Nutmeg motor news - Connecticut Street Rod Association

Nutmeg motor news - Connecticut Street Rod Association

Nutmeg motor news - Connecticut Street Rod Association


Nutmeg motor news - Connecticut Street Rod Association

NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CONNECTICUT STREET ROD ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHED 1967 CSRA.ORG If you would like to know what CSRA is about our regular meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month which are held at CSRA Clubhouse on 316 Woodhouse Avenue Wallingford CT. 7pm BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018 PRESIDENT: Steve VanBlarcom 203-641-3451 VICE PRESIDENT: Anthony Perrone 203-213-1641 TREASURER: Dennis Dagliere 203-239-3791 SECRETARY: Paul Benoit 860-568-7404 DIRECTOR: Armand Couture 203-634-0008 DIRECTOR: Bob Kesilewski 203-410-7744 NSRA NSRA STATE REPRESENTATIVE: Sally Benoit 860-568-7404 NSRA SAFETY INSPECTOR: Armand Couture 203-634-0008 NSRA STATE ADVISER: Danielle Couture 203-634-0008 SWAP MEET CHAIRMAN Bob Kesilewski 203-410-7744 - Rich Ronzello 860-828-8110 NEWSLETTER STAFF NUTMEG NEWS EDITOR: Junie Barretta NUTMEG NEWS COPY EDITOR: Gloria Veronesi NUTMEG NEWS STAFF: Donna Barretta – Dennis & Moe Dagliere - Laura Falconieri BIRTHDAY REMINDER: Bette Dybick SEND YOUR E-MAIL, WE HEARS, PICTURES OR ARTICLES to If you are not receiving your newsletter or have changed your address please call or e-mail Dennis Dagliere 203-239-3791 or ALL MEETINGS ARE SMOKE FREE IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER CALL 203-697-9113

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CLUB PICNIC – 2nd Brian Snell – 8th Dennis Dagliere – 14th Sherry Fisher – 14th Mike Campagnuolo – 19th Jason Fetterman – 20th Patti-Ann Jarush – 23rd Anthony Campagnuolo – 25th Danielle Couture – 26th Gerry Caliendo – 27th Michelle Fetterman – 30th Remember 9/11 - RIP

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2018 NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CSRA.ORG A group dedicated to the preservation of our automobile heritage PREZ SEZ Steve Van Blarcom Hello everyone, WOW! I can’t believe we are already at the end of August. I thought time would slow down as I got older, but it seems to have speeded up. I’m trying to pick up my pace to keep up but that isn’t working so well either.

LOL Right after our Hot Rods for Heroes show, I started packing and loading the coach and trailer for Bonneville. Ronnie Roadster was packing as well but he seems to be more organized than myself. Dennis Dag and I headed out August 4th for the four-day trip across the country. My Grandson, Derek, and his girlfriend Jenna were following us out as they are embarking on their first big adventure in life. They are going out to California to explore going to a Junior College out there. The first night we stopped in an Ohio rest area, only to find my on-board generator decided to quit working. You kind of need that for A/C power when you cannot plug in.

We struggled through the next two weeks without it and I am trying to repair it now that I am back home. It was very hot out on the salt every day we were there. One day saw over 105 degrees, but it is a very dry heat. Although it is still hot, the lack of humidity makes it much more bearable than around here. We got our pit area all set up, the car teched in and fueled up before the start of racing on Saturday morning. Ron Sr. was right up to the head of the line and was the third car on course that morning. He went out and shattered his old record of 192 MPH and bumped that up to 196 MPH.

We went to impound to prep for the back up run the next morning. Ron ran a 194 MPH the next day which cemented the XF/BGRMR record at 195 MPH. After locking in the record, we went to the pits to prep the car for Ron Jr to run the next day, which was Monday. While we were working on the car, the engine decided to drop a valve seat into the piston. It was fortunate that it happened in the pits, but that meant we had to do some serious scrambling to change the engine. We buttoned it back up around 7:00 PM. We were back in line as early as we could Monday morning. Anticipation was high. Ron Jr took off and the car ran out of fuel within the first half mile.

He pulled out and we found a bad connection in a wire going to the fuel pump. Back in line we went after repairs. The average of Ron Jr’s next two runs was 186 MPH on his old record of 178 MPH in the XF/BFRMR class. We packed up after that and came home smiling. For club business, the Committee for the future of CSRA reported to the membership at the last meeting that we would like to invite some younger people to our October meeting to continue exploring ideas of the future of CSRA. The membership listened to our suggestions and voted to go ahead and invite some younger people to our October meeting to get a feel for what we do and see if we can drum up some enthusiasm.

