July 2023 | Volume 175
Tour “The County” in the Crown of Maine With Us
LAST CHANCE! Registration Deadline is Tomorrow!
August 16-19, 2023
Vintage Tour
Presque Isle, Maine
Registration Deadline Extended: August 1

Come join the Maine Region as they host this fabulous tour around Presque Isle, Maine!

Tour Highlights:
-- Thursday street dance and car show on Main St. directly in front of the host hotel with a live local band
-- Visit to the decommissioned Loring AFB and Nuclear Weapons Repository (largest of its kind in the continental US)
-- Historical sites such as the “Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery” and “The Only Known Lynching in New England, The Jim Cullen Story”
-- Historical displays of equipment and snowmobiles

Tour is limited to 50 vehicles 1931 and earlier.

Host Hotel:
The Northeastland Hotel, 436 Main St., Presque Isle, Maine 04769
207-768-5321, mention AACA Tour for group discount
Hotel Rate: $101 per night

Tour Coordinator: Craig Green, 207-768-1033 cell, 207-762-6500 office, Craig@crgins.net
Travel Through Time During the Special Central Divisional Tour
Registration Deadline Extended to August 12!
September 13-16, 2023
Special Central Divisional Tour
Piqua, OH
Registration Deadline Extended: August 12

The Southern Ohio Chapter is looking forward to helping you Travel Through Time on this tour.

Tour highlights include:
-- United States Air Force Museum
-- Packard Museum
-- Airstream Travel Trailer Heritage Center
-- Airstream Factory Tour
-- Neil Armstrong Museum
-- Tolerance Museum
-- Bicycle Museum of America
-- Gale Halderman Mustang Museum
-- Bob McConnell Private Collection of Vintage Race Cars

Tour is limited to 50 vehicles 25 years and older.

Host Hotel:
Comfort Inn & Suites, 987 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356, 937-778-8100
Special Rate: $79 + tax (includes hot breakfast)
Mention Southern Ohio Chapter AACA for the discounted rate

Tour Chair: Don Sword, 937-689-6901, dsword18@outlook.com
You are running out of time! Don't wait! Do it NOW!
Important Hershey Information
By "Mac" MacAdam, Flea Market/Car Corral Registration Chairman,
Hershey Region AACA, fallmeet@hersheyaaca.org
Summer registration is happening RIGHT NOW for the Hershey flea market, car corral and show vehicles. To acquire space(s), you must request a registration card from AACA National Headquarters. Because we are getting close to the registration deadline, please call us ASAP at 717-534-1910. We will send you your registration forms immediately. 

With a show as big as Hershey, there are a lot of moving parts for our region volunteers to coordinate. Please help us by reviewing this important information:

1. On the Show Car/Special Events registration card that you request from National Headquarters you can also choose to receive awards banquet tickets, antique car trailer parking reservations and juniors at Hershey information. (The ladies’ luncheon has been discontinued.)
2. SHOW CAR REGISTRATION ONLY: You may register online here right now. You must print the registration form and submit it along with your check to Rich Spina, Hershey Region AACA Show Car Chairman, 1313 W. Market Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.
3. There is a $20 parking fee for show car trailers parking on Boathouse Road. The fee covers the period of Tuesday, October 3, at 7 a.m. through Saturday, October 7, 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 2023 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 http://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 https://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.
Important 2023 Hershey Reminders
Show will run Tuesday, October 3 through Friday, October 6
Flea Market set-up will be Monday, October 2
Judging School will be Thursday, October 5, at 2 p.m.
Judges Breakfast will be Friday, October 6, at 7 a.m.
Car show will be Friday, October 6
Register to Judge at Hershey NOW!

You should have received your June 2023 issue of The Judge newsletter in your mailbox last month.

This issue includes the registration form for the 2023 Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey!

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

Not a current judge, but interested in becoming one? Just attend one of the Judging Schools at any of the Nationals to get started.
Want a Car Sign for the Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey, PA?
Deadline to Order: September 6
Save on shipping for car signs for Hershey and pick up your sign on the show field at the AACA merchandise tent on Friday, October 6. ALL car sign requests received after Monday, August 21, for the Hershey show MUST be picked up on the show field. Any car sign requests requiring shipping received between August 21 and September 6 will NOT ship until Monday, October 9.
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.

