April 2017 - Volume 101
In This Issue...
AACA Represented at U.S. Department of Transportation Event
Monday is LAST DAY to Register for Auburn
Automotive Restoration Summer Camp
Steve Rossi's Old Car Quiz
Annual Meeting Survey Deadline
Annual Meeting Speakers Needed
Important Hershey Info
AACA Library McKean March Madness Winner
Buyer/Seller Beware Reminders for AACA Online Forums
27 Pontiacs and 27 Tempests Awarded in 1961 General Mills Cereal Contest
New Event at This Year's Elegance
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Spring Fever!!
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster editor, szimmerman@aaca.org
 
I'm not sure how the weather has been over the last few months where you are, but here in south central Pennsylvania it's been a bit crazy. It's almost like Mother Nature has been going through a mid-life crisis and can't decide whether she wants it to be spring, summer or winter around here. 

One week, we got 20 inches of snow on a Tuesday and had to close AACA Headquarters for the day, and by the next Tuesday we had sunny, 65-degree weather. The high this past Monday was 56-degrees with lots of rain; today it's 80-degrees and sunny as can be!
 
All of this craziness with the temperatures has caused a major case of spring fever for everyone here, including myself. It is definitely time to get those classics out of the garage and onto the streets. It's time to get them ready for all of the upcoming shows, tours, parades and cruise-ins. It's time to show people what makes this hobby so special - the cars, their history, and the people who drive and care for them.
 
I hope you catch spring fever soon too, if you haven't already!

Thank You Treasure Coast Vintage Car Club!
By Steve Moskowitz, AACA Executive Director, aaca1@aaca.org
 
We sincerely appreciate the generous contributions our members, regions and/or chapters make to the national club each year. These donations strengthen our club, library, scholarships and a host of other programs. As we have stated, AACA will embark on a capital campaign soon in order to upgrade our National Headquarters and Library.
 
Out of the blue, a check was recently received from the Treasure Coast Vintage Car Club in Stuart, Florida, donating $2,500 to our building fund! Thank you Treasure Coast and thank you to everyone for your great support! We NEVER take your generosity for granted.   

AACA Represented at U.S. Department of Transportation's 
50th Anniversary Event in Washington, DC
By Charlie Carroccio, Rockville, MD, CBBGCarr@aol.com
Photographs by Jack Gallagher

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation celebrated the homecoming of Secretary Elaine L. Chao and the 50 th  Anniversary of the Department with an open house, technology display, private luncheon and a ceremony attended by elected officials and invited guests. DOT contacted the AACA to provide two antique vehicles for the technology display, and Steve Moskowitz turned the task over to the Bethesda Chapter of the Sugarloaf Mountain Region.
 
Stephen White volunteered his 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer, and Jack and Cher Gallagher provided their 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible (the 2016 AACA Walter P. Chrysler Award winner). Both cars were readily accepted by DOT to be in the eight vehicle display showing how much technology changed transportation in the fifty years of the DOT.
 
To help contrast the 50 years of change, Steve's Dodge was parked next to a fuel efficient Mack truck, with 550 hp and almost 900 lbs of torque provided by the American Trucking Association. On the other side of the Dodge was a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, an electric vehicle, equipped for autonomous driving, provided by Cruise Automotion, a California subsidiary of General Motors. Jack and Cher's Plymouth was parked next to a Workhorse Range Extended Electric delivery truck with a drone package delivery system. The system is designed for the drone to be loaded with a package and exit the truck through an opening in the roof, fly to the designated location, deliver the package and then return to the truck, all computer controlled.
 
The morning was spent standing near the vehicles, answering questions. The antique cars seemed to attract the people passing by and then they would notice the innovative technology on the newer vehicles. Since the AACA members weren't included in the DOT luncheon plans, they went up the street to the local brew pub for lunch with ice tea being the strongest drink. They returned to the display to answer more questions about the cars, until it was time to go into the atrium for the ceremony, where the AACA members were placed in reserved seats, right behind elected official guests. After listening to a half dozen speakers, the members returned to their cars for a short period when the event came to an end.
First Ever Joint National Meet to be Held in Auburn
MONDAY is Last Day to Register!

Central Spring Meet
May 11-13, 2017
Auburn, IN

Still thinking about registering your car for Auburn?
Monday is your last chance!! Call AACA Headquarters on Monday and we will register you over the phone with a credit card...717-534-1910.
 
