CANTON, Ohio — The annual Glenmoor Gathering at the Glenmoor Country Club here originally set out to assemble important and unusual cars for the public and special car owners to enjoy.
Now in its 18th year, the September event so far has not run out of exhibit ideas, “significant automobiles” or appreciative and/or curious show guests.
Yes, visitors who attended Sunday morning worship on Sept. 16, or slept in, or dawdled over coffee and took time to read the paper found themselves parking far from the original guest lot with its colorful shuttles and having to hike several blocks to a rear entrance to the sprawling show.
And there were complaints — at least until these afternoon arrivals began to inspect the 215 cars and 13 motorcycles assembled behind the country club.
In addition to the usual groupings of vehicles by decades or alternate sources of power or odd size, there were more than 20 Allards, a half-dozen Tuckers, a flock of strange three- and four-wheeled micro cars and several groupings of authentic “Classics.”
Visitors delighted in an unrestored yet drivable 1923 Buick 6-54 with its 241-inch, 60-horsepower six belonging to Paul Rose of Berryville, Va. And they often wished to be photographed with the enormous, bright-yellow 1935 Duesenberg SG “Mormon Meteor,” a speed demon owned by Cincinnati, Ohio, collector Harry Yeaggy.
There were cars whose owners lived in Texas and California and Italy. And there were many from the Canton area, like Paul Miller, whose 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop coupe, sometimes referred to as a “bubbletop,” won an award early in the pass-in-review.
A 1941 Packard, described as the first Convertible Coupe Deluxe sold in ’41, was shown by Daniel Hanlon of North Canton. Another North Canton resident, Marshall Belden Jr., had his 1936 Lincoln 300K Convertible Victoria by Brunn out on the club’s fairway for visitors to admire.
Robert Porter drove his dignified silver-gray 1954 Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood down from his home in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood. Porter opened the wide rear door of the capacious sedan to show the limo-like legroom the Fleetwood offered passengers. The upholstery was not original, he explained, but the material is a facsimile of that used by Cadillac in 1954.
Porter purchased the Cadillac three months ago. He said he adjusted the four-speed Hydramatic transmission, but otherwise the car – bought sight-unseen through a broker in Indianapolis – was ready to drive and enjoy. And that’s what he does, said the collector who favors cars from the 1940s and 1950s.
Ralph Marano Sr.’s 1952 Packard Custom Coupe was built 60 years ago for Edward Macauley, then director of styling for Packard. Known variously as Packard Panther, Phantom II and Macauley Special Speedster, the car was based on a 1951 Packard 200 Deluxe Sedan. The first Packard with a wraparound windshield, this custom coupe had a shortened roof and extended rear deck and trunk. It was powered by a 359-inch Packard inline eight upgraded with a McCulloch supercharger. Lots of chrome, dual exhaust and rear window wipers are other dream-car features. Marano is from Westfield, N.J.
Enthusiast Bill Detzel of Covington, Ky. described his makeover of a 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente convertible as a “rotisserie job.” Detzel’s photo album detailed the year-long restoration of the now-beautiful silver blue convertible. And indeed parts of the unibody vehicle could be attacked from any angle once on the rotisserie. Detzel has a shop in his garage and experience in bringing vehicles back. His Caliente, he said, was out of Sunnyvale, Calif. and nearly rust-free. It has a 200-horsepower 289-inch V-8 under the hood.