President's Message

Greetings fellow members:

This is going to be a short message. It is mid-winter, there is a foot and a half of snow on the ground, the temperatures are consistently below freezing and, well, there just isn’t much happening to write about.

I have been spending the winter doing what I image many of you do -- working indoors on small car projects, little repairs or improvements to make our cars run or look better. I also spent a considerable amount of time cleaning out my basement workshop and re-organizing my old car parts onto new shelves and into bins. It looks good, but the test will come when I need something. Will I be able to find it now that everything is so well organized? 

I attended a couple of local swap meets during the past several weeks. I found that taking inventory of my parts has made me a bit more “picky” about buying more stuff. I now tend to look at something and ask myself, “do I really need this” or “do I need another one of those”? I’m sure I’ll get over this in time. 

Andra and I made our annual visit to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. We saw a fully functional car whose body parts were all made with a 3-D printer. They had the machine set up and were “printing” a fender while we were there. Could this be a future source for those 

impossible to find DB parts?

Finally, two reminders: 

1) If you have not yet returned your ballot for the Bylaws revisions, time is running out. Please send it in now. 

2) The annual DBC Meet in Ames, IA will be here before we know it. It promises to be another great event. The host committee has been working very hard planning some exciting things for us to do. The ride on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad is reputed to be beautiful. The tour of the Albaugh Chevy Convertible Collection is not to be missed. The public rarely gets to see these cars. Remember that regular registration ends May 15 and children 15 and under are FREE! Registration fees increase after May 15. Also, the host hotel is filling fast and there is no nearby alternative. The host committee has arranged complimentary transportation from the Des Moines airport to the hotel. 

If you haven’t already done so, REGISTER TODAY!! I’ll see you there!