June 2024 | Volume 186

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

AACA National
Headquarters address:
800 W. Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033
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July = Hershey

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

Yes, you read that correctly… July = Hershey. Now you’re saying to yourself – she’s gone mental and what in the world is she talking about?! The Hershey show is ALWAYS in October, not July. And my reply to you would be that you are right, and now you are totally confused.

While the Eastern Fall Nationals, aka the Hershey show, does always happen in the fall, REGISTRATION for the show is in July. And… if you don’t register now, you can’t participate later. So, if you think about it, July is probably the second most anticipated month of the year by many AACA members.

Hershey registration materials are available right now – just call (717-534-1910), email, or mail in your request for flea market, car corral and show car information. You can also go online to register your show car AND pay online via credit card, which is new this year and makes everything totally convenient!

I know you all think that October is still pages away in your calendar and Hershey registration just started and you have plenty of time, but the problem is that starting today you have exactly 49 days to get everything in order for Hershey. We all know how fast time flies and that sometimes we simply just forget, so please do yourself a favor and take care of this RIGHT NOW. For the love of everything Hershey, please do NOT be one of those people who call our office on August 16 begging and pleading your case to us to let you register late.

It takes 800+ volunteers from the Hershey Region the majority of the year to coordinate all of the moving parts that make up the Hershey show. With 9,000 flea market vendor spaces, 700 car corral spaces, more than 1,000 antique cars in the judged Friday show, and 200,000+ visitors over 4 days sprawled over 235 acres, the Hershey show is still considered to be the largest event of its kind in the world. This is why the August 15 deadline is so strict. 

Again, please don’t procrastinate and please don’t make us be the bad guys who have to tell you no. The time to register for Hershey is NOW. Then you can sit back and enjoy the rest of your summer while you wait patiently for October to get here.

October 8-11, 2024

Eastern Fall Nationals

Hershey, PA

Click here for brochure

Click here to register online – SHOW CAR ONLY

Click here to register to judge online

Click here if you would like registration information sent to you (please include your name, member # and which registration you would like – show car, flea market, car corral – in the email)

Everyone here at AACA National Headquarters and the AACA

Board of Directors wishes you

a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day!

Please note that National Headquarters

and the Library will be closed Thursday and Friday (July 4 & 5) so the staff can enjoy the long holiday weekend with their families.

Last Batch of Springtime Ride Submissions

Again, thank you so much to everyone who submitted an entry for this challenge! As you know, I have shared the submissions over the last several issues of Speedster. This is the last batch...

Everyone who took part in this challenge received one entry in the drawing for some AACA swag. By random draw, our 3 winners are Dave Hermanson, John Garnett, and E. Wayne Scites. Congratulations!! We will be in touch with the winners next week so we can send out their gifts.

All done with the restoration of my 1967 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 and ready to take it for a drive. (It’s never really done though, right?!) Submitted by David Harvey, Spotsylvania, VA, dch442@aol.com

This photo was taken at "Our Backyard Museum" in Plantation, FL, on January 28, 2024. We also drove our 1965 Chevy Impala convertible in March to pick up a friend at the airport. Submitted by Dawn Hebert, Ft Lauderdale, FL, sunrisedawn@hotmail.com

My first drive in my 1958 DeSoto Firesweep Sportsman this year was for a photoshoot for the Wall Street Journal! My article came out the last week of March. The photos were taken at a local drive-in theater and nearby country road. Even though it was a cold and cloudy Ohio spring day, it was so great to get it out for the first time this season, and I can't wait to drive it all summer! Submitted by Christina Park, Tiffin, OH, stina13@cbodies.com

I took this photo of my 1965 AMC Rambler Ambassador about a month ago at the cemetery in Roann, IN, where my wife’s grandparents are buried. Submitted by James Webb, Huntington, IN, webbsclassic@gmail.com

For St. Patrick’s Day, I took my very green 1930 Franklin out for a spin. This photo was taken in front of my house in Cutchogue, NY. Submitted by Steve Braverman, Cutchogue, NY, sdbraverman@gmail.com

