Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet 

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2012 Meet Poster
Pierce-Arrow Society
55th Annual Meet * June 25-30, 2012
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Pierce-Arrow Society
55th Annual Meet
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Submitted by Henry May

The 55th Annual Meet was held in Kalamazoo and Hickory Corners, MI, on June 25-30, 2012. Our host hotel was the Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo. Dave and Diana Stevens were the meet co-chairs assisted by registrars Bill Morris and Wilma Hunter-Morris and a very capable committee.

Dave and Diana arranged for a full and interesting week of events interspersed with “garage hops,” tours of impressive car collections starting Monday, June 25, for early arrivals. Tuesday was the Pierce-Arrow Society Board meeting followed by a meeting of the Pierce-Arrow Foundation, the organization for our fine museum. Optional tours that day were to Paw Paw, MI, and the Lawton Ridge Winery. That Tuesday evening was our traditional and popular Welcome Party at the Holidome at our host hotel.

Wednesday we visited the Kellogg (of cereal fame) Manor overlooking Gull Lake then the OFF (only for fun) Bros. car collection followed by lunch at the Gull Lake Yacht club on Gull Lake. Then we were off to the Gilmore Car Museum and our Pierce-Arrow Museum in Hickory Corners. For those of us who had not been there in several years, it was a real treat to see the expansion of this impressive complex. In addition to the Gilmore cars and our Pierces, there are the Franklin Collection museum, a Ford Model A Museum to open this year, a future Lincoln Museum and a future Cadillac-LaSalle Museum (check the Gilmore car Collection website). Wednesday night Dave arranged two more “garage hops,” and we had dinner on our own.

Thursday was the trip to Saugatuck, MI, a beautiful town near Lake Michigan. In two groups we took boat rides on the river leading out to Lake Michigan and had lunch at the Coral Gables restaurant. There was an ice cream stop (a Pierce-Arrow must), a visit to Macatawa Boat Works, and, naturally, there was an optional car collection visit. We returned to the hotel, then took London buses to the Kalamazoo Air Museum. The Air Zoo has been greatly expanded since many of us were there at the 2002 Kalamazoo Meet. It is truly an impressive interactive Museum. We had a nice dinner on the museum floor accompanied by a barbershop quartet.

Friday we visited the car collection of Red and Marilyn McFadden, then went on to the town of South Haven on Lake Michigan. There were three groupings for a sail on the Friends Good Will, an 1810 merchant vessel sloop. We enjoyed a nice lunch under a tent at the South Haven Yacht Club. Dinner that night was at the Pine West restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. We were entertained there by a female barbershop quartet. Then we enjoyed the traditional Swap Meet and Vintage Attic at the hotel.

What a great week – everything so well organized, many Pierces, good weather, excellent directions in the Tour Guide (unlike one year when 4 Pierces were facing each other at 4 stop signs) and good conversations and fun with our Pierce friends.

Again, thank you to Dave and Diana, Bill and Wilma and their committee for a most enjoyable week.

If you have not experienced a Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet, we encourage you to join us. We will be in Minden, Nevada next year, July 23-27, 2013. We hope to see you there! More information about the 2013 meet will be posted soon.

Activities at the
55th Annual Meet
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55th Annual Meet Award Winners 

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Bernard J. Weis Trophy
Most Authentic Restoration
Bernard J. Weis Trophy
1917 48-B-4
4-Pass. Touring
David Baird
California
Eric Rosenau Award
Previous winners of the Weis or Vanderveer Trophies
Trophy
1927 Series 36
Runabout
George Quay
Ohio
Trophy
1931 Model 41
Club Sedan (LeBaron)
Marc & Deedee Hamburger
Georgia
Trophy
1932 Model 54
7-Pass. Touring
Gene & Ruth Reeves
Georgia
Trophy
1936 Model 1601 Metro. Town Brougham
Bob Sands
New York
Trophy
1936 Model 1603
Town Car
Dick & Linda Kughn
Michigan
R. Vale Faro Trophy
Most Original Pierce-Arrow
R. Vale Faro Trophy
1936 Model 1601
5-Pass. Sedan
Stuart & Clara Blair
Ohio
Henry E. & Pauline S. Becker Trophy
Longest Distance Pierce-Arrow Driven to Meet
Henry E. & Pauline S. Becker Trophy
1918 48-B-5
7-Pass. Touring
Peter & Lise Fawcett
Whitby, Ontario
Otto Klausmeyer Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Service to the Pierce-Arrow Society
Otto Klausmeyer Distinguished Service Award
Dave & Diana Stevens
Michigan
Clara Follis Memorial Bicycle Award
Best Restored Bicycle
Clara Follis Memorial Bicycle Award
1899 Man's Shaft Drive
Ralph & Trish McKittrick
Ontario
Bicycle Class
Most Original Bicycle
1934 Man's Chain Drive
Merlin & Jane Smith
Louisiana
Class 1 1911-1920 & Dual Valve
1st
1928 Series 36
EDL
Diane Gallets
New Jersey
1st
1920 Series 31
7-Pass. Touring
Peter & Lise Fawcett
Ontario
1st
1928 Series 36
7-Pass. Touirng
Dick & Linda Kughn
Michigan
Class 2 Series 80
1st
1926 Series 80
5-Pass. Sedan
Rick & Diane Morrison
Ontario
1st
1926 Series 80
Coupe (Judkins)
Mike & Anna Bortoli
Illinois
1st
1927 Series 80
Club Brougham
John & Eloise Haulbrook
Georgia
Class 3 1929-1930
1st
1929 Model 133
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Gene & Ann Grengs
Wisconsin
1st
1929 Model 133
Club Brougham
Robert & Amelia Krauss
Michigan
1st
1930 Model A
7-Pass. Touring
John Steckbeck
Indiana
Class 4 1931 - 1932
1st
1932 Model 54
Convertible Coupe
John Anderson
Ontario
1st
1932 Model 54
Club Brougham
Fred & Rosemary Cleaver
Michigan
1st
1932 Model 54
Convertible Sedan
Robert & Betty Reenders
Michigan
Class 5 1934 - 1936
1st
1934 Model 1240A
Convertible Coupe
Dick & Linda Kughn
Michigan
1st
1936 Model 1601
5-Pass. Sedan
Stuart & Clara Blair
Ohio
1st
1936 Model 1601
5-Pass. Sedan
Merlin & Jane Smith
Louisiana
We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of photographs from the meet photographers: Clara Blair, Pat Doughty, Joan May, Trish McKittrick, Terry Ernest, and Roger Sherman. Their contributions greatly assists with preparation of the banquet slide show, this web page, and the meet issue of The Arrow.