AACA Speedster – August 2022

August 2022 | Volume 164
My Positive Experience with AACA’s Oral History Project
By Phillip Cole, AACA Member, [email protected]
I was probably one of the first AACA members to sign up for the Oral History Project, and I just have to share that I found it to be quite a positive experience. 
Having already read the information in Speedster and Antique Automobile about the project, I guess you could say that I knew what I was getting into. Also, I knew already that Wayne Tuck is the current President of AACA, so the postcard with his name was no surprise. The lady who answered when I called to give my history did a good job explaining the details of the project and the costs to order. She was patient with me when I hesitated during the recording. As she asked a couple of the questions, I had to think a moment about my responses. I suppose it would have been helpful to know the questions ahead of time – that might be the one change I would make to the project. 
At any rate, later I received a message verifying my order and how to go online to finish up my information, actually hear my recording, and yes, to pay. Listening to the recording, I was surprised by how much I had covered and was especially pleased I had mentioned how my grandfather and others were such an influence in my love for old cars.
When this project is completed, it is my understanding that a kiosk (or something) will be placed at our AACA National Headquarters with my history and others. And thus, as it was stated in Antique Automobile, the stories of AACA members will carry far into the future.
Central Fall Nationals Results
THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, judges, staff,
property staff, AACA Board and all of our wonderful
members who participated in the show in East Moline, IL! 
And a very special THANK YOU to the
Mississippi Valley Region for hosting a great event!
Click the above link to view the winners list.
Enjoy these photos courtesy of Brittany Haas, Director of
Exposition & Sales at Bend XPO, and make sure to read
the official recap article and photos in the November/December
issue of Antique Automobile magazine…
IMPORTANT!!! 2023 AACA National Board of Directors Election
In the September/October edition of Antique Automobile is a postpaid ballot for the 2023 Board of Directors election. It is your ONLY ballot and must be filled out according to the instructions or it will not be counted.
Please read the biographies of all the candidates listed in the magazine and vote for the 7 of your choice. Our candidates this year come from widely different backgrounds, so please give serious consideration to those who match your ideas of what is important to the future of the club. All ballots must have 7 names selected or they will be considered “not valid” and will not be counted.
Your ballot must be postmarked by November 15, 2022.
Hershey is Less Than FIVE Weeks Away!
Will We See You in Chocolatetown?
Eastern Fall Nationals
Hershey, PA
TUESDAY, October 4 – FRIDAY, October 7
The Hershey Region AACA invites you to make the pilgrimage to antique car Mecca this October. Come join the more than 250,000 visitors who come each year to experience Hershey. The Hershey show is considered the largest true antique car show in the world and includes a flea market with over 9,000 vendor spaces, a car corral with about 1,000 antique cars for sale and culminates in a great car show with 1,000+ vintage cars on display.
If you registered for the flea market or car corral, you can expect to see your packet with your windshield stickers and instructions sometime the first week of September.
If you registered to show your car on FRIDAY, you will need to pick up your packet on the Chocolate Field at the FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent located next to the Hershey Region main tent. The FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Packets will also be available for pick-up on Friday morning at the show vehicle entrance behind the Giant Center.
WE NEED JUDGES!! Judges’ registration for Hershey is open online here. Here is a link to the last Judges Newsletter, which includes the Hershey registration form. HURRY! The judges’ registration deadline is September 16.
If you have questions, please email [email protected]. If you have questions regarding the car show, please send an email to [email protected].
Important 2022 Hershey Reminders
Show will run Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7
Flea Market set-up will be Monday, October 3
Judging School will be Thursday, October 6, at 2 p.m.
Judges Breakfast will be Friday, October 7, at 7 a.m.
Car show will be Friday, October 7
Come Visit AACA at the Hershey Show
AACA merchandise will be at these locations in the flea market:
Chocolate Field in our blue trailer – C3H 5-7, C3I 5-7 (Tuesday – Friday)
Green Field in front of the Giant Center in a large white tent (Tuesday – Thursday)
Note: Official Hershey poster artist David Snyder will be at the blue trailer location
selling and autographing posters Tuesday – Thursday.
AACA merchandise will be adjacent to the show field
in a large white tent on FRIDAY during the car show.
AACA membership will be at these locations in the flea market:
Chocolate Field in front of our blue trailer – C3H 5-7, C3I 5-7 (Tuesday – Friday)
Green Field in front of the Giant Center in a large white tent (Tuesday – Thursday)
Chocolate Field C3G 5-9 (Tuesday – Thursday)
Note: Wayne Carini will be at the C3G 5-9 location on Wednesday.
He will be available for autographs, photos and selling copies of his magazine.
AACA membership will be adjacent to the show field on FRIDAY during the car show.
New memberships and membership renewals will be taken at these locations all week.
AACA Headquarters building, including the AACA Library,
will be open to the public Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Don’t forget about the Library yard sale on
Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. behind AACA Headquarters!
Car Corral Spaces, Ladies Luncheon & Juniors at Hershey
Car Corral Spaces WILL Be Available at Hershey
There will be a LIMITED number of car corral spaces available onsite at the Hershey show. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to enter a car into the car corral, you will need to show up at the show at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4. You MUST be a current paid AACA member. The vehicle must be 25 years old or older, you must be able to drive the vehicle on to the car corral and the vehicle must be AACA compliant — no hot rods allowed.
Ladies Luncheon at Hershey
The Ladies Luncheon will be held at the Hotel Hershey at 12 noon on Thursday, October 6. If you need transportation to the Hotel Hershey, please check with Mac or Marianna at the Hershey Region main tent on the Chocolate Field to make arrangements prior to 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
Juniors at Hershey
Juniors at Hershey is a project of the Hershey Region Youth Committee. Join us for the 24th Annual Junior Display for youth of all ages. The event will be held on Friday, October 7, from 12 to 2 p.m. in front of the Giant Center. The Hershey Region Chuck Wagon will be on display.
Redwood Empire Region Annual Picnic
By David Chiotti, Santa Rosa, CA, [email protected]
The Redwood Empire Region of AACA, located in Santa Rosa, CA, celebrated their 46th Annual Picnic on July 31, 2022. Fifty members and guests enjoyed the day of perfect weather and togetherness. It was also wonderful to see all of the magnificent automobiles our members arrived in that day. Along with a potluck table, a hot dog and hamburger BBQ was served. After lunch, the raffle tickets were drawn. The door prize is a “door,” plus half the pot. The door has been with us since 1984 when it was instituted by then Club President Mike Fancchi. The lucky winner gets to store it until next year.
Honk, Rattle, and Roll Celebrates
Long-Time AACA Member and War Hero’s 100th Birthday
Submitted By Tom Collins, Murfreesboro, TN, [email protected]
Written By Rita Sutcliffe; Butch Roth, Sparta, TN, [email protected];
and Tom Vasser, Brentwood, TN, [email protected]
Photos By Arlene Timbs, Club Photographer, Murfreesboro, TN
The AACA’s Honk, Rattle, and Roll Car Club from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, gathered on Saturday, April 9, to recognize, honor, and celebrate long-time AACA member, Honk, Rattle, and Roll Car Club member, and World War II hero, Jim Sutcliffe, on his 100th birthday! Jim was born on February 13, 1922.
Jim Sutcliffe joined the AACA in the early 1960s, and has attended the Hersey car show every year, but one, from 1964 to 2021, and is making plans to attend for 2022. Jim Sutcliffe’s love for machines began with his fascination of airplanes. He tells the story of paying 50 cents to take his first plane ride as a boy in a two-seater Waco biplane flown by a barn storming pilot at the county fair. He became so taken with airplanes that in high school he built and flew gas-powered model airplanes and ran a model airplane business from his bedroom.
His other big love was cars, and his first car was a blue 1939 Plymouth business coupe, which he was obliged to sell when he was shipped overseas. He always looked for another car like it, but not until Hersey 2021 did he spot and purchase a blue 1939 Plymouth convertible sedan, one of only 18 known to exist.
In 1943 with the World War II raging, Jim Sutcliffe was granted a six-month army deferment due to his work in the aircraft industry, and he used that opportunity to marry Ola Smith of Clarkrange, Tennessee. Jim was inducted into the army in November 1943 and sent to Macon, Georgia, for infantry training. Half-way through the training, Jim was hospitalized for a severe cold and had to start his basic training all over again. Jim believes that this cold saved his life because the training delay caused him to complete his basic training too late for the D-Day Invasion. 
However, the severe cold did not keep Jim out of the war in Europe. His troop was sent to France and was involved in the Falaise Gap Battle in August 1944. The German solders retreated to the opposite side of the Meuse River and began an artillery barrage. They were then able to zero in on Jim’s location. He had just moved away from an angry ant hill next to his leg. Moments later shrapnel shredded the edge of Jim’s pants and wiped out the anthill only 8 inches away from him. This was one of many small decisions that would save his life again and again.
When Jim and his comrades crossed the Meuse River, they marched into an ambush, were captured, and were sent to Stalag 7A by train. Forty soldiers were loaded in each train car, which allowed nothing but standing room. During the several days that the soldiers were being transported, American bombers dropped bombs very close to the train. Jim and his comrades were shaken-up, but still alive.
The prisoners were held in crowded conditions, only let out to do work repairing railways and sorting mail. Jim and his fellow prisoners tried to do as little as possible, and undo as much as possible, without attracting attention. The food was mostly cabbage and sawdust bread. Jim traded some items of his Red Cross package, like cigarettes, for eggs or a roll, to supplement the meager fare.
As the Allies closed in at the end of the war, another danger arose from the possibility of being bombed by mistake. The post office where the prisoners worked was bombed at the close of the war, and Jim was one of the lucky ones who got out. At the very end of the war, even the German prison guards were called up for frontline duty, and the prisoners waited unguarded for the Allies to arrive. Finally, after spending eight months as a POW, Jim was liberated when a few GIs rolled into their prison camp in jeeps.
As Jim returned home and sailed into New York harbor and the land of the free, he told the Statue of Liberty, “If you ever want to see me again, you will have to turn around!”
Jim and Ola set up house in Wayne, Michigan, where they raised two children, Rita and Barry. Jim worked for the Wayne-Westland School District as Superintendent of Transportation and Superintendent of New Construction until he retired in 1980.
With retirement, Jim was finally able to devote himself to classic car restoration, and his first major project was to restore a 1932 Buick Country Club coupe that was a national prize winner in its class. He also restored a 1915 Saxon, a 1947 Chevrolet truck and a 1960 Triumph, as well as tweaking a 1953 MG and a 1938 Buick. The Triumph restoration had waited 40 years for him to finally get around to it.
When Jim and Ola relocated to Sparta, Tennessee, in his wife’s native state, the move required the sacrifice of several cars waiting for restoration, among others: a 1929 Franklin, a 1937 Buick 90 Series Limo, a Singer and two 1938 Buick Centuries. However, Jim said it was worth it to meet a new group of antique car friends and enjoy the many local car shows.
It was such an honor to attend and meet Jim Sutcliffe, a passionate classic car lover, a real-World War II hero, and a great American from “The Greatest Generation.” Lots of thanks to Butch and Stephanie Roth for organizing and hosting this 100th birthday event at their beautiful home in Sparta, Tennessee. Also, as a side note, there was another birthday celebrated on this day. Butch and Stephanie Roth celebrated the 100th birthday of Hershel, their 1922 REO T6 7-passenger touring car.
