December 2022 | Volume 168
You Are Running Out of Time to Renew Your AACA Membership for 2023!
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department,
Your AACA membership runs on a calendar year
from January 1 through December 31.
If you have already renewed your membership for 2023, thank you!!
If you have not renewed your membership yet, please take a few minutes to do it now.
A renewal form was included with your November/December issue of Antique Automobile magazine. Simply fill out the form and send it back to the office with a check or credit card information. You can also renew your membership by calling National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 (between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST) with a Visa/MasterCard/Discover. 

REMINDER: Your 2023 membership dues MUST be paid before you can receive registration information for any 2023 National Shows or Tours, including the Annual Convention.
Important Notice Regarding Membership Renewals
We recently received a mountain of membership renewals in the office and are working on processing them as quickly as we can. We will be sending the magazine files and mailing list for the January/February issue of Antique Automobile magazine to the printer on January 3. Some renewals may not get processed before these files are sent including some payments sent by regions/chapters on behalf of their members. Never fear though! You will still receive your January/February magazine, but you may also receive another renewal notice with it. If you know that you sent your renewal in to us or that your region/chapter sent in your renewal, please disregard the notice. Thank you in advance for understanding the situation!
Membership Corner: What Are My Current AACA Membership Benefits?
Did you know that AACA is one of the oldest, largest and most inclusive car clubs in the world with more than 45,000 members? Here’s a reminder of what you currently get with your membership…

  • Yearly National Convention, car shows and tours
  • 138 Judged Classes including Original, Driver Participation, Race Cars and more
  • Great program for Judges, plus awards
  • – website includes FREE forums where you can buy, sell and more
  • Beautiful bi-monthly 100-page magazine, Antique Automobile, featuring member vehicles, historical articles, event accounts and technical pieces
  • Scholarship and Military programs
  • 350 Local Regions and Chapters
  • Monthly email newsletter, Speedster
  • World-class awards and trophies
  • Expanded AACA Library Collection and 2 hours of FREE research each year
  • Specialty programs such as mileage awards, 50-year member pins, etc.
  • And much more!

Thank you for being a current AACA member
and for spreading the word about this great club!
South Florida in January? Yes, Please!
January 26-28, 2023
Winter Nationals
Miami, FL
Registration Deadline: January 14

The South Florida Region AACA welcomes you to sunny South Florida for the Winter Nationals, which will kick off the 2023 National car show season. The show is being held at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, FL. Stay up to date on information about the show by visiting our website regularly.

Show vehicle and judges registration is open online here. The deadline for both is January 14, 2023. There will be no judges newsletter for this show. Please either register online or click here to print the judges registration form.

Trailer Parking Update!
Trailer parking is no longer at the Wings Air Museum. Trailer parking will now be onsite by the show field. There will be overnight and day of show trailer parking. This is a secure area. All trailers must be in place by 7 p.m. any of the days. There is no entrance or exit between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless special arrangements are made in advance. Please contact Maurice at 305-984-3190.

Highlights include:
  • Caribbean Night on Thursday
  • Our Backyard Museum Tour Friday morning
  • AACA Judging School Friday afternoon
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles event Friday evening
  • AACA Judges Breakfast Saturday morning
  • AACA Judges CJE Course Saturday morning
  • Youth Programs & Activities Saturday
  • AACA Winter Nationals car show and judging
  • Awards Banquet

Host Hotel:
Best Western Plus, 13700 SW 139 Ct., Miami, FL 33186
1-800-780-7234, Group Code: AACA, special rate of $145 per night

Meet Chairpersons:
Manny Garcia, 305-978-8037,
Millie Garcia, 305-992-5902,
Registration Chairperson: Joe Pinson, 321-720-5928,

REMINDER: Your 2023 AACA membership dues must be paid
prior to registering for any 2023 National shows and tours.
2023 AACA Annual Convention – Register TODAY!!
Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 9, 2023
Convention Reservation Deadline: January 25, 2023
The 87th AACA Annual Convention returns to Williamsburg, Virginia, February 9-11, 2023. We have brought back a lot of the great activities that you have come to love and expect at the Annual Convention including educational seminars, trade show vendors, multiple-level judging schools and of course the Awards Banquet. We have changed up a few things this year and have several new activities scheduled for you as well. Here’s what you need to know:

