April 2024 | Volume 184

AACA National Staff


Steve Moskowitz


Membership & Merchandise

Karen White


Accounting, IT & Website

Pat Buckley


Advertising & Marketing

Speedster Editor

Stacy Zimmerman

Antique Automobile Magazine Editor

West Peterson

Office Admin & Membership

Lori Shetter

Office Admin, Regions & Chapters, Insurance

Susan Eitnier 

Awards & Car Signs

Jon Curtis

AACA Library Staff


Jen Wolfe

Cataloger & Volunteer Coordinator

Matthew Hocker

Reference Librarian

& Outreach Coordinator

Amoi Goldman


AACA Website

AACA Library

AACA Forums

AACA Merchandise

AACA Judging Guidelines

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Springtime Ride Challenge

Accepted & Delivered

By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster Editor, szimmerman@aaca.org

I asked you not to let me down last issue, and you certainly did not! Wow! I am absolutely amazed at how many of you took the time to send me a photo from your first springtime ride this year. My inbox was flooded with more than 60 responses, so thank you very much! I would definitely say that you accepted my challenge and delivered on it.

This is exactly what this hobby is all about… sharing our cars with each other, our loved ones, friends, neighbors and even strangers. Every time you drive your car, talk about your car, and even allow someone to simply sit in your car, your passion for this hobby is visible to everyone by the smile on your face and the enthusiasm in your voice.

 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are all ambassadors for this club and this hobby – every time you drive your car, you are a mobile billboard, marketing on wheels, publicity on parade – I could go on and on…

You, your cars, and your willingness to talk up this club is the best advertising we could ever ask for. Nothing can compete with you sharing your genuine experiences as a club member and asking someone to join you in the adventure that is AACA.

Together we should be able to create a domino effect… you ask someone to join, they have a great experience and fall in love with AACA and then they ask one or two of their friends to join, etc., etc., etc. Before we know it, our membership is growing by leaps and bounds multiplying every year.

Have you ever heard the phrase… people join people? It’s totally true! We always say that everyone initially comes for the cars, but that they stay because of the people. We need to be in this together. I have all the faith in the world that WE can make this happen! By driving your cars, you will help drive membership in AACA – the best car club in the world!

Springtime Ride Submissions

(First 20 submissions out of 60+)

Again, thank you so much to everyone who submitted an entry for this challenge! The response was overwhelming! In order to not completely overtake this issue of Speedster, I will only be sharing some of the submissions now. Look for the remaining submissions to be shared in the next several issues of Speedster. The announcement of the winners of the AACA swag will be in the issue with the last group of submissions. 

Brrrrr… No snow, so that means a chilly March ride for lunch in Hollis, NH, in my new-to-me 1912 Buick Model 43. Submitted by Adam Schoolsky, Hollis, NH, adam@schoolsky.org

My 1930 Ford Model A Standard coupe outside the Chatham Rabbit Coffee Shop in Siler City, NC. Submitted by Alan Rosenbloom, Siler City, NC, aarosenbloom@gmail.com

Got my 1955 Chevy Bel-Air out and took some springtime photos on my property in O'Brien, FL. Submitted by Alex Fardales, O'Brien, FL, amfc57@msn.com

Here is my 1966 Corvette at a springtime ride in North Carolina! Submitted by Bill Cox, Hillsborough, NC, billcoxjr@gmail.com

This is our 1968 Chevrolet Camaro convertible. The photo was taken March 9 at the Peninsula Cars & Coffee in Seaside, CA. Submitted by Brian Birkeland, Salinas, CA, birkeland.brian@gmail.com

My 1979 Lincoln Continental Town coupe, an AACA Senior with only 20,000 miles on it! Picture was taken at a small get-together in Doylestown, PA. Submitted by Bob Burke, Warminster, PA, noneck9fan@yahoo.com

This is my 1949 Buick Super. My father bought it in 1970 out of the original owner’s field for $30. I had her out this past Saturday at a show in Pocomoke, MD. Submitted by Buck Burton, Salisbury, MD, burtons31981@comcast.net

This isn’t just my 1957 Thunderbird’s first drive of the season; it’s moving under its own power for the first time after 5 ½ years of restoration. I bought the car in 1966 when it was just a used Ford. I’ve driven it through college, marriage, four careers, parenthood and grandkids. The odometer now shows 128,000 miles. My daughter has instructions to weld my ashes

in the frame. Submitted by Charlie Henry, Farmington Hills, MI, cmhenry57@outlook.com

