New Guy From CT

Discussion in 'Wet behind the ears??' started by Doug Stratoudakis, Apr 12, 2024.

  1. Hi!

    After a very long time without a toy, I had the opportunity to buy my late cousin's 66 Skylark with a 455 last year. I've had a lot of toys, but this is my first Buick and big block. Looking forward to learning from you all.

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  2. gsfred

    gsfred Founders Club Member

    Welcome aboard from NY. Check out the Northeast GS/GN club. It's in your back yard and is a great group of Buick lovers.
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  3. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor


    Ironically I ran into a guy in FL this week w/a very similar looking '66 (same colors & similar if not same wheels). So much so I thought at 1st it was the same car (I'd even told him about this site) exc. he said it was a 300 4BBL.
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  4. Skyhawk

    Skyhawk Well-Known Member

    Looks like the late Peter Maple's Buick. Peter was the parts manager at Michim Buick in CT forever. The engine in the 66 is very stout Scotty PG motor & ran real strong. Good luck with your new ride
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  5. Thanks for the welcome all. I will look into that club gsfred, thank you!

    It is Peter's Skylark! The 455 is definitely stout and it is amazing fun to drive. Peter stored the car at my Grandmother's in Stamford, CT during the winter for years and I'd keep an eye on it. After Peter passed my Grandmother sold the house in Stamford and I thought I'd seen it for the last time when I drove it to his house in NY for his wife in 2020. Fast forward a few years and the car was for sale and I was in a better position to work out a purchase with the family. I miss hearing my cousin's stories about my grandfather's drag racing days (google bee line willys) and love that it was his car. The pinstriping was done by John Kurtzman of Norwalk, who I used to watch letter my grandfather's mini-sprints every year through the 90s. I've changed the wheels, but the Craigers Peter had on it will be getting some slicks for the track this year.
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  6. FLGS400

    FLGS400 Gold Level Contributor

    Welcome from Florida!

    Very cool car and story. Glad it's staying in the family, too.
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  7. 12lives

    12lives Control the controllable, let the rest go

    Sweet! Welcome!
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  8. Nailhead in a 1967

    Nailhead in a 1967 Kell-Mnown Wember

    Cool story, cool car!

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  9. telriv

    telriv Founders Club Member

    I gave Pete the lead originally on this car from someone I knew was selling it way back when.
    It originally had a 300 in it.
    Pete bought it for $200.00 if I remember correctly.
    Has come a LONG WAY since that day!!!!

    Tom T.
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  10. Thanks for posting! It certainly has come a long way, I saw some pictures of when he first got the car. It looked like a $200 car lol. I'm leaving some things like the statline car club stickers hoping to run into some people that knew him at some point, I didn't expect to find more than one on here right away.
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  11. Skyhawk

    Skyhawk Well-Known Member

    Bring it to Lebanon Valley Dragway on June 8th for our Buick event
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  12. Planning on it now, thanks John.
  13. Skyhawk

    Skyhawk Well-Known Member

    Just want to say weather held out for the event but kept cars away for sure. Want to thank Herb Langolis for stepping up & bringing about 17 or 18 Turbo Buicks to the event. We had about 9 V8's racing. Winner of the Turbo class was Brian Cotton with his silver T-type. Winner of V8 was Buick Bob Christo against Paul Cassidy. Was a double breakout race. Paul dialed a 10:13 & ran 10:11 to Bob's 10:44 & ran 10:43. I believe reaction times were within .02! Also want to thank our spsonors, Precision Billet, John Jr, McLaren races engines & Northeast GS/GN Club.
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