LCOC Show Cars Celebrate Continental Nameplate’s 80th Anniversary at LCOC’s Eastern National Meet (Part 1)

LCOC Show Cars Celebrate Continental Nameplate’s 80th Anniversary at LCOC’s Eastern National Meet (Part 1)

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Nine decades of Lincolns and Continental models graced the show field at the LCOC Eastern National Meet held in September at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y.  From Tony Russo’s 1927 Model L roadster to Erling Onsager’s 2018 Continental some of America’s finest luxury vehicles provided a kaleidoscope of colors and styles covering nearly all eras of Lincoln history.  What an impressive sight!

Beautiful first-generation Continentals were among the most admired entries along with John Talbourdet’s ’37 sedan and Danial Falco’s ’41 Zephyr. Others were Paul Wilson’s ’40 Continental, Tony Rosso and Franklynn Koehler’s ’41 Continentals and Bruce Anderson’s ’46 Continental.

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Rare and elegant ’56 and ’57 Mark IIs, a ”59 Mark III and other ’50s Lincolns delighted spectators. James Dunn’s ’55 Capri and Rusty Rentsch’s ’56 Premiere were there as was William White’s ’59 Mark III, Walter Blankenship and Dave Kirkpatrick’s 54 Caprils were shown along with ’56 Mark IIs owned by Peter Mann, Kenneth Lewis, John Keesee, Lawrence Durocher, Joseph Armstrong, and Keith Collana and ’57 Mark IIs owned by David Kraus and Edward Avedisian. Below are some prime examples of these coveted vintage cars.

Several iconic slab side Continentals of the 1960s—both sedans and convertibles—were on hand for the fun.  Among these were Mid-Atlantic Region host Owen Clarke’s ’63 convertible, Wayne Sawyer’s ’63 sedan, Jeanne Talbourdet’s ’67 convertible, and a ’66 Lehmann-Peterson limo owned by Joe Columbe. Ray Mastronuzio’s ’65 Continental was on display along with David Moyer’s ’66 convertible. See below.

Seven Decades of Lincolns Starred at LCOC Western National Meet Car Show

Seven Decades of Lincolns Starred at LCOC Western National Meet Car Show

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Great cars and scorching Colorado weather added sizzle to the centerpiece car show of the LCOC’s 2019 Western National Meet in Grand Junction. But triple digit temperatures failed to wilt the enthusiasm of  LCOC members on hand to show off their beauties. Eight decades of Lincolns and Continentals made it to this year’s meet, with cars from the 1970s and newer predominating—perhaps because they were equipped with A/C?  No matter, all that were on the show field were spruced up and looking their best!  

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Tim Moore of Richmondville, NY was selected as the applicant with the “Best New Home”

Tim Moore of Richmondville, NY was selected as the applicant with the “Best New Home”

Tim Moore of Richmondville, NY was selected as the applicant with the “Best New Home” for the 1978 Lincoln Continental featured in our LCOC website Classified Ads promotion. The goal of the current owner, William Green, was to find the best home possible for the vehicle, and he entrusted that task to the LCOC.

Tim became hooked on Lincolns as a teen while mowing lawns for a local businessman, Richard Falzarano, in a small town in upstate New York. After Tim’s work was done each week, Richard would give him a ride home in his 1978 Lincoln Continental sedan. It was gray with light blue interior, and riding in it made Tim feel like a million bucks. While he hoped to one day own one, he had to settle for a 1972 Buick Electra as his first car. However, that vehicle allowed him to appreciate American iron from an era where luxury and performance had an entirely different meaning than it has in most cars driven today.

Tim’s love of Lincolns continued to grow over time. Earlier this year he built a new 10-car building that his family affectionately calls the “Garage Mahal.” Once it was completed, he finally had the type of shop/garage he dreamed about for years. It enabled him to purchase his first classic, a 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible in Spanish Moss with a Dark Ivy Gold interior. It has given him great pleasure to give the car the attention it deserves, and he plans to repaint it during the winter. For him, the car is not only an engineering marvel, but also a work of art.

That venture has also brought a surprising benefit: Tim’s 23 year old son, Nick, has been bitten by the Lincoln bug, too. They have spent quite a few hours working on the ’67 which his son admires “because it’s so classy and well built.” He now loves attending shows with Tim and is making plans to have their current Lincoln in two parades next year. Because it seems as though many young people do not have much interest for older cars, Tim feels fortunate that his son has found a passion that provides such a positive influence on him. He is excited about the prospect of them having two Lincolns in shows next year.