  • We have organized 4 different local tours for Thursday during the day, so you may want to consider coming in on Wednesday evening as the first tour starts at 9 a.m. We have negotiated special tour rates and you will need to pre-register for these tours on your registration card. You will be responsible for driving yourself or carpooling with others to the tour locations, which is how we were able to keep the tour costs low. The tour options include the Mariners’ Museum, American Revolution Museum, Colonial Williamsburg and Sherwood Forest Plantation. You can read more about each tour in the Annual Convention brochure.
  • Thursday evening you are invited to a Pizza Party Welcome Reception hosted by your AACA Board of Directors. Enjoy some good pizza, fun conversations and meet your Board members in a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is invited, but you must pre-register to attend.
  • Friday morning we will be offering a 3-hour CPR Certification Course by the American Heart Association. You must pre-register for this $19 course and your certification will be valid for 2 years.
  • AACA First Lady Denise Tuck will be hosting a special southern luncheon on Friday with live entertainment. There will be NO seminars or activities scheduled during this lunch, so everyone should be able to attend. Don’t forget to pre-register – you will not want to miss this fun event!
  • Everyone is invited to a Friday evening buffet hosted by our AACA Regions and Chapters. During this dinner, you will hear about all of the great activities our Regions and Chapters have planned for the year and witness their extreme generosity through a donation ceremony that has become tradition over the years.
  • We are sorry to report that our very popular AACA Library Pinewood Derby will not be taking place at this convention. We are still working on a special activity for Friday night and will announce it as soon as everything is finalized.
  • Convention will conclude as it always does with the National Awards Banquet, where we will honor all of our amazing award winners.

For more information and details about the Annual Convention, click here for the brochure. To download a registration form, click here. If you would like a registration form mailed to you, please call AACA National Headquarters (717-534-1910) to request one or fill out the Activity Request Form that came with your last Antique Automobile magazine and send it in to us.

Host Hotel:
DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg, 50 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Special rate of $129 per night (single or double), INCLUDES breakfast for 2

Some of the exciting seminars planned for convention include: Carburetor Basics 101; Why is Good Chrome Plating So Expensive?; Racing a Corvette in the 1960s; Everything Electrical: Charging, Starters, 6 to 12 Volt Conversions, Batteries, etc.; 123rd London to Brighton Veteran Run; Fire Prevention, Safety and Firefighting for Your Vintage Car: Part II, On the Road; Buying and Restoring Modern Collectibles - 1975-1998; Ships, Ferries and Planes that Transported Cars and Trucks to Cuba; and Women’s Work: A Century of Art & Engineering. The complete seminar schedule will be available very soon.

Note to AACA Regions & Chapters: A special letter and invitation was mailed to your current President. Please let us know if your region has not received it yet.

We hope you will consider joining us for this very special annual event!
Trade Show Booths Still Available at AACA Annual Convention
Does your business want direct exposure to AACA members? Do you like selling your services face-to-face to hobby enthusiasts? Are you hosting an event in 2023 or 2024 that you want our members to know about? Then why not secure some booth space at one of the best AACA events of the year?

The past few years have been tough for everyone, but especially for small businesses. So why should you pick our trade show over all the others? Our trade show is not a mammoth show with thousands of vendors in a convention hall the size of a city block. We do not have tens of thousands of attendees running past your booth so fast that it's all just a blur in the end and no real leads to follow-up with.

We keep our show a little more intimate by limiting our vendors to no more than 100, which allows our attendees plenty of time to visit all of the booths. We also hand-select our vendors to meet the specific needs of our members. Our event usually draws about 1,000 super-active members, which makes us one of the few shows to offer you a significant amount of one-on-one time with your ideal target market.

New for 2023! We are offering all trade show vendors the opportunity to present a pre-scheduled 15-minute mini-seminar inside the trade show room at your booth, so you can pitch your products and services directly to our members.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Fred Trusty at 502-292-7008 or
Thank You to the 2022 AACA National Awards Committee
Every year in December, the AACA National Awards Committee makes the trek to Hershey, PA, to meet for a long weekend at your National Headquarters to choose your National Award winners for that year. Once this dedicated group of volunteers has done its work, all of the National Award winners are notified that they have won an award which will be presented to them at the Annual Convention in February. They are not told what award they have won, just that they have won one. This is our way of still keeping some surprise and mystery about the awards.

Many thanks to the 2022 AACA National Awards Committee! We are looking very forward to honoring our 2022 National Award winners in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the 2023 Annual Convention.

