Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet 

Participation Badge Pierce-Arrow Society
44th Annual Meet
Buffalo, New York
Pierce Motorette
Pierce Motorette
at the Saturday Car Show

The one hundredth anniversary of the first Pierce motorcar was celebrated with style at the 44th Annual Meet of the Pierce-Arrow Society, July 10-15, 2001. Pierce-Arrows from across the U.S. and Canada came back home to Buffalo to celebrate the occasion. Over 750 Pierce-Arrow Society members from around the United States, Canada, England, and Spain and 175 Pierce-Arrows gathered for the largest gathering of Pierce-Arrows and Pierce-Arrow Society members ever. The Saturday car show offered something for everyone, with vehicles ranging from several Pierce Motorettes through a 1938 Convertible Coupe. A Pierce-Arrow truck and a 19-passenger bus as well as Pierce bicycles were also on display. Two of the crowd favorites were the Pierce-Arrow used by President Wilson while in the White House, and the Pierce Silver Arrow show car exhibited at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition.  

1906 Great Arrow
1906 Pierce Great Arrow
Earl Snodgrass - Arizona

Tuesday evening found PAS members gathering at the Welcome Party to renew old friendships and meet new Pierce-Arrow friends.  Green ribbons identified PAS members attending their first Annual Meet.

Wednesday morning found a flurry of activity in the hotel parking garage as the Pierce-Arrows were off on the first of three days of touring.  The tour started with a brief tour of the Buffalo waterfront, then went along some of the stately old homes of Buffalo.  Many of these homes can be seen in the background of factory photos taken by Pierce-Arrow when the cars were new.  After passing the mausoleum of  George N. Pierce, the Pierce-Arrows were off toward Niagara Falls.  The famous site was only a short drive from the hotel.  After stopping at the Falls, the Pierce-Arrows were on their way toward Lewiston for a catered lunch at the Art Park.  After lunch, the scenic tour continued along the river before returning to Buffalo.

1926 Series 80 Derham Town Car
1926 Series 80 Derham Town Car
Curtis Pool - Michigan

The Thursday tour took the Pierce-Arrows to the nearby town of East Aurora.  A large arts & crafts movement existed here when our Pierce-Arrows were new.  Lunch was served in the Arts & Crafts style Roycroft Inn.  Trolleys provided transportation for the PAS members to visit the local attractions, which included the toy museum at the corporate headquarters of the Fisher-Price company, stained-glass windows by Tiffany in a local church, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and other attractions.  Leaving East Aurora, the group visited a bicycle museum that house hundreds of antique bicycles and memorabilia, including several Pierce cycles.   Thursday evening, a party was hosted by the Buffalo Transportation Museum.  Local restaurants served a variety of food in tents set up in the parking lot.  The museum contains an outstanding collection of Pierce-Arrow memorabilia and several Pierce-Arrows, including one on loan from the Smithsonian Institution.

1926 Series 33 7-Pass. Touring at the factory complex
Paul Morris - Texas

On Friday, the Pierce-Arrow Society celebrated our historical connection to Buffalo.  Our tour took us to the Pierce-Arrow factory where PAS members were given a tour of the administration building on Elmwood Avenue.  Several PAS members spent some time touring the huge manufacturing complex, most of which is still standing and in use by various businesses.  A few Pierce-Arrow owners took the opportunity to drive their Pierce-Arrow through the brick alleyways of factory complex and take a picture in front of the "Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company" sign on the front of the building.

After leaving the factory complex via Great Arrow Avenue, the group toured to Pierce-Arrow's Buffalo showroom.  The art-deco building appears to be almost unchanged since Pierce-Arrow was there.  Three 1934 Pierce-Arrows were on display in the showroom, providing a step back in time for the members attending.  The building, which has been used as a Cadillac dealership for years, will soon be converted into a bank.

The Pierce-Arrow factory on Elmwood Avenue
still proudly identifies itself

At noon on Friday, the Pierce-Arrows paraded up Main Street to the delight of thousands of Buffalo residents that lined the street.  Normally closed to traffic, the Pierce-Arrows were the first cars to drive along main street for quite a while.  The street cars that normally run along Main Street were stopped while the Pierce-Arrows paraded to the cheers of the onlookers.

Leaving the city, the Pierce-Arrows toured to the Bill Gacioch estate in nearby Orchard Park.  The estate, built at the turn of the century, overlooks Lake Erie and provided a beautiful setting for the Pierce-Arrows.  

PAS members were up early on Saturday preparing their cars for display and the Annual Car Show and Judging, held on nearby Niagara Square.  The square was completely filled with Pierce-Arrows as almost 175 cars filled the square and the surrounding street.  The square was closed to all traffic for the day, but tens of thousands of Buffalo residents found there way to the square to  view the Pierce-Arrows.  Many of these local residents had stories of friends and family members that had worked at Pierce-Arrow.  There was a true sense of appreciation from the local residents for the opportunity to see Pierce-Arrows again.

