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Description: Despite some rain showers that moved through central New Jersey, northern New Jersey, and parts of the New York City area, our 21st Annual “Fall Meet” went on as scheduled, but I would venture to say that the uncertain looking skies in Central NJ that prevailed most of the morning, and rain that didn’t let up until late morning, in areas north and east of our “Meet” location, pardon the pun, dampened attendance at this year’s event. The total attendance this year, due to the conditions mention, was down slightly from last year, with a total of 33 vehicles in attendance. A BIG thanks goes out to Gail Badja and her “Dodge Ram” truck contingent, that fielded a total of seven “Dodge Ram” trucks at our “Fall Meet.” It was a pleasure to have Gail and her friends at our event, and we look forward to seeing them back again next year. Another BIG thank you goes out to the Members of Allpar, who brought a number of vehicles to our event, including a couple of very nice “PT Cruisers.” Just for the record, this year is the 10th Anniversary of “Allpar”, and we at “The Slant-Six Club”, wish “Allpar”, and all its Members, many more successful years, and of course look forward to seeing more “Allpar” folks at our 22nd annual “Fall Meet”, scheduled to take place on October 4, 2009, at the “NJ Agricultural Museum.”
The BIGGEST news at this year’s event, was the presentation of the prestigious “Lee Iacocca Award” for “Hobby Excellence.” The grueling aspect of presenting this Award came in the days and weeks prior to its presentation, while your “Club President” beat the bushes to raise the $1,000.00 donation required by the “Lee Iacocca Foundation”, as part of being chosen to present the Award. With the economy going on the skids for some time now, and even major corporations cutting way back on their charitable works, it was very tough sledding, when it came to getting even those entities to donate anything toward our effort to raise the donation amount we needed to reach. Some of our Members did answer the call, along with one anonymous donor, and they are listed below:

1. Allpar.com-$200.00
2. Rich Rinisland-$100.00
3. Sheldon Rotblatt & Roberta Mittleman-$50.00
4. Bruce Reils & Melonie Stemba-$30.00
5. Gene Donatiello-$30.00
6. Phil Gatto-$30.00
7. And one Donor who chose to remain anonymous-$620.00
Yep, we made it with room to spare, however this was no cake walk, and I for one, would not want to have to go through an ordeal like this again all too soon.
When it came down to selecting the Club Member who would receive the “Lee Iacocca Award”, several Members felt it would be best to form a “Committee” day-of-show, and then have that Committee choose the recipient, based on the Club’s understanding of the “Iacocca Foundation’s” criteria for picking the person who would receive the Award, and all the honors accompanying it.
Here are both the criteria used by the “Committee” to choose the “Lee Iacocca Award” winner, and a little bit from the “Committee Chairman”:
Leadership Qualities
Collector Car Club Activities
Community Activities
Family Involvement

How Ben Deutschman was evaluated:

When the Slant-Six Club of America disbanded Ben took over to keep the New York/ New Jersey Club organized and active. He expand the club activities, which in turn brought in new members.

Ben developed a Slant-six Club web page and writes a newsletter keeping the membership informed of club activities and other events. This webpage has also provided a means of communication between members of the Slant-six club and other car collector clubs.

Along with belonging to several collector car clubs Ben is politically involved fighting for laws protecting the collector car hoppy. He organized the Metuchen Cruise Night and is a respondent to the web page Allexperts.com answering inquiries of individuals with collector car questions.

The collector car hobby is a family activity for the Deutschmans, they attend and run events as a family. Those of us who have attended events with the Deutschmans have noted they always participate as a family.
As I said when the “Award” was presented to me, “I’m usually not at a loss for words, but I am now.” When I regrouped from the shock, and found my voice again, I thanked the “Committee” for their work, and said the following: “There were many times over the past 21 years when I felt like just chucking the whole thing (running a Club), but then I would remember that it wasn’t about me, but that the Club was all about the Members, and their interest in all things powered by the “Slant-Six” engine. It was this interest that caused me to keep things going when the national group faded away in the late 1990’s, and the knowledge that my efforts extended way beyond myself. As our honored guest “Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan” observed, I have been an advocate of many things related to the automotive hobby, and this Club being the biggest one these days. As I mentioned during my speech, it was a similar knowledge that something extended beyond myself, that led to my involvement in the effort to blunt, or remove, some very detrimental elements of the then proposed “NJ Enhanced Vehicle Emissions Testing” program that came along in the early 1990’s, and I added, that many of our Club Members, helped in that effort by writing letters, making phone calls, and even attending rallies on behalf of the vehicle owners of New Jersey. To quote Assemblyman Diegnan: “Ben is a strong advocate for anything he believes in.” I believe in this Club, and for as long as I can, I will continue to be its advocate.
I would also like to quote Assemblyman Diegnan, as well as I can a day later, on what Lee Iacocca, the man whose name appears on the Award that I received, is all about. Assemblyman Diegnan said that in the later 1970’s, when Lee Iacocca was Chairman of the Chrysler Corporation, that the company was in much the same position as the USA is in today, and that because of him, the government leaders of the time, agreed to lend Chrysler the money it needed to turn the company around. Not only that, but under Mr. Iacocca’s stewardship, Chrysler paid back those loans ahead of schedule. Assemblyman Diegnan then added, that Lee Iacocca embodies what all American citizens would hope to be. AMEN!
Maybe one day, we’ll get the opportunity to thank Mr. Iaccoca for setting the example of what one should strive for as an American citizen, for doing what he did to save countless jobs as the Chairman of Chrysler Corporation in the late 1970’s, to early 80’s, for his philanthropic endeavors, such as the “Statue of Liberty Foundation”, and last, but not at all the least, “The Lee Iacocca Foundation”, whose mission it is, is to find a cure for Diabetes in his lifetime.
I’ll close by saying-THANK YOU!!!!!!!-to the “Committee” that spent nearly the entire time they were at our “Meet”, doing research on the candidates they considered for the “Lee Iacocca Award”, and to all of the Members who have helped support this Club, simply by being Members.
Just for the record, our “50/50 Raffle” generated $62.50, plus we gathered another $24.00 in donations toward the food provided by Allpar.com, and Lona and Ira Alpert, of which Allpar.com donated $9.50 back toward our charities. So, we will be sending each of our charitable recipients $35.50 to help toward their good works.
Another one of those BIG thanks to Lona & Ira for tending to one of the Grills, and my Son Martin, who also helped feed the hungry Show participants.
By: bencar
Number of photos: 99
Updated: Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:00 am
Trophies: 129 total

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1st Place Winner (Right)-1960-62 Mopar Class
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2nd Place Winner 1960-62 Mopar Class
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1st Place Winner (Right) 1963-66 Narrow Body Class
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2nd Place Winner (Right) 1963-66 Narrow Body Class
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3rd Place Winner (Right) 1963-66 Narrow Body Class
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1st Place Winner (Right) 1967-69 Mid-Late Class
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2nd Place Winner (Right) 1967-69 Mid-Late Class
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1st Place Winner (Right) Late Model Class (1970-78)
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2nd Place Winner (Right) Late Model Class (1970-78)
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3rd Place Winner (Right) Late Model Class (1970-78)
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1st Place Winner Dodge Ram Truck Class 1990 & Up
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2nd Place Winner Dodge Ram Truck Class 1990 & Up
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3rd Place Winner Dodge Ram Truck Class 1990 & Up
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1st Place Winner-General Class
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2nd Place Winner-General Class
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3rd Place Winner-General Class
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1st Place Winner-Best Convertible
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Winner-Best Engine (Slant-Six)
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