Charlie Nash once lived on a farm off Route 38 east
of Cortland. Nash was the first of his family to get into the
car business, thus the familiar name.
We dont chase women, we chase car parts,
quipped Jeff Mathews during a roundtable discussion I had with
four members of the DeKalb-Sycamore Vintage Auto Club recently
at John OHallorans home on Twombly Road west of DeKalb.
The often-heard saying that, The only difference
between men and boys is the price of their toys came to
mind as I heard each member describe their one, two or 10 classic,
antique or muscle cars they own and use for fun and show.
Rattling off their list of classic and antique autos, each
man amazed me with the number of cars owned. Mathews of Maple
Park likes to collect Nash cars including a 1965 Rambler
four-door sedan, a 1959 Rambler Ambassador, an AMC Pacer and
a little Metropolitan. He became interested when he learned
Standing in front of three of their collectibles are
from left John OHallaron, Frank Reiss, and Jeff Mathews.
Behind from left are a 1948 Hudson, 1989 Chevy Caprice wagon,
and a 1940 Ford.
Frank Reiss of Genoa has a 1925 Willys Knight, a 1931 Model
A Ford, 1940 Ford two-door sedan, a 1947 Ford coupe and a 1948
Lincoln Continental. He also got into racing both stock
cars and midgets.
Rob Reinhold likes Cadillacs and now has a 2007 Cadillac
DTS. He said his dad got him interested in luxury cars as he
owned Buicks and Cadillacs.
OHalloran has two Hudsons a 1948 Commodore
Six sedan and a 1952 Hornet. He also has a 1944 Dodge Polara
and 1989 Chevy Caprice wagon. Some of them were damaged in a
recent outbuilding fire at his place, but the only one destroyed
was his 1999 Saturn.
I asked whats the most expensive part of the hobby
buying parts, insurance and licenses, storage fees or
maintaining the cars in running condition. Their unanimous answer:
All of the above.
I told them about my one-time interest in cars I
wanted a 1959 Edsel I spotted along the road for sale, but didnt
have the money to buy it at the time.
These guys not only own classics, but many maintain their
own vehicles and keep them in running condition. They display
them at special events around the area such as the Steam Power
Show and area parades. Some of their cars are loaned out to movie
and TV production companies. Robb Freeman organizes tours to
interesting places such as a fall colors trip into Wisconsin
and even to see a two-story outhouse in southern Illinois.
They always are on the lookout for car parts and follow
swap meets and auctions where there might be something they need
or want to store for future use.
John said new members always are welcome, whether they
own such a car or just like to know more about vintage, antique
or muscle cars.They meet the first Sunday of each month at 6
p.m. for a potluck at the Genoa Resource Bank branch. If you
want to know more, call him at 815-758-3085.