My 1937 Chevrolet in Bear Creek, PA! Submitted by Bill Ragona, Bear Creek, PA, wragona@gmail.com

Spring does come a little earlier here in Dixie than some places! My first outing this spring was to chauffeur a wedding for a friend and his bride on March 16. The location is Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL. My 1929 Pierce Arrow 133 Club Brougham performed flawlessly from the church to the reception and back. Submitted by E. Wayne Scites, Hazel Green, AL, watchwayne@yahoo.com

Spring has sprung here in Fallbrook, CA! Here's our "slightly modified" 30-year-old 1994 Chevrolet C1500 out on a sunny day in early spring. Submitted by William J. Hoctor, Fallbrook, CA, longbranchson@gmail.com

First ride of the spring with my daughter Grace and my 1960 Buick LeSabre convertible. Photo was taken in Berryville, VA. Submitted by Tom Parker, Berryville, VA, tomrparkerjr@gmail.com

My 1932 Buick 90 Series. Submitted by Tony Vestyck, Plains, PA, vety705@yahoo.com

My 1966 Corvair Monza at the Morehead City Cars and Coffee on April 6. Submitted by Steven Hooper, Newport, NC, 911stevenc@gmail.com

I just pulled my 1973 Cadillac Coupe DeVille out last weekend! This was taken on my 180-mile drive home from winter storage at a little state park in Hillburn, NY, called Pierson Mapes Flat Rock Park. I’m a member of several Cadillac clubs, but by far my favorite club is the NJ Region AACA. Submitted by Patrick Dolan, Florham Park, NJ, podolan01@gmail.com

My 1988 Pontiac 6000 Safari taken in my driveway in Palmetto Bay, FL. Submitted by Philip Williams, Palmetto Bay, FL, pmw@barkbarkwoofwoof.com

Out running errands in my 1961 Apache. I drive it all year except if there is salt on the road. This photo was taken in the parking lot of a Petco in Royersford, PA. My truck doesn't have many accessories, but it does have a heater. :) Submitted by Ted Ritchie, Collegeville, PA, pilot0293@aol.com

Had the newest edition out for a ride in Virginia Beach yesterday… my 1953 Ford Customline. Submitted by Harry Park, Virginia Beach, VA, harrygpark@yahoo.com

First outing for my 1971 Triumph Stag. Leaving from Waterloo, Ontario, for a TTC event in Toronto. Should be about an hour and 15-minute drive. Submitted by Gord Linkletter, Waterloo, Ontario, gordlinkletter@gmail.com

My 1976 Ford Thunderbird parked in front of Pottsgrove Manor in Pottstown, PA. Submitted by Gary Faircloth, Sanatoga, PA, phrogghill@gmail.com

Special Winter 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 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico!


And a very special THANK YOU to the

Puerto Rico Region for hosting a great event!

Congratulations to all of our winners!!

Click the above link to view the winners list.

Thank you to the various partners who shared their photos on the Puerto Rico Region Facebook page – enjoy them below and be sure to read the official recap article and photos in the May/June issue of Antique Automobile magazine. 

Southeastern Spring 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 Charlotte, NC!


And a very special THANK YOU to the

Hornets Nest Region for hosting a great event!

Congratulations to all of our winners!!

Click the above link to view the winners list.

Thank you to AACA life member Kyle Blake for sharing several great photos from the event – enjoy them and be sure to read the official recap article and photos in the May/June issue of Antique Automobile magazine. 

Grand 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 Charlotte, NC!


And a very special THANK YOU to the

Hornets Nest Region for hosting a great event!

Congratulations to all of our winners!!

Click the above link to view the winners list.

Thank you to AACA life member Randy McManus for sharing this awesome photo

of the cars starting to get setup the morning of the Grand Nationals – enjoy

and be sure to read the official recap article and photos in the

May/June issue of Antique Automobile magazine. 

2024 AACA Zenith Award Winner Crowned

1908 Mitchell Model G wins “Restoration of the Year”

Photos by West Peterson, AACA

AACA has selected a 1908 Mitchell Model G as its 2024 Zenith Award winner. The Zenith Award is the ultimate recognition that’s bestowed by AACA for outstanding and critically authentic automotive restoration.