AACA Library Yard Sale is Back!
By Amoi Goldman, AACA Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, [email protected]
Exciting things are happening at the Chris & Kathleen Koch AACA Library & Research Center this fall. After a two-year hiatus our famous automotive literature yard sale is back. In conjunction with the Eastern Fall Nationals, the yard sale will be held Tuesday, October 4, from 4-7 p.m. in tents behind the AACA National Headquarters building at 800 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.
Our staff and volunteers have been working diligently to prepare duplicate automotive sales literature, manuals, books and more for the return of the yard sale. Special this year is an amazing collection of duplicate materials from the Free Library of Philadelphia purchase. Please join us and show your support for the AACA Library. We look forward to seeing you!
If you would like volunteer to help with the yard sale or have questions, please call 717-534-2082 or email Amoi Goldman at [email protected].
Free Seminars During Hershey Week
By Amoi Goldman, AACA Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, [email protected]
This year when you visit the Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey be sure to attend a seminar at the AACA Library. You will not want to miss this opportunity to rest your body and activate your brain with these automotive topics:
October 5 at 10 a.m.
Alexander Soultanis presents, “Resurrection of a WWII KdF-Wagen Beetle”
In this seminar, Alexander Soultanis will share the remarkable restoration story of his 1944 KdF-Wagen Beetle type 82e. Soultanis has dedicated over twenty years to this ongoing project even though he has faced many significant challenges. This quest has taken him overseas to find answers, get parts and to meet others who share his passion for the KdF-Wagen Beetle. Through his experiences Soultanis has become a subject matter expert. This seminar will appeal to VW enthusiasts, those interested in antique automobiles and restoration, and anyone who enjoys a captivating personal journey. For more information, visit the KdF Registry website maintained by Soultanis.
October 5 at 2 p.m.
Ronald Sieber presents, “What is a Speedster: A Discussion”
Ronald Sieber is the author of Classic Speedsters and writes a blog about the topic on his website. The content of Sieber’s seminar covers material from his book, blog, as well as current events. The time span for the presentation topic is 1900-2020 (and beyond). Sieber will have copies of his book for sale at the presentation ($80). More information regarding the book can be found on his website. The AACA Library & Research Center has been an important resource for Sieber.
October 6 at 10 a.m.
Pat Mescher presents, “How to Repair, Maintain and Calibrate Speedometers”
As owner of Bill’s Speedometer Shop in Bellbrook, Ohio, Pat will demonstrate how he repairs, maintains and calibrates speedometers. To learn more, visit his website. Pat Mescher was also a presenter at the 2022 AACA Annual Convention in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
All seminars will take place in the classroom adjacent to the library, on the second floor. Each seminar is free and will accommodate up to 45 participants. Questions? Call 717-534-2082 or send an email to [email protected].
Black Swan Antiquities to Hold Extended Hours During Fall Hershey Week
By Matthew Hocker, AACA Librarian, Cataloger & Volunteer Coordinator, [email protected]
If you plan on attending Fall Hershey this October, you are probably geared up for hunting down all sorts of automotive treasures. Black Swan Antiquities, a local antique mall and friend of the AACA Library, will be having extended hours Monday, October 3, through Thursday, October 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dealers will be looking for automotive objects to stock their shelves, and you’ll also want to be sure to visit the AACA Library’s booth for automotive books, literature and more.
For more information on Black Swan Antiquities, be sure to visit their Facebook page or call them at 717-867-4400.
AACA Bookmobile Visits Hershey Public Library
By Amoi Goldman, AACA Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, [email protected]
As part of the AACA Library’s outreach efforts, the bookmobile was invited to the Hershey Public Library on August 9 for the last day of the Friends Annual Book Sale. The AACA Library was represented by Amoi Goldman, Reference Librarian, and Bob Terpak, Library Volunteer, who transported the bookmobile and met with visitors. People of all ages enjoyed seeing the bookmobile. Some visitors remembered bookmobiles from childhood and specifically visited the library that day to see our bookmobile. One family visited AACA National Headquarters directly after learning about it from Bob and Amoi at the bookmobile. The Hershey Public Library was pleased with the outcome and has invited us back with the bookmobile for future events.
2023 AACA Annual Convention Call for Speakers Extended
Have you ever thought about speaking or putting on a seminar at the Annual Convention? Well, now’s your chance! If you would like to be a possible speaker, please fill out this form and send it in no later than September 15.
Have an idea for a workshop? What topics would you like to hear a panel of experts discuss? This is YOUR Annual Convention, and we want to know what you want to learn about. Please email Stacy with your seminar ideas and/or speaker suggestions (membership, leadership, chapters/regions, marketing, cars, technical, fun, historical, ladies-focused, etc.).
The 2023 Convention will be held February 9-11 in Williamsburg, VA.
Please scroll all the way to the end of Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question
In 1963, what car company was defined by the following observation… “It’s not a factory. It’s a laboratory.” Or in these terms, later that same year… “Other car makers have customers. This one has fanatics.” 
A California Ranch Truck’s Journey East
(aka Kathleen’s Trip to Semi-retirement)
By Cathy Schairer, Rockville, MD, [email protected]
This is a member submitted story.
My husband, Lou Harrington, long coveted my sister Lissa’s 1972 Chevy C-10 long bed fleetside pickup truck that she used on her 45-acre ranch in the mountains near Tehachapi, California. When Lissa decided to sell her ranch, Lou offered to buy the truck, which hadn’t been used in three years and was no longer running. Lissa graciously sold it to him for $1.00. We named the truck Kathleen in honor of Lissa’s partner, who first purchased her.
The next challenge was getting Kathleen back to Maryland where we lived. It just so happened that about this time we were planning to attend a family wedding near Los Angeles, about a four-hour drive from Tehachapi. Why not get Kathleen in running order in California, fly out there for the wedding and drive her back to Maryland? Lou sleuthed the internet, found a suitable mechanic in Tehachapi, and we made the decision to drive her back, notwithstanding some trepidations.
We had Kathleen towed from the ranch to the mechanic four months before the wedding. Between his regular work on big rigs, the mechanic did a total tune-up and transmission service, drained and cleaned the fuel tank, repaired and recharged the air-conditioning, rebuilt the carburetor, replaced the fuel lines and fuel pump, the battery, the water pump, thermostat, radiator belts, hoses, all tires, windshield wiper blades, and installed a tonneau cover. After all that, the only real problem we had was starting Kathleen after a night’s rest. The gas pedal had to be pumped vigorously, very vigorously, to get her started. The gas gauge also broke after we hit a rough spot in the road, but we only ran out of gas once!
We took the famous two-lane Historic Route 66 from Victorville, California, to Springfield, Illinois, and then hightailed it home to Maryland on major highways. We rambled through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Sometimes Route 66 ran parallel to major highways, other times it became one with them, and sometimes it wandered off on its own. We saw stunning scenery, small towns, big cities, wonderful murals, defunct businesses, thriving businesses and memorabilia from its heyday as the major road west for migrants from the Dust Bowl and later from the East to Southern California. We took some detours to the Grand Canyon and Tucson in Arizona and to the Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Home in Mansfield, Missouri, but mostly we stayed close to Route 66. 
For automobile enthusiasts, the road was a delight. The electric vehicle display in the Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Arizona, featured electric cars ranging from the Custer Car Chair produced between 1916 and 1933 to provide seniors and World War I veterans more mobility to the 2011 Stanford University Solar Race Car, a 375-pound vehicle that is powered entirely by the sun. The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma, had artifacts, signs and memorabilia from Route 66 history, organized by decade. Our favorite town was Cuba, Missouri, proclaimed the “Route 66 Mural City.” Murals of bygone days adorned many of the buildings along the route. Our last stop on the Route 66 leg of our trip was Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois, where he lived before becoming president.
Kathleen was a great conversation piece throughout the trip. We shared the driving duties. At one point after lunch, I got behind the wheel and some truckers who had been sitting at the next table good-naturedly asked Lou, “Are you going to let her drive that thing?” Kathleen was a big, powerful and muscular truck. A wag once said of vehicles like Kathleen that “it could pass everything but a gas station!” What fun it was to show her off! We are so glad we put our fears aside (and those of our family) and took the trip. We had a blast!  
We want to hear from you! We are always looking to feature articles from AACA members in Speedster. We’d love to share your personal accounts of tours and shows you have attended, restoration projects, unique vehicle stories and history, and any other stories you think other AACA members would enjoy hearing about.
Stories should average about 500 words or less. And, we love photos, so make sure to include some! Please send your photos and stories to Stacy Zimmerman at [email protected].
Multiple Scholarships Available Through AACA
Application deadline for all scholarships is November 1
Click the links below for more information and to download the applications for each scholarship.
(formerly known as the AACA Student Scholarship)
A cash award is granted by the AACA National Board of Directors to encourage young adults to further their education and stimulate interest in AACA and automotive history. One or more awards may be presented each year.
A cash award to an AACA member (student or regular) who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution, i.e. a four-year college leading to a bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational education program leading to a degree. Applicant must be nominated by a Region or Chapter of AACA and must be no more than 25 years old. This award is merit based, and while financial need may be considered, it is not a deciding factor.
A cash award to any AACA member (student or regular) who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution, i.e. a four-year college leading to a bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational education program leading to a diploma. Applicant must be no more than 25 years old. This scholarship is granted by the AACA National Board of Directors.
Louise (Bianchi) Chiotti was born on June 11, 1914, in San Jose California. The family’s first automobile was a 1926 Dodge sedan. Her two younger brothers purchased a 1939 Studebaker and took delivery in January 1939. They wanted to give it to Louise’s son Dave in 1956. His mother thought it too big of a car for a fifteen-year-old in San Francisco and talked him into buying a 1930 Model A Ford coupe. In 1959 the little Ford was a bit slow, so Dave purchased a 1959 Ford convertible. As Dave sat on the running board of the Ford waiting for the new owner to arrive his mom came and sat next to him. “You really don’t want to sell it do you?” she asked. “No, I don’t” was my reply. “Then don’t,” Mom said. Dave and Marilyn Chiotti still own the Model A; it is a Senior and First Place Grand National Award Winner. The 1939 Studebaker came to the Chiottis after spending 40 years under a walnut tree. It is now a Senior and First Place Grand National Award Winner. The 1926 Dodge was cut into a truck for ranch use in the 1940s. Dave brought it home in 1976 and built a Woodie. In 2000, they donated it to Luther Burbank Home & Gardens in Santa Rosa. After Dave and Marilyn’s uncle’s passing, they acquired their 1968 Cadillac El Dorado. It now lives in the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. This $1,500 scholarship is based upon the same rules as the Automotive Technology Scholarship and is awarded as funds are available. It was instituted and funded by Dave and Marilyn Chiotti as a way to honor Louise and a way to continue to support youth in the hobby.
