Long Island Pen Show 2015

The Long Island Pen Show was held on March 14 and 15, 2015 in the Sandra and David S. Mack Student Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. This is a major events for those interested in fine writing instruments. Collectors and aficionados came in large numbers in spite of the rain, dealers and well known pen stores were represented and famous repair experts were in attendance and working hard to satisfy the demand. Having some of the best pen gurus in the world repair you classic fountain pen on the spot while their normal waiting list could be about a year is a big attraction. A wealth of classic and custom-made pens was on display and the number of young people who showed up must have been heart-warming to the Old Guard.
Richard Binder, Ron Zorn, James Baer, Susan Wirth, Mike Bloom, Rich Fernandez to name but a few were among the faithful and showing great energy.
Terry Brack, President of the Long Island Pen Club, Mike Bloom and their team deserve credit for organizing the event.

Maryland BMW Airheads Supertech 2015

The Airheads Beemer Club’s Supertech 2015 was held at the Tuckahoe Farm, Steam and Machinery Museum in Easton, MD February 20-22.
For those who don’t know, Airheads in this case refers to air-cooled BMW Motorcycles, the classics, not made since 1995 that use simpler technology and therefore allow users to do their own maintenance and most repairs. A major advantage for the mechanically inclined.
The Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association operates the Museum, it offers a breathtaking collection of classic steam engines, farm equipment and machine tools from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The event organized by Mark Lipschitz, Will Andalora, Didier Devynck and their team featured seminars by Tom Cutter on Airheads maintenance and on transmission overhaul, by jean Lachaud on instrument repair, by Bob Sipp on emergency transmission rescue, by Bill Dudley on electrical systems, by Dave Fisk on main seal replacement, by Mike Cecchini on Airheads Electrics, by Jim McKinna on Garmin use and by Bill Lambert on Emulators and Front Fork Rebuild.
Bob Sipp’s cutaways of various components were on display. A mental picture, if you have one, is one thing but seeing exactly what is inside of a gearbox or a muffler is pure enlightenment.