The 1908 Mitchell Model G is owned by Charles E. Allen of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Charles’ father and grandfather purchased the Mitchell for $25 in 1939, when his father was only 14. The well-used Mitchell was serving as an attention-getter for Whiz automotive products in Camden, New Jersey, and was originally purchased by that company’s founder, Richard Milton Hollingshead. Stored for the better part of the next 40 years, restoration began around 1980. Charles and his two sons did much of the car’s mechanical restoration, but Anderson Restorations in Kanawha, Iowa, handled the body and paint work, and final touches on the details.


Henry Mitchell and his Mitchell Wagon Company/Wisconsin Wheel Works of Racine, Wisconsin, successfully built horse-drawn wagons and then bicycles starting in 1853. By 1902 Mitchell had produced 600 motorcycles, immediately becoming a bestselling motorcycle in the United States...not to mention one of the fastest. In 1903 the motorcycle business was sold, and the Mitchell Motor Car Company began building two different cars with powerplants based on the motorcycle engine. By 1907 only four-cylinder models were offered, with power transferred through a three-speed transmission with shaft-drive to the rear wheels. A six-cylinder followed in 1910. Unfortunately, the 1910-1911 models had some teething problems and by 1913, the company had a $2.5 million shortfall in loans due to three years of slow sales and high repair costs. Mitchell Motor Cars was reorganized and went on to sell 10,000 cars per year in 1917 and 1919…and lasted through 1923. Nash bought Mitchell for its factory and produced the Ajax there.

This unparalleled AACA Award recognizes the very best automobile restoration for its overall quality, authenticity, and rarity. The 17 already award-winning antiques that competed for this year’s Zenith Award, held in April at the 2024 AACA Grand Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina, were selected from each of the AACA National shows in 2023. Only one vehicle can be crowned “Restoration of the Year,” and this stunningly restored 1908 Mitchell Model G clearly earned the honor. 


“Authenticity is of critical concern when it comes to annual Zenith Award recognition, as is craftsmanship and exacting attention to detail. The Zenith Award represents the best-of-the-best in the eyes of the Antique Automobile Club of America. But more importantly, the Zenith Awards evokes the true spirit of the complete AACA experience,” according to Tom Cox, former AACA President and the founder of the Zenith Award program. 

Congratulations also goes to the runner-up, a 1930 Duesenberg owned by A. Ross Myers from Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

Click here to view the 2024 AACA Zenith Award program listing all the cars in the competition.

From our Founding Fathers to the Final Frontier

Only 10 Days Left to Register!!

June 9-13, 2024

Eastern Divisional Tour

Fredericksburg, VA

Registration Deadline: May 10

Click here for brochure

Click here if you would like registration information sent to you (please include your name and member # in the email)


Join us for an interesting and informative tour in and around historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. Hosted by the Buzzard’s Breath Touring Region, this tour promises to be a relaxing, informative, and fun event for our automobiles up to 1999.


Tour highlights include:

-- Fredericksburg Battlefield

-- Chatham Manor

-- Ferry Farm (Boyhood home of George


-- Udvar‐Hazy Air & Space Museum

-- James Monroe Birthplace

-- Menokin

-- National Museum of the Marine Corps


Host Hotel:

Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 20 Sanford Drive, Fredericksburg VA 22406

540-368-8000, Code: AAC, $139 per night, includes breakfast for two people



Tour Chairman & Registration: Charlie Steffy, 407‐261‐9318, Chas1963@hotmail.com


REMINDER: Your 2024 AACA membership dues must be paid

prior to registering for any 2024 National shows and tours.

History, Hospitality and Horsepower

Don't Delay - Register TODAY!!

June 20-22, 2024

Eastern Spring Nationals

Saratoga Springs, NY

Registration Deadline: May 25

Click here for brochure

Click here to register online

Click here to register to judge online

Click here if you would like registration information sent to you (please include your name and member # in the email)


The Saratoga Region is excited to host the 2024 Eastern Spring Nationals and honored to welcome you to Saratoga, a city known for its rich “History, Hospitality and Horsepower.” We encourage all members to register their vehicles for the show and come see what our area has to offer. With attractions including naturally carbonated mineral spas, harness racing, polo, 15 golf courses, 10 historic museums, and an award-winning downtown, it’s no wonder Saratoga Springs is a nationally recognized destination known for its innovation. Historically, it has always been this way. Potato chips were invented in 1854 and the club sandwich in 1894. Over 20 films have been filmed in Saratoga. There’s something for everyone including of course America’s oldest and most popular thoroughbred racetrack and for the next two years home of the Belmont Stakes.