A cash award to any AACA member, child or grandchild of an active AACA member in good standing for a least 5 years, who has been accepted to an institute of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution. The award is granted by the family of John and Janet Ricketts in recognition of their love of AACA and their belief in service to the club. It is also in recognition of our first female National President Janet Ricketts in 1999.
A cash award to an AACA member currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning leading up to a degree in antique automotive restoration.
How do I apply?
Completed applications should be returned to:
Debbie Nolen, AACA VP Youth Development/Scholarship
5805 Centralia Rd, Richmond, VA 23237
REMINDER: All scholarship applications are due by November 1 and will be awarded at the AACA Annual Convention in February.
Official 2023 AACA Calendar Now Available
The AACA Calendar is always a hot item this time of year, so be sure to order yours before they are gone! This 13-month calendar runs from January 2023 to January 2024 and highlights AACA National Activities in addition to moon phases, all Federal Holidays and many other observances. The best part of the annual calendar is getting to see the fabulous member cars showcased each time you flip the month. At a cost of only $12 postpaid, these calendars also make great, inexpensive gifts for all of the car-lovers in your life!
To order, please call AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910 or go online to the AACA Store. An order form will also be included with your next issue of Antique Automobile magazine.
It’s Never Too Early to Order Your Holiday Cards
AACA Christmas and holiday cards are an annual tradition for many members. These beautiful 5×7 cards feature artwork from renowned artist Ken Eberts, whose paintings have graced Antique Automobile magazine covers. This year, we have two new designs…
“All the Presents Are Loaded
in the New Mercury”
1954 Mercury Monterey
Inside: Season’s Greetings
“Christmastime at Pop’s Station”
1953 Ford F100 pickup and
1949 Mercury station wagon
Inside: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
The cards come in packs of 12 and include envelopes. Each pack is only $12 (plus shipping). An order form will be included with your next issue of Antique Automobile magazine. You can also purchase them in the AACA store on our website or call AACA Headquarters to place your order (717-534-1910).
Membership Corner: Seven Ways to Attract People to Your Club
By Charlotte Dahlenburg, AACA National Membership Committee Member, [email protected]
Many people choose to join a club based on relationships—family, friends, people they know and trust who invite them, club members who extend genuine hospitality toward visitors and their interests. When initiating a relationship, the goal should not be to get them in the club as fast as you can. Rather invite people to become part of an outing of the club as a way to develop relationships. Most people first come to a club because of a relationship they have with someone who already belongs. Emphasize that knowing and having a relationship with the person must come before an invitation to join.
1. Play off people’s passion and strengths. Connect with people based on what you know or are willing to learn about them, their interests and their needs. Some people are looking for advice on a restoration, some are looking to purchase a particular car and some are looking to simply spend time around other car people. When reaching out to people who are not part of your club, know them or about their vehicle(s) well enough to share how being a part of a car community might enhance their lives, project or search.
2. Get out and visit. Have your membership team visit other clubs. Let them experience firsthand what it’s like to be a guest and to feel like an outsider. They can bring back ideas of what to do and what not to do that can improve your own welcome program. Never stop trying new ideas to engage with visitors.
3. Welcome to the meeting. The first few minutes of someone visiting your club are crucial. I can’t stress this enough. When visitors walk into your meeting, the welcoming effort is just beginning. A club brochure or National brochure will give people an insight as to who you are and will help to open conversation with new people. Introduce your visitor to as many people as you can or connect that person with someone in your club with similar vehicles or interests like touring or showing vehicles.
4. Follow up, follow up, follow up. You have invited friends, family and people you have met in the community to your meeting and your team has welcomed them, but you don’t want to stop there. If you don’t follow up with your visitors, you run the risk of not connecting with them again. Collect an email address or phone number and then make sure you follow up in a timely manner.
5. Your website creates an impression. The first impression you make with any potential visitor may very well be online. Many people who are thinking about joining a club will search online for information before even thinking about stepping foot into your meeting space. To create a good first impression with your online visitors, here’s a list of information you MUST have on your club’s website: location, directions, meeting times, what to expect and contact information. Don’t take this information for granted. These are the most commonly searched questions by visitors. If you need to, ask someone who’s not familiar with your club (even if it’s a family member or friend) to check out your website to see if they can easily find what they would look for if they were planning on visiting. If you promote your club’s website, people will come. When it comes to promoting your site, there are different tactics you can use, such as posting about it on social media, including it in your club brochure or adding it to your club business card. These will all be helpful in the short term. The most effective thing you can do though to turn your website into a tool that regularly leads new people to visit your meetings is to optimize your website for search engines. This is referred to as search engine optimization (SEO). Claim your local listings (e.g., Google, Bing).
6. Advertise on Facebook. Do you know where most people in your community socialize? If you guessed social media, you’d be correct. Practically speaking, to reach people in your community, your club needs to consider advertising on Facebook, since just having a Facebook Page no longer cuts it. It’s not expensive. It doesn’t require a ton of technical expertise. And it’s not like sending a piece of direct mail—it’s hyper-targeted. You don’t have to sign a contract with Facebook or commit to spending thousands of dollars. You can test a short-term campaign for little money and see what type of results it generates.
7. Personalized invitations. Stop. If there’s just one thing you take away from this article, let it be this point: Most people will attend a meeting or event if they’re invited by someone. There are no other outreach events or tactics you can use that can even come close to matching these results. Don’t believe the hype from other ideas. Asking someone is still the single best thing your members can do to reach more people. In the business world, this is known as word-of-mouth marketing, and it’s just as effective. I know technology can make it feel easier to reach more people (like social media advertising), and it’s definitely worth pursuing, but don’t overlook the importance of challenging your club members to personally invite people. Cruise-ins, club picnics, car shows and other special occasions are ideal times to invite people who are not members. Personal invitations are excellent for encouraging participation. Encourage your club to interact with others at events like cruise-ins, cars and coffee, local shows and displays. Encourage members to carry business cards with club information, brochures, membership applications and the car cutouts provided by AACA National (email Karen White to order these free for your club).
The ideas are endless, so there’s no need to stick to an annual event unless you’re experiencing consistent results. Feel free to mix up what you’re doing to reach different people in your community. AACA and your local regions and chapters have so much to offer to the community. Get out and explore new ways to get the word out about the many ways we can connect and enhance lives through our clubs.
2023 AACA Membership Renewals Start Soon
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department, [email protected]
As most of you know, your AACA membership runs for a calendar year – January 1 through December 31. From about mid-September through the end of the year, AACA Headquarters gets a little crazy with membership renewal phone calls and mail. It’s not uncommon for us to receive several hundred renewals in a day. Even though it’s our busiest time of the year, making sure we get our 45,000+ members renewed is always our top priority.
Look for your first opportunity to renew your membership for 2023 with your September/October issue of Antique Automobile magazine. A renewal form will be included with this issue of the magazine. Simply fill out the form and send it back to the office with a check or credit card information.
If you’re going to be at Hershey, you can also stop by the AACA trailer or tent and renew your membership in person with us.
We look forward to seeing or hearing from all of you very soon!
Absolutely LAST CHANCE to Order Your Official AACA Car Sign for Hershey!
This is the only approved AACA car show sign and is intended for use at AACA events. These signs are only available to AACA members and are custom created to tell your vehicle’s story and history.
Signs are 16.5″ tall and 12″ wide and are made of hard plastic to withstand the elements. The signs cost $45, and an image can be added to your sign for an additional $5.
If you want your car sign for the Hershey show, this is your LAST CHANCE to order! All orders MUST be received by September 6. There will be no shipping charge on your order because you will pick up your sign on Friday on the show field at the AACA merchandise tent.
Contact Jon Curtis at AACA Headquarters if you would like to have a sign made: [email protected] or 717-534-1910.
Schedule a Tour of AACA National Headquarters & Library Research Center
Would your AACA region or chapter like to visit?
What about any of the other car clubs you belong to?
If you are planning a tour or day excursion for a group near the Hershey area, why not include a stop at our building as part of your itinerary? We even have a back patio with picnic tables where your group can host lunch. 
If you would like to book a tour, please reach out to Amoi Goldman, AACA Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, at 717-534-2082 or [email protected].
Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?
The Military Sponsorship Program is available to all of the Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending a limited number of complimentary 2022 memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA website under Join/Renew and drop down to Military Discount, or simply click here.
These complimentary 2022 memberships are for first-time AACA applicants and are limited by the funds available for this program. These complimentary applications for membership are intended for individuals who have a genuine interest in the antique car hobby.
Be Social With Us
AACA hosts online forums! AACA hosts a massive online forum area on our website that you can read and/or join in on the conversations on all sorts of topics. People post some really interesting material and pictures on an everyday basis. If you haven’t used the forums before, just use the sign-up button in the upper right corner to create your user account. Anyone can join the online forums and it’s completely free.
AACA has Facebook! AACA has an official Facebook page for club information and events. We also have an extremely active Facebook group, where group members post, ask questions and discuss everything and anything car-related. LIKE our Facebook page and ask to JOIN our Facebook group. Don’t forget to connect with the AACA Library on their official Facebook page as well.
AACA is on Instagram! @antiqueautomobileclubofamerica 
Be sure to use these hashtags: #DrivingHistory, #AACA, #AntiqueAutomobileClubofAmerica, #Hershey, #AACAHershey, #AACAproud, #AACAstrong
Trivia Answer
Founded in 1919, Citroen remains one of France’s most memorable car companies and is well known for avant-garde engineering and radical innovation. Front-wheel drive, unibody construction, hydropneumatic suspension, aerodynamic efficiency, steered headlights, speed dependent-self centering power steering and much more were all part of the company’s outstanding empirical portfolio.
The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the country’s premier resource for the collectible vehicle community. Since its formation in 1935, the Club, through its national office, publications, and membership, aids individuals, museums, libraries, historians and collectors dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of automotive history. 

