phone number is (937) 223-1000 and its website is at www.dayton-marriott.com.

Rooms are reserved at the IMOA negotiated rate of $124 per night.

Please reserve your rooms through the hotel directly and be sure to mention that you are part of the IMOA car show. IMOA signed a contract with the hotel to hold rooms for us at our special rate and we are responsible to fill these. This rate is available for three days prior to and three days after the show.

However, the hotel is only reserving rooms for the IMOA through July 2, so be sure to make your reservations by then to insure you will have a room available.

Show attendees will receive a discount coupon for the Dewberry 1850 restaurant located inside the host hotel. There are also a large group of restaurants covering all types of food, from burgers to fine dining, that are located within a mile of the hotel on Brown Street.

Please note that the following events and times are subject to change or be added to.

Registration opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in the Marriott lobby. After Thursday morning registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., we will travel to the National Museum of the
U.S. Air Force at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

We will line up at approximately 9 a.m. and caravan over to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where the museum is located. We will be parking as a group.

This is a very large museum that covers all things aircraft related, from the early days to current. There are displays from World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Space Program and presidential aircraft.

There is no charge for parking or the museum.

Wear your walking shoes. The museum is in four of the largest hangers I have ever seen. It is impossible to see every display in one day unless you are training for a marathon. Most people take two or three days to see it all. We strongly suggest adding a day or two onto your trip.

The museum does have a snack bar (burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc). There are restaurants nearby, but they are off the Air Force Base.

Registration continues Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m., and again from 7 to 8 p.m.

After a 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. registration period on Friday, we will line up at 9 a.m. for a visit to the Gale Halderman Museum. Halderman was reponsible for the design of the Ford
Mustang and the Mercury 1968-69 Montego/Cyclone.

This tour will last until about noon, when we plan on stopping at T.J. Chumps in Huber Heights. This is a sports bar near I-70.

We will then head to the National Packard Museum (www.americaspackardmuseum.com).

The Wright Cycle Company and Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is located a few blocks from the Packard Museum and is a National Aviation Heritage Area.

Unknown to most people is that the cycle company was the first profitable business of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Started in 1892, it became the home for some of their famous aircraft innovations and inventions.

They used their profits from the sales, repair and rentals of bicycles to help finance their interest in aircraft. They constructed their first plane, the Wright Glider, in the bicycle shop and completely converted the building to plane experimentation in 1909.

Friday night registration is from 4 to 5 p.m.

Show day is Saturday and the field opens at 8 a.m. All vehicles must be on the show field by 10 a.m., when judging begins.

The show will end at 2 p.m., with award presentations following. We will head to Old Scratch Pizza around 3:30 p.m. for dinner. Current plans are to have the traditional
Circle of Friends in the parking lot of the hotel Saturday evening.


By Cy Schmidt

As this is being written, it is another cold snowy day in Ohio. The 2019 IMOA show is working out to be a fun and busy few days.

The dates are August 1-3, 2019. You can be assured that the snow and cold weather will be long gone by then.

The host hotel will be the Marriott at The University of Dayton. This hotel was refurbished a couple of years ago. It is located on the edge of the campus. We have a designated parking area just outside the side door of the hotel. A wash area and hoses will be provided.

The address is 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45409. Its phone number is (937) 223-1000 and its website is at www.dayton-marriott.com. Rooms are reserved at the IMOA negotiated rate of $124 per night.

Please reserve your rooms through the hotel directly and be sure to mention that you are part of the IMOA car show. IMOA signed a contract with the hotel to hold rooms for us at our special rate and we are responsible to fill these. This rate is available for three days prior to and three days after the show.

Show attendees will receive a discount coupon for the Dewberry 1850 restaurant located inside the host hotel. A group of restaurants covering all types of food are located within a mile of the hotel on Brown Street. This covers all types of food from burgers to fine dining.

DAYTON, Ohio — Curtiss P-40E Warhawk at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

We will tour Aug. 1 to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (www.nationalmuseum.af.mil).

We will line up at approximately 9 a.m. and caravan over to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where the museum is located. We will be parking as a group.

This is a very large museum that covers all things aircraft related, from the early days to current. There are displays from World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Space Program and presidential aircraft. There is no charge for parking or the museum.

The museum is located in four of the largest hangers you have ever been in. The area around Dayton is rich with aviation history. Please check out the website www.aviationheritagearea.org.

The museum is so large that it is just about impossible to see everything in one visit unless you are training for a marathon.

We strongly suggest if you are into airplanes or history, to add an additional day or two into your trip. This is especially true is you are traveling a long distance to attend.

Hopefully, you are not too worn out after Thursday’s tour to get up and go with us on Friday’s tour. We will line up at 9 a.m. and caravan to the Gale Halderman Museum in Tipp City. This is a privately owned museum and only open by invitation. Thanks to John Clor for his suggestion and contact info.