The signs cost $45 plus shipping, and an image can be added to your sign for an additional $5. Please allow 4 weeks for the production of your sign from start to finish.

Contact Jon Curtis at AACA Headquarters if you would like to have a sign made: jcurtis@aaca.org or 717-534-1910.
Yard Sale Volunteers Wanted!
By Jen Wolfe, AACA Library Director, jwolfe@aaca.org
October is still a few months away, but the library’s annual Yard Sale will be here before we know it so we’re already in the planning stage for this popular event! We learned a few things from last year’s sale, so we’re putting the call out early for anyone who would like to volunteer their time to help this year both at the sale and in the library during Hershey week.

We’ll need assistance with everything from helping attendees line up for the sale, managing the number of people in the tents at a time, working the inside of the tent, ringing up sales, set up and tear down, and anything else library staff need help with. Elsewhere during the week we’ll need volunteers to greet people at the library doors and help them find their way around, as well as helping staff manage the crowds that week. Shifts will be 2 hours long, and we’ll need help Monday-Thursday of Hershey week. Please contact Jen Wolfe or Matt Hocker for more information, questions, or to sign up for a shift. Thank you in advance – it takes all of us to make events like this a success! 
77th Revival AAA Glidden Tour Heads to Thomasville, Georgia
Only 15 Days Left to Register!
October 22-27, 2023
Revival AAA Glidden Tour
Thomasville, GA
Registration Deadline: August 15

Tour Contacts:
Tour Hosts: Steve, Blanche and David Gordon, 229-226-2266
Tour Registrar: John Nikodym, 402-746-3825, gliddentour2023@gmail.com

Reminder: This tour is for cars manufactured prior to 1943 as originally built, only safety modifications permitted.

Registration: Registration runs through August 15, 2023, or until filled with a 200-car limit. Hotel details can be found on the registration form.
Central 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 Waterloo, IN!
And a very special THANK YOU to the Crossroads of America Region
for hosting a great event!
Click the above link to
view the winners list.

Thank you to AACA member David J. Turner of Auburn, IN, for sharing some of the awesome photos he took at the event. Click here if you’d like to see more of David’s photos. Make sure to read the official recap article and photos in the September/October issue of Antique Automobile magazine.
We’re Looking For a Few More Fun People!
By Mary Gates, Western Divisional Tour, mary.toursb@gmail.com
You still have time to sign-up and tour with us!
September 25-29, 2023
Western Divisional Tour
California Central Coast
60 Vehicle Limit

Grab your shades and join us for a once-in-a-lifetime California road trip. We’ll uncover hidden gems, indulge in nibbles, sips and shopping along the "Sideways" trail, marvel at Santa Barbara's beauty, and immerse ourselves in the charm of Solvang.

Register effortlessly online by credit card or pay by check. Registration includes surprise visitors, sumptuous buffet breakfasts, memorable dinners, and captivating tours.

Don't miss out on this remarkable adventure—let’s make some amazing memories together!

Dana Newquist, dana.toursb@gmail.com

Find out everything in store for you on this
fabulous tour and sign up online today!
Just visit WWW.AACASB.ORG.
Host Hotel: Santa Ynez Marriott
~ Pet friendly, free parking
~ Special AACA Rate: $179/night
~ Reservations: www.aacasb.org
RV Resort: Flying Flags RV Resort
~ Many options & rates available
~ Information: flyingflags.com
Meet Orwin Middleton: The Scientist and Car Enthusiast Behind
the Reunion with the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
By Mary Gates, Western Divisional Tour, mary.toursb@gmail.com
This is a member submitted story.
The story of the reunion between Carole Wilson Bloom and her beloved 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso not only revolves around cherished memories but also introduces us to the man behind the car's preservation, Orwin Middleton, a passionate scientist and classic car enthusiast who purchased the iconic Lusso in 1986. (Photo Credit: Seth DeDoes)
As a scientist, Orwin has dedicated his life to unraveling the mysteries of the rocket science world. His inquisitive mind and attention to detail, essential qualities in the field of science, have translated seamlessly into his love for classic cars. The 1963 Ferrari Lusso, with its intricate engineering and timeless design, captured Orwin's heart, and he took it upon himself to restore and maintain the car's pristine condition. Little did he know that his passion for classic cars and 30+ year search for the history of his prized Lusso would lead him to play a significant role in reuniting Carole Wilson with her long-lost car.
Beyond his passion for classic cars, Orwin's connection to The Beach Boys added an intriguing dimension to the story. As Alma, Orwin's wife, cruised in her 1955 Thunderbird, the iconic song "Fun, Fun, Fun" by The Beach Boys played on the radio, unknowingly linking the musical world to the automotive one. Carole's past marriage to The Beach Boys' drummer created an unexpected intersection of lives, adding more depth to the narrative.
Photo Credits:
Carole Wilson Bloom
When Carole and Orwin finally met, it was a moment filled with emotion and nostalgia. The Lusso, which had been missing from Carole's life for over four decades, was now in the hands of a true enthusiast who had kept the car's spirit alive. Orwin's gesture of allowing Carole to once again take the wheel of her cherished vehicle was a heartwarming testament to his appreciation for the car's history and the sentimental value it held for its original owner.
For fellow car enthusiasts eager to witness the beauty of this 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, the opportunity awaits at the 2023 Western Divisional Tour from September 25-29, 2023, on California’s beautiful Central Coast.