AACA Newsletter – May 2021


May 2021 – Volume 149
In This Issue…
Important Hershey Information
Parked in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
HVPR Members Provide Cheer and Memories
Scranton Region Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
2021 Great Race
Donate Your Video Games to the Library
Steve Rossi’s Old Car Quiz
Membership Corner: Let’s Remember and Honor Our Forefathers
12th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day
1973 Jeep Commando AACA Raffle
Attention AACA Judges: New June Newsletter Available Now
Come Experience “Minnesota Nice” For Yourself
Get a Friend to Join AACA for Only $25
Be Social With Us
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Join Our Mailing List!
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Summertime Has Finally Arrived
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster editor, [email protected]
I don’t know about you, but I consider Memorial Day Weekend to be the start of the summer season. (I guess summer doesn’t technically start until the Summer Solstice happens on June 20, but I’m sticking with my unofficial calendar.) With temperatures in the 80s and 90s this week in Hershey, it sure does feel like summer is knocking at the door. The flowers and trees here at the new AACA Headquarters are in full bloom and look beautiful.
This summer season will be especially sweet for so many of us for so many different reasons. At this time last year, the majority of the world was in a state of shutdown and uncertainty. Today, Pennsylvania announced that we are on pace to have 70% of adults in the state fully vaccinated by the end of June. I know some states are more open than others, but the overall trend in the U.S. points more and more toward a return to normalcy this summer. That means travel and vacations again. That means hosting your family and friends for a barbeque. And the thing that most of us are super happy about… that means lots and lots of car shows!
I’m finding that I am looking forward to both the small and large things we have planned for this summer. Even just the fact that I am putting events and activities on my calendar again is thrilling to me. I am especially excited that the rescheduled and revamped AACA Annual Convention coincides with the start of summer, too! This will be my first official AACA event of this year and I cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces.
So, I say it’s time to put those tops down and get on the road to start this summer off right!

Memorial Day

Saratoga Springs Deadline Extended to TODAY!!

