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Great Hopes & Adventures From 2003 to 2014...
(All Videos Have Registered Thousands Of Views)

Welcome

1940's Berlin

A German child climbs the rubble of a bombed out city looking for food and sees an American Tank. American soldiers wave the child over, place him on the tank and drive off. Though the child was both exhilarated and scared, his fears would subside when the American soldiers gave him his first taste of chocolates and other foods. Thus, a chance encounter sparked great affections for all things American.1960's America;

1960's America

 A logger waves a small American child over and places him on a dozer and drives off. The child was also exhilarated and scared, as he broke the age old warning: "beware of strangers". Years later the young man also became infatuated with his father's American Fin Cars and their futuristic looks.
 
2003 America

 The German and American would meet, a friendship created and adventures would follow. The German, who never lost his infatuation with America, would often comment on America's grandeur and what she had achieved in just 500 years. We would travel and be introduced to many from all walks of life, all of which resulted in a most positive experience where the admiration and respect for America exceeded what many might envision.
 

A Beginning...


A year earlier, my wife and I would purchase our 1956 Imperial, which then led us to a Vintage Car Group called the Christian Rodders! Whereas, the group’s leader spoke of a 2002 “Good Guys Car Show” at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte NC that all would attend. Now, we hadn’t taken our Imperial far from our home, yet 320 miles to Charlotte NC! So, there was no way we were going! This video illustrating that we did indeed go. All of which, lit the spark from 2002 on.




     
  2003: Lowes Motor Speedway in N.C.
Our first out-of-state "Good Guys Event" in Charlotte, North Carolina.
     
     
  Mille Miglia In Europe - 2005
We attend our first out-of-country event in Europe.
     
     
  Carlisle Events - 2006
"Violators will be prosecuted. Friends, Family, that means you."

This video includes announcements in Austria, but not our interviews. Hungary includes both our announcements and interviews. All carried out in an American Flagged Vintage Imperial from America’s Prestigious 1950’s Era wearing our then home State’s License Plate. American was well represented!







  Austria's International Land Rally - 2006
He seemed to enjoy the photo & coin album, American State Quarter and smiled when he opened up the Star Spangled Pen.
     
     
  AACA In Hershey P.A - 2006
On our way along US route 50 to Hershey Pennsylvania for the Antique Automobile club of America Nationals.



2008 Summit Inn


The  Annual WPC Event in Union Town PA, which illustrates member's vintage cars and period correct clothing that just added to the overall setting.

 



  West Virginia
Scenes from the annual 2010 Black Heritage Festival held in Clarksburg West Virginia, along with others..
     
     
  Immigrants
They had interest in the overall decedents of European immigrants, which we represented. How they lived, and what they achieved..
     

Hungary 2008...
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We're sitting in an Austrian Pub, when a friend points out that five centuries earlier people were sitting on the exact bench I was sitting on, drinking ale long before America was even discovered! He leans forward; do you know now realize how great your country is and what it has achieved in just 500 years! He sees it in my eyes, he finally got through. A litmus test from the greatest American, (next to my wife), that I had ever met. He then speaks of freedom and of Hungary and what it had achieved in just 16 years! They were restoring their soot stained country. They loved freedom and danced, their wine cellars needed to be experienced! You will go to places no Americans have been before! We will take "Baby Blue" as it would be bad form for anyone else to enter the country in such a car other than Americans. His eyes lit up. "This will be a great story indeed!"

 


     
  Hungary - 2008
We arrive in Hungary and America couldn't have found a better Ambassador of Goodwill then Valerie!
     
     
  Chicago - 2009
"Our next stop was the "Cozy Dog Drive In. (My favorite). We had cozy dogs, fries and orange sodas".
     
     
  Canada - 2010
"...the City of Toronto increased Casa Loma's annual property taxes ... and Pellatt ... was forced to auction off..."
 
 
    
  The Blue Ridge Parkway
Scenic Drives.
     


Canada 2010....

In the 1990's, I attended Business Trips to Toronto Canada., I would take Valerie with me on one trip, where we both fell in love with the Country and its friendly people. In 2010, we returned with our 1956 Imperial and our 1963 Newport. These trips to Niagara Falls and Toronto would ve the finish our International Vintage Events. Be it Canada, America or Europe, Valerie was the best Ambassador of Goodwill to have ever set sail..


 




 
  Hungary - 2011
"Gretel ask if I am ok. I am having thoughts of my father "Little Dickey Marsh."
     
     
  Niagara - 2012
"My wife said she knew what would cheer us up. Not only a trip to Niagara Falls, but one that involved a car show. So, off we went."
     
     
  The Men - 2014
"Anthony would later tell me that I knocked it out of the park. A compliment, did I hear a compliment".



America 2014...

New visitors arrived in October of 2014, whereas Valerie planned non-vintage automobile excursions that took us to Pittsburgh Iron City, AACA Hershey, Niagara Falls - American and Canadian sides, Dearborn Michigan, the Home of the Henry Ford and back home where we viewed the "The Men That Built America." It was very successful.


January of 2015:

Our October to November 2015 North American Excursions were one our most successful excursions. After our visitors flew back to Europe, Valerie would be given a prescription in January of 2015 that would devastate her for life.

Five months later, we had moved to the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains in NC as Valerie wanted her mountain s. However, her health issues and mine wound lead to unending care up to and including the current time period. So, the vintage car hobby faded away too.




     
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