Of course, Orwin and Alma will undoubtedly be on hand with their iconic Lusso to trade stories and make new memories with all you car junkies out there. It truly is these connections between enthusiasts and automobiles that stand as a testament to the passion and devotion shared by car lovers, as well as the rich history and sentimental value they carry. (Photo Credit: Alma Middleton)
Please scroll all the way to the end of Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question
What did the demise of the high-wheeler “Ordinary” bicycle have in common with the arrival of the self-starter and demountable wheel rims?
Little Detroit Chapter Celebrates with Ice Cream
By Tom Somerville, redgto1@verizon.net & Gary Barnett, 51caddy@nctv.com
This is a member submitted story.
What's better than antique cars and ice cream on a hot summer day? The Little Detroit Chapter of North Carolina met at the nostalgic Scoops Ice Cream Shop in Rutherfordton, NC. What a fun way to cool off and great way to celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 14.
Heat Won’t Stop the Suwannee River Region from Celebrating
By Shirley McManus, President Suwannee River Region, wilshirav@aol.com
This is a member submitted story.
The Suwannee River Region AACA loves to host the National Collector Car Appreciation Day every year. This year was no exception. On July 18th, we met at Sal’s Italian Deli in Lake City, Florida, for some great food, a good time and great cars.
For the last 3 years we have had rain for this event, and I mean pouring down rain. But this year there was no rain in sight, instead we had to endure the blistering heat. At 5 p.m., it was still 98 degrees with a heat index of over 100 degrees. Even with these temperatures we had a good turnout.
It was quite the challenge trying to get people to leave the cool A/C inside and come out of the restaurant to get a group picture and hear the resolution. Can’t say as I blame them. But even with the extreme heat, we had a good time.
Our region sponsored root beer floats and homemade cookies and brownies, which everyone loved. Thank you to Barbara Richards, Marybeth Downs and Marie Towner for helping bake and serve.
This heat is so hard on our older cars and so many don’t have A/C, but we still had quite the variety of cars show up. Don Downs brought out his newly acquired Plymouth Belvedere convertible – a very fast and beautiful car, and of course my favorite color red.

One of the cars that really caught my eye was a 1960 Buick Electra convertible owned by Dennis Roberts. He also brought his two grandsons with him to shine it up. Just watching these young boys be so careful with their grandad’s car was heartwarming. You could just see that both of those boys will grow up to love the classics. That’s what this day was all about. If we can pass our knowledge, our passion, and the love we have for our cars on to them, then we can be sure that our hobby will live on in the eyes of our children and grandchildren.