Eastern Spring Nationals
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 17-19, 2021
Registration Deadline 
Extended: May 28
The registration deadline has been extended until TODAY!! So, quick register online, print out your registration, write your check and mail everything TODAY!! Please also contact Marsha to let her know: 518-863-4987 or [email protected].
The Saratoga Region AACA is excited to host you for the Eastern Spring Nationals themed “Horses to Horsepower 2021.” There is so much to see and do here. Cruise Lake George, tour the Jim Taylor collection, visit the Saratoga Auto Museum, experience history like never before, and so much more.
Please note that the $18 charge for the Friday night BBQ also includes FREE admission to the Saratoga Auto Museum. 

Host Hotel:
Gideon Putnam
24 Gideon Putnam Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Reservations: 866-746-1077
Reservation Group Code: 9NE73Z
Special AACA Rate: $169 per night

Special room block and rate runs from June 15-20

Questions? Chairman: Tom Walsh, 585-474-2406, [email protected]

Come Get Lost in the Woods With Us on the Vintage Tour
Only 2 Days Left to Register!!
By Bob Giles, Vintage Tour Host, Johnstown, PA, [email protected]
All proceeds to benefit the
AACA Building Fund

Vintage Tour

Lock Haven/Wellsboro, PA

July 11-16, 2021

Registration DEADLINE: May 30
Vehicles Accepted: 1931 and earlier
Limited to 80 participants
One of the more important parts of any tour is bringing everyone together over good food. This is still a very challenging thing to do this year with all of the restrictions still placed on restaurants. Most hotels have even eliminated breakfast. Never fear though as we have found several locations where we can adhere to current social distancing guidelines. For example, one of the breakfasts will be in a fire hall with tables set up where the firetrucks usually park. Two of the lunches will be catered outside in park pavilions. Every day of the tour will have a coffee stop, lunch and supper planned. We also remembered to include a stop for watermelon and ice cream for those so inclined.
The total mileage for the tour will be around 325 miles, with the longest day being 100 miles. The only city traffic we will face will be when leaving the hotel. There will be some intimidating up and downs with some gravel roads thrown in. The worst hills can be by-passed if so desired.
Along with the beautiful back roads, there will be some history to be learned. Questions can be asked about the railroads or the logging industry during a couple coffee stops. One of the more unique stops will be at a limestone plant. We are currently working on getting a bus tour underground.
If you would like to receive the tour information and registration form, please send an email to Bob Giles, tour host, at [email protected]. If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob at 814-266-2780.

Celebrating America in Auburn
Central Spring Nationals
Auburn, IN
July 1-3, 2021
AACA is continuing the tradition of inviting other car clubs to join us at our national events and this year promises to be our biggest and best. The traditional show at Auburn Auction Park courtesy of RM Auctions will be held July 1-3 in Auburn, Indiana. Located on hundreds of acres with a LOT of asphalt and several large buildings, this property will allow us to do everything we need to do to host a safe event in a year still filled with some uncertainty due to the virus.
Auburn is the home of great car museums and wonderful countryside. The facility we use is directly off an exit on an interstate highway, so it is easy access on and off. There are plenty of hotel rooms in the vicinity as well.
Friday night we will have a cruise-in to downtown Auburn. Both the A-C-D Museum and the NATMUS Museum will stay open late for our car clubs. We expect to have a great flea market and car corral from Friday to Saturday as well and the cost for spaces is more than reasonable. Saturday’s show will allow all of the car clubs to park separately, but anyone who is an AACA member will still be eligible to get their car judged even if it is parked with the marque club. Our world-class banquet by award-winning BBQ chef Tim Johnson and family will be held again, and anyone who has been at Auburn in the past can tell you it is amazing! Tim will also be serving breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
The Hudson-Essex-Terraplane fans have been invited and they will, as we have said, display their cars in a separate area. We have also been asked to invite Buick owners and provide a separate venue for the Buick fans to have a judged event. The awards are spectacular and unlike any you have ever experienced most likely! The Buick Heritage Alliance will be supporting the show by providing these very special awards. The traditional trophy awarded at national Buick meets by The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage in Allentown will also be awarded. Buick owners do not hesitate to register as we have room for more than 1,000 cars properly spaced and room to feed everyone. (In 2019, we fed 700 people in 25 minutes!) Again, you have a chance to be judged at both the Buick display and AACA on the same day! A late addition to our event is a group of AMC owners who will also display in a separate area and can register by calling 717-534-1910 and ask for Pat Buckley.
As a bonus to all non-AACA members, we have a special $20 half-year membership you can purchase as of June 1 which will allow you to be judged by AACA. We have more than 100 classes and special classes for unrestored cars, “driver” cars, motorcycles, trucks, etc. If you would like to review our Judging Guidelines, they can be found by clicking here.
Our goal for this event is to continue our mission of helping everyone in the hobby, not just our members. This is why our library is a free library and our website hosts other car club forums for free. This is also not the first time we have hosted other cars clubs as we have done this for many years. So, please consider joining us. Information will be available online at www.aaca.org/buickshow for the Buick folks and www.aaca.org for AACA members or by calling 717-534-1910.

Important Hershey Information
By “Mac” MacAdam, Flea Market/Car Corral Registration Chairman, 
Hershey Region AACA, [email protected]
Summer registration is almost upon us for the Hershey Flea Market, Car Corral and show vehicles. To acquire space(s), you must request a registration card from AACA National Headquarters by using the Activity Card enclosed in the plastic covering of the Antique Automobile magazine (May/June issue). All requested registration materials will be mailed to you by the AACA staff after July 1.
With a show as big as Hershey, there are a lot of moving parts for our region volunteers to coordinate. Please help us by reviewing this important information:
1. On the Show Car/Special Events registration card that you request from National Headquarters you can also choose to receive Awards Banquet tickets, Ladies’ Luncheon tickets and antique car trailer parking.
2. SHOW CAR REGISTRATION ONLY: You may also register online at www.aaca.org after June 28. You must print the registration form and submit it along with your check to Hershey Region AACA, PO Box 305, Hershey, PA 17033.
3. NEW! Beginning this year, there will be a $10 parking fee for show car trailers parking on Boathouse Road. The fee covers the period of Wednesday, October 6 at 7 a.m. through Saturday, October 9 at 5 p.m. All vehicles must be removed by 5 p.m. Saturday or they will be towed per order of Derry Township Police.
4. You must return the completed registration card and check to Hershey Region. There will be a pre-addressed envelope enclosed in the packet that you request from National Headquarters. PLEASE read all of the information that accompanies your registration card(s).
5. Cards/Checks not signed will be returned for signatures and could jeopardize your request for space(s).
6. If you have a special location request, you should send a note along with your Flea Market or Car Corral registration card. Spaces are assigned by the postmark on the envelope. You can ask for your check to be returned in the event we cannot fulfill your request. If you will accept spaces anywhere, you need not send any note. (Please DO NOT write notes on the registration card.)
7. Please read ALL accompanying information that will be enclosed with the registration card(s) you receive from National Headquarters. Your signature on the card confirms you have read, understand and will obey AACA and Hershey Region rules and regulations.
8. Please pay close attention to the firm postmark deadline of August 15 on the registration card. We need ample time to make assignments, enter the data and send the information to our printer. There is a very short lead time to accomplish this task.
9. TO RESERVE & RENT A SCOOTER OR GOLF CART: ScooterBug has been contracted for the 2021 Hershey show to provide pre-reserved, single passenger ECVs and double passenger golf carts for those guests who have a valid, state-issued handicapped placard in the state in which you reside. Guests can pre-reserve this mobility equipment starting on June 1, 2021, at 9 a.m. EST. Book online at www.scooterbug.com/aaca or call 800-726-8284 directly to reserve. NOTE: Personal mobility vehicles are not registered by ScooterBug personnel. There are NO refunds under any circumstances once the payment is received and equipment is reserved.
10. YES, YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN SCOOTER: Personal electric mobility vehicles are authorized, however they must be registered at one of the three registration areas. More information will be available in the literature you receive with your registration card.
11. Flea Market and Car Corral windshield stickers and other important information will be mailed at the end of August.
12. SALES TAX LICENSE: If you do not have a sales tax license, you can apply online here or call 717-783-1405. IMPORTANT: Do not wait for your tax license number to arrive. Send your flea market registration card and check to the Hershey Region and simply write “applied for” above the Tax ID spaces on the registration card.