(L to R moving up the stairs) Kelly Adams, John McCarthy, Hulon McCraw, John Harvey, Mike Jones, Sonny Sain, Dain King, Mike Petersen, Rick Lay, Terry Bond, Tom Cox, Doc Stanley Stratton, Bob Parrish, Stan Kulikowski, Lou Fritz Sr., Jim Elliott, Randy Rutherford, Tom Howard, Wayne Tuck, Eric Marsh
(in attendance, but missing from photo: Chuck Crane, Steve Moskowitz)
2023 Hershey Flea Market & Car Corral Pre-Registration Information
By R.J. "Mac" MacAdam, 2023 Assistant Fall Nationals Chairman & Flea Market/Car Corral
Registration Chairman, Hershey Region AACA, 
On behalf of the Hershey Region, we thank you for attending the 2022 Fall Nationals. We hope you had an enjoyable experience. On a side note, please ignore the many FALSE RUMORS in reference to the Eastern Fall Nationals moving from the current site at the Hershey Entertainment Complex – none of them are true!
As a reminder, the Eastern Fall Nationals will again be held the first full week in October starting Tuesday and ending with the judged car show on Friday. Mark your calendar for the 2023 show October 3-6. We have already begun working on the 2023 show in which Scott Kopp will be the Fall Meet Chairman and R.J. "Mac" MacAdam will be his assistant.
We mailed the 2023 pre-registration packet/cards out around December 17th. If you do not receive your packet in the mail by January 20, 2023, you should call 717-566-7720 on Monday or Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. eastern time or email
Please read the following important information regarding the submission of pre-registration cards:
  1. A "Space Relocation Form" will be enclosed in each vendor's packet. (Red Field North vendors will have a special form in their packet.) This will be the only form accepted for space relocation. If you write your request on the pre-registration card, a separate sheet of paper, etc., it will NOT be accepted. Also be advised we make assignments using the postmark on the envelope. The space(s) must be available after the pre-registration phase in order for you to be relocated. (Additional spaces are NOT SOLD during pre-registration. The May/June issue of Antique Automobile magazine will include the procedure for acquiring spaces during summer registration.)  
  2. Pay close attention to the deadline on the card. The pre-registration postmark deadline is February 15, 2023. Your spaces will be in jeopardy if the postmarked deadline is not followed. The registered vendor is responsible (not the spouse, the assistant or the secretary to name a few of the excuses we hear).
  3. If your card or check is not signed it will be returned to you. That will also delay your postmark position for relocation.
  4. Checks deposited that are returned for insufficient funds, account was closed, etc., will be charged a $35 administration fee. 
  5. The dates and times for which our telephones will be staffed will be printed on the pre-registration card. If you leave a message, please speak slowly and clearly leaving your name, telephone number, AACA member number and a very short message.
  6. If you DO NOT receive your new 2023 AACA membership card by January 15th, DO NOT wait to mail your pre-registration card. Write your AACA member number in the space provided on the card and mail it with your check or money order.
  7. Political signs, memorabilia, bumper stickers, pins, buttons, etc., are NOT permitted for sale or display at any AACA National event. This should be considered the "suitable warning" for the following policy extracted from the Policy and Procedure Manual of the AACA. Vendors violating this rule will be expelled. Additionally, refunds of flea market spaces will not be given to the violators in accordance with the AACA Policy and Procedure Manual.
5.9.1 General (Excerpt)
"Nationals are open to the general public. Therefore, their operation and conduct give the public its chief, if not the only, impression of us as a club. When flea markets are held in conjunction with National Activities, it is important that they reflect the family-oriented nature of our hobby and are in keeping with their intended purpose, i.e. to provide a source of parts, accessories, and memorabilia related to our hobby. The meet host reserves the right to expel, after suitable warning, any persons including vendors who conduct themselves in a way that would reflect unfavorably upon AACA."
ATTENTION: Region & Chapter Reporting Forms Due January 31 
Just a reminder that your Region/Chapter Officer Reporting Forms and Roster Reporting Forms are due by January 31. These forms were mailed to your President back in the fall. If you need another copy of the forms, you can click here to download them from our website, or we can mail you another set if need be.

Please return the forms to Sue at You can also mail them to 800 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA 17033.
Please scroll all the way to the end of Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question
It’s well known that the old Ford adage… "You can have a Model T in any color, so long as it’s black”… is not necessarily true. Early examples through 1914, and later 1926/1927 cars, too, were available in a variety of hues. But there is a collectible Ford that featured a good portion of its bodywork in black only. What was it?
My 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
By Terry Thomann, Fredericksburg, VA,
This is a member submitted story.
In high school, I had a 1938 Ford Deluxe coupe. It was my first car and I loved it. But when I left high school and went to work full time, I wanted a new car. College would have to wait until after military service. My father was a Pontiac man and so was I. One day I was looking at a car magazine and saw an ad promoting a new Pontiac model. It was the soon-to-be-released Firebird. I was in love at once. It was a true Pontiac but more my size. My father had a new 1966 Bonneville. It was burgundy with a black Cordova top. I knew I had to have a Pontiac, and I knew it had to be a Firebird.