Nothing like starting the season off with a fresh coat of paint. I’m giving my 1967 Mustang a complete makeover this spring. This is probably not the type of photo you were looking for, but I should have her out for her first spring ride very soon. Submitted by Robert Shelley, Conway, SC, shelley@sccoast.net

This is my 1964 VW Bug with original top and sheet metal on one of my first spring outings in Port Matilda. Submitted by Greg Raleigh, Port Matilda, PA, gmrcars@hotmail.com

After a year of storage, I broke out my 1958 Corvette for a trip to the Dogwood Festival in Mebane, NC. Submitted by Norman Joyner, Elon, NC, nwjoyner@yahoo.com

This is our very rare 1963 Buick Skylark. Buick tells me that it’s rare because it only has four lugs and skirts and no pillar/post. Her name is Alondra, and she originally hails from Connecticut. I’ve got about 8 inches worth of receipts and paperwork from the original owner. She’s a beauty and VERY special to us. We are very strong supporters of trying to get kids to like our classic cars. Every show we go to we always try to get a couple of kids to have their parents take their pictures in our car. Now others in our group are doing this, too! My wife lovingly refers to it as “cooky kids in cars” because they’re always smiling so big. Submitted by Michael Freedman, Venice, Florida, michaelfreedman31@gmail.com

Our first big outing this year was the AACA Southeastern Spring Nationals in Charlotte, NC, in April. Our 1977 Cadillac DeVille received its first Grand National award. Submitted by Richard Yarger, West Decatur, PA, rycarnut@gmail.com

Ready for a drive in my 1937 Chevrolet Master. Submitted by Bob Harlow, Foley, AL, hobbarlow@gmail.com

Just a drive down Scenic 98 in Montrose, AL, in our 1967 Plymouth Barracuda convertible on our way to a Fairhope retirement home drive-through for the residents. My Barracuda is a 2010 AACA Senior Award winner and a recent Preservation Award winner as well. Submitted by Rod Matthews, Fairhope, AL, imaptru@aol.com

The Sugar Express based in Clewiston, FL, held a special photo-op excursion and wanted a period Model A to feature with its restored 1920 Flagler Steam Locomotive. My 1929 Roadster Pickup got the opportunity to be side-by-side with the impressive engine! Submitted by Jeff Mahl, Saint James City, FL, jeffmahl@aol.com

Took a little drive in my 1956 Austin Healey 100M to the coffee shop in Naples, FL. Submitted by Robert Morris, Great Falls, VA, greatgodsal35@gmail.com

We finally had a beautiful day here in Monee, IL. We’re just back from breakfast in our 1962 Corvair Monza turbo. Submitted by Dennis Heywood, Monee, IL, dennisheywood@hotmail.com

This is my 1984 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur with only 14,120 miles as I seldom drive her. She has an AACA First Junior award. This was a drive to Satellite Beach Paradise Beach Park location here in Florida. Submitted by Nicholas Bauer, Palm Bay, FL, nick.b.bauer@gmail.com

February 8 was a very nice day in Western PA, so I decided to take my wife's 1950 Ford Crestliner for a short ride. As you can see, it did not end very well. An unknown person had pulled out in front of me and rather than hitting them, I chose the ditch. They of course kept going none the wiser of the catastrophe we just avoided. The car spent about a month in the repair shop and is now back home. Submitted by Richard Black, New Castle, PA, blackre@comcast.net   

I just took my first drive of the year this week in my 1973 Charger. You are seeing the car after that drive and its spring car wash outside my garage. I felt that I had to make sure that Mopar was represented among your first drive photos since there wasn't a single one among the 20 photos you included with the April newsletter! That's all for now. Keep on driving! Submitted by Bryan Joseph, Hermitage, PA, bryanjosephpsu@gmail.com

Virginia is For CAR Lovers

Registration Deadline Extended to August 1!