Parked in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: 
What Fred Rogers Taught Us About Cars
By Joe Ligo, reprinted with permission from TheDrive.com
Despite growing up in a wealthy family and being taken to school by the family driver in a Cadillac, Fred McFeely Rogers — known as Mister Rogers to most of us — never appeared to have developed a taste for exotic or expensive things. As the nationally-known host of the PBS children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and perhaps one of the most universally adored public figures in the country, Fred’s personal life was strikingly modest. He seemed the least likely person you’d expect to be interested in cars.
And yet: take a wider view, and his program showed children that the automobile is a fixture in modern American life over the second half of the 20th century, introducing them to everything from seat belts to automated car washes to early EV efforts. Fred Rogers himself wasn’t much of a gearhead, but he knew just as much as anyone how much emotion can be wrapped up in a car, quietly maintaining a 1928 Ford Model A Sport Coupe over the decades that had been given to him by his parents.
In reality, a survey of the 900+ episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood indicates that Fred understood there are lots of kids (and adults) who love anything with wheels. So with help from the invaluable NeighborhoodArchive.com and a few phone calls with Rogers’ former producer Margy Whitmer and former co-star/company PR rep David Newell, let’s dive into the automotive world of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

HVPR Members Provide Cheer and Memories to the York Convalescent Center
By Al Crane, HVPR AACA Community Relations, Tabb, VA, [email protected]
Historic Virginia Peninsula Region (HVPR) AACA members Al Crane, George Maculley and Larry Munk joined with members of the Classic Cruisers Car Club of Yorktown to bring some cheer and memories to the residents of the York Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Yorktown, VA, on a beautiful spring morning in May.

Scranton Region Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
By Matthew Whitaker, South Abington Township, PA, [email protected]
Feel free to join us this summer!

On July 18, the Scranton region of the AACA will celebrate 50 years with our annual car show and flea market. It will be held on the grounds of Allied Services in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

The club started its journey October 1971 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, by a group of nine members: William H. Smith, Jack Mueller, James Clay, William Krieg, Sydney Proper, Larry Werner, Frank McDonald, George Schumacher and Leo DeAngelo.
Through the years, the club has hosted many accomplished events including a National spring show in 1977, the first Grand National event in 1980, the 1993 Founders Tour and a divisional tour a few years later.
Our founding president William H. Smith went on to serve on the AACA Board of Directors and serve two years as AACA President, AACA Executive Director and was a leading force in the creation of the AACA Museum. Two other Scranton Region members have also served the AACA at the national level. John Walker was on the National Board of Directors and Ron Moskalczak on the museum committee.
The Scranton Region’s community outreach to many different charities has been one of our driving factors while preparing for our show activities. Allied Services programs, Operation Troop Appreciation and Alex’s Lemonade are several of the organizations we sponsor.
Currently, the club meets for workshops once weekly on Tuesdays. We are building a Model A speedster project. We plan on having this project at our show this year. Although it is still in project stage, with the frame/running gear completed, it is starting to take on the looks of a flat track speedster of the day. We also provide technical advice/repairs to our members, free of charge, to help them keep their vehicles in tiptop shape for touring. Members just need to purchase the parts required for the repair.

Member Submitted Story 
2021 Great Race
By Charlotte Dahlenburg, Deep South Region Editor, Mobile, AL, [email protected]
Big Red pulled out of one of the barns 
at the Barnett home and getting ready to 
make the trip south.
Getting Big Red to Mobile, AL.

The Great Race was the main topic of conversation every time the two got together. Stories were shared about their experiences — all filled with fascination and laughter. The two friends from Alabama have spent several years sharing great conversations. Stories became dreams, what ifs and we cans that filled the barns and garages they hung out in.

Darrin Dahlenburg and Sam Barnett grew up with old cars. Both have enjoyed The Great Race in different ways. Darrin was part of a support crew for an X-Cup team for several years starting in 2016. Sam served on The Great Race team in 2013 driving the catch truck and helping crews work on their cars at night. Over the course of time, the two have explored many different parts of the country and enjoyed meeting people from all over.
Darrin and Sam began looking for the perfect car. While every car they came in contact with became part of the dream, they turned out for various reasons not to be right or were priced out of range. As such, they looked into the field of cars the two currently owned.
There were some great possibilities in the Barnett Collection and Darrin had a few that fit the bill. The 1974 Buick Apollo and the 1961 Cadillac convertible were the final two contenders.  
“Big Red,” the 1961 Series 62 Cadillac convertible, is no stranger to touring. Ron and Sally Barnett (Sam’s parents) drove the Cadillac in several AACA National Tours. Big Red has a big history to go with her having been ridden in by President Lyndon B. Johnson when he was Vice President. She was also featured on the cover of the May/June 2001 issue of Antique Automobile
The 1974 Buick Apollo has been in the Dahlenburg family for over 20 years. Darrin’s daughter Bobby Sue drove the car for several years while at college. She and the car no doubt turned a few boys’ heads. The Apollo is mostly a survivor and would now need a lot of work. Thus, the logical choice turned out to be Big Red.
Big Red made her way to Mobile, Alabama, in November of 2019. Darrin spent many hours going over the Cadillac listing what would make it roadworthy for the 2020 Great Race. Items to be repaired were listed on a whiteboard that hangs in the garage. These items have slowly been crossed off. Test runs around the city and county became the norm. 
Finally, it became official! Team Alabama and Big Red were registered in the 2020 Great Race starting in San Antonio, TX, and ending in Greenville, SC. The event would be held June 20-28, 2020. Darrin Dahlenburg would drive, Sam Barnett would navigate, and Paul Dagenais and Charlotte Dahlenburg would be the support crew. The car was then given the number 25.
Early on the list was long. 
Now the list is almost done. 
Big Red is almost ready.
Big Red at a local car show posing with a District Judge candidate.
Everybody is helping to make Big Red ready for the journey.
Days in the garage are the best, especially if you have help.
It takes two to work on some things.
Team Alabama
anywhere along 
the race route!


The car was driven around Mobile to key car shows and cruise-ins to create the excitement needed to round up sponsors for the race. Then the world came to a stop. Social distancing, masks and working from home became a lifestyle everybody was trying to figure out. The race continued as planned and so did the work on the car. On May 7, 2020, it was announced that the race would be postponed until August 22-30, 2020, with a limited field and many restrictions to provide safety for the teams.  
Many of the racers enjoyed the virtual race each evening when the June dates arrived. These racers would talk about the places and towns through which over 100 antique cars would travel. Each night there was a bonus prize, one for each of the three divisions — Rookie, Sportsman and Expert/Grand Championship. Winners were drawn from a hat.
The 2021 Great Race starts June 19 and ends on June 27. Team Alabama will be competing against 38 rookies in their class. It will be a monumental effort to win this class. Practice time has been limited and the lack of rallies across the country will make the quest difficult. Recently, all the rookies had a chance to participate in training via Zoom with 78 people participating.
Team Alabama now has a new tow vehicle, a 2021 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 6.7 Cummings engine and big horn package. They also have a new open bed trailer. The team will show off Big Red with all her race stickers all the way to Texas, across the southern U.S. and back to Mobile.
You can follow Team Alabama on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GRTeamAlabama) and meet the team at any one of the lunch or overnight stops. Don’t forget to bring your sign with #TeamAlabama on it!
Check out www.greatrace.com/route. The race begins in San Antonio, Texas. There are four cities in Texas: San Marcos, Temple, Cranbury, and Nocona. The race then moves to Sapulpa, OK, and Joplin, Rolla and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. There are four stops in Kentucky: Paducah, Owensboro, Elizabethtown and Lexington. Racers then will cross into West Virginia and stop in Huntington and Beckley. The next two stops are in Galax, Virginia, and Mooresville, North Carolina. The race will have a grand finale in Greenville, South Carolina.
Good luck, Team Alabama!!