At the time, I was working for a railroad as a painter on the Repair Track, “RIP” of the freight yard. Every night, cars that were either damaged, needed repair or had out of date brakes would be shunted off the train and onto the RIP track. During the day, the repair men would fix whatever was needed. This usually involved the use of a torch. The brake repair team would repair the brakes and test the air-brake system. My job was to paint over the last repair date on the car in the morning, and then come back after lunch and stencil a new date on the car. I would also paint any areas that had been repaired. The job paid fairly well, so I could afford to buy a new car.

I went to a couple Pontiac dealers, one in Joliet, Illinois, and the other in Wheaton, Illinois. My father had purchased his new car in Wheaton. First, I got a price in writing on a new car with a specific set of options from one dealer. Then, I went to the other dealer to see if they could beat it without knowing what the first dealer had quoted me. I went back and forth for about a week and finally agreed to order my car from the dealer in Wheaton. They knew my father and I think they gave me a better deal.
The car I ordered was to be burgundy with a black convertible top. It had a suspension upgrade, wide oval tires, tinted windows, a center console and an 8-track stereo system. The engine I chose was the 326 because I didn’t like the look of the 400’s hood scoops. The transmission was a 4-speed manual. I had to wait about six weeks for the car to be delivered. It was one of the early ones. It eventually came and I went to pick it up. It was the most beautiful car I had ever seen even though it looked like a mini-me version of my father’s car. I give all my cars male names. I call this one Fawkes after the Phoenix in Harry Potter because it is a Firebird.
I only had this car for a little less than a year. I decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy; also following in my father’s footsteps. After training as a Radioman, I was assigned to a communication station in Vietnam. My car had to go.

Here is a photo of my car then and the one that replaced it many years later. I enjoy taking my Firebird to both National and local shows and going on cruises.
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
Interested in Donating Automotive Ornaments?
By Matthew Hocker, AACA Library Acting Director, Cataloger
& Volunteer Coordinator,
As the winter holidays wind down, it is also time to take down all of the decorations including those Christmas trees. Are you finding that you have more automotive Christmas ornaments than you can handle? If so, the AACA Library is looking for donations to decorate our tree for next year. Cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and tractors; if it’s on wheels and is made for the tree, we want it!

For more information, please contact Matthew Hocker at 717-534-2082 (ext. 1412) or This year’s tree was a big hit, and we would love to carry this tradition into the future. 

Reminder: New Year’s Hours
The library will be closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year holiday. Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3. We are looking forward to seeing what’s in store for 2023 and, from ours to yours, we wish you a safe and Happy New Year!
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 or 717-534-2082.
Visit our Booth at Black Swan Antiquities
Wham Bam! Sizzle, Woowee!!
Introducing AACA’s New Marketing Video
For a while now, the AACA Board of Directors, National committee volunteers and staff have been discussing the best way to market the club to new potential members. If people don’t know about us, how can they join us?

We already have some really great communication tools such as Antique Automobile magazine and the Speedster e-newsletter, but you don’t usually see those until after you become a member. We have a decent National website, but it could be better (and we have a group working on that right now – stay tuned!). We have some pretty active online forums and social media pages, but those platforms are more about asking questions and posting events – they don’t really show what AACA is all about.

We need something that we can easily share across all different platforms and that really grabs people’s attention. We want them to stop what they are doing and ask what is this AACA group and how do I become part of it? That’s when we started taking a deeper look at video marketing. Video marketing is interactive, exciting and engaging. A recent study showed that 68% of consumers prefer watching videos to learn about new products or services (Wyzowl, 2020). Plus, the pandemic has increased video consumption, with 96% of consumers saying that they have increased the time they spend watching videos (HubSpot, 2021). So, okay, we need to produce a video about AACA and why this club is so great.

If you like antique cars and are part of this wonderful hobby, even if you don’t know who AACA is, you most likely have heard about “Hershey” – the largest antique car show and flea market in the world. So, the Hershey show in October seemed like the perfect place to capture appropriate footage to create a great video about AACA and the fabulous events we host.