Event highlights include:

Thursday, June 20: Lake George trip, ice cream social

Friday, June 21: National Horse Racing Museum and Saratoga Winery trip, member roundtable, Judging Schools, Saratoga Auto Museum, pizza party with entertainment

Saturday, June 22: Judges’ Breakfast, Judges CJE, Owners’ Briefing, car show, awards banquet


Host Hotel (Gideon Putnam) is SOLD OUT!!

Here are some alternate hotels:

Marriott Courtyard - $199+tax/night

11 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

866-210-9325, Mention: part of 2024 AACA Eastern Spring Nationals


Residence Inn by Marriott - $209+tax/night

295 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

518-584-9600 or 866-210-9325

Code: AACN, Mention: part of AACA Eastern Spring Nationals

Click here to book online

These alternate hotels are about a 10 minute drive from the show field. Both offer complimentary breakfast.



Show Chairman: Tom Walsh, 585-474-2406, thomaswalsh393@gmail.com

Registration: Marsha Mackey, 518-863-4987 home, 518-424-6866 mobile, billmarsha8@gmail.com


REMINDER: Your 2024 AACA membership dues must be paid

prior to registering for any 2024 National shows and tours.

Literature and Book Donations

for the AACA Library

By Jen Wolfe, AACA Library Director, jwolfe@aaca.org

Spring-cleaning season is underway, and we know you’re scrubbing up and clearing out like many of us do this time of year, so I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about the guidelines of donating material to the AACA Library.

Giving automotive books and literature to the library is a great way to find a new home for pieces of your prized literature collection, while also helping our archives grow and fill in the gaps in our holdings. Most of what we have in our collection has been built from donations over many decades, so they are very important to us!

When considering making a material donation to the library, here are some good rules of thumb that make it easier for library staff to assist you:

1. First, review our Collection Development Policy to learn what the library can and cannot accept – if you’re not sure, just ask!

2. Large or small, it’s always a good idea to call us ahead of time about your material before shipping it or bringing it to us – there are times we cannot accept a donation, and it’s better to know that before hauling it to us.

3. When you call, we will ask questions like: What is the donation comprised of (topics, marques/models, years covered)? How big is the donation (how many bankers boxes would it fill)? What condition is the material in? How will the donations be delivered to us?

4. Donations that arrive with mold, bugs, or considerable dirt and damage may be disposed of as they can negatively impact the integrity and condition of the rest of the collection.

You may wonder what’s done with your material once it arrives at the library… Donations that fill a need in the collection are added to our archives. Please note, however, that due to considerable backlog in this area, it may take quite some time for this to happen.

Duplicates and items that can’t be added to the collection are prepared for resale in the library’s Yard Sale during Hershey week, Annual Convention Book Sale, AACA Gift Shop, or our booth at the Black Swan Antique Mall. Proceeds from these sales benefit the library financially, and as many of you know these fundraising events are quite popular with our community.

It’s very important to remember that due to IRS regulations, the library is not allowed to provide appraisals or assessments of any material – if you need an appraisal, please be sure to do that prior to making the donation. The library will send a letter to each donor after materials have been received to thank the donor and provide a record of the description of the donation made for tax purposes.

This spring, we wish you happy cleaning of your vehicles, garages, attics, and sheds – who knows what gems you might find this year! If you’re not ready to let go of your books and literature yet, remember that the librarians can also provide guidance and advice regarding organizing and preserving your collection using archive-safe supplies and practices. See our Preserve & Protect presentation delivered at this year’s Annual Convention for some tips and a quick reference guide to get started! 

Interested in becoming a volunteer with the AACA Library?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Matthew Hocker,

at mhocker@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.


Interested in doing research with the AACA Library?

More information is available on our website.

Visit AACA Library or contact our Reference Librarian, Amoi Goldman,

at agoldman@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.


Visit our Booth at Black Swan Antiquities

New AACA Membership Brochure Available

Car show season is upon us. Are you prepared?

When your region or chapter holds a local car show, that is your best opportunity to recruit new members. The people attending your show are there because they already have an interest in antique cars. If your event is open to non-members, those who have registered and are showing their cars are already willing to participate. These are the folks you should be engaging about how much you enjoy being an AACA member and that they should think about joining.

Now, don’t be caught empty-handed at this point! Make sure your region has something to hand out to potential new members. When you are planning your event, be sure to reach out to National Headquarters to get a supply of materials to help you.