We are back in Auburn again and this year there is much to talk about! First, we are excited to join forces with the Classic Car Club of America in our first ever joint national meet. The leadership of CCCA and AACA are offering members a great opportunity to experience more classic cars and allowing those who are members of both clubs to be judged by both clubs on the same day! This should be a real treat for everyone and expand the size and breadth of the show. 

New for this year also will be a terrific seminar that will help all of us understand what makes a car a full classic. Thanks to Auctions America we will be again treated to free entrance and bidder passes to their spring auction during our meet. We also will have free motor home parking! 

Concert Announcement:
Friday night we will have a terrific concert free to all members of CCCA and AACA featuring The McCartney Project, which pays tribute to Paul McCartney and the music of Wings and The Beatles. 

This authentic tribute begins with Tony Burlingame as Paul McCartney. Tony is a gifted left-handed bass player, just like Paul. His bass playing, vocals, stage presence and even his authentic bass guitars combine to deliver the ultimate tribute to Paul McCartney.


Make your reservations early and 
don't miss this historic event!

Exclusive Offer for AACA Members Attending 
the Central Spring Meet in Auburn

Auctions America and AACA would like to thank those who participated in last year's Special Spring Meet and look forward to building on the tremendous success of the event with the 2017 Central Spring Meet. Last year's event brought over 250 registered cars to the Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction & Swap Meet.
 
Auctions America is pleased to announce a limited time offer to AACA members wishing to purchase vendor or car corral space for the 2017 Central Spring Meet. Simply mention your AACA membership at time of booking to receive 50% off of your booth or car corral space for the entire event weekend!
 
For those looking for an alternative to a weekend-long vending opportunity, consider the Retro Swap. The Retro Swap is a flashback to the '70s when car clubs would host annual Saturday morning swap meets giving car buffs a quick and easy opportunity to turn extra parts into cash. Clean out your garage and bring out your extra parts or other auto-related automobilia and join us bright and early Saturday morning as we create the ultimate automotive flea market.
 
This year's Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction and Central Spring Meet will take place May 11-13, 2017, at the Auburn Auction Park. Contact Connie Miller at 260-927-9797 or vendors@auctionsamerica.com to book your vendor or car corral space today.

NEW! Automotive Restoration Summer Camp
 
Pennsylvania College of Technology will be hosting a new Automotive Restoration Summer Camp from June 18-20 for students in grades 10-12. This will be a small camp, only 20 campers, so they can gauge interest for future years. The deadline to register is June 2
nd.
 
Campers will learn what it takes to return vintage cars and trucks to their former glory, while they immerse themselves in the world of automotive restoration. Workshops include sheet metal forming, upholstery, pin striping, paint simulation and more! Campers will get to keep what they create in the metal forming and upholstery workshops. Also, included in this camp is a field trip to the Eagles Mere Auto Museum where over 75 cars from the 1950s and 1960s are on display.
 
Click here for more details about the camp and the registration link.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Verbos, Pennsylvania College of Technology Summer Camps Director, at everbos@pct.edu or 570-327-4510.

Trivia Question
   

What was the first commercially-available motorcycle made in America? 


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

We Still Need Your Feedback on the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting Committee is always looking to improve your experience at the Annual Meeting. For those of you who attended the Annual Meeting this year, you know that we had lots of new seminars, but also made sure to include several of your old favorites as well. The trade show was filled with some of your favorite vendors, as well as a few newbies. The National Awards Banquet was once again filled with an Oscars-like pageantry.
 
In order to continue to improve and elevate this event, we need your feedback. What did you like? What didn't you like? Which seminar was your favorite? What would you like to see at future Annual Meetings? The Annual Meeting Survey is where you can voice your opinions about the event and know that it will be reviewed by the Committee. 
 
Please click here to take a quick 10 minute survey online.
If you would prefer to print a copy of the survey and mail it back to us, click here to download a PDF.
 
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. Your valuable feedback will help us continue to improve future Annual Meetings.

Hurry! The survey will close on May 8, 2017!

We're Looking for a Few Good Speakers & Ideas

Have you ever thought about speaking or putting on a seminar at the Annual Meeting? Well, now's your chance! We are looking for unique, new, different seminars to add to the schedule for 2018. If you would like to be a possible speaker, please fill out this form and send it in no later than July 1st.
 