We were fortunate enough to find a local production company that had done work for likes of Paul Newman and others, and they were actually the low bidder on our project! The owner of the company has been attending the fall show for many years and was super excited about creating this short video for us. We hope that viewers will quickly understand we are a vibrant, active club that welcomes young and old.

We are very excited to share with you this first video focused on the Hershey show. Plans are in place to produce several more videos in the future, including one that will give people a quick tour of our magnificent new National Headquarters and Library Research Center.

Please help us share this video EVERYWHERE!
Bringing a Positive End to 2022
2022 is about to come to a close, and while it was certainly better than 2021 it was not perfect. It has been anything but an easy year for non-profits. AACA did not get away unscathed either. This year brought many challenges due to the economy, inflation, gas prices and the all the turmoil in the world.
As you consider your year-end taxes and philanthropy, hopefully you will consider making a special tax-deductible gift to your club.
Many of you have already given, some have not. Our sincerest THANK YOU to everyone who has continued to support this club with your time and donations! We hate to ask again as we truly realize there are many deserving charities you can choose from for your charitable donations. However, the club is continuing its quest to become stronger each year and your generosity helps us to maintain and grow our member services. 
So, we are asking you to please seriously consider making a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year – it will make all the difference for the future of this club. You can make a general donation to the club, or you can specify your donation to go to the library endowment or the building fund endowment. You can make your donation one of three ways:

Call us at 717-534-1910 and we will take a donation
via credit card over the phone.
Mail a check off to us right away.
Send to: AACA, 800 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033 

We will send you an acknowledgement letter for your records.
Odds & Ends

Thanks for the Support Lambda Car Club
Submitted by AACA member Albert Mrozik, Cream Ridge, NJ,

The Lambda Car Club had a great happy hour gathering at Tröegs Brewery on October 7. The thirty members of the club were happy to support the AACA Hershey show!

A Little Holiday Spirit Grinch-Style
Submitted by AACA member Bruce Adams, Northport, NY,

During the holidays, we like to show off our “Grinch Mobile” everywhere we go around Northport, NY, and especially during the Tree Lighting Parade in Huntington, NY. Happy Grinchmas to everyone!
Should I Buy a Classic Car as an Investment?
By Stewart Howden, President, Classic Auto Mall, Inc.,
This is a member submitted story.
If you’ve been around the collector car hobby long enough, you have heard the canned response that most of us give to the above question and that is… Buy What You Like!! ...not what you think you can make money on. If you don’t buy a car for the enjoyment, then what’s the purpose?

Buying a car as an investment changes the dynamic of ownership. Want to head to the shore for the weekend in the investment car? Better not as something could happen on the way. If buying as an investment, do you really know and understand the market and its changing tides? What if a major component fails? Is that factored into the potential selling price, or does it put you under water? Old and older cars usually require upkeep and maintenance, and if doing it for the love of the car, doesn’t nearly factor in as much as it does when you’re in the “profit” mindset. It is not free to own a classic, even if you pay cash. You still have to transport it, store it, insure it, keep it running and maybe do a few minor upgrades to the car. If profit is your only motivator, it will certainly have an effect on how you approach all the aforementioned items and when you have to factor all the costs in, including interest on your money, did you really even make a profit?

The truth is… buy the new golf club, eat the cake, have another glass of wine, enjoy your classic car. The point is to enjoy the few times we get to take around the sun (birthdays) and don’t make your hobby a burden! Most people find that enjoying a particular car for an indeterminate amount of time and then selling it for close to what you paid is all the satisfaction they need. Then it’s on to the next treasure to enjoy… not make a business out of.

If you happen to make a profit when you do sell your classic, then you are required by the Classic Car Regulatory Committee (doesn’t exist) to immediately go out and find another treasure to celebrate your good fortune.
March Library Seminar
How Cadillac Became Cadillac: Marketing and
the Coming of Cadillac (1909-1956)
Presented by Edwin Benson
Until 1930, Cadillac was only one of many options available to luxury car buyers – and far from the biggest player in that marketplace. By 1956, Cadillac was not only the most popular luxury car, but it also totally dominated that segment of the market. In the process, it became a by-word for luxury in the flashy over-the-top world of mid-century America.

Sometimes, historians attribute that success to good luck. Cadillac, they say, was simply the beneficiary of General Motors’ deep pockets at a time when the Great Depression forced most other luxury manufacturers into bankruptcy. That is true, but it is only one part of the story. Cadillac also benefitted from a cleverly-conceived and well-executed marketing plan that made Cadillac a hallmark of the good life.