All of these items are available to you at no charge:

-- NEW! AACA National Membership Brochure

-- AACA National Membership Application

-- Mustang Car Cutouts

-- AACA Region Membership Brochure

-- AACA National Military Membership Program

Brochure & Application

All the membership materials except the Military Brochure & Application are available in packages of 50. You can request the number of Military Brochure & Applications you want to receive. If this is your first time requesting the military information, I suggest 25 to start. You can always request more.  

To request a supply of these items, please email Karen and include your region, address where you would like the items mailed to and the date of your event.

Now, go out there and get those members!

Attention Regions & Chapters:

FREE Lanyards Available for Your Events

While doing some spring cleaning here at AACA National Headquarters, we came across a large supply of RM Auctions lanyards. We are offering these lanyards to any region or chapter who would like them. They are completely FREE – you just have to pay shipping. Here are the specific details:

18” Grey RM Auctions Lanyard

7/8” Band

Available in packs of 100

Plastic ID holder NOT included

Only Pay Shipping!

Email Jon Curtis your order including the number of packs you would like and your shipping address. Jon will email you back with your shipping cost and instructions for payment.

Attention All AACA Judges

You should have received your printed copy of the April issue of The Judge newsletter in your mailbox by now. If you would like to view a digital copy, click here. The issue includes registration forms for the following shows:

2024 Eastern Spring Nationals

Saratoga Springs, NY

Registration Deadline: June 7

2024 Special Eastern Fall Nationals

Hampton, VA

Registration Deadline: July 15

There is also an article from your 2024 VP of Judging, one from a Judging School instructor, a list of the approved changes to the Judging Guidelines for this year and the 2023 Judging Awards recognition list.

Just a reminder that you can also register to judge online on the AACA website.

Not a current judge, but interested in becoming one? Just attend one of the Judging Schools at any of the Nationals to get started.

Please scroll all the way to the end of Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question

To this day, Jeep is well recognized and highly protective of its seven-slat grille configuration. But there was a meaningful contribution from another automaker in its design heritage.

Who was it?

Member Story: My Packard Story

By Ron Simon, Novato, CA, ronms1@comcast.net

This is a member submitted article.

On August 25, 2022, I made my mind up to purchase an original 1954 Packard Cavalier with 34,500 miles, stored well and was owned by 2 previous owners during the last 47 years. The owner had 6 or 7 cars, was near 85 years old, and had his lifelong friend purchase all of his cars, one of which was the Packard. All black and chrome, what a beautiful automobile! I fell in love at first sight! The car needed some work (things do wear out after 70 years), but it was gorgeous, and I got a very fair deal. I made good friends with the guy I bought it from and joined the AACA local chapter in Santa Rosa, CA. This guy had hundreds of cars over the years, from Ferraris to a fully restored Cord supercharged 812 and his favorite Kaisers. He was still a car guy at 86!


After a short drive, I made the deal on the Packard about 12 noon and then started my 25–30-mile drive home. He did have the oil changed and the brakes checked which I was thankful for. The car was registered in his name after having had the car a couple of months before my purchasing.

On the highway coming home, I was experiencing a lack of power from the fuel not getting to the carburetor. The car had the original 6-volt electric fuel pump. I figured the fuel lines were probably clogged. I was about 5 miles from home when I decided to pull off on a wide dirt shoulder and wait for a tow. The highway in that area was being widened and the posted speed limit was 55 mph. I had been sitting in the car with the driver's side window down for about 30 minutes when all of the sudden I heard and felt a horrible crunch of metal. Then his passenger window exploded through my driver's side window. He bounced off my left rear quarter panel and ended up on his side about 100 yards in front of me. My guess is that he was either asleep, but more than likely on his phone… it would have been rather hard not to see my car. Luckily, I was not cut from his window glass or seriously injured. I was lucky to have been in the Packard. I also have a fiberglass kit car and absolutely would have been killed if I had been in that as he was doing 70+!

Thanks to Mike at Tucson Packard for the finest body parts and especially Walt Hansen at Vintage Vehicles in Novato, CA, for reassembling the car just in time for the National Packard event in June 2023 in Rohnert Park. Since then, I have had a number of issues to deal with... power steering hoses, new rebuilt master brake, rebuilt speedometer, overheating… don’t worry – what needs fixing will get fixed.