August 22-24, 2024

Special Eastern Fall Nationals

Hampton, VA

Registration Deadline: August 1

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 Historic Virginia Peninsula Region (HVPR) invites you to join them as they beat the August heat and weather worries on the air-conditioned show field inside the Hampton Roads Convention Center. That’s right – you read that correctly! The Special Eastern Fall Nationals show will take place inside! There will be plenty of room for up to 235 show cars, plus vendors, merchandise, and activities. The convention center boasts 300,000 square feet of indoor space. The host hotel, trailer parking, registration, Judging School, Judges Breakfast, and the awards banquet will all be at one location.

Event highlights include:

Thursday, August 22:

Virginia Air & Space Science Center, Welcome Reception Pizza Party

Friday, August 23:

Judging Schools, Membership Roundtable, Hampton Queen Twilight Boat Tour

Saturday, August 24:

Judges Breakfast, Judges CJE, Owners’ Briefing, car show, awards banquet

(Important: Judges Breakfast will be from 7:30 - 10 a.m. and will be the buffet served by the Embassy Suites. Judges team meetings and awards will happen at 9 a.m.)


Host Hotel:

Embassy Suites Hampton – $149+tax/night

1700 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, VA 23666

757-827-8200, use code: 91U

Click here to book your room online.

Reservation Deadline: July 15

Complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and continental breakfast included.



Show Chairman: Scott Dayton, smdayton40@gmail.com

Registration Chair: Pete Romeo, pnpromeo@cox.net


REMINDER: Your 2024 AACA membership dues must be paid

prior to registering for any 2024 National shows and tours.

Eastern 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

Saratoga Springs, NY!


And a very special THANK YOU to the

Saratoga 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 member Philip Roitman for sharing several great photos

from the event – enjoy them and be sure to read the official recap article in the September/October issue of Antique Automobile magazine.

How Do I Get Hershey Registration Materials?

Click here for Hershey brochure

Summer registration is 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 Request Card enclosed in the plastic covering of the May/June issue of your Antique Automobile magazine.

Please DO NOT send any money at this time. You are simply requesting that registration materials be mailed to you at this time. If you have lost your Activity Request Card, you can always call AACA National Headquarters (717-534-1910), and we can fill one out for you. You can also send an email with your name, member number and which registration materials you want (flea market, car corral, or show car) sent to you to Sue Eitnier at seitnier@aaca.org.

For those who have already requested registration materials, they were put in the mail to you this week so keep an eye out for them. We recommend that you fill out your registration card(s), write your check and mail everything back to the Hershey Region immediately so that you do not forget/lose it/miss the August 15 deadline.

Guess what…. Hershey Show Car online registration is now open! And this year you can pay online with a credit card!! So, what are you waiting for? Click here to register your car right now!!

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 came 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.

REMINDER: Your 2024 AACA membership dues must be paid

prior to registering for any 2024 National shows and tours.

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 6-11, 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!

Fall Hershey 2024:

Yard Sale Volunteers Wanted

By Matt Hocker, AACA Librarian, Cataloger, & Volunteer Coordinator, mhocker@aaca.org

The AACA Library

Needs You!

Are you planning on attending the 2024 Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey this October? Would you be interested in making a meaningful difference to your research library and AACA National Headquarters? If the answer to both questions is “yes,” the AACA Library will have exciting volunteer opportunities throughout the week.

We particularly need volunteers to staff and assist with this year’s annual Library Yard Sale, which will be held on Tuesday, October 8th from 4-7 p.m. This is our largest fundraising event of the year, in which we sell duplicate materials to help raise money for the library. Volunteer opportunities will include working registration, monitoring the sales tents, providing assistance and guidance to customers, etc. We also need help with setup and staging of literature throughout the day and leading up to sale time. 

If you are unable to volunteer during the Library Yard Sale but would still like to make a difference, we could use help with staffing the library reading room throughout “Hershey Week.” We also need help sorting literature and manuals in the months leading up to the event and will be ramping up this process in June. With so much to do, we can use all the help we can get!

Pulling off such an event is only possible through the support of our volunteers. If you want to support your library and the broader old car hobby, please consider volunteering at the AACA Library.

For more information, please contact Librarian Matthew Hocker at mhocker@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.