The Moores are delighted to provide a home for the 1978 Lincoln. It will have a place of honor in the Garage Mahal. Having the tools and expertise to handle most repairs and preservation, they will immediately undertake a complete servicing: replacing all fluids; checking out/rebuilding the carburetor; draining and cleaning the gas tank; changing the filters; changing the valve cover gaskets and others as needed; and assessing the underside of the car.

Tim is very familiar with this particular car model, and believes that the 82,000 mile engine and the “bullet-proof” C-6 transmission should be okay for the short term. Tim’s basic plan is to make this car a beautiful, fully-functioning original. He believes that the original condition of this car is worth maintaining. He plans to take the car to shows, use it in several upcoming family weddings, and just drive and show the world what original American Iron really is like.

Although intrigued by those who specialize in customization, Tim cannot find any justification for taking wonderful original cars and significantly changing them. Tim shares, “Owning older cars allows me and others to step back to a different place and time when driving meant something very special. It would not be responsible to take that away from future generations by altering cars.” William Green’s 1978 Lincoln Continental has definitely found a terrific home with Tim Moore and his son that insures its legacy will be shared for years to come.

Editor Emeritus Tim Howley Feted by LCOC

Editor Emeritus Tim Howley Feted by LCOC

LCOC presented Tim with a plaque and a framed Board resolution lauding his contributions during his 35 years as editor.

Tim Howley was the editor of Lincoln & Continental Comments since 1982, producing more than half of the Comments issues in the 64 year history of the club! He was recently named Editor Emeritus, giving him the freedom to continue contributing his talents and experience for our reading pleasure. On March 18th, the LCOC National Board, represented by Glenn Kramer and Stacy Roscoe, honored Tim and his wife, LaVonne, with a luncheon and a small awards ceremony.  

Glenn and Stacy took the opportunity to thank Tim on behalf of the club and enjoyed listening as Tim recounted some of his experiences as both editor and advertising copy writer at several national ad agencies. Tim conceived and created many long remembered TV, radio and print ads for such clients as Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA), Mother’s Cookies and Canon Cameras. His career in advertising and editing has been memorable and long lasting.

LaVonne was also thanked for all her hard work with an engraved vase and flower arrangement.

The ceremony and lunch continued for well over two hours, and after final good-byes, Glenn and Stacy agreed that this enjoyable day of shared stories was fascinating and more importantly, that LCOC is most fortunate to continue having Tim and LaVonne on our team.

Classic Car Trouble Fortuitously Forges a Decade Long Friendship

Classic Car Trouble Fortuitously Forges a Decade Long Friendship

John and Jeanne Talbourdet started their LCOC experience with a good ’66 4-door convertible, making many friends along the way, but lusted after the 1940 and 1941 Continental. After years of searching and dreaming, in 2005 they purchased Walter & Carol Webb’s 1941 Cabriolet in Ohio and brought it to its new home in Massachusetts where they fine tuned an already excellent restoration.   Feeling ready to take her on a “grand expedition,” they planned to drive to an LZOC meet in Uniontown, Pennsylvania that was a week before the 2007 LCOC Eastern National Meet in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Since this was a long trip and the first one for the ’41 under their tenure, they decided to take their ’66 convertible as a chase car. As classic car owners know, anything can happen on the way to a meet!

All was fine for the first day well into southern Pennsylvania until John needed to merge into traffic and an application of the throttle provided plenty of RPMs but no connection to the rear wheels. Jeanne had to run traffic interference with the ‘66 to give the engine time to engage. They nursed it over the steep and never-ending hills into Uniontown where they were contemplating their options when they first met Ed Avedisian. It turned out that the same transportation company that had initially brought John’s Continental from Ohio to Massachusetts was picking up Ed’s 1941 Zephyr Convertible at Uniontown to take it to Cherry Hill for the LCOC meet and then back home to Massachusetts. A quick phone call confirmed that there was space for their car, so the Talbourdets made new friends and had a great time at both meets.

In the ensuing years as they corrected the connection between engine and ground caused by oil leaking on the clutch and embarked on an engine rebuild, John and Jeanne’s acquaintance with Ed and Pam Avedisian grew. Now more than a decade later, this friendship, formed over a passion for their cars at that fortuitous meeting, was deepened by their shared love of music and great wine. Ed retired after 30 years as clarinetist with the Boston Pops and more than 40 seasons with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and the Talbourdets are long time season ticket holders for the symphony. Besides a discerning palate, Pam and Jeanne have energy that won’t stop and great attention to detail, so they have utilized their sharp organizational skills for numerous car meets. These LCOC meets have become even more enjoyable over that special bottle of wine that somehow always turns up, and they continue to celebrate their friendship.