A bit of advice… if you are broke down on a fast piece of road, highway, or any place where traffic flows 45 mph or faster, most old cars have no emergency flashers so even a dirt shoulder can be deadly. Call the local police or 911 to let them know you are in an unsafe area and request a police standby while waiting for a tow. It only took the police 2 minutes to arrive after the accident. Also, I had Hagerty insurance on my kit car, so they helped me greatly with appraising the Packard damage.


I love driving both of my cars, but I have a special connection with my Cavalier. People react differently to both my cars… my 1993 Classic Roadsters Ltd 504 Baron gets lots of smiles and thumbs up, but people have a tendency to gather around the Packard and tell stories from their past. One person thanked me for the dose of "Packard Energy." Keep yourselves and your cars on the roads, not stuck away for years in a garage, and above all be safe out there! 

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 szimmerman@aaca.org

Antelope Valley Region Tours San Francisquito Dam Powerhouse #1

By Ardith Richardson, Lancaster, CA, ardithted@gmail.com    

Pictures by Ed West/Russ Cook  

This is a member submitted article.

Located inside San Francisquito Canyon near the trickling waters of the Los Angeles Aqueduct sits the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Power Plant One. This 70-megawatt (MW) capacity hydroelectric plant marked the start of Los Angeles’ electric future.

With the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, it became possible to harness the power of the entirely gravity fed water system and use it to generate electricity effectively at little cost. Recognizing this potential, engineers began construction on Power Plant One in 1911.

On its opening day, March 18, 1917, the unassuming beige facility was the first power plant of the Los Angeles Bureau of Power and Light (later the LADWP) to service the City of Los Angeles. With an initial 28 MW capacity, it provided more than enough power to serve the entire city of Los Angeles. Today, Power Plant One is one of many facilities used to power the City of Los Angeles – a city with a peak demand of over 6,300 MW. The facility has withstood the St. Francis Dam disaster of 1928 and the Copper Fire of 2002 and continues to provide the City of Los Angeles with the electricity that was so vital to propelling growth from the 300,000 people present in 1910 to the 4 million Angelenos in the city today. We were amazed to learn that a couple of the generators inside the plant were originals!

After the guided tour, the group headed to lunch in Leona Valley. It was an amazing car tour with a beautiful day in January. Thanks to all of the workers at the Powerhouse #1 for their kindness to our club.

Special thanks to our Tour Directors T.A. and Sherri Woodson for a wonderful day. Parking the cars in front of the Powerhouse #1 station was the highlight of the trip. Those attending were: Dale/Diane Perry, Tony/Carol Watson, Ed/Leslye West, Pat Stevenson, T.A./Sherri Woodson, Ron/Karen Devoll, Judy Beasly, Mike/Nancy Lemme, Billie Cruce, Fred/Jan Hulsey, Russ/Nan Cook, Marianne/Tom Glover, Dennis/Pam Neil, Windy/Pat Taunton, Ardith Richardson, Bob Scheurn/and friend, Richard/Suellen Hall, Carlos/Patti Mejia, 3 of T.A.’s friends, as well as his brother and wife.

Dale Perry and T.A. Woodson made a special presentation to Fred and Jan Hulsey. Dale has made a smaller version replica of the perpetual Outstanding Service Award, so that last year’s recipient can have something to keep as a memento of winning the award. That is very thoughtful and much appreciated. Thank you, Dale, and T.A.!

KYANA Region Hosts 57th Annual Swap Meet

By Maureen Vannatta, Louisville, KY, alanandmaureen0508@hotmail.com

Photos by Mark Kubancik, Louisville, KY, mark.kubancik@gmail.com  

This is a member submitted article.

The KYANA Region celebrated another successful KYANA Swap Meet in March. Bucking recent trends of lower swap meet attendance and fewer vendors, the 57th KYANA Swap Meet in Louisville, KY, saw increased attendance for the second year in a row. With many new vendor spaces added just this year, all spaces were sold out a month before the meet!


What is the secret to our success? The KYANA Swap Meet is the largest multi-day indoor swap meet in the country. Vendors know that weather will not impact their business as all 300,000 sq. ft. of vendor areas are under roof and climate controlled. All the labor for the meet is provided by KYANA Region volunteers and select civic groups. From mark-off to clean-up, from set-up to tear-down, KYANA members are invested in providing a pleasant experience for attendees and a successful business environment for our 400+ vendors.


If you would like to join the fun and enjoy a swap meet experience where every space is filled with automotive items for sale, mark your calendar for March 8-9, 2025. We are sure the 58th KYANA Swap Meet will again see large crowds at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville next year.