Important Hershey Information

By "Mac" MacAdam, Flea Market/Car Corral Registration Chairman, 

Hershey Region AACA, fallmeet@hersheyaaca.org

With a show as big as Hershey, there are a lot of moving parts for our Hershey 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 and/or antique car trailer parking reservations.

2. SHOW CAR REGISTRATION ONLY: You may also register online here right now. NEW this year, you can pay for your show car registration online with a credit card. You can also still print the registration form and submit it along with your check to Jill Bower, Hershey Region AACA Show Car Chairman, 1015 Kunkles Mill Rd, Lewisberry, PA 17339.

3. There is a $20 parking fee for show car trailers parking on Boathouse Road. The fee covers the period of Tuesday, October 8, at 7 a.m. through Saturday, October 12, at 12 p.m. All vehicles must be removed by 12 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. (NOTES written on registration cards will not be honored and you will be assigned at the discretion of the field chairman.)

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 2024 Hershey show to provide pre-reserved, single passenger ECVs and double occupant golf carts for those guests who have a valid, state-issued driver's license & handicapped placard in the state in which you reside. Guests can pre-reserve this mobility equipment online at www.scooterbug.com/aaca (preferred) or call 800-726-8284 directly to reserve.  There are NO refunds under any circumstances once the payment is received and equipment is reserved. (NOTE: Personal mobility vehicles are not registered by ScooterBug personnel.)

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 at mypath.pa.gov or call 717-783-1405. Do not use the old pa100 website as it has been discontinued. If you need more information, visit our website at hershey.aaca.com. 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 space on the registration card.

Collector Car Appreciation Day is July 12

Help promote this special day by posting on social media using the hashtags #CCAD and #AACA. 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 szimmerman@aaca.org.

This year marks the 15th consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual holiday to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

I know every day is Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) for many of us but having a specific day when EVERYONE is celebrating brings visibility to our hobby and reinforces the importance of old cars. Now, if you can’t celebrate on July 12th, that’s okay – just make sure you set aside some time during the month of July to do something special.

Here are just a few ideas on how to celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day:

1. Organize or attend a car show.

Organize a car show and invite local collectors and admirers to come together and celebrate the beauty of collector cars. Make sure there are awards and prizes in place. No time to plan a show? Then just find one to go to and/or participate in.

2. Take a drive.

Simply take a drive in your collector car. Head out on an open road adventure and enjoy the scenery, or take a scenic route for some sightseeing. Either way, it's sure to be a memorable experience.

3. Visit a classic car museum.

Visit a classic car museum and admire the beauty of these historic vehicles. Learn about the history of each car and get up close to see them in all their glory.

4. Join a collector car club or sign up a friend for a $25 half-year AACA membership.

Join a collector car club and meet other enthusiasts like yourself. Meet up with other members for events, car shows, and more. Already belong to enough clubs (AACA being the best one, of course!)? Why not sign up a friend who you think would enjoy all the benefits AACA has to offer?

5. Restore an old car/work on your current project.

If you're feeling ambitious, why not restore an old car? Find an old classic and spend time restoring it to its original glory. It's sure to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Submitting Research

Inquiries to the Library

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

We know you have burning questions about your latest acquisition or restoration project, and the AACA Library is here to help! If you’re new to our research services, we offer several ways to reach out to us with a question.

Use the Online Research Request Form – This is our preferred method of contact. The form is available on our website’s “Research” page, which is where you can find general information about our services and our fee schedule. When filling out the form, answer each section as fully as you can – this will reduce the amount of clarification we need to ask for. The online form is the best tool to use for straightforward questions and is the easiest and fastest way for librarians to address and track the progress of your request.

Call Us – You can reach the librarians at 717-534-2082, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. When calling, have all the necessary information available so that the librarian can take adequate notes. Be advised that if you contact us by phone, it’s possible that a librarian will want to follow-up via email if they require photos or other information to be sent digitally to assist with their research. Submitting your research request by phone is best used for questions that are complicated or require an in-depth explanation that is more easily given in a conversation.