In this presentation, Edwin Benson will examine Cadillac marketing from the early days through to the heights of the marque’s glory days. This is not just a car story; it is part of the story of America itself.

Date: Saturday, March 11 -- Time: 10 a.m.
Location: AACA Library & Research Center,
800 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Hotel Information Now Available for Founders Tour
July 16-22, 2023
Founders Tour
London, Ontario, Canada

Our AACA London to Brighton hub tour will be at the Four Points by Sheraton London1150 Wellington Road South, London, ON N6E 1M3, and will be combined with the American AACA Founders tour, so please take this opportunity to book your hotel room early.

We have secured rooms with king beds or 2 queen beds for $149 per night including hot breakfast, indoor swimming pool, restaurants onsite and within walking distance. We have also secured a limited number of accessible rooms, so please book early.

Our tour dates will be Sunday, July 16 to Friday, July 21 with departure on Saturday, July 22, 2023. You will need to enter in your exact dates for your room reservations and select the correct number of guests. Upon making your reservation, you may elect to arrive a day early or stay a day later at the same $149 per night price.

You are also welcome to call the hotel directly at 1-519-681-0600.
If you collect Marriott Bonvoy points, please have your number ready upon booking.

Tour Chairman: Andrew Sommers, 905-305-7747,
Check Out These Upcoming AACA National Activities...
Order Your Official AACA Car Sign Now for the 2023 Car Show Season
This is the only approved AACA car show sign and is intended for use at AACA events. These signs are only available to AACA members and are custom created to tell your vehicle's story and history.

Please allow 4 weeks for the production of your sign from start to finish. Signs are 16.5" tall and 12" wide and are made of hard plastic to withstand the elements. The signs cost $45 plus shipping, and an image can be added to your sign for an additional $5.

Contact Jon Curtis at AACA Headquarters if you would like to have a sign made: or 717-534-1910.
Grab Your AACA Merch Now and Be Ready for the 2023 Car Season
We've got shirts, hats, sweatshirts, polos, jackets, fleeces, etc. We have license plate frames, trailer hitches and window decals. We even have shirts for the kids and grandkids! And don't forget the light-up USB car chargers and drink koozies that look like stacks of tires.
We've got a great variety of AACA-branded items, so you are sure to find something you will love!

Can't find something in the online store? You can always call AACA Headquarters to place your order as well (717-534-1910, M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST).
Did You Get an Amazon Gift Card for Christmas or Hanukkah? 
Be Sure to Shop Using AmazonSmile for AACA
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Antique Automobile Club of America whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Once you are signed into your account, search for Antique Automobile Club of America and choose it as your charity. Now, you are ready to shop & support AACA at the same time!

Click here to learn more about AmazonSmile.
Schedule a Tour of AACA National Headquarters & Library Research Center
Would your AACA region or chapter like to visit?
What about any of the other car clubs you belong to?

If you are planning a tour or day excursion for a group near the Hershey area, why not include a stop at our building as part of your itinerary? We even have a back patio with picnic tables where your group can host lunch. 

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

Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?
The Military Sponsorship Program is available to all of the Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending a limited number of complimentary 2023 memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA website under Join/Renew and drop down to Military Discount, or simply click here.

These complimentary 2023 memberships are for first-time AACA applicants and are limited by the funds available for this program. These complimentary applications for membership are intended for individuals who have a genuine interest in the antique car hobby.
Be Social With Us
AACA hosts online forums! AACA hosts a massive online forum area on our website that you can read and/or join in on the conversations on all sorts of topics. People post some really interesting material and pictures on an everyday basis. If you haven't used the forums before, just use the sign-up button in the upper right corner to create your user account. Anyone can join the online forums and it's completely free.
AACA has Facebook! AACA has an official Facebook page for club information and events. We also have an extremely active Facebook group, where group members post, ask questions and discuss everything and anything car-related. LIKE our Facebook page and ask to JOIN our Facebook group. Don't forget to connect with the AACA Library on their official Facebook page as well.
AACA is on Instagram! @antiqueautomobileclubofamerica 
Be sure to use these hashtags: #DrivingHistory, #AACA, #AntiqueAutomobileClubofAmerica, #Hershey, #AACAHershey, #AACAproud, #AACAstrong
Trivia Answer
From 1928 to 1931, all Model A Fords were made with black fenders. In addition to improved production efficiency, since fenders were susceptible to damage, painting them black made them easier to repair.
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.