1940 Fleetwood Formal Sedan. These rare leather-capped customs have a traditional
charm that hearkens back to the horse-drawn carriages of centuries past. This sample is largely original. Over the
several years he's owned it, Skip has renewed the
mechanicals and furbished a few cosmetic items.
If you've ever spoken with an
impeccably dressed man in a double breasted Hart, Schafter & Marx suit, with a
white-on-white shirt, king-size bow-tie, and two-tone wingtips, and if it was at SoCal
show in recent yearsyou probably already know Skip Moore. If that same distinguished
looking gentleman stepped out of a well-polished 1939 or 1940 Fleetwood 75-Series
limousine, it was definitely SoCal's regional director.
Although hobby friends call him "Skip", to
the rest of the world he is Dr. Walter H. Moore, Jr. Born and raised in Connecticut, Skip
went off to college in south Florida before spending two years in the Navy. He completed
his Ph.D. at Kent State in 1973 and has been a university professor ever since. Dr. Moore
teaches neuro psychology and neuro pathology, disciplines that deal with the way the brain
functions. His students become therapists who work with patients with brain related
disordersstroke, accident victims, and so forth.
Skip's love of fine automobiles comes naturally, for
his father owned several foreign car dealerships in Connecticut. And, as a boy, he
couldn't help but be drawn to the chauffeur-driven Cadillac limousines he often saw plying
the wealthy suburbs north of New York City. Big black limos were the local equivalent of
dial-a-ride. Today, Skip and his wife, JoAnna, have three big Fleetwoods, two '39 limos
and a leather-topped '40 formal.
The Moore's, who have lived in
Southern California for 25 years, have four children and two grandchildren. The youngest,
Kati, is only eleven, but she shares dad's passion for the high-style 1930's and 40's
fashion, and automobiles.
As SoCal's past director, Skip and JoAnna want to get to know
everyone in the region. So when you see them at meets, be sure to
introduce yourself and your familytell them about your particular niche in this