2015 MARCH FMRCOA Newsletter

Hank Dawson's Last  Cruise

Henry (Hank) Dawson
May 9, 1940 — April 14, 2015

Hank Dawson passed away, suddenly, on April 14, 2015. On Saturday, April 18, Hank Dawson's family and friends gathered to say a final goodbye. The room was packed as people shared tears, memories, and stories of life with Hank. Known to us as a car lover, he was also a strong family man, who will be missed by all. 

Hank was interested in several hobbies, was an active member in 4 car clubs. and served as a Core Member of VMUSA. We owe Hank a big thank you for much of our club's fun since he planned and organized many of our outings. A true “car guy” at heart, he always gave us 100% of whatever he had to offer.

Hank's Last Cruise April 18, 2015


Prayers were said, poems were read and memories were shared. People tossed about words like “always busy,” “made people happy — even total strangers,” “loving Grandpa,” and “good friend.” Hank's passing has left a big hole in our world and he will be sadly missed. 

Hank was never one to miss a good cruise and Saturday was no exception. Club members and friends arrived in their daily drivers and their classics to escort our good friend to the cemetery. Hank would have appreciated the shiney paint and glistening chrome in the sunlight. This was his private car show and cruise, a proper color guard send off and a final good bye. Thank you, Hank, for being in our lives — you will be missed.  (Stay tuned for a Hank Memorial video...)

A Tribute to John Price

“A couple of years ago John brought his 41 Lincoln coupe to the Crosspointe Church Cruise-In at our church car show in Novi. As he pulled into his space several of the guys gathered around to admire the car. One of the guys asked John, ‘start her up, we want to hear it run!' John's answer? ‘It IS running!' There was nobody that could adjust the old Ford valves and make them as quiet as John could,” commented Phil Lyon, recently remarking on John's passing.

John's beautiful1941 Lincoln-Zephyr 3 window coupe

John loved cars and people. In 2005 when I spoke to him about his beautiful Lincoln he remarked, “I had another project car and I really wasn't looking for a car to restore at the time, but I found out about the 1941 Lincoln-Zephyr 3 window coupe from Jimmy Stewart in 1989. I hadn't seen one since I watched them being built through the windows at the Livernois and Warren plant in Detroit.” John did a ground up restoration on the Lincoln that was in rough shape and subsequently found out that there are only 10 of these restored vehicles left in the world! The Lincoln won many trophies, has been on TV, and has been in many prestigious shows including at Meadowbrook, Eyes on the Classics, Ford World Headquarters, and Cobo Hall.

John was born and raised in Detroit. Between 1952 and 1956 he was in the Air Force where he was in maintenance. During that time he married his wife, Mary Elaine, with whom he had five children. Before “retiring” and starting to work at NAPA, John ran his own business, Farmington Hills Auto Parts, for 27 years.

John's shop at NAPA in Plymouth, MI.

John's fascination with cars dated back to the time he was 6 years old! When he was 17, he got his first car: a 1938 Ford. Since then he owned and restored many cars including a beautiful 1964 Falcon Sprint Convertible.

Phil checks out John's newly restored Sprint in 2007.

When he completed this restoration in 2007 John explained, “I spoke to my son Keith (in 2000) and told him that I'd like to restore another convertible before I checked out. Shortly thereafter Keith found a 1964 Falcon Sprint Convertible for me that looked pretty good – in pictures and at least from thirty feet!” But the car needed a lot of work and was completed in 2007 with the help of his friends Jimmy Stewart, Larry Deck, Roy Stull, and others. John had an amazing wealth of knowledge about antique cars and how to restore/repair them that he so generously shared with other people on a daily basis. He was both knowledgeable and friendly – a true gentleman!

As Phil Lyon so eloquently stated, “John was a master mechanic and such a good friend. We will all miss his broad smile and his strong, sincere handshake.”


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2015 T-SHIRTS WILL BE READY FOR

May's Meeting. $10.00 M, L, XL and $12.00 2x & 3x sizes

This issue of our ROTUNDA TIMES features a different type of

story on a 1940 Buick Pickup. This will be a two part story for our newsletter.

Also in this issue we have as always great articles from Brian Kuta, Mark Sepienz

Lou Ironside, Bill Timoszyk and new to the newletter staff is Wally Wigand.

 

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This year we are adding an additional 10 x10 space for $20.00 for the guy who just wants to cleanout his garage.

These will be called GCS spaces and only one per customer.

Just click on the images below and print.

REGISTER FOR OUR 2015 CAR SHOW FOR OUR DEARBORN 2015 CHELSEA SWAPMEET

This year we will have better prizes and trophies

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Also a March message from our

President Tim Pusilo. Our club will be getting ready

for our 2015 swapmeet in Chelsea and we will

need as many volunteers as we can get.

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 32 CAR CRUISE STARTS ON

THURSDAY MAY 28TH THRU SEPT 28TH

OPENS AT 5:00 PM UNTIL DUSK

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