|In 1895, a crew
drilling for oil accidentally hit water, instead. The result was
Bouton Lake, located on what is today Lakewood Country Club.
It’s thought that Lakewood’s name is connected with Bouton Lake.
The club was built in 1933 and, according to a local realtor, is
the oldest public building in Lakewood. How fitting it is, then,
that we display antique Cadillacs and La Salles there once a
year. Because of rain in the
early morning, our display was limited to about twenty cars. Many
thanks to those who brought their old cars out. The rain did not
prevent us from parking on the lawn, but we had to watch our step;
there were some mud puddles under the clearing skies.
about 11:45 we went inside to eat. Unfortunately, the buffet
table was not arranged for our eighty-plus members and guests to
be able to get through it quickly, so our new director, Tom
Musson, took command and got the buffet tables moved so that more
people could serve themselves. That did the trick. I heard no
complaints about the food. Some of the pastries had little black
cars on them, in icing.
first guest speaker was Mr. “Bud” Davy, Jr. of Riverside. At
the age of seven, he used to hang around the Cadillac dealership
in Oak Park, Illinois. Not too many years later, Mr. Davy landed a
job with GM in the Cadillac zone office. He was still taking some
classes and was probably the only student on campus to have a new
Davy was the number two man in charge of new car allocations in
the zone, 1967-71. He had something to say about how the cash cows
on four wheels were distributed to the dealers. Pretty soon he
realized why he was being wined and dined in some of the best
restaurants in Chicago by dealers who were twice his age: They
wanted more product, especially product with a good margin.
Davy went to work in the
mid-seventies for one of his former customers, Fanning Cadillac, in Chicago.
That was the neighbor and rival of a dealership where your editor worked.
According to Davy, 1976 was a banner year for profits at Cadillac
dealerships; the Eldo convertible and Fleetwood Brougham were not given
Mr. Davy also
explained the phenomenon of cars built with fenders or hoods of a different
color: clerical error calling for pre-painted sheet metal parts of the wrong
color. Thanks to Roger Lindquist for discovering Mr. Davy at his church.
Our second speaker was
Mr. Jeff Hyman, who is British. Mr. Hyman got frustrated with inept
appraisers and decided to do a better job of it. After six months of
training in appraisal, and with a broad knowledge of British and European
cars of the fifties, sixties and seventies, he became a professional car
appraiser and importer. He now runs Classic Auto Appraisal (1-800-454-1313).
A professional, independent appraisal is essential to getting top dollar
from insurance companies in the event of loss or damage.
has imported 29 Rolls-Royces. One was a Phantom VI (the long
wheelbase car) with the license plate T J BIG.
It was Tom Jones’ car first, and it was burgundy over cream. The rear
compartment was burgundy velour, while the driver’s compartment was
black leather. It had right hand drive.
Our raffle was
a little anti-climactic, following Super-Lotto the night before, which
exceeded $190 million. Ed Cholakian was kind enough to provide many of our
prizes, though. Some were T-shirts. Others were lapel pins and cash. About
nine people were winners.
Three cars on
the lawn were recognized in an attempt at conferring people’s choice
awards. However, some of the ballots had been eaten during lunch, so hanging
chads (the ones that dangle just enough) were counted instead, and our
director improvised. Awards went to Mrs. Parrmno, Don Shadduck, and Paul
Schinnerer. At that we adjourned for a chuckle and a last quick look at the