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Montana 500 Newsletter

Jan-Feb 2003

Volume 3 No. 1

2003 Officers and Directors:
President: Tom Carnegie
Vice President: Scott Stubbert
Sec.-Treasurer: Janet Cerovski

Rick Carnegie 2003
Tom Carnegie 2005
Janet Cerovski 2005
Tony Cerovski 2004
Rob Flesner 2004
Mark Hutchinson 2004
Doug Langel 2003
Sam Nickol 2003
Scott Stubbert 2005

Meeting Secretary: Marjean Stubbert
Correspondence and newsletter: Tom Carnegie

Membership dues $10.00
Touring class: $25.00
Endurance runner: $35.00

Cover photo:  Doug Langel in a pensive mood.  Taken during 2002 Montana 500.  Come to think of it isn't Doug always in a pensive mood?

General News, Editorial and Sermon.

I have heard back from the cylinder-head committee, so as promised here is the next issue of the newsletter with the ballots to vote on the rule changes.  Your vote won't count unless your dues are paid up. 

We have been invited to Rendezvous Days in Eureka, Mt April 25 and 26th.  There will be a whole host of activities including a car show.

It has gotten back to me from people that have never even been to the Montana 500 that all the winners for the past few years have won by cheating.  What upsets me is not that this may be true, but rather it may be false!  Since we didn't have a tear down until last year how does anyone (other than the alleged perpetrators and their cohorts) know for sure that they have cheated?  The answer is: they don't.  I think it reflects poorly on this club to talk that way.  I personally trust every person that has run and believe that they are all above board.  That is not to say that some folks may not have a different interpretation of the rules.  That is what tear-downs are all about in my judgment.  Also, just because someone does something that is not covered in the rules does not make him a cheater, in my opinion.  I think it has a lot to do with intent.  For example:  one member admitted t o me that he had a Watts clutch in his car.  It doesn't say in the rules that you can have a Watts clutch.  Is this guy therefore a cheater?  I don't think so because a Watts clutch can't help you go any faster or longer.  On the other side of the coin I don't think that using trick or one-off parts, even if they are original is in the spirit of this event either.  There used to be a rule that said that anything that gave an unfair advantage would not be allowed.  I think that is a good rule of thumb.

Driver Profile: My Friend Jon De Vick

By Bob Mac Neil

Jon was full of fun.  He was a very outgoing person, the kind that is very easy to get to know.  In 1957, we were roommates in the Washington State College (now WSU) dorm.  Jon loved girls, the coed type.  We lived in Mc Allister Hall, and Jon took a job as houseboy in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. He made some good coed connections that way.  At that time Jon (his real name was John, but he didn't care for that spelling) drove a Model T sedan.  It was a big attention getter, especially with the ladies.  He was always running around with a Model T full of them. 

Once on the way home from Pullman, Jon spotted a speedster in a farm building.  He stopped and talked to the owner, and eventually made a deal for it.  It was a very desirable Laurel speedster with all the original Laurel accessories.

We caught a crow and put it into a cage in our dorm room.  Early in the morning, at sun up, that crow would do his calling.  Jon thought the rest of the dorm needed to be annoyed along with us, so he rigged the intercom to broadcast the crow's wake up call to all of the rooms in the dorm.  The consequence of this little stunt was that I was not allowed to return to the dorm the next year!

Jon did not return to college the next year, and for a while I lost track of him.  He got married, had a son and a daughter.  He lived in the Seattle area and worked for Boeing.  In addition to the Laurel speedster, Jon had a 1926 sedan and a 1919 coupe, which I believe is the car that he drove in the 1974 Montana 500.  That was the only year that he entered, and he finished near the bottom of the pack. 

I ran into Jon at the Puyallup swap meet in the 1990's.  He had a brain tumor, which had changed his personality.  He was rather introverted and seemed to have some trouble remembering me.  It was very sad to see someone as vibrant and full of life as Jon become so withdrawn and quiet.

Eventually the cancer took him.  He passed away in 1999.  His son still has his Model T's.

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