These invitees do not have to meet any requirements currently as this is experimental. We are dubbing it as the next Generation. I for one think this is a big step in the right direction for the future of CSRA. What requirements needed will be established later and can be implemented in baby steps. Next weekend is our picnic. We will be at the Clubhouse on Saturday cleaning, prepping, and setting up for the picnic on Sunday. See you all there, Steve DEAD LINE FOR NEWSLETTER IS AUG. 25TH DATE TIME EVENT PLACE Sept 1st 8am Clean up Clubhouse Sept 23rd 9am Poker Run Clubhouse Dec 8 9am Blood Drive Clubhouse Dec 15 Christmas Party Clubhouse CLUB NEWS- We are inviting younger auto enthusiasts to the October club meeting to explore the idea of having some sort of an interest in our club.

Our first challenge would be if they are interested in being a part of the club in some capacity (Right now the type of cars is not the issue), we haven’t figured that out yet, but with the ones who do come and show interest, maybe they can help us with this problem and see what it takes to keep this club going in the future. So, members if you know a youngster who is car crazy and might be interested, invite them to the Oct, 3rd Club Meeting. Remember they don’t need a street rod to talk.

WE HEAR!!! We hear Paul Buccheri was riding in Higganum and needed gas really bad, but with all the controversary over their kneeling selectman Melissa Schlag who so far did it twice, decided it was better to go to another town, ran out of gas!!! I don’t have the heart to call him our next CSRA Gaskateer!!! (I JUST WISH THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE LIKE PAUL!!!) We hear Garage Night at John Sabatucci, 3 Westview Drive Wallingford, CT – 203-967- 7290 Tuesday Sept 11, 2018, 5pm to---The best coffee & donuts + pizza & drinks! Bring a chair!!!

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2018 NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CSRA.ORG A group dedicated to the preservation of our automobile heritage We hear When Junie brought his street rod to church on Sunday, he hadn’t expected it wouldn’t start for him to go home.

The problem was a module that gave no spark. With just one phone call to Pat, can you believe a miracle happens! He bought me one that had the spark I needed to go home with!!! And it is a life time guarantee!!! “Thanks PAT!!!” (YOU CAN BET I’M BUYING ANOTHER ONE FOR TRAVELING!!!) CAR AIR CONDITIONING SENT IN BY JERRY AUGUSTINE This one is for all to read and then share...might help save a life.

Now this is very interesting! My car's manual says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on the A/C. WHY? No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from, but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer-causing incidents. Many people are in their cars the first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night, 7 days a week. Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car. Open the windows after you enter your car and then after a couple of minutes, turn ON the A/C. Here's why: According to research, the car's dashboard, seats, A/C ducts, in fact ALL of the plastic objects in your vehicle, emit Benzene, a Cancer-causing toxin.

A BIG CARCINOGEN. Take the time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car when you open it, and BEFORE you start it up.

In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure can cause Leukemia and increases the risk of some cancers. It can also cause miscarriages in pregnant women. The "acceptable" Benzene level indoors is: 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors, with windows closed, will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene - 8 times the acceptable level. If parked outdoors in the sun, at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level. People who get into the car, keeping the windows closed, will eventually inhale excessive amounts of the BENZENE toxin.Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidneys and liver.

What's worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff. So, friends, please open the windows and doors of your car - give it some time for the interior to air out - (dispel the deadly stuff) - before you enter the vehicle. PETE TREATS THE LEG MUSCLES of a locust are about 1000 times more powerful than an equal weight of human muscle. THE COSMOS contains approximately 50,000,000,000 galaxies.

THERE ARE between 100,000,000,000 and 100,000,000,000 stars in a normal galaxy. SOUND TRAVELS about 4 times faster in water than air.

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2018 NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CSRA.ORG A group dedicated to the preservation of our automobile heritage 200MPH FLATHEAD RUNS 200.9MPH IN 1.5 MILES AT LORING, MAINE We admire guys who find their calling and stick to it. In the case of Connecticut’s Ron San Giovanni that calling has been flathead Ford engines. He’s hot rodder extraordinaire and he has really made his mark with Henry’s Ford’s beloved valve in block V8 engine. We’re talking about a guy who has cruised an open top, Ardun powered roadster clear across the country with his wife Laura, we’re talking about a guy who set multiple records at the ECTA over the years, at Bonneville over the years, and who is still working to make his stuff faster and faster with the beautifully arcane engine platform.

For years Ron ran a lakester configuration car but he’s since changed it to a rear engine modified roadster. Last year at Bonneville he was hauling the mail with an Ardun headed OHV conversion engine but this year he’s back to running with the valves in the block like Henry intended. Earlier in July Ron ran the car at the Loring Timing Association event in Loring, Maine and ran 200.9mph with his blown, valve-in-block Flathead. To say that this guy knows these engines is an understatement of epic proportions. Check the tach out on this run. The engine is singing (for a flattie) to 6,000 RPM and pulling all the way down the 1.5-mile course.

What’s the top speed on a much longer salt course? We’ll find out in a few weeks and boy does that make us happy!

Well Ronnie made it through tech, now all we have to do is wait to hear what he does on Saturday. Ronnie’s first pass was 196.8 mph. They are in impound to get the record certified. To have average of 200 mph he has to do 204. Then they were off to the pits making some small changes. After checking motor, they found the valve seat broke and had to change to the second motor which gave him a record of 195.650mph. It didn’t look like Laura had any problem with speed when she was stopped by the Ranger for speeding in the pits, but she was able to winked her way out. Ronnie Jr. set a record at 186.852mph.