Email Us Send any of us an email. You can access our email addresses on our website’s “Contact & Hours” page. Asking a question by email (like the online research request form) helps librarians more easily maintain a paper trail of communication and progress. It is the only method that allows attachments to be submitted with your request. Therefore, email is best used when your question includes photos, documents, or other files that you wish to include along with your question.

Visit Us – Come on in, the library is open! Visit in person Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and select Saturdays (see our website for the specific dates). You don’t need an appointment to visit, although we always appreciate a heads up. Researching in person is the best (and most cost-effective) way to perform research. Our Reading Room is quiet and comfortable, and librarians are happy to bring out items from the archive for you to review and are available to assist you. Researching in person is preferred for those already in (or visiting) the area, and those who want to perform the research themselves. It’s also best served for research that is likely to take a lengthy period of time.

Send Us a Letter – Slap a stamp on it and drop it in the mailbox – we love getting mail! Sending your request by the postal service is a way for those less technically inclined to reach the library. Although this is the slowest method of communication, we understand that not everyone has internet access, email, or a smartphone. While we’re happy to accept research requests by mail, please include a telephone number that we can use to reach out to you. Submitting by mail is best for those without a computer or internet service, and those who enjoy reflecting on the communication of yesteryear. 

No matter how you choose to contact us, there are a few things to remember:

1. Check the fee schedule first and ask questions if you don’t understand the potential costs of research. Don’t forget that current AACA members get 2 hours of free research by our librarians as one of your many member benefits!

2. Please be patient – at our busiest times it can be several weeks before we can address your inquiry. If you submit a request with multiple layers of questions, it will take us longer to look into everything.

3. Everyone has their favorites – though you may prefer to work with a particular librarian, we all have multiple other responsibilities and there are times when we must distribute the workload in a way that allows us to reasonably address requests in a timely fashion.

4. Lastly, if you have any questions about the library’s services, please contact me directly at jwolfe@aaca.org.

Knowledge awaits you, and access begins at the library! 

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.


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Member Story: The Story of My 1972 Charger

By Peter A. Bookman, Tucson, AZ, 4004bbl1@gmail.com

This is a member submitted article.

On May 20, 1972, I placed a factory order for a 1972 Dodge Charger from a dealer in D.C. that no longer exists. This was the first weekend after I started working at my first permanent full-time job at age 25. I chose the Charger because I really liked the styling of that year. The car was my only vehicle for 23 years.

I drove it in all kinds of weather conditions including ice and snow even though a rear-wheel-drive car with wide tires was not well-suited for slippery road conditions. The car took me to the grocery store, the shopping center, the Burger King, to visit friends, and so on. It also took me to Army Reserve meetings every month and to summer camp at Indiantown Gap and Fort Bragg. In addition, the car saw a long-distance round trip with my parents to visit Florida, round trips to my brother in Minneapolis and also one round trip all the way to Phoenix, Arizona, after my brother moved out there. Also, the car took my wife and I several times to visit my father-in-law in Wisconsin and there were literally innumerable trips between D.C. and my parents' home in New Jersey. The trips with my wife also included her dog who seemed particularly intrigued with the car; it was amusing to see the dog looking down at the floor trying to figure out where the exhaust noise was coming from.

The car never gave me any trouble during any of these trips. It never broke down except on two occasions right in town when the electronic ignition control module went dead. Naturally, after I started carrying a spare module in the car, I had no further failures.

Now being married with a wife who had her own car, at least I was able to avoid taking my Charger out in bad weather. But the excursions to the grocery store and the hardware store and the shopping center continued. Still in the car is a litter bag the dealer gave me 50 years ago! This apparently is an approved Chrysler accessory because the back of the glove compartment door has two tabs onto which the bag is attached. Now how many people can say that their car still has an accessory like this after so many years?

In 2003, my wife and I both retired and moved to sunny Tucson, Arizona. The Charger has been treated to new upholstery and new carpet, but the rest of the interior and the vinyl top are all original. Other than that and a repaint and rechroming, it remained an original unrestored survivor and went to car shows where I exhibited it as such. However, all it needed was a serious cosmetic detailing of the engine area to win a First Junior award at the AACA Western Spring Nationals in Tucson in 2015 and a Senior in 2018, both of which I am very proud and honored to have received. 