Donate Your Video Games to the AACA Library
By Matthew Hocker, Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator, [email protected]
What place do video games have in an automotive research library? This is the question I asked myself back in 2016. Being born in the 1980s, video games were an important part of my childhood, and one of my first exposures to driving was in the form of R.C. Pro-Am for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Published in 1988, it was a whimsical game pitting players against one-another in remote-controlled cars. It was not realistic by any stretch of the imagination, but it sparked an interest in cars.
The idea for starting a video game collection was ignited by relating the medium to existing collections we had at the library. Before video games even existed, plenty of other entertainment mediums with an automotive flair were marketed to children. Examples already in our collection included films, automotive card and board games dating back to the 1920s, and several books for children and young adults. I’m sure that many of you can look back nostalgically to a particular book, movie or game that either fostered or built upon your interest in cars. Video games have earned their spot on the shelf.
With that in mind, we began collecting consoles and games from all eras and for all platforms. The collection was inaugurated with the donation of my personal Sega Genesis/Sega CD unit, which was originally released in 1989 (the CD add-on followed in 1992). I started out by scavenging independent game stores and booths at trade shows.
Eventually, we started asking for donations, and more titles and systems began pouring in. Today, we currently have a collection of 90 titles spanning 21 different platforms, from the Atari 2600 to the X-Box. We are still on the lookout for even more systems and racing & driving simulator games to add to the collection.
If you would like to help expand the collection, we are accepting donations of ALL video game systems and games, regardless of genre or whether or not we have them. We can use extra items and non-automotive games to trade in to our local independent retro video game stores in exchange for more racing titles to add to our library. If interested, please contact Librarian Matthew Hocker at [email protected] or by calling 717-534-2082.
Interested in doing research with the AACA Library?
More information is available on our website
You can also contact our library director, Chris Ritter, 
at [email protected] or 717-534-2082.
When visiting the Hershey area, 
don’t forget to visit our booth at 

New Event to Support the AACA Library
Click here for more information.

Trivia Question
What is an SPA truck?

or scroll all the way to the end of the 
Speedster to find the answer.

Membership Corner: Let’s Remember and Honor Our Forefathers
By Mary Bartemeyer, AACA National VP & AACA National Membership Committee, [email protected]
This has been a hard year for our membership. COVID-19 and our aging membership has hit us hard, so maybe we need to take time to honor those who were in the trenches at the beginning of what has become the well-renowned and revered Antique Automobile Club of America. Thanks to their dedication and perseverance we have restored, preserved, and educated the public about our hobby.
In my home Region we have not only lost the physical bodies, but we have also lost their remarkable knowledge that they clawed and scraped to find the hard way — scouring the junk yards for parts and cherishing that piece of literature that told them the missing information to complete their finished product. These men and women pioneered the concepts that became our great club.
On this Memorial Day, please take a moment to honor them and all that they stood for. They had the foresight to see that there was a need to make a place where the public could see living history from the beginning of the vehicle transportation industry to now 1996.
How do you think they would like to be honored? In my particular case, my Dad would be glad that his Model T Ford has now been driven by four generations. It continues to host a slew of kids and adults in its seats every time it hits the road. I remember his smile and the glint in his eye when he was behind the wheel. I see that same happiness in every generation of my family that gets to experience driving or riding in the Model T.
I also know that my dad would want the AACA to continue its historic pathway into the future. I know a Model T isn’t everyone’s choice car, but neither is your 1996 Toyota pickup truck. The thing to remember is that they ALL belong in our fold, which is what makes this club the best.
I am putting forth a challenge to each Region, Chapter and member to honor your lost members by signing up a new member. Even better yet, more than one! Yes, today’s member doesn’t look like the members of old, but they share one interest, the vehicles. We have to be flexible enough to make the changes necessary to keep their interest and embrace their differences. With the fast-moving generations today, they don’t have the time to give 100%. Take what they can give and welcome them when they participate. Youngsters are interested in our hobby, so let’s bait the hook and get them aware of the great options our club offers.
Our Regions and National organization rely on you to keep us going, so do your part. Each year, every Region receives 4 free memberships to hand out. Make sure they don’t go to waste. Please do your part. Help us continue to grow in their honor.

12th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day
How Will YOU Celebrate?
If your Region/Chapter is having an activity for Collector Car Appreciation Day, 
please share a few sentences and photos with us so we can publish them in Speedster. 
Send them to Stacy at [email protected].


The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that this year’s Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be officially celebrated on July 9, 2021. The date marks the twelfth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual holiday to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, the U.S. Congress has helped launch CCAD by introducing resolutions each year at the SAN’s request. Last year, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 650 (S. Res. 650) and a similar resolution was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H. Res. 998). Each resolution was sponsored by co-chairs of the SEMA-supported Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus. These Congressional leaders have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in our history.

Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing in-person events or virtual gatherings (online event, livestream, digital gallery, etc.) may submit the details of their July celebration at no cost using this link. Participating organizers are awarded a copy of the Congressional resolution for display at their registered event. For those unable to celebrate on the official date, the SAN encourages festivities to be scheduled throughout the month of July. 

Help promote this special day: download the official logo and flyer, post on social media using the hashtag #CCAD and tag the celebration’s Facebook fan page (@CollectorCarAppreciationDayCCAD).

  • ATTEND an official vehicle-inspired event or web-based celebration.
  • HOST your own safety-minded gathering, club meeting or online gallery.
  • Promote a “HOLIDAY SALE” at your business in-store or online.
  • INVITE partnerships with nearby enthusiast-related groups if possible.
  • DRIVE your special ride — new or old — whatever the destination.

1973 Jeep Commando AACA Raffle
By Kathy Lentz, Johnstown, PA, [email protected]

The AACA is offering raffle tickets at $10 each for a 1973 Jeep Commando. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday, October 9, at 2 p.m. at the 2021 AACA Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The winner need not be present to win, so why not try your luck?

or call AACA National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 and we will take your credit card over the phone.
This one-owner vehicle was donated to the AACA by the late Thomas Konorosky, who was a member of the Flood City Region AACA. Tom joined the AACA and the Flood City Region AACA in 1974. He was a very active, dedicated member, and he held the positions of treasurer and director for many years. He attended all local events, and he never failed to attend the Hershey show since the time he joined National.
In 1973, Tom ordered and purchased the Jeep new at Stagers Chevrolet and Jeep in Portage, Pennsylvania. The Jeep Commando was produced by American Motors. It is a soft-top Commando convertible. 
Tom rarely put the top down because he wanted to keep it clean. This Jeep is in excellent original condition and has never been painted. It has low mileage, and it was never involved in an accident. It was never driven off-road. Because of the warm summers and freezing winter climate in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he always stored the vehicle in a garage. Tom meticulously maintained this vehicle. When he arrived home from a show, he immediately cleaned the Jeep and covered it. 
The Jeep often sparked the interest of the younger generation at the shows he attended. This was one of several antiques that Tom owned, and upon his death, he donated his collection of five vehicles to the AACA.
Click here for a flyer you can share with others to promote this raffle.

Attention AACA Judges: New June Newsletter Available Now
The June 2021 issue of The Judge newsletter will be mailed to all active judges next week. Click here to preview a digital copy.
This issue includes information and registration forms for the following shows:
  • 2021 Western Fall Nationals – Loveland, CO
  • 2021 Southeastern Fall Nationals – Greenville, SC
  • 2021 Eastern Fall Nationals – Hershey, PA
  • 2021 Special Western Nationals – Phoenix, AZ
Just a reminder that you can also register to judge online on the AACA website here.
Not a current judge, but interested in becoming one? Just attend one of the Judging Schools at any of the Nationals to get started.

Come Experience “Minnesota Nice” For Yourself

Grand Nationals
New Ulm, MN
July 22-24, 2021
Registration Deadline: July 8
From the members of the Minnesota Region AACA, welcome to the scenic Minnesota River Valley. New Ulm, called “the most German city in America,” welcomes you to come and experience all the area has to offer. Enjoy the second oldest family brewery in America, New Ulm’s unique shops and German heritage and you will find “Minnesota Nice” during your visit. For more information about the area, visit newulm.com.
Our show field will be at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Meet Hermann the German as he visits the show field and picks his favorite! And, don’t forget that this year’s Zenith competition will be happening on Friday, July 23, during our event.
Chair: Linda Rempfer 
320-290-4285, [email protected]
Registration: Kim Gardner 
717-507-8842, [email protected]

Check Out These Upcoming AACA Events…

Revival AAA Glidden Tour Celebrates 75th Anniversary
By Jeff Mahl, Saint James City, FL, [email protected]
Bill Preston, Tour Chairman, [email protected]
Start of the 1909 Glidden Tour with George Schuster
at the wheel of the Thomas “Press Car”

Revival AAA Glidden Tour

Hosted by VMCCA
Saratoga Springs, NY
September 12-17, 2021
Registration Deadline: June 30
Join in the fun as the 75th Anniversary of the Glidden Tour takes to the scenic roads of upstate New York and enjoy the fall splendor of the Adirondack Mountains. We will even be covering some of the same route as taken in the 1906 Glidden!
The celebration of this classic tour’s history will be highlighted as Jeff Mahl takes you back to 1906, ’07 and ’09, when George Schuster (Jeff’s great grandfather) participated in the early days of automobile touring and the start of the historic Glidden Tours! With original pictures and very early film, experience what it was really like to “tour” over 115 years ago. Share George’s recollections of his fellow competitors including Percy Pierce, Charles Glidden, and even stunts the “Press Boys” played to liven things up.
To be eligible for the tour, you must be a member of AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) or VMCCA (Vintage Motor Car Club of America).
Registration forms are to be mailed to Nancy Huffman, Registrar. Registration ends June 30 or until filled. Hotel information will be provided upon notification of acceptance to the tour.
Click here to download an information packet and registration form.
Questions? Nancy Huffman, Registrar, at [email protected] or 585-737-8709