Have an idea for a hands-on workshop? What topics would you like to hear a panel of experts discuss? This is YOUR Annual Meeting and we want to know what you want to learn about. Please email Stacy with your seminar ideas and/or speakers (membership, leadership, chapters/regions, marketing, cars, technical, fun, historical, ladies-focused, etc.).

Important Hershey Info
By R. J. "Mac" MacAdam, Flea Market/Car Corral Registration Chairman, 
Hershey Region AACA, fallmeet@hersheyaaca.org

Summer registration is almost upon us for 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 May/June issue of  Antique Automobile magazine.  All requested registration cards will be mailed by the AACA staff on July 3rd.
 
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. You can also request Awards Banquet tickets, Ladies' Luncheon tickets, Juniors at Hershey information and antique car trailer parking by submitting the Show Car/Special Events registration card.
 
2. 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).
 
3. Cards/Checks not signed will be returned for signatures and could jeopardize your request for space(s).
 
4. If you have a special location request, you should send a note along with your Flea Market/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 cards).
 
5. 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.
 
6. Please pay close attention to the firm postmark deadline of August 15th 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.
 
7. FOR SHOW CAR REGISTRATION ONLY: You may register online at www.aaca.org after July 1. You must print the registration form and submit it along with your check to Hershey Region AACA, PO Box 305, Hershey, PA 17033.
 
8. TO RESERVE & RENT A SCOOTER OR GOLF CART: ScooterBug has been contracted for the 2017 Fall Meet 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 1st at 9:30 a.m. Please log on to www.scooterbugmobilityrentals.com/AACA or call 800-726-8284 option 1 for details on how to pre-reserve your mobility equipment. Limited number of scooters and carts available!
 
9. YES, YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN SCOOTER: Personal electric mobility vehicles are authorized, however they must be registered on site at one of the three registration areas. More information will be available in the literature you receive with your registration card. NOTE: Personal mobility vehicles are NOT registered by ScooterBug personnel.

From the AACA Library & Research Center

AACA Library "McKean March Madness"
And the Winner is...

Last month, we announced our "McKean March Madness" contest, in which we asked you to vote for your favorite Thomas McKean Memorial Cup-winning books. By the third round, eight books had been whittled down to two: The Standard Catalog of American Cars VS The Star and the Laurel. Both books were written by esteemed automotive historian, Beverly Rae Kimes. In this "Battle of the Bevs," The Standard Catalog emerged victorious! Click here to watch our final McKean video.
 
When it was first published in 1985, The Standard Catalog represented a massive contribution to automotive history. It attempted to provide a thorough overview of America's early automotive industry, with over 5,000 histories of cars and companies from 1805 through 1942. No vehicle was too obscure. Alongside the sections on major manufacturers were entries on the "little guys" and one-offs. 
 
The Standard Catalog was a collaborative effort. Beverly Rae Kimes conducted research and authored the book. Henry Austin Clark, Jr. served as the book's chief of research, and Ralph Dunwoodie & Keith Marvin served as consultants to the author. It's worth noting that the AACA Library's collection includes Dunwoodie's original automotive research files. Dunwoodie would have used these files in corresponding with Kimes. In fact, we occasionally come across Kimes' letters to Dunwoodie while searching the files.
 
Here at the AACA Library, the Standard Catalog is probably our most used book. Sections on major manufacturers are especially handy because they include information on model year changes, lists of standard & optional equipment, production figures, period factory pricing, notes on vehicle ID data, etc. There is even an index for different types of cars (cyclecars, electric, steam, etc.) and a geographical listing of manufacturers organized by state and city.  
 
Interested in learning more about the Standard Catalog of American Cars or any of our other McKean Memorial Cup award-winning books? If so, be sure to visit the AACA Library or give us a call. You won't be disappointed!
 
AACA Library eBay Auction
From now through May 6 , we will be holding our monthly eBay auction. Look for rare racing memorabilia, automotive sales literature, prewar shop manuals and more! Click here for a full listing of auction-format items. In addition to the auction, our eBay store also includes over 2,000 "buy-it-now" listings, including reproduction factory photographs, books and sales literature.  


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Attention ALL AACA Judges

By now, you should have received the April issue of The Judge in your mailbox. If you haven't, click here for the online issue. We are still looking for judges for the  Eastern Spring Meet in Huntington and the  Grand National Meet in Independence.  Just a reminder that you can also register online for these 2 meets using a VISA, MasterCard or Discover.