The photos below show me when I was new and the car was new, and then the car and I today. I think the car aged more gracefully than I have.

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

2025 AACA Annual Convention Call for Speakers

February 6-8 – Charlotte, North Carolina

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 August 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.). 

Beth and John Gerwin’s 50 Year Pin Presentation

By Charlotte Dahlenburg, Great Southern Region Editor, realracegirl1@yahoo.com

This is a member submitted article.

In early April, I received a check in the mail for membership dues from members Beth and John Gerwin. The letters included stated that they wanted to stay members of the club and had been members for 50 years. John explained that getting out was a struggle. 

I contacted Pat Buckley at National Headquarters. She quickly got me in touch with Jon Curtis. Within a few days, I received an email from Jon. He explained that he needed a break from engraving the trophies for the Southeastern Spring Nationals and the Grand Nationals held in Charlotte, North Carolina, so he took some time to look into the records to see if Beth and John had been members for 50 years. Jon’s message to me stated that John and Beth had joined AACA on August 26, 1975, for the 1975 year as a joint membership so both are 50-year members this year.

Two 50-year member pins were sent to our President, Ken McClellan, and the plans were put together for National Board Member, Vicki Bolton, VP of Judges Administration, to present the pins at our next meeting.

The following is a message sent to Ken and I from John Gerwin:

“Beth and I enjoyed the May 23 meeting a lot. Our thanks go to the Great Southern Region and to the AACA for the 50-year pins. The food at Dale’s was excellent. The program was really good, and I think Bill might be interested in my old license plates. Thanks again, Beth and John Gerwin.”

Congratulations to both of you for your 50 years of dedication to AACA. I am glad that our club was a big part of your celebration of 50 years! And the smiles you see on their faces are priceless.

Get a Friend to Join AACA for Only $25 Right Now!

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

Do you know anyone who would enjoy going to a car show? Maybe you know someone who would enjoy 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 2024. They can test drive AACA for half price! By the end of the year, we hope they will see the value of belonging to AACA and be ready to commit to a full year of membership for 2025!

The half 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 half year membership includes the months of June through December at a cost of only $25. The half year members receive three bi-monthly issues of Antique Automobile magazine (July/August, September/October & November/December).

REMEMBER: The half year membership is for first-time new members only!

If you have any questions regarding the half year membership program, feel free to contact me.

Click here to join as a new member online with a credit card – it’s quick and easy!

If you prefer to mail a check, click here for the AACA Membership Application.

Adventure Awaits You in Colorado

September 12-14, 2024

Western Fall Nationals

Loveland, CO

Registration Deadline: August 31

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 Poudre Valley Region welcomes you to the 2024 Western Fall Nationals in Loveland, CO. Loveland is located about 40 miles east of the quaint mountain town of Estes Park. Estes Park is home to the Stanley Hotel and is the gateway to The Rocky Mountain National Park. Loveland, located in the heart of northeastern Colorado, is an ideal location for all your adventures.

Event highlights include:

  • Cussler Automotive Museum Bus Tour
  • Club Merchandise Sales
  • Race Car/Motorcycle Condition Runs
  • Membership Roundtable
  • National Judging School
  • Judges Breakfast & CJE Courses
  • Owners Briefing
  • Awards Banquet

Host Hotel:

Embassy Suites, 970-593-6200

4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, CO 80538

Special AACA rate of $180/night, plus tax, includes breakfast

Ask for 91Z rate (available on a first come, first served basis)

For additional hotel options, check out the brochure



Show Chairman & Registration: Joe Pirrone, Joenkathy@earthlink.net, 970-686-9291


REMINDER: Your 2024 AACA membership dues must be paid

prior to registering for any 2024 National shows and tours.

Are You Rocket City Bound?

