Mystery Tour 2016

The first two photos  of the group (#10 and #14) were taken at the start at the NY Transportation Museum (Fitting!).

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The antique boat and water skis were taken at the Antique Boat Museum seen in # 70. Photo #23 was taken at the halfway checkpoint. The potential “project car” (#73) was seen on the return route.


My love for Cadillac’s began when I was about 15 years old. My dad had a 1950 Cadillac that I polished and kept maintained for him. When I turned 16, I was able to drive it.

I have owned many Cadillac’s of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s throughout the years. So, how did I find the 1949 blue Cadillac convertible? I went to see Mr. Tony Zappone, a very good friend and car nut, at his dealership to talk about cars and such, but he was not in that day. Tony is also a member of GVACS and the Cadillac – LaSalle Club. Since Tony was not in, I decided to drive out to his residence in Brockport, New York. I found Tony in his garage with all his cars, and he had many! Tony had just purchased a Model TT truck and a 1949 baby blue Cadillac Convertible. I looked the Cadillac over and started it up. It sounded pretty good and that was it! Two days later my wife, Pat, and I were heading off on a vacation to North Carolina for two weeks with another couple, Fred and Dan Burton. I thought about the 1949 Cadillac Convertible the entire time we were there! I told my wife that we should buy the car if Tony still had it when we got home from vacation and she said, “let’s do it“. I had always wanted a 40s Cadillac, so as soon as we returned to Rochester I called Tony to see if he still had it. With luck, he did!

To sum up the story, Tony had no idea I might be interested in the car and if I hadn’t gone to his house, I might never have seen it. Once I saw the car it grew on me! Thanks, Tony, for a great car!

I have upgraded a few things on the car, such as rebuilding the motor, some chrome, and a new convertible top. I plan to do a few more things to it in the near future. The 1949 blue Cadillac Convertible has been on a couple of 1000 mile tours and in local club events and shows. I plan to keep it for many years to come.

Dick Walther…..


June Car of the Month


Wray Kniffin’s – 1959 Buick Electra coupe

-The blue beauty-

On September 14, 1959, Ray and Marion Christianson took delivery of a ’59 Buick Electra coupe, model #4737 from Traugott Buick in Brockport, NY. It was their summer car. A 1957 Chevy was their winter beater. By 1976, both Christiansons had passed away and Marion’s brother, Max Snelgrove (my Dad’s best friend) inherited the blue beauty. The car had 38,000 plus miles by then.

In the fall of 1985, Max was retiring and moving to smaller quarters and I was able to purchase the ’59 with 40,020 miles. During the past 30 years, we have put an additional 25,000 miles on the car. Both my daughters drove it to school during good weather and won “Best Car” by their senior year classmates.

cotm2105_06a cotm2105_06bThe car has been to three BCA National Meets and won a silver award (second place) and two Archival awards for its originality. It has also won AACA HPOF and Survivor awards; again for originality. The car has a 401 cubic inch motor, which impresses the younger folks at local car shows and cruise-ins.

I’ve had to replace most seals and, gaskets over the years, but no other problems have occurred.

The list price was $4,270.07 with options and trucking. The weight is 4,465 lbs. (Less than $1/lb). The only way I would sell the car is if I found a 1957 Mercury two-door hardtop station wagon.

2016 Mystery Tour

Genesee Valley Antique Car Society’s 2016 Mystery Tour
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Please meet in the parking lot of the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, West Henrietta, NY, between 8:30 and 9:00 AM where
tour instructions will be provided. We will get underway by 9:15.
There will be a stop for lunch at about 12:15 PM. An afternoon activity follows lunch at about 2:00 PM. There may be some walking and stairs.
Bring an old car with plenty of gas, your most recent prescription glasses, and a cell phone if you have one.
Send your reservations to: By Saturday, July 16, PLEASE!

R. & S. DeGroff Info: (585) 621-4312, or
70 Eileen Drive
Rochester, NY 14646-2234
Make checks

GVACS “ Summer in the Berkshires” Tour 2016

Tour plans are complete for our 2016 GVACS “Summer in the Berkshires” tour. Please join the GVACS family for some fun, as we drive the scenic area of Western Massachusetts and Eastern New
York. You must drive your antique/classic car ( 25 yrs. or older), which must have a current registration, inspection and fire extinguisher. A complete mechanical checkup is recommended before you start out. YOU do not want the “tow truck award”!!