Reminder:  If you wish to attend ANY functions other than judging school, round table or judging, it is important that you register. Many regions will have free activities but need to know how many guests are expected so that they can properly plan for them. Some regions will also have parking passes, etc. that they will want to send to you prior to the meet.
 
To register, request a meet registration card and brochure from AACA National Headquarters either by calling 717-534-1910 or mailing the activity request card. The activity request card is included in your Antique Automobile magazine package on the back of the address insert. Once you have the registration card and brochure, complete the card and mail it, along with any payment, to the sponsoring region/chapter if you want to participate.
 
This is the best way for you to know what is going on during the weekend.

Buyer/Seller Beware Reminders for AACA Online Forums

Thanks to one of our forum administrators, Peter, for these reminders:
  • "TALK" with the potential buyer or seller.
  • Inspect the vehicle before money changes hands (yourself or a trusted 3rd party).
  • If the buyer/seller doesn't honestly discuss the car (condition, history, etc.), it's a scam.
  • Insist the buy/seller calls you from a line not blocked. If they refuse, it's a scam.
  • If he provides a number, but it's a fax machine or the buyer never answers - it's a scam.
  • If the seller wants you to pay for anything BEFORE funds are secured, it's a scam. (shipping charges, etc.)
  • If payment issues are more complicated than a check, money order, certified check, wire transfer or cash, it's a scam.
  • ALWAYS wait for funds to be confirmed as valid by the bank (not just a deposit slip) before allowing the car or title to leave your possession - NEVER assume the funds are good, even a money order or certified check.
  • Cash TALKS!
  • DON'T engage with an obvious scammer - simply delete the emails.
  • Law enforcement can't do anything until a crime has been committed - don't let it get to that point.
  • And finally - if it seems too good to be true, it is.

Not utilizing the AACA Online Forums? You should be!
It's a great way to connect with other hobbyists on all sorts of things. You can list cars for sale, post events, ask questions about cars, meets, tours, etc. The forums are completely free, but you do need to create an account in order to post, reply and comment. Click here to go to the forums and use the sign up button in the upper right corner of the page. Once you sign up, you should get an email from the forum admin asking you to verify your account. After verification has been completed, you should be able to sign into the forums and start posting.

Help Us Create a Special Tire Registry to Show Demand

We live in an economy which is about 70% consumption based. Suppliers respond to perceived demand. The AACA vehicle owners currently have a weak spot in that demand cycle.
 
Each year, we see an increased number of vehicles on our fields which originally had alpha radial tires. These are primarily GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles from 1975 through 1978. Most called for GR78-15, HR78-15 and LR78-15 tires.
 
I propose that a registry be built identifying AACA vehicle owners who have these particular vehicles needing these or similar tires.
 
Please contact me with year, make/model, tire size & contact information.
Eric C. Marsh, 575 Paulownia Drive, China Grove, NC  28023
Cell: 704-267-9383  (I do NOT text)
Email: ECMarsh@ctc.net          
 
I will log all of the information I receive into a database. Once the number of entries is sufficient to gain attention, I will present a summary to Coker, Kelsey & Universal to get their attention and hopefully a commitment to initiate supply.
 
Please spread the word. We need to build demand!

27 Pontiacs and 27 Tempests Were Awarded in 
General Mills "Big G" Cereal Contests for 1961
By Thomas A. DeMauro
Reprint courtesy of the Hemmings Daily Newsletter at www.hemmings.com
Artwork provided by the Automotive History Preservation Society

This ad makes me envious that I wasn't around to participate in the contest, but I can't change the fact that it took place six years before I was born.
 
Generals Mills and the Pontiac Motor Division conspired to create a contest whereby 27 first-place winners would receive new Pontiacs. Winning  one car is amazing enough, but what makes this one even more remarkable is that these winners also received a new Tempest. That's what it says,  two cars for each first-place winner. It must have been quite a life changer for those lucky families.
 
Sounds like a possibly sweet deal (depending upon how sales tax was handled): Buy your favorite General Mills breakfast cereal, enter the contest, and hope to be Wide-Tracking in the near future.
 