October 24-26, 2024

Southeastern Fall Nationals

Huntsville, AL

Registration Deadline: September 30

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)


North Alabama Region (NAR) is proud to be hosting the AACA Rocket City Southeastern Fall Nationals. We are thrilled to welcome you to Huntsville and offer you some good old southern hospitality. The Nationals show will take place at the Orion Amphitheater located at 701 Amphitheater Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806.

Event highlights include:

  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center Tour
  • Cruise to Lake Guntersville
  • Self-Driving Tours to Explore Huntsville
  • Social Event – Stars & Strikes, Mid-City District Huntsville
  • Membership Roundtable
  • National Judging School
  • Social Event – Orion Amphitheater with live entertainment by Grits & Juice
  • Judges Breakfast & CJE
  • Owners Briefing
  • Flea Market
  • Youth Event – Greenpower Electric Car Races
  • Awards Banquet at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center


Host Hotel:

Holiday lnn Research Park, 256-830-0600

5903 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806

$155/night plus tax

For additional hotel options, check out the brochure



Show Chairman: Dave Robertson, daveLrobertson44@gmail.com, 256-653-4036

Registration Chair: Dena Robertson, registration@nar-aace.org, 256-651-5627


REMINDER: Your 2024 AACA membership dues must be paid

prior to registering for any 2024 National shows and tours.

78th Revival AAA Glidden Tour® Registration CLOSED

Message from the Tour Chairman…

Rob Burchill, hattiesgarage@comcast.net

We have to advise you that the registration for the 2024 Glidden Tour is now closed.

We are honored to have received such a quick and overwhelming response to this year's tour, reaching the maximum number of people we can accommodate only 20 days after opening registration! We wish we could accommodate more, but unfortunately we cannot.

The Sugarloaf Mountain Region looks forward to hosting everyone who will be joining us for the tour – see you all in September! 

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

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.

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, we 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.

Are You Heading Out on Any of the National Tours This Year?

Are You Driving Your Car to Your Local Region/Chapter Events?

Then the Mileage Award Program is For You!

If you enjoy driving your antique vehicle, start your engine and get recognized for driving your AACA-approved vehicles throughout the calendar year with the Mileage Award Program (MAP).


Participation is voluntary and tracking mileage is your responsibility. Any time a vehicle is driven – anywhere for any reason – the mileage counts towards the award levels. Once you sign up, you will receive a badge and awards at 2,000, 5,000 and each 5,000-mile increment thereafter. The cost to become a MAP member is a one-time fee of $25.


Click here for a Mileage Award Program application.


If you have any questions, please email us.

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




The Judge Newsletter – April 2024

This newsletter contains the judge registration form for the Hampton, VA, show. Or you can always register online here.

A NEW judges newsletter will be out in July with registration forms for Loveland, CO, Hershey, PA, and Huntsville, AL. Stay tuned!

AACA National Activities Calendar

July 10-13, 2024

Western Divisional Tour

Buffalo, WY

Click here for brochure

July 12, 2024

Collector Car Appreciation Day

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

Click here for brochure

Click here to register online

Click here to register to judge online

September 22-27, 2024

78th Revival AAA Glidden Tour®

Fairfield, PA

October 8-11, 2024

Eastern Fall Nationals

Hershey, PA

Click here for brochure

Click here to register online – SHOW CAR ONLY

Click here to register to judge online

October 24-26, 2024

Southeastern Fall Nationals

Huntsville, AL

Click here for brochure

Click here to register online

Click here to register to judge online

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 term "fifth wheel" comes from the design of early trailers, which had a protruding wheel in the middle of the trailer that sat on top of a hitch in the bed of a truck. This wheel and hitch combination looked similar to the large wheel on a horse-drawn carriage, which was also called a fifth wheel. The term "fifth wheel" was then used to refer to the trailer itself.

In modern times, the term is still used to refer to the hitch and protruding wheel on some RVs, which are pulled by trucks. It was invented by Hermann Farr and introduced by Massachusetts’ Martin Rocking Fifth Wheel Co. in 1915. Glenn Curtiss also went on to use a version in his Aerocar Land Yacht travel trailer with a tire and wheel combination (Aero Coupler) mounted horizontally in the trunk floor of the leading tow vehicle. 

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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.