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About 450 people filled the portion

of the Kahalari’s main ballroom that

wasn’t taken up by cars. It was like

having dinner in a dealer’s showroom.

After the dessert Master of Cere-

monies Ron Richards began the pro-

gram by thanking everyone who had a

part in making the convention hap-

pen. It was a long list because it takes

a lot of volunteers to insure a success-

ful convention.

One of our guest speakers was

Marv Neely. In 1966 he was hired by

Ford and one of his first assignments

was to find buyers for the Hertz cars

that were taken out of rental service

in the northeast. He described finding

a lot full of cars in various condition,

some with flat tires. It was not a scene

anyone who currently owns a Hertz

car could easily imagine. And it was

part of the history of these cars that

not many people were aware of.

The convention perfect attendance

award of Apple watches were pre-

sented to Jeff Burgy and Ken Young.

The story is related on the previous

page. One of our guest speakers, Oscar

Koveleski, had to leave unexpectedly

when his wife became ill. This was a

disappointment because Oscar is a

very entertaining speaker who, at 82

years old, has enough experiences and

stories to fill a book. In fact, it’s a won-

der such a book has not been written.

Koveleski, who lives in Scranton,

Pennsylvania, began racing sports

cars in the 1950s. He co-drove with an-

other Pennsylvanian, Hal Keck, at the

Waktins Glen 500 in 1965 in Keck’s

427 Cobra, CSX3008. They finished

first. Koveleski also purchased a

Cobra Daytona Coupe when Shelby

was selling them off in 1966. He kept

it for three weeks before selling it, con-

vinced it would be a white elephant

and its value would drop like a stone.

He entered the 1972 Cannonball New

York-to-Redondo Beach “race” in a

Chevy van outfitted with six 55-gal.

drums of fuel. The entry was spon-

sored by the Polish Racing Drivers As-

sociation, of which Koleleski was

president. The plan was to eliminate

fuel stops by driving straight through.

They finished second after miscalcu-

lating their mileage and had to stop

for gas in California. These are just

some of the stories we missed hearing.

Koveleski had brought a brand

new slot car set-up (one of the first two

made) that he had just produced. He

was also, by the way, the guy who

started Auto World, a mail order, and

later on line, business dedicated to

scale models of all kinds, slot cars and

radio-controlled kits. We were happy

to present the kit to SAAC member

Tim Kilinski of Smithfield, Virginia,

who had just arrived at SAAC-40 after

driving his ‘66 GT350 out to Los Ange-

les, the NorCal Mini-Nats in Sonoma

and then to the GT350 50th Anniver-

sary in Monterey: over 7,300 miles.

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