Along with the intriguing details of the sweepstakes itself, I also just like to gawk at the cars in the ad. The 1961 Pontiacs were stunning in appearance and have always been one of my favorite full-size models. And the Tempest was innovative and handsome for its era. I enjoy seeing photos of them when they were new and noting styles of the day exhibited by the people around them.
 
Though that wood framing does make me a bit nervous, given its less-than-sturdy appearance and the fact that the cars are still inside it, I understand the implication that a winning family was now building a structure to protect its precious new Pontiacs. And we see the kids on one of the 900 second prize Columbia bicycles and one of the 900 third prize Evans tricycles.
 
Note those cereal box designs from that era. How many of you can recall seeing them on your breakfast table each morning? By the time I was old enough to eat breakfast cereal, these boxes were redesigned to some extent and a few of them may not have been sold anymore.
 
I recall there being a lot prizes offered in cereal boxes and/or contests to enter when I was a kid, and I know that Pontiac gave away a lot of cars in the 1960s via various promotional programs, but I don't ever recall two cars being given away to the same winner. Can any of you? Or is this just me thinking that, typically, I was born too late to participate in a lot of the good stuff?
 
Have any of you ever seen or heard of any of these prize cars after they were awarded? After all, there were 54 cars total, so it's possible someone reading this blog knows where at least two of them ended up.

Come Relax with us in West Virginia

Eastern Spring Meet
May 26-27, 2017
Huntington, WV

 
The Huntington Region AACA welcomes you to the 2017 Eastern Spring Meet - Huntington, West Virginia.

Please enjoy this relaxing meet. There are no scheduled tours, but there are plenty of attractions located within a short driving distance. Our intention for this meet was to take a simple approach and focus on the vehicles and give free time to explore and reminisce with fellow members.

Local attractions that may be of interest to members include the: Huntington Museum of Art, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Museum of Radio and Technology, Blenko Glass and Taylor Auto Collection.
Come Have Fun in Gettysburg and Beyond

Founders Tour
June 4-9, 2017
Gettysburg, PA
Registration must be postmarked between 
April 1 and April 30, 2017
 
Join us June 4-9, as we travel across the historic byways in and around Gettysburg. Come see unusual artisans, unique museums and enjoy some great food. Highlights of the tour will include a trip to the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, a leisurely drive over covered bridges in beautiful Perry County, and tours of: the Rural Heritage Museum in Hagerstown, MD; Rough & Tumble Engineers Museum which features steam engines, a blacksmith's shop, and train rides; Renfrew Park, an 18 th century German farmstead; and so much more!
 
There will also be plenty of shopping opportunities along the way at the Gettysburg Outlets and in New Oxford. The tour will conclude with a special movie presentation at the infamous Gettysburg Battlefield. 

NOTE: This tour is limited to 150 cars. We have received requests from and 
sent out registration materials to almost 400 members. To be accepted 
for this tour, you need to send in your registration ASAP!

Don't Miss Kansas City BBQ & the First-Ever Zenith Award

Grand National Meet
June 15-17, 2017
Independence, MO
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017
 
The Kansas City Region of AACA welcomes you!  Join us at the 2017 Annual Grand National Meet held at the Silverstein Eye Center Arena located in Independence, Mo. Minutes from Kansas City, President Harry S. Truman's spirit is still alive in Independence! The city has over 20 heritage sites including the Truman Library,Truman Home, Frontier Trails attractions, Victorian mansions, historic square and religious sites. 

Do not miss the best BBQ in Kansas City and the first-ever Zenith Award presentation!

Important Information on Hotel Rooms for the AACA Grand National in Kansas City:
 
We are excited about seeing everyone in Kansas City for this year's Grand National! And, apparently, you are all excited to come visit us because our host hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn, is already booked! We have filled the hotel!!
 
Don't fret though! We have two alternative hotels only one block from the show field:
  • Comfort Inn, 19751 East Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64057; 816-373-9880 
  • Holiday Inn Express, 19901 E Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64057; 816-795-8889
Make sure you request the special AACA discounted rate!

Check Out These Upcoming Meets & Tours
New Event at This Year's Elegance
 

To see more photos and details, go to TheEleganceAtHershey.com.
Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/theeleganceathershey/.

Meet Kristin Everyone...

Hello everyone! My name is Kristin Calvin and I am the "NEW KID ON THE BLOCK" here at AACA National Headquarters. I also happen to be a product of the '80s and still do enjoy listening to the New Kids on the Block (Donnie is still my favorite). I am very excited to have the opportunity to work in an industry that I grew up in! While I do have more background in motorcycles, my very first car was a 1964 VW Karmann Ghia. It was a beautiful and sparkling bright orange and reminded me of my grandparent's old shag carpet.
 