1930 Model A Touring
John Gambs - Indiana

All too quickly, the 44th Annual Meet came to a close at the Saturday night Awards Banquet.  Some of the recognized guests at the Banquet included Albert Gonas, the model for the archer hood ornament.  Mr. Gonas delighted the audience with his story of how he came to model for the archer.  Other guests included descendants of several of the officers of the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, including descendants of the Pierce, Fergusson, Clifton, and May families.  The brief business meeting of the Pierce-Arrow Society concluded with the presentation of the awards listed below.

The Pierce-Arrow Society owes great appreciation to the meet committee for making such an outstanding event happen.  Jim & Mary Ann Sandoro, along with their co-chairmen Fred & Corinne Tycher and Tony & Claire Zappone, put together the largest Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet ever.  The event was a truly memorable event that was enjoyed by all that attended.

If you missed this extraordinary event, the Pierce-Arrow Society encourages you not to miss future meets.  The Pierce-Arrow Society and the 2002 Annual Meet committee extend an invitation to all members to attend our meet next year in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1933 Silver Arrow attracting attention at the Saturday Car Show
Tom Derro - Massachusetts

44th Annual Meet Award Winners 

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Bernard J. Weis Trophy
Most Authentic Restoration
Bernard J. Weis Trophy
1931 Model 41 LeBaron Conv. Sedan
William Word
Georgia
R. Vale Faro Trophy
Most Original Pierce-Arrow
R. Vale Faro Trophy
1933 Model 1236 Club Sedan
Peter Saccoccio
Rhode Island
Henry E. & Pauline S. Becker Trophy
Longest Distance Pierce-Arrow Driven to Meet
Henry E. & Pauline S. Becker Trophy
1930 Model B Victoria
James & Dot Berkner
Bastrop, Texas
1000 Mile Badge
Pierce-Arrows Driven Over 1000 Miles to Attend the Meet
Trophy
1917 66-A-4 7-Pass. Touring
Gene & Pauline Becker
Sarasota, Florida
approx. 1314 miles
Trophy
1917 66-A-4 7-Pass. Touring
Marlin Hansen
White Bear, Minnesota
approx. 1058 miles
Trophy
1930 Model B Conv. Coupe
Mike Maloney
Minneapolis, Minnesota
approx. 1044 miles
Trophy
1930 Model B Victoria Coupe
Jim & Dot Berkner
Bastrop, Texas
approx. 1600 miles
Trophy
1931 Model 41 Touring
Dave & Jan Harris
Minneapolis, Minnesota
approx. 1044 miles
Otto Klausmeyer Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Service to the Pierce-Arrow Society
Otto Klausmeyer Distinguished Service Award
Paul Morris
Texas
Bicycle Class
Most Original Bicycle
1930 Miniature Bicycle
Arlo Boe - Minnesota
1st
1929 Man's Bicycle
Glen Morris - Virginia
Class 1 1901 - 1913
1st
1913 66-A 7-Pass. Touring
Dan Gernatt - New York
1st
1907 45-PP 7-Pass. Touring
John Hovey - New York
1st
1911 48-SS 7-Pass. Touring
Robert Reenders - Michigan
Class 2 1914 - 1920
1st
1918 48-B-5 7-Pass. Touring
John Walsh - Massachusetts
1st
1918 48-B-5 Roadster
Ralph McKittrick - Ontario
1st
1918 48-B-5 Runabout
Tudor Place Foundation - District Of Columbia
Class 3 1921 - 1928
1st
1926 Series 80 Derham Town Car
Curtiss Pool - Michigan
1st
1927 Series 80 7-Passenger Touring
A.R. Fisher - New Jersey
1st
1927 Series 80 Runabout
Dan Palmer - Georgia
Class 4 1929 - 1930
1st
1930 Model B Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Lloyd Shulman - New York
1st
1929 Model 133 Sedan
Bob Bujak - Connecticut
1st
1930 Model B 5-Pass. Sedan
Bill Edrich - Colorado
Class 5 1931
1st
1931 Model 43 Club Sedan
Philip Marshall - New York
1st
1931 Model 42 Conv. Coupe
Tony Zappone - New York
1st
1931 Model 43 Conv. Coupe
Vincent Licciardi - Massachusetts
Class 6 1932
1st
1932 Model 54 Convertible Sedan
Berta Leon Hackney - Texas
1st
1932 Model 54 Club Brougham
Gene Reeves - Georgia
1st
1932 Model 54 Club Brougham
Fred Cleaver - Michigan
Class 7 1933
1st
1933 Model 1236 Club Sedan
Thomas Brumley - Ohio
1st
1933 Model 836 Club Brougham
Charles Eggert - New Jersey
1st
1933 Model 1242 7-Pass. Sedan
John McComb - Pennsylvania
Class 8 1934 - 1938
1st
1934 Model 840A Silver Arrow
John Lebold - Ohio
1st
1934 Model 1248A Town Brougham
Bob Sands - New York
1st
1935 Model 1245 Conv. Coupe
Ralph Schmidt - Ohio