Charles Goodman on having a car hobby

Charles Goodman has enjoyed an avid participation in the car hobby for almost
fifty years. His interest in automobiles began with the joy of operating a “driving
machine,” which grew into an appreciation of the beauty of design, and currently
revolves around the responsibility of maintaining and encouraging the future of
this true American Heritage. At age 20, Charles bought his first car, a1926 Model
T Ford, which still holds a cornerstone space in his collection.

He has served as a Board Member of both the Le May Museum and Auburn
Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum . Charlie was also the founder and past
Chairman of the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance.

As a result of many of his friends asking him to start a new fundraising venture,
and also realizing that there is a growing interest in the enjoyment of driving their
vehicles rather than simply displaying them, Mr. Goodman founded “Shifting
Gears” in late 2012. Shifting Gears can be found at WWW.shiftinggearsusa.com

He started his career at Goodman Lumber Co. in San Francisco and and spent
twelve years on the Ross Town Council in Marin County.

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The Duesenberg Luxury Car Legacy, By Charles Goodman

From 1913 until 1937, the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company, Inc., produced luxury cars that are among the finest American vehicles ever made. The company was started by two brothers who were self-taught engineers. Constructing vehicles by hand, these excellent artisans produced mechanically precise vehicles that had the capacity for great acceleration. Duesenberg vehicles became favorite racing cars among drivers who won championships at Daytona, the Indianapolis 500, and Le Mans, a site for the European Grand Prix.

Although the Duesenberg brothers were excellent engineers, they did not possess the business skills to keep the company afloat. After selling fewer than 500 cars, the Duesenbergs sold their company in 1925 to the owner of Cord Automobile, who used their engineering expertise to manufacture a new line of luxury vehicles, the models J and SJ. The muscle car of its time, the model J had a 420-cubic-inch, twin-cam, 32-valve, straight-eight engine with 265 horsepower. Between 1928 and 1937, the company produced only 481 automobiles. Duesenberg owners of that era were among the wealthiest individuals, including celebrities Clark Gable and the Duke of Windsor.

Today, avid classic car collectors compete for the few Duesenberg autos that become available. Coveted for their elegant appearance, sheer power, and sophistication, only about 384 of the total manufactured exist today. Among the lucky owners is comedian Jay Leno, who has titles to four Duesenbergs, including the rare Model X, which is one of only 13 produced.

About the author:

Named by the publication Sports Car Market as one of the “Top 50 North American Collectors of 2006,” San Francisco area real estate professional Charles Goodman is a long-time vintage car enthusiast. He participated in the Duesenberg Tours of 2007 and 2008. As a prominent philanthropist, Mr. Goodman has served as the Chairman of many classic car fundraising events, such as the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, which benefits various charitable organizations.

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Hospice By The Bay By Charles Goodman

Hospice By The Bay is a nonprofit organization and a leading provider of hospice care, palliative care, and grief counseling for communities in the San Francisco Bay region. Founded in 1975 in Marin County as the first hospice established in California, today Hospice By The Bay is an extensive network of professional caregivers and health care experts, whose mission is to provide medical support, emotional support, dignity, and independence for people coping with the loss of a loved one and those with end-of-life health care needs. Serving people of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic status, the team at Hospice By The Bay includes medical doctors, nurses, home health aides, spiritual counselors, and therapists. The charity is licensed by the state of California, certified by Medicare and Medi-Cal, and fully accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program. In 2011, Hospice By The Bay cared for nearly 2,100 terminally ill patients, 790 individuals in need of emotional support, 53 children and teens, and over 7,300 family members.

 

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Charles Goodman is a San Francisco Bay Area business owner and the former Chairman of the Marin-Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, a fund raising group of automobile enthusiasts. Through Concours d’Elegance car shows and motoring events, Charles Goodman has raised nearly $500,000 for Hospice By The Bay in recent years.

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