Pierce-Arrow Society Annual Meet 

Pierce-Arrow Society 42nd Annual Meet
Bartlett, New Hampshire
 
Mt. Washington Hotel
Mt. Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods
Lunch stop on the Friday Tour.

The White Mountains of New Hampshire provided a beautiful setting for the Pierce-Arrow Society 42nd Annual Meet. PAS members arrived from all over the country to attend this year's meet. Many Pierce-Arrows were driven from such far away places as Idaho, Florida, Illinois, and Minnesota.

The meet began with a Welcome Party held at the hotel on Tuesday night. The meet was extended an extra day this year to allow more time to tour the area. The first "warm-up" tour was held Wednesday morning. The scenic route took us to North Conway. Many PAS members took the opportunity to ride the Conway Scenic Railroad, examine the railroad yard, or shop in the many shops. After returning to the hotel in the early afternoon, we went to the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a catered barbecue dinner.  

PAS Members at the Conway Scenic Railway
Pierce-Arrows at the Conway Scenic Railway
on the Wednesday tour
The Mt. Washington Auto Road is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first auto to climb the mountain. Several Pierce-Arrows bravely went up the narrow, steep, and winding road to the summit of Mt. Washington. The road is a challenge for modern vehicles and really demonstrates the ability of our Pierce-Arrows!

PAS Members were up early Thursday morning for our next tour. This time we were off to Maine. The rural tour passed through several small towns before arriving in Paris, Maine, where we were treated to Bob Bahre's car collection. This impressive collection included several Duesenbergs, Packards, and Stutz. The Pierce-Arrows were parked across the street on the village common. The day was topped off by a lobster and clam bake back at the hotel, followed by a Pierce-Arrow swap meet.

The Friday tour took us across Kancamagus Pass and Franconia Notch State Park to the famous Mount Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods. This hotel was the destination of the first Glidden Tour in 1904. After lunch in the elegant dining room, PAS members were given a tour of the hotel before our short run back to our meet hotel.

1933 Silver-Arrow
at the Saturday Car Show

The hotel parking lot was busy Saturday morning as PAS members prepared their Pierce-Arrows for the annual car show and judging. The show was held at the Fields of Attitash, a grassy park near the hotel. A special treat at this year's show was a 1933 Silver-Arrow show car. This very rare car was Pierce-Arrow's exhibit at the 1933 Century of Progress exposition in Chicago. The modern styling is still impressive!

The meet came to an end Saturday night with the awards banquet at the hotel. The brief meeting of the Pierce-Arrow Society was followed by the presentation of awards to the show winning cars and an invitation to attend next year's meet. Then it was time to say farewell to our many Pierce-Arrow Society friends until we meet again next year.

Meet co-chairmen George House and Larry Gould and their meet committee from the New England Region deserve a big thank-you for all their work in preparing for the meet. It was a great success!

1938 1801 Convertible Coupe
at Paris, Maine on the Thursday tour

If you missed the fun we had at this year's meet, make your plans now to attend the 43rd Annual Meet, June 20-25, 2000 in the Texas Hill Country. The meet will be headquartered at a rural resort hotel near Boerne, Texas, about 25 miles northwest of San Antonio.

 



42nd Annual Meet Award Winners 

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Bernard J. Weis Trophy
Most Authentic Restoration
Bernard J. Weis Trophy
1925 Series 80 Runabout
William Lawrie
Pennsylvania
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
1917 48-B-4 7-Pass. Touring
Bill & Frances Lawton
Eagle, Idaho
Otto Klausmeyer Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Service to the Pierce-Arrow Society
Otto Klausmeyer Distinguished Service Award
Ernie Follis
Class 1 Pre 1929
1st
1917 66-A-4 7-Pass. Touring
Gene Becker - Florida
1st
1920 Series 51 7-Pass. Touring
Ralph McKittrick - Ontario
1st
1927 Series 80 7-Pass. Touring
Al Fischer - New Jersey
Class 2 1929 - 1930
1st
1930 Model B Phaeton
Jim Hippler - Maine
1st
1930 Model B Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Lloyd Shulman - New York
1st
1929 Model 133 Sedan
Bob Bujak - Connecticut
Class 3 1931 - 1933
1st
1933 Silver Arrow
Thomas Derro - Massachusetts
1st
1931 Model 42 Conv. Coupe
Tony Zappone - New York
1st
1932 Model 54 Club Brougham
Fred Cleaver - Michigan
Class 4 1934 - 1938
1st
1935 Model 1245 Conv. Coupe
Ralph Schmidt - Ohio
1st
1938 Model 1801 Conv. Coupe
John Dedrick - Wisconsin
1st
1936 Model 1602 Club Sedan
Ed Minnie - Massachusetts