Order Your Official AACA Car Sign Now for the 2024 Car Show Season

Car signs requested for the Eastern Spring Nationals

in Saratoga Springs, NY, must be received by May 17!

This is the only official AACA recommended car show sign and is intended for use at AACA events. The AACA car sign format, styled similarly to other Concours signs, when properly weighted or staked would limit potential damage to vehicles if bumped or blown. Signs are 16.5" tall and 12" wide and are made of hard plastic to withstand the elements. These signs are only available to AACA members and are custom created to tell your vehicle's story and history.

AACA car signs cost $45 plus shipping and handling. Add an image or images for $5 each. PA residents also pay sales tax.

Please allow 4-5 weeks for the entire process from start to finish.

Click here for more information and instructions.


Email Jon Curtis at AACA Headquarters if you would like to have a sign made.

Come Spend Some Time in the Mountains With Us

July 10-13, 2024

Western Divisional Tour

Buffalo, WY

Registration Deadline: June 10

Click here for brochure

Click here if you would like registration information sent to you (please include your name and member # in the email)


The Nebraska Region is excited to host you for this year’s Western Divisional Tour in the breathtaking Bighorn Mountains. Please note that all vehicles should be suitable for mountain driving.

Tour highlights include:

-- Gillette

-- Eagle Butte Coal Mine

-- Frontier Auto Museum

-- Thermopolis

-- Hot Springs State Park

-- Washakie Museum & Cultural Center (Worland)

-- Kaycee

-- Yoder’s Amish Country Market

-- Hoofprints of the Past Museum

-- Chris LeDoux Park


Host Hotel:

Z Bar Motel & Cabins

626 Fort St, Buffalo, WY 82834

307-620-2452, info@zbarcabinsandmotel.com

limited number, ask for “AACA TOUR” rate of $85 per night



Tour Chairman: Myron Smith, 402-429-0118, myronsmith@windstream.net

Assistant Tour Chairman: Juli Aubrey, 307-620-0161, aubrey@collinscom.net 

Registration: Nathan Buss, 402-641-8905, 89.nathan.buss@gmail.com


REMINDER: Your 2024 AACA membership dues must be paid

prior to registering for any 2024 National shows and tours.

Check Out These Upcoming AACA National Activities...

Important 2024 Hershey Reminders

Show will run Tuesday, October 8 through Friday, October 11

Flea Market set-up will be Monday, October 7

Judging School will be Thursday, October 10, at 2 p.m.

Judges Breakfast will be Friday, October 11, at 7 a.m.

Car show will be Friday, October 11

Look for the Activity Request Card that will arrive with your May/June issue of

Antique Automobile magazine and use it to request the registration materials

for the Hershey car show, flea market and car corral be mailed to you.

Have You Ever Wanted to Stay at the Hershey Lodge

During Hershey Week in October?

Special Room Offering for Hershey 2024 Still Available

RM Sotheby’s has secured an introductory rate of $289 + taxes at the Hershey Lodge for October 7-11, 2024, which is over $100/night cheaper than their website is offering right now and as we all know, rates tend to go up the closer we get to the event! This deal is currently available to us with no deposits, free changes, and free cancellation up to 72 hours before arrival. These rooms will go fast, so book early! Help us keep the Lodge as a great place for attendees to enjoy the auction and all that happens there during Hershey week. We need to fill the hotel with AACA members and guests!


We understand that there are other options for accommodations in Hershey – some being less expensive and some being more. Why not take advantage of this special offer and be where all the action is, watch the cars drive into the auction, watch the bidding, and have fun at a bustling hotel.

Click here to take advantage of this special deal and book your room for Hershey!

OOPS! Did You Forget to Renew Your AACA Membership for 2024?

By Karen White, AACA Membership Department, kwhite@aaca.org

Your AACA membership runs on a calendar year

from January 1 through December 31.


If you have already renewed your membership for 2024, thank you!!

If you have not renewed your membership yet, please take a few minutes to do it now.

REMINDER: Your 2024 membership dues MUST be paid before you can receive registration information or register online for any 2024 National Shows or Tours. Your 2024 membership dues MUST be paid to continue receiving your beloved Antique Automobile magazine. 

HERSHEY: Are you thinking about registering a vehicle for the car show, selling a car in the car corral or getting a flea market space at Hershey? Now is the time to start requesting registration information to participate in the show. There is one requirement that needs to be met before you can register for the show though – your 2024 dues MUST be paid.  