Tipp City is located just off of I-70 just north of Dayton and is about a 20- to 30-minute drive from the hotel. Mr. Halderman’s sketches became the original Mustang design. He was involved in the designs of many Ford and Mercury cars in his 40-plus years at Ford.

He started there in 1954 and worked on the 1957 Fairlane design and the 1968-69 Montego/Cyclone before retiring in 1994. The museum is located at Mr. Halderman’s property and is run by his daughter Karen. There is no charge for parking or the tour, but a donation of $5 or more per person is appreciated.

The displays consist of drawings, pictures, memorabilia and actual cars. The museum is online at Halderman Barn Museum through Facebook and there is also a link at performance.ford.com.

I recently visited the museum, where Karen gave us a nice private tour. It has a treasure trove of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury artwork. The details were something that you will not see anyplace else.
We are working on a lunch stop location after the Halderman Museum visit.

We will be headed back towards the Marriott for the next stop – the Citizens Motor Car Company/America’s Packard Museum at 420 S. Ludlow St., Dayton. Its phone number is (937) 226-1710 and website, www.americaspackardmuseum.com. This is a former Packard dealership with more than 50 Packards dating from 1899 thru 1958. It also includes aircraft engines, PT boat engines and even jet engines. It opens daily at noon with admission being $6 for adults and $5 for seniors, with students admitted free of charge.

We are not done yet. There are tentative plans to tour the British Transportation Museum, which is on the way back to the hotel; however, the building was recently sold and the owners are looking for a new location. This stop will depend on whether they are reopened during the show.

Not to worry – people often tell me I’m full of … um … contingency plans.

The Wright Cycle Company and Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is located a few blocks from the Packard Museum. It is a National Park and admission is free. It covers the Wright Brothers Bicycle building, as well as experiments into early flight.

The Dayton Art Institute is also nearby and is where Gale Halderman was trained.

One place that covers the majority of Dayton’s history and inventions is Carillion Historical Park. This is close to our hotel (less than 1/2 mile). When you leave I-75 at exit 51, you will see to your right a large clock and bell tower. This is Carillion Park.

There are 65 acres with 30 buildings. It covers industry, trains, buses, cars and aircraft. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission fees are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. The Carillion Brewing Co. is on the grounds and besides beer, has great German-style food. It is open until 10 p.m. daily.

The IMOA car show is Saturday, Aug. 3, on the grounds of the hotel. After the show and awards, we will be heading up Patterson Blvd. about a half mile, to dine at Old Scratch Pizza. We will have a pizza buffet starting around 3:30 p.m. featuring pizza made in wood-fired ovens.

Old Scratch has old truck and motorcycle parts as wall art – our kind of place. We are hitting it early because it usually has lines out the doors by 5 p.m., so come hungry. This will be a pay-as-you-go type of place. Pizza buffet is one price and drinks will add a couple of dollars.

That sums up what I have so far. I’m excited about all that is set up and maps, directions, addresses, phone numbers, etc, will be provided as we line up for that day’s tour. It is shaping up to be quite a busy 80th anniversary show for Mercury.

A big “Thank You” to Bob and Lynn Furderer for helping on the pre-run of the tour and setting up the airport museum visit, plus Jerry Robbin and John Clor for help and suggestions. Ron Eifert of the Dayton Convention and Visitors’ Bureau was a big help. Lastly to Steve Zoller for sitting down, shutting up, holding on and helping pre-run portions of this agenda, taste-testing food and drink, and not complaining about my driving.

Hope you can make it to this year’s 80th anniversary of Mercury show! Put in those vacation requests, reserve those rooms and send in registrations. Word is that Ernesto Romero is working on a great show shirt. Hope to see you and your Mercury (s) at this year’s show!

By Cy Schmidt

The International Mercury Owners’ Association is proud to announce its 2019 International Show to be held August 1-3, 2019, in beautiful Dayton, Ohio.

Our theme for this year’s show is Mercury’s 80th Anniversary! We invite all Mercury owners and enthusiasts to come and celebrate.

The host hotel is the Marriott at the University of Dayton.

The event is open to all Mercury vehicles – you do not need to be an IMOA member to exhibit your car. Judging is for Mercurys 1994 or older.
Tentative visits include the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and America’s Packard Museum.

For more information, contact Jerry Robbin at (847) 997-8624 or e-mail info@mercuryclub.com. Online registration forms are available here: 2019 IMOA NATIONAL SHOW updated 11-14-18

More details will be in the Winter 2019 issue of Quicksilver or in this Events section online.

John and Cindy Sedan, of Galena, Ill., received the Participant’s Choice award for their 1951 M1 truck.



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