I started riding motorcycles and ATVs when I was four years old. The very first time I rode a Yamaha PW50 that my dad borrowed from a friend, I ran right into a tree. My dad figured I was better off on 4 wheels after that. Over the years, I have owned numerous other small engine "toys" and eventually got back on two wheels. At 22, I finally got my street license and picked myself out a sparkling new Buell Blast and a 1973 Yamaha RD250, which I am currently restoring.
 
In the early 2000s I started doing promotional sales and modeling for different companies within the off-road racing world in both the Motorcross, Enduro and Hare Scrambles. I was also very involved with the AMA National Flat Track series, having family that professionally raced in it. Racing has always continued to be a passion of mine. In my free time you can usually find me reading something about the latest and greatest bikes, watching the Supercross races on a Saturday night, or attending a Motorcross race somewhere during the summer months.
 
In 2015, I started working for a company that sold Can-Ams, KTMs & Harley-Davidson motorcycles. As a perk of the job, I was able to ride many different bikes and decided to sell my Buell in order to figure out what my next bike would be. That part of the equation I have yet to figure out. Hopefully it will come to me very soon, life on just 4 wheels is so boring to me. I enjoy the thrill of adventure as I am sure you can tell from my picture.  
 
I started working for the AACA in March of this year. I am truly blessed to work here with such an amazing and welcoming team! Please feel free to contact me regarding membership, roster reporting forms, officer reporting forms, meets and tour information, or simply any general questions you may have. I would also like you thank you, the members, for allowing me to enjoy your love and passion for cars and motorcycles alongside you. Without all of you, we would not exist!    

Oops... Did YOU Forget to Renew Your AACA Membership for 2017?

Your AACA membership runs on a calendar year from January 1 through December 31. If you have already renewed your membership for 2017, thank you!! If you have not renewed your membership yet, please take a few minutes to do it now. Renewing your membership only takes 5 minutes and can be done one of three ways...
  • Renew online - be sure to RETRIEVE YOUR ACCOUNT first! Once your account is set up on the new site, you can renew online with your credit card.
  • Renew by mail - write us a note with your name, address, phone, email and AACA member number, provide payment in the form of a check made out to AACA or your credit card information (VISA, MasterCard & Discover) and then mail it to AACA, 501 W. Governor Rd., Hershey, PA 17033
  • Renew by phone - call AACA Headquarters (717-534-1910) and any of the staff here would be happy to take your renewal over the phone with a credit card payment (office hours: M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

Find us on Facebook!

Be sure to like AACA and the AACA Library & Research Center Facebook pages. Did you know that AACA also has a Facebook Group you can join to discuss cars and hobby hot topics? Request to join the group by clicking here.


AACA Calendar Spotlight
Desk Calendar
 

May 11-13, 2017 
Central Spring Meet - Auburn, IN
Click here for the brochure

May 26-27, 2017
Eastern Spring Meet - Huntington, WV
Click here for the brochure

Would you like registration information and materials about any of these meets or tours? 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 in to 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.
June 4-9, 2017
Founders Tour - Gettysburg, PA
Click here for the brochure

June 15-17, 2017
Annual Grand National - Independence, MO
July 17-21, 2017 
Vintage Tour - Wellsboro, PA
August 17-19, 2017
Central Fall Meet - Bettendorf, IA

September 17-22, 2017
Revival AAA Glidden TourĀ® - Hastings, NE
Click here for the brochure

October 4-7, 2017
Eastern Fall Meet - Hershey, PA

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

   
Visit the  calendar on our website  for a complete listing of AACA national 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.

Executive Director
 
Membership & Merchandise
 
Accounting, IT & Website
 
Advertising & Marketing
Speedster Editor

Office Administration
 
Antique Automobile Magazine Editor
 
Library, Research & Cataloging

 
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.

Trivia Answer TriviaAnswer

 
That distinction belongs to Orient-Aster, in 1898. It was a product of Charles Metz's Waltham Manufacturing Company in Massachusetts, and featured a French Aster engine mounted to an Orient frame. 

Indian built its first motorcycle in 1901, and Harley-Davidson started production in 1903. 


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.