Thank you to SEMA for making this event available each year!
FIVA Representative Visits AACA
FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture, as well as their safe use – and it is proud to be a non-governmental partner of UNESCO.
FIVA Vice-President of Membership Gabriela Magureanu stopped by AACA National Headquarters earlier this month to take a tour, learn more about AACA and to discuss possible ways our two organizations could work together in the future. Each group presented to each other books about the history of their organizations as small tokens of appreciation.
Gabriela is also the current President of the Retromobil Club Romania. Her husband Ovidiu joined her during the visit. The couple resides in Bucharest, Romania.
For those who would like to know more about FIVA
FIVA was founded in 1966 by an international group of historic vehicle organizations, who felt the time had come for a worldwide body to promote and guide the interests of the historic vehicle movement throughout the world.
FIVA’s primary objective is to encourage the safe use on the roads of self-propelled, mechanical vehicles more than 30 years old, for the benefit of their owners, dedicated enthusiasts, and the general public. But there’s far more to the historic vehicle world than simply driving an old machine: ownership broadens your outlook, creates a new circle of friends, and above all brings a huge amount of fun.
FIVA is headquartered in Torino, Italy.
Membership Corner: Ideas for Recruiting New Members
By Myron Smith, AACA National VP & Membership Committee Member, myronsmith@windstream.net
I am a second-generation car club member, so I’ve been in it most of my life. As I think back, my dad was an ‘independent collector’ until he was in his mid-40s. He also was not typically a ‘joiner’ of clubs and such. It was also a time when several marque clubs sprang up in the area. The Model A Club was in existence and even though he had one he hadn’t joined the club. To me, the best way to recruit new members is a one-to-one strategy. Dad finally joined the local startup Model T Club because one individual showed interest in him and becoming part of the group. We still belong to this local club. 
Our involvement in the local Model A Club stemmed from a man at a shopping center car show talking to my father and saying, “I understand you have a ‘30 Chevrolet. We’d really like to have you bring it and show it with our Model As.” Thus began a membership which lasted until my father’s death nearly 20 years later. This membership ‘recruiter’ was not a boisterous man, although he was a traveling salesman. He did not fit the stereotype used car or snake oil salesman. And I’m not quite sure how we ended up in the Chevrolet Club. Probably someone from the Model T Club suggested it, and it was a natural fit since our real passion was Chevrolets. 
How we ended up in AACA goes back to our involvement with Chevrolet Club. While at a Chevrolet Club meeting, one of the members said, “Hey, are you going to the AACA meet in Cedar Rapids?” I then asked when and what was AACA? He explained, “Well, it’s a lot like the Chevrolet Club, but they accept all brands of vehicles.” I signed up and went. The personal contact prompted me to join. I later noticed in some car books I’d collected from childhood that they showed the AACA logo and described AACA, but it never occurred to us to join the club. Maybe print advertising can attract a few, but I think the one-to-one way is the most effective recruitment approach. 
Another recruiting tool I think is effective is if your group sponsors an activity that people really want to take part in. I belong to the largest rod and custom group in Nebraska even though I don’t own a hot rod. They sponsor a weekend driving event of about 500 miles, which is in essence a highway speed parade with 5 car shows in small towns at stops along the way. People line the highways in rural areas just to see the vintage cars and trucks go by. They’ll bring out their lawn chairs and sit in the back of their pickup boxes just to see us. This has become so popular they are limited on the number of towns that have enough lodging and eating facilities to host us. They have started having to limit the registrations to around 400 vehicles. The participants, myself included, like to see the various locations around the state, giving the public a free car show and providing a special event to small towns for their citizens to enjoy. Registration for the tour starts on January 1 each year. The tour isn’t until the first weekend in June. This year it filled up in 6 days with more than 200 registrants before 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Registration is inexpensive by today’s standards, and you do not need to purchase a lunch ticket until you pick up your registration. Thus, if you have to cancel you are not out a large amount of money. This is a perfect example of people wanting to do the activity, so they join the group. 
Cars and Coffee events can be a place to find new members, too. Most of them I’ve seen have no requirements to join to show your car, so you’ll find a lot of ‘closet collectors’ who might be interested in your club if they knew about it. And the Cars and Coffee shows are usually held for only a few hours as to not take up a whole day for those of us with busy lives. 
Be creative when thinking of ways to recruit new members. There is no set way of doing it. To me, the biggest thing is to show people you genuinely care about them and their interests.
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 2023. They can test the AACA waters now for half the price. By the end of the year, we hope they will be ready to dive in for a full year of membership for 2024!

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/Aug, Sept/Oct & Nov/Dec).

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

2024 AACA Annual Convention Hotel Announced
The 2024 AACA Annual Convention will be held February 8-10 in the Dulles/Washington D.C. area at the Westfields Marriott. We have a super cool activity planned during the day on Thursday that you will not want to miss, so you may want to consider coming in on Wednesday.