Sunday August 21- We will meet for directions and final instructions at 8:30am at Eastview Mall, north side by Macy’s. Our route will take us eastward on Rt. 20 through the scenic rolling hills of New York into the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Arrival at The Yankee Inn in Lenox, MA will be mid-late afternoon. We will be here for 5 nights. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, free wifi, indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness room. All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron and board.

Monday August 22- This morning we will have a guided tour of “The Mount,” home of Pulitzer Prize winning Edith Wharton. The elegant 1902 home is surrounded by 3 acres of formal gardens. Lunch on your own at “The Mount” or in Lenox. After lunch we will visit a private car and memorabilia collection in Austerlitz, NY.

Tuesday August 23- Our first stop today is the Harney Tea company in Millerton, NY. We will have a tour of their facility, which ships worldwide, learn how teas are selected, blended and packaged and also sample teas. After lunch/shopping in Millerton, we will travel to Hudson, NY for a guided tour of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting- the A-Z of antique firefighting apparatus.

Wednesday August 24- Today we will have a short drive to the Norman Rockwell Museum. You may remember him for his whimsical drawings on the covers of “The Saturday Evening Post.” You have the afternoon on your own. LOTS of choices. Check your booklet or ask Chris for ideas

Thursday August 25- In the morning we will visit Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA. A selfguided audio tour includes 20 historic buildings, working farm, gardens and a collection of Shaker furniture and artifacts. There are daily craft demonstrations. Assorted snacks and lunch are available.

An afternoon visit to the Crane Museum of Papermaking is also available. Crane makes the paper for our U.S. currency. This evening we will have our tour banquet at the Cork ‘n Hearth Restaurant in Lee, MA., just 20 minutes from our hotel.

Friday August 26- After breakfast, we will be heading home. Or? Feel free to take in another gem in the Berkshires. Safe travels to all!

Hotel Reservation Information:
Book now and avoid the rush!
August 21-26, 2016 (5 nights)
The Yankee Inn
416 Pittsfield Road
Lenox, MA 01240
Rate: $115.99 + Tax
Group name : GVACS
Tour Registration form is included
in this month’s Brass Lamp.
DEADLINE is July 1st, 2016
If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Chris Dear.

Billy Knipper Award

The Billy Knipper Award
Established: 1970 (at the Club’s 20th Anniversary Dinner)
Qualifications: The cup was designated to be used annually as an award for outstanding achievement of a club member with extra consideration going to a long-standing members.

Car Display Policy

acknowledges that while other organizations may want to guarantee a large number of GVACS participants for a display at their facility, GVACS member participation in courtesy displays is by member choice. When groups/facilities invite GVACS to display cars on a particular date, GVACS does not guarantee participants nor does GVACS reserve a specific date from year to year for a particular group. Further, GVACS receives numerous notifications and requests for cars displays/shows, etc. and these dates are publicized in The Brass Lamp and via membership e-blasts.

COTM Index





 May 2012

1923 Lincoln

April 2012

1955 Ford Victoria

1963 Plymouth Sport Fury 

Nov 2011

1932 DeSoto Roadster


Oct 2011

American LaFrance

Sept 2011

Aug 2011


1915 Ford T

July 2011


1976 Ford Mustang


June 2011


1964 Chevrolet Covette

May 2011

1914 Ford T Calliope

Dec 2009


1940 Plymouth

Oct 2009


1934 Diamond T


June 2009

1964 Austin Healey

May 2009


1967 Ford Mustang

April 2009


1948 Nash

March 2009


1970 Chevelle


Feb 2009

1936 Ford

Oct. 2008 

1942 Ford Pumper

July 2008

1931 Reo

June 2008


1931 Ford Victoria


May 2008


1939 Franklin

March 2008


1953 Cadillac

Feb. 2008

1950 Ford

April 2006


1940 Ford