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2018 NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CSRA.ORG A group dedicated to the preservation of our automobile heritage 130 North Main Street P.O. Box 806 Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 265-3543 FAX (203) 294-1247 or We Specialize in Complete Line of Business and Personal Insurance Products and Services Sheldon-Hutchinson INSURANCE. INC CHRISTOPHER E. HUTCHINSON

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2018 NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CSRA.ORG A group dedicated to the preservation of our automobile heritage

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2018 NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CSRA.ORG A group dedicated to the preservation of our automobile heritage STUFF FOR SALE If you have stuff to sell you can e-mail me at and please write in the subject box “Stuff for Sale.” 6/1/2018 FOR SALE 1977 Olds Cutless Supreme 350 Engine with tranny has 75k miles $ 500 or trans $250 1978 Nova 250 6 cylinders 125 k miles $ 200 Please text Paul Cote 203-982-1529 6/1/2018 FOR SALE 930 Model "A" coupe, 350 Crate engine, Turbo 350 trans, 9" Ford rear, Brookville Chassis, 4 link suspension, Dropped front axle, Vintage heat and air, custom interior with Tea's seat, Flawless red paint, 5K miles since build .

Asking $37,000 Call Al 203-592-3958 6/1/2018 FOR SALE 1984 El Camino, V8, Auto, P/S, P/B, AC, Mileage TMV $ 4,500 / OBO 1963 Chevy Impala 2 dr, Hard Top 1 owner, 283 V8, Auto P/S $ 2,500 or OBO 1950 Chevy Suburban 350, not running $ 1,500 OBO 1967 Chevy 90 Van, runs, 6 cly, 3 speeds $ 1,500 OBO Call 860-342-5100 6/1/2018 FOR SALE 1933 Dodge Model DP, All steel, All Mopar, 360 crate motor,727 Torqueflite trans, Real Halibrand wheels very reliable street rod. Asking $35,000 Call Jim 203-314-2339 or 6/1/2018 FOR SALE 1982 PORSCHE 924 TURBO- upgraded mechanicals, runs and looks great $ 5000 Call Rob 6/1/2018 FOR SALE ’34 Plymouth 4 dr, with matching trailer, built to drive, Chevy 350 fully chrome.

March pulley system, new Holley carb 650cc, new alternator, power brakes, adjustable chrome shocks, undercoated, Budnick wheels all new rubber, Budnick steering wheel, leather interior, new rugs, Ididit steering column, hidden battery & kill switch, 3’ glass pac exhaust, stainless steel grill and hood ornament, LED tail lights & third brake light . $ 37,500 Call 860-713-1854 4/1/2018 FOR SALE Running Hemi 392 engine and 727 trans. Show Quality. Complete turn key . $ 15,000 Call 860 347-2600 5/1/2018 FOR SALE 1973 Ford Thunderbird. 460 V8, 25k original miles. 2 extra wheel covers, original title, original build sheet under passenger seat, California Car Cover $ 7,000 OBO Call Marty 203-668-4429

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2018 NUTMEG MOTOR NEWS CSRA.ORG A group dedicated to the preservation of our automobile heritage WHY ITS NOT NICE TO LIE SENT IN BY JERRY AUGUSTINE Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day. As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away.

This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?" The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not." Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole.

IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE! St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?" The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?" PEACE BE WITH YOU, THANK YOU NOTES Thank you for everything you have done for me the past four years. I remember receiving this award for the first time at the end of my freshman year at Wilcox Tech in Meriden. You have helped me purchase so many tools from wrenches to sockets and now a ½” drive electric impact. I am forever grateful.

Ashley Gudrian Wilcox Tech Class of 2018 Graduate To the CSRA Members, thank you so much for thoughtful gifts from Harry and David.

It was a beautiful arrangement! Baby Cassandra will be looking forward to meeting all of you! Love, The Brennan Family NORTH DAKOTA FARM KID SENT IN BY TOMMY LAMBERT (PARRIS ISLAND MARINE CORPS RECRUIT TRAINING) Dear Ma and Pa, I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee.

Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none. This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.

All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be really careful though, they break really easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds and he's 6'8" and near 300 pounds dry. Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in. Your loving daughter, Alice SWAP MEET FLYER Our Spring Swap Meet will be our 50th Swap Meet Anniversary.

I am looking to do something special with our Swap Meet Poster. Anyone who would like to have their car on the Poster, there is a sample of the angle in the newsletter (Ray Long’s new ride) I now need your car.

Some of your cars are on our CSRA Member Rides on our web site. I have a list of everyone’s car on the Web site. See me at the Club Picnic and I will let you know if your car is OK on the Web site. Also, if you like, you can E-mail your pictures to: If you do, let me know by my E mail ( or text me 203-410-7744 you sent them to image ink. Thanks

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