Hotel Reservations Can Now Be Made for the Las Vegas 2022 Show
By Michael Fecchino, Las Vegas, NV, [email protected]
In 10 short months, the Las Vegas Region AACA will be welcoming you to Lake Las Vegas for the 2022 Western Spring Nationals. This National show will be held from March 10-12, so mark your calendars now. In fact, early hotel reservations can actually be made right now — just mention the AACA to get the special hotel rates. Online reservations are also available.
Here’s the hotel information:
Hilton Resort on Lake Las Vegas
1610 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy
Henderson, Nevada 89011
Phone: 702 567-4700, code AACA
The Las Vegas Region has just planned an official tour of the Hoover Dam as an optional excursion during the show. The Hoover Dam is located only 20 miles from the hotel.
Rising 726.4 feet, Hoover Dam was the world’s tallest dam when it was built in the 1930s. Hoover Dam’s power plant was the world’s largest hydroelectric station from 1939 to 1949. Today, because of a drought the Colorado River basin has experienced for the past decade-and-a-half, Lake Mead has dropped to its lowest level since it was first filled in the 1930s.
And, as another enticement to make your trip a mini vacation, there are two championship golf courses at Lake Las Vegas very close to the hotel. Click here for more information. 
If you have any interest in possibly attending this show or have any questions, please contact Michael Fecchino at 702-301-8649 or [email protected].

Do You Have an AACA Approved Car Sign for Your Car?
This is the only approved AACA car show sign and is intended for use at AACA events. These signs are only available to AACA members and are custom created to tell your vehicle’s story and history.
Please allow 3-4 weeks for the production of your sign from start to finish. Signs are 16.5″ tall and 12″ wide and are made of hard plastic to withstand the elements. The signs cost $30 plus shipping, and an image can be added to your sign for an additional $5.
Contact Stacy at AACA Headquarters if you would like to have a sign made: [email protected] or 717-534-1910.

Reminder About AACA National Printed Calendars
We just wanted to remind those of you who have the printed 2021 AACA National Calendars that some of the event dates are incorrect because events were moved after the calendars were printed. 
Always refer to the event calendar here in Speedster and on the AACA website for the most up-to-date information.

Get a Friend to Join AACA for Only $25!
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department, [email protected]
It seemed like the year 2020 would never end, but here we are almost halfway through 2021 already. We keep getting closer to the “new normal” that we have all been waiting for. It’s time to get out and enjoy the antique auto hobby again. Woo-hoo!  
Do you know anyone that would enjoy going to a car show? Maybe you know someone that would enjoy the Antique Automobile magazine. This is an excellent time to encourage them to join AACA. New members can join the club now and pay only $25 for the second half of 2021. They can test the AACA waters now for half the price. By the end of the year, we hope they will be ready to dive in for a full year of membership in 2022!
Starting in June, we will begin to process ½ year memberships. The ½ year membership allows new members to join the club for the second half of the member year and pay half the yearly membership fee. The ½ year membership includes the months of June through December at a cost of only $25.
Starting June 1, all eligible new membership applications will be processed as 2021 ½ year memberships. Applications received with a $45 payment June 1 through September 30 will be refunded $20.
REMEMBER: The ½ year membership is for first-time new members only!
The ½ year members receive three bi-monthly issues of Antique Automobile magazine (July/August, Sept/Oct & Nov/Dec).
Starting in October, unless a new member requests otherwise, we will cease to process 2021 ½ year memberships. All new membership applications will be applied to the 2022-member year.
New members applying for membership during the time of October to December will receive the Nov/Dec 2021 and all 2022 issues of Antique Automobile.
If you have any questions regarding the ½ year membership program, feel free to contact me.
Attention AACA Regions/Chapters: Don’t forget to use the complimentary 2021 membership applications sent to each Region/Chapter. If you have not used these, please do so by September 30, 2021.

Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?
The Military Sponsorship Program is available to all of the Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending a limited number of complimentary 2021 memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA website under member information and drop down to Military, or simply click here.
These complimentary 2021 memberships are for first-time AACA applicants and are limited by the funds available for this program. These complimentary applications for membership are intended for individuals who have a genuine interest in the antique car hobby.

Be Social With Us

AACA hosts online forums! AACA hosts a massive online forum area on our website that you can read and/or join in on the conversations on all sorts of topics. People post some really interesting material and pictures on an everyday basis. If you haven’t used the forums before, just use the sign-up button in the upper right corner to create your user account. Anyone can join the online forums and it’s completely free.

AACA has Facebook! What better way to connect with each other during these times than through social media? AACA has an official Facebook page for club information and events. We also have an extremely active Facebook group, where group members post, asks questions and discuss everything and anything car-related. LIKE our Facebook page and ask to JOIN our Facebook group. Don’t forget to connect with the AACA Library on their official Facebook page as well.
AACA is on Instagram! @antiqueautomobileclubofamerica
Be sure to use these hashtags: #DrivingHistory, #AACA, #AntiqueAutomobileClubofAmerica, #Hershey, #AACAHershey, #AACAproud, #AACAstrong

AACA Calendar Spotlight
Would you like registration information and materials about any of these 2021 National Activities? You can:
1. Fill out the activity request card
that came with the last issue of
Antique Automobile magazine
and mail it in to us.
2. Sign into the members only area of the AACA website to print your own registration form and brochure.
3. Call us at AACA Headquarters and we will fill out a request for you
and mail you the materials.
Call 717-534-1910 Mon-Fri from
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
2021 AACA National Activities
June 2-5
Eastern Divisional Tour – Eastern Shore of MD
June 3-5 (rescheduled)
Annual Convention – Williamsburg, VA
June 17-19
Eastern Spring Nationals – Saratoga Springs, NY
July 1-3 (rescheduled)
Central Spring Nationals – Auburn, IN


July 9
Collector Car Appreciation Day

July 11-16

Vintage Tour – Lock Haven/Wellsboro, PA
July 22-24
Grand Nationals – New Ulm, MN
REMINDER: Your 2021 membership 
dues MUST be paid prior to registering 
for any 2021 National Activities.

Aug 13-14

Western Fall Nationals – Loveland, CO
Sep 9-11
Southeastern Fall Nationals – Greenville, SC
Sep 12-17
Revival AAA Glidden Tour® (VMCCA) – Saratoga Springs, NY
October 6-9
Eastern Fall Nationals – Hershey, PA
October 11-15
Southeastern Divisional Fall Tour – Mt. Airey, NC
October 18-22
Central Divisional Tour – Broken Arrow, OK
November 11-13 
Special Western Nationals – Phoenix, AZ
Nov 14-17 
Western Divisional Tour – Metropolitan Phoenix & Central AZ
2022 AACA National Activities
April 21-23, 2022 (rescheduled)
Special Dual Nationals – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Visit the calendar on our website for a listing of AACA National events, 
local Region & Chapter events and much more!

Who Do You Contact at AACA Headquarters for What?
Have you ever wondered who to contact for what when you call or email AACA Headquarters? Here is a list of the current staff and their responsibilities. By clicking on someone’s name below, you can email them directly.
Membership & Merchandise
Accounting, IT & Website
Advertising & Marketing
Speedster Editor
Office Administration
Lori Shetter – membership/merchandise
Susan Eitnier – regions & chapters, insurance
Austin Teahl – awards
Antique Automobile Magazine Editor
Library, Research & Cataloging
Chris Ritter – Director
Naturally, many of the staff have the capability of answering questions in each other’s area as we try to cross train as much as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime for assistance. The phone number for AACA National Headquarters is 717-534-1910 if you would prefer to call us.

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When Studebaker and Pierce-Arrow came together in 1928, Studebaker was suppling light and medium duty trucks. Pierce was producing heavy-duty units. 
SPA (Studebaker-Pierce-Arrow) was the short-lived commercial vehicle division for the combined company (through 1933, when Pierce reverted back to independent ownership). From ½ to 6-ton models were offered. 
The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the country’s premier resource for the collectible vehicle community. Since its formation in 1935, the Club, through its national office, publications, and membership, aids individuals, museums, libraries, historians and collectors dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of automotive history.  
Antique Automobile Club of America, 800 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033