Here is the full hotel and reservation information, so you can book early and start your planning:

Just Named...
Marriott’s Premium Hotel of the Year!
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
14750 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
Less than 10 miles from the Washington Dulles International Airport
Room Rate: $129 per night OR $169 per night includes breakfast for two people
Reservation Phone: (800) 266-9432 (mention Antique Automobile Club of America)
Reservation Deadline: January 16, 2024
2024 AACA Annual Convention Call for Speakers
February 8-10 – Chantilly/Dulles, Virginia
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.).
Youth Development Corner:
Hornets Nest Region’s Successful Youth Program
By Greg Jackson, President Hornets Nest Region &
AACA Youth Development Committee member, greg.jackson15@outlook.com
Over a decade ago, the Hornets Nest Region faced the ever-present challenge of how to involve youth in the antique car hobby. Youth Development Committee Chair Mike Munao had a new idea to put our members’ automotive knowledge to use and share it with young people. Having previous involvement with scouting, the committee began reaching out to local Boy Scout troops. “We need people to lead and teach our Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge workshops” was the response we received. We put this plan into action, and at the Fall Charlotte AutoFair in 2009, a group of five region members led a group of 20 scouts for our first ever workshop.
In the years since, the Youth Development program has expanded dramatically. Each Charlotte AutoFair we pre-register anywhere between 25-75 young people, and we have expanded it to other organizations such as the Girl Scouts, and Trail Life. We do not require membership in any organization to be a part of the program; a signed “Certificate of Completion” is awarded to participants who are not part of a youth organization.
At the beginning of the session, we discuss general respect of vehicles, as well as shop safety. We have a “touch table” where students are allowed to pick up and examine a piston, valve, carburetor, fuel injector, spark plug, distributor cap and plug wires, new and used air filters, oil filters, used belts, and an entire brake assembly. We also have a cutaway model of a small 4-stroke engine. We have a display of region member vehicles, diverse in age from the 1930s through modern era to compare and contrast the differences over the decades. We teach them how to check oil and tire pressure, how to read symbols and dash warning lights, as well as the “why” behind all of these items.
The Hornets Nest Region is proud of the program we have organically grown to serve the young people of our community and look forward to the continued growth of the program. If your region has questions or would like advice on putting together a similar program in your area, feel free to contact me.
Eastern Divisional Tour Overview
By Jen Wolfe, AACA Library Director, jwolfe@aaca.org
The AACA Library staff want to thank once more everyone who participated in and helped with the 2023 Eastern Divisional Tour in Denver, PA, last month. The tour was in memory of late director, Chris Ritter, and included 48 registered vehicles and drivers, with an additional 50 passengers. The staff thanks Chairman Chuck Gibson, Liaison Director Don Barlup, region volunteers, Dan Reed, the Ritter family, and AACA headquarters staff for helping make this event an enjoyable week for everyone, and a tribute worthy of Chris’s memory. Library staff joined the tour activities throughout the week and included here are their reflections…

Jen Wolfe, AACA Library Director:
As many of you know, coming into this job I was not much of a “car person” yet. Despite this, I’ve been taking various opportunities to throw myself into the hobby by attending my first AACA Convention in Williamsburg, my first car show in Gettysburg, my first region involvement with the Hershey Region, and now my first touring event. At the tour, as with every other event, I immediately got caught up in the excitement of, yes the cars, but also visiting with friends and meeting new people.

I’ve reached the point now where I have seen many of you at several events and can recognize faces and names…and every time I do, it fills my heart to exchange a “so great to see you again!”, a hug, and an update on how we’re doing since the last time we saw each other. This hobby really is about the people, and the tour was a fantastic way to spend more time with you – I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can’t wait for the next chance to see my new friends again.

