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Paul Gorrell of Iowa posted this picture on FaceBook and I couldn't help myself, I had to steal it for our first Crosley of the month for 2019. Since there are so many Crosley's, I changed the usual format for Crosley of the month and only used one view but wide angle. You can get a slightly larger version by clicking on the image. Paul labeled the picture " Where's Waldo? (Shirley)", his very understanding wife. You could also make it a guessing game of how many Crosley cars and other Crosley products are in Paul's Barn. Sorry no prizes for either contest.

Jim Allan of Ohio sent these snaps of his hardtop CC sedan recently from a mid winter outing.

He wrote - "Who says you can't drive a Crosley through the snow?  Getting stuck isn't too bad."

Duane Gorrell of Iowa has most of the parts he needs to put together one of the rarer of the Crosley variants. This one flies, or at least did at one time. 1948 Mooney M18 Mite with Crosley engine. Here is another angle. The first 10 (plus one that was a prototype) were made. All were recalled back to Mooney Mite is Wichita, Kansas and had the Crosley engine replaced with Lycoming engines after they started breaking crank’s.

First thing you notice is the huge distributor with 8 spark plug wires, that is because it has spark plugs on both sides with a trick rotor to fire two plugs at once. Here is the engine tag. They ran the propeller through multi V belts off the back of the engine. When you tighten that belt it puts a big load on the already fragile crank with no outboard bearing to carry the load. Here is a factory photo of the plane in flight and the engine mounted in the plane.

Matt Hellberg, of Iowa, believes his grandfather bought this 39 Convertible new (he had two). He is helping his Dad get it back in shape for show and go.

He recently got it running but is having carb issues, hopefully a good cleaning/rebuild will help. Here it is after it's first bath in 30 years.

April 28th was the 80th anniversary of the unveiling of the Crosley automobile at the Indianapolis Speedway. From dates on photos it apparently was a multi day affair, the above photo was dated May 1st.

Here is Brother Lewis, Powel and Powel's Grandson/Son Lew at the big announcement day at Indy. Don't miss the big celebration at the Nationals this year.

Crosley Automobile Club has come a long ways in 50 years. Founded in 1969 by John Aibel and a simple letter to the editor of Roas & Track asking if anyone knew of the location of Le Mans Crosley and from the responses a club was formed. The first meet in NJ in 1970 had 2 cars, 4 cars at 1972 meet in Maumee Ohio and the above turn out at our first year in Wauseon in 1973 14 cars. 2019 the 50th year of CAC should have the largest turn out ever, well over 100 cars are expected. Don't miss it.

Cars and owners from left to right are: 1 - Al Holsopple 51 Station Wagon, 2 - Deane Sherman 48 Sedan, 3 - Jim Bollman 52 Super Sport, 4 - John Holsopple 52 FOR,  5 - Jim Welter 51 Sedan, 6 - Glen Oches 50 Hot Shot, 7 - Al Holsopple 52 FOR, 8 - Dave Stamper 50 Hot Shot, 9 - Bernard Bahle 51 Super Sedan, 10 - Jim Batsford 49 Station Wagon, 11 - Bill Exline 51 Super Sport, 12 - Patty Stamper 50 Station Wagon, 13 - Al Holsopple, 51 FOR, 14 - John Holsopple 61 Crofton

A few more pictures from the Big introduction of the first production Crosleys 80 years ago this year at the Indianapolis Speedway.

Hope to see a bunch of PreWar Crosleys at the big 50th celebration of the Crosley Club forming this month. Hope to see you at Wauseon.

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