In case you did forget, we recently mailed you a brightly colored postcard as a reminder. Simply fill out the postcard and send it back to the office with a check or credit card information.

You can also use our new and improved online renewal on our website. Renewing online is quick and easy! Just log in with your membership number and PIN, review the information currently listed on your membership record and make changes if necessary. Review your information one more time and choose your payment type. Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Discover or PayPal. Your payment will automatically record to your membership record, and you will receive an email confirmation.

If you received an OOPS postcard, your membership number and PIN are printed on the postcard above your name and mailing address. Your membership number and PIN are also printed on your membership card. If the postcard or membership card isn’t available, you can call National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 or email kwhite@aaca.org to get your numbers. Please DON’T try to pay your dues by using the JOIN AACA tab. This WILL NOT renew your membership – instead, it will create a new one.

Have You Checked Out MemberDeals Yet?

MemberDeals is a member benefit program with exclusive offers to the world’s greatest entertainment and travel brands. While working with the top suppliers and partners in the industry nationwide, MemberDeals develops attractive offers that you, as an AACA member, now get to take advantage of.

What kind of offers are we talking about? How about offers for Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, Cirque du Soleil® and SeaWorld® Parks and Entertainment. There are deals on hotels, rental cars, flights, movie tickets, concerts and sports events. Don’t forget about Broadway musicals, cell phones, computers, appliances, automotive, flowers, food, subscriptions… the list goes on and on.

Click here to check out the most current Epic Deals!

This new benefit program is completely FREE for all current AACA members to utilize. To check out all of the great deals available right now, all you need is your AACA member number and PIN. Click here to go to the members only section of the AACA website, log in with your member number and PIN, and look for the Travel & Entertainment link on the homepage.

(Your member number and PIN can be found on your AACA membership card. If you have lost or misplaced your card, feel free to call AACA National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 and we will be happy to help you.)

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?

If you would like to book a tour, please reach out to Amoi Goldman, AACA Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, at 717-534-2082 or agoldman@aaca.org.

Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?

The Military Membership Program is available to Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending complimentary 2024 memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA website under Membership and drop down to Military Program, or simply click here.

These complimentary 2024 memberships are for first-time AACA applicants. 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
AACA National Activities Calendar

June 9-13, 2024

Eastern Divisional Tour

Fredericksburg, VA

Click here for brochure

June 20-22, 2024

Eastern Spring Nationals

Saratoga Springs, NY

Click here for brochure

Click here to register online

Click here to register to judge online

July 10-13, 2024

Western Divisional Tour

Buffalo, WY

Click here for brochure

August 22-24, 2024

Special Eastern Fall Nationals

Hampton, VA

Click here for brochure

Click here to register online

Click here to register to judge online

September 12-14, 2024

Western Fall Nationals

Loveland, CO

September 22-27, 2024

78th Revival AAA Glidden Tour®

Fairfield, PA

October 8-11, 2024

Eastern Fall Nationals

Hershey, PA

October 23-26, 2024

Southeastern Fall Nationals

Huntsville, AL

This list is subject to change. New events may be added to the schedule. Continue to watch Speedster for up-to-date information, changes and additions.

Would you like registration information and materials about any of these

2024 National Activities?

You can:

1. Fill out the activity request card that came with the last issue of Antique Automobile magazine

and mail it to us.


2. Sign into the members only area of the AACA website to print your own registration form and brochure. You can also now fill out your registration online and pay via credit card. You will need your member number and your PIN. If you don’t remember your member number and your PIN, give AACA Headquarters a call, and we can provide you with that information.


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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


Your 2024 membership dues MUST be paid prior to registering for any 2024 National Activities.

If you request registration materials for a show or tour and those materials are not finalized and printed yet, you will be put on the mailing list to receive them as soon as they are available. 

Trivia Answer

The familiar Jeep grille design began with the Bantam and Willys-Overland light field car prototypes, which featured hand-fabricated vertical bars to protect the radiator. After submitting their own (third) proposal, Ford would go on to become a co-producer of the Willys MA along with Overland, after that version was selected for military service. To improve manufacturability, Ford devised a method to stamp the steel grille with vertical, half-tubular ribs which made it cheaper and lighter. “The War Department approved the design and Willys adopted the Ford designed grille into their production – giving Jeep its iconic grille design, known all over the world!” According to the Henry Ford Heritage Association (hfha.org).

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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.