I was lucky enough to be at the tour on 3 days. Registration day was a chance to see everyone upon arrival, catch up on all the news, and get caught up in the excitement of what was to come. Tuesday was my touring day spent with Don Barlup as he regaled me with stories of his life while we traveled from a covered bridge to the Watch & Clock Museum to the organ concert. Wednesday, we welcomed the group to our home here at headquarters, where I unfortunately almost blew everyone’s eardrums out with microphone feedback before delivering a short speech introducing the dedication of Dan Reed’s painting to Chris Ritter’s memory. At the end of the day, this tour was indeed about Chris, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it. I attended both the opening and closing dinners, which were not only delicious (except what were those red syrupy beet things??) but another opportunity to visit and enjoy each other’s company. All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and while the first, it will hopefully not be the last tour experience I’ll have with AACA.
Chris' Family
Dan presented each of Chris' sons
with prints of the painting
Matt Hocker, Cataloger & Volunteer Coordinator:
Although I’ve been with AACA for more than 10 years, this was my first experience with an AACA touring event. I had no idea what to expect on Sunday’s leg of the tour but was excited for all the stops along the way, especially because I had never been to any of them before! In particular, I was blown away by the Boyertown Museum of Transportation’s phenomenal collection of vehicles both built in and with special connections to Pennsylvania; the replica Back to the Future DeLorean in the lobby also tugged on my nostalgic heartstrings. Finishing the day off at the Carousel at Pottstown was a nice touch, and I even took I ride (on a goat of all things) even though I convinced myself I would not. The only disappointment I experienced there was seeing all the fun and unique vintage pinball tables and lamenting my lack of loose change!

While sightseeing is fun, the experience would not have been half as memorable without a great group of people to share the day. I was continually impressed by the warmth and friendliness of everyone involved, including Don Barlup who drove me around in his Pontiac. Over the years, Don has joked about still having a “flip phone” and, acting as navigator, I was initially terrified of getting us lost. We took a few wrong turns in the beginning but hit our stride by the end of the day, combining the yin and yang of our flip phone and smartphone powers.

Wednesday was the proverbial “cherry on top” in terms of being able to share the library with the tour group AND the unveiling of Dan Reed’s painting of Chris. Chris’ family being there made the day even more special, and I was floored when Chris’ wife Tam sent me the message they were on their way in Chris’ Buick and Olds. Moments like these served as a reminder of the importance in seeing through the tour that Chris started planning last year. Though bittersweet without his presence, he was always there in spirit.
Amoi Goldman, Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator:
I'm grateful that I finally had a chance to experience an antique car tour. It was a lot of fun, and now I know why AACA members enjoy them so much. It's both a social event and a learning experience, as well as an excellent opportunity to drive or ride in an antique vehicle. I was able to attend both banquets, toured on Monday, and helped lead the experience at headquarters on Wednesday.

As a member of the library staff, attending the tour provided context and a better understanding of our members and their research needs. Many thanks to those who brought Chris Ritter's idea to fruition and provided continuity from one Directorship to another.
Interested in becoming a volunteer with the AACA Library?
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Matthew Hocker,
at mhocker@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.

Interested in doing research with the AACA Library?
More information is available on our website.
Visit AACA Library or contact our Reference Librarian, Amoi Goldman,
at agoldman@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.

Visit our Booth at Black Swan Antiquities
Have You Checked Out MemberDeals Yet?
Last month, we announced a brand-new member benefit called MemberDeals! MemberDeals is a benefits program with exclusive offers to the world’s greatest entertainment and travel brands. While working with the top suppliers and partners in the industry nationwide, MemberDeals develops attractive offers that you, as an AACA member, now get to take advantage of.

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

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

(Your member number and pin can be found on your AACA membership card. If you have lost or misplaced your card, feel free to call AACA National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 and we will be happy to help you.)
It's Never Too Early to Order Your Holiday Cards
AACA Christmas and holiday cards are an annual tradition for many members. These beautiful 5x7 cards feature artwork from renowned artist Ken Eberts, whose paintings have graced Antique Automobile magazine covers. This year, we have two new designs...
“Christmas 1910”
1910 Oldsmobile Limited
Inside: Season’s Greetings
“Christmas 1949”
1949 Ford Custom Fordor
Inside: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
The cards come in packs of 12 and include envelopes. Each pack is only $12 (plus shipping). An order form was included with your July/August issue of Antique Automobile magazine. You can also purchase them in the AACA store on our website or call AACA Headquarters to place your order (717-534-1910).
Are You Heading Out on Any of the National Tours This Year?
Driving Your Car to Any of the National Shows?
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.
If you have any questions, please email Sherm Carey.
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 agoldman@aaca.org.

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 Membership 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
The high-wheeler “Ordinary” was superseded by the low-slung, more user-friendly “Safety” bicycle. Like the self-starter and demountable wheel rims, all three served to liberate women and make both two and four-wheeled transportation more accommodating to their physical needs.
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.