May 2022 | Volume 161
Grand Nationals Results
AACA held its annual Grand Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA, earlier this month. During Saturday's show, visitors strolled through more than 350 of the finest antique cars from a 1903 Cadillac Runabout to a 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible, and everything in between. Remember, only the best-of-the-best can compete at the Grand Nationals – every car participating must have already received their Senior award.

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 Virginia Beach, VA!
And a very special THANK YOU to the Tidewater Region for hosting a great event!

Click the above link to view the winners list.

Thank you to George Seybold, Graveyard Run Restorations’
photographer/videographer/editor, for sharing this great video from the Grand Nationals.

Please also enjoy a few photos shared by Jennifer Lancaster – thank you!

Make sure to read the official recap article and photos in the
July/August issue of Antique Automobile magazine.
2022 AACA Zenith Award Winner Crowned
1929 Du Pont wins “Restoration of the Year”
By Richard Lentinello, 2022 Zenith Judging Team,
AACA has selected a 1929 Du Pont for its 2022 Zenith Award winner. Owned by Lammot J. du Pont of McLean, Virginia, this automobile is one of only 25 Model G Club Sedans ever built and is one of only a handful of Du Pont automobiles known to exist today.
Under its hand-crafted body by the Merrimac Body Company, the limited production Du Pont was well known for its superb engineering, outstanding performance and distinctive styling. Power is provided by a 322-cubic-inch Continental inline-eight engine producing 125 horsepower.
This particular Du Pont started out as a total basket case that was little more than a parts car. After several years of research and meticulous craftsmanship by its talented restorers, it rightfully earned the AACA’s coveted Zenith Award for 2022.
This prestigious award recognizes the very best automobile restoration for its overall quality, authenticity and rarity. The 13 automobiles that competed for this year’s Zenith Award, held at the AACA Grand Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia, May 20-21, 2022, were selected from each of the AACA National shows in 2021. Only one vehicle can be crowned “Restoration of the Year,” and this stunningly restored 1929 Du Pont clearly deserved that honor. 
“Despite tough competition from each of the vehicles nominated, the Du Pont exemplified the Zenith Award as the finest restoration of the year and will wear that title well. The competing cars and owners were first-class – a real testament to the fine spirit of the hobby,” stated Tom Cox, AACA Board VP and the founder of the Zenith program. 
Congratulations also goes to the runner-up, a 1928 Auburn Boattail Speedster owned by Richard and Helen Harding of Beavercreek, Ohio.

Click here to view the AACA Zenith Award program listing all of the cars in the competition.
How Do I Get Hershey Registration Materials?
Summer registration is almost upon us for the Hershey Flea Market, Car Corral and show vehicles. To acquire space(s), you must request a registration card from AACA National Headquarters by using the Activity Request Card enclosed in the plastic covering of the May/June issue of your Antique Automobile magazine. Please DO NOT send any money at this time. You are simply requesting that registration materials be mailed to you at this time. If you have lost your Activity Request Card, you can always call AACA Headquarters (717-534-1910) and we can fill one out for you.

All requested registration materials will be mailed to you by the AACA staff the first week of July. We recommend that you fill out your registration card(s), write your check and mail everything back to the Hershey Region immediately so that you do not forget/lose it/miss the August 15 deadline.
Important 2022 Hershey Reminders
Show will run Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7
Flea Market set-up will be Monday, October 3
Judging School will be Thursday, October 6, at 2 p.m.
Judges Breakfast will be Friday, October 7, at 7 a.m.
Car show will be Friday, October 7
Central Mountains Region Presents
CCCTC Outstanding Students With Tool Kits
Submitted by Dave Raecher, Central Mountains Region,
Written by & Photo Credit Holly Ryan, Director of Marketing, Recruiting, & Admissions, CCCTC
Outstanding students at The Clearfield County Career and Technology Center (CCCTC) receive awards for their hard work and dedication in their program. This year, representatives from the Central Mountains Region AACA drove some of their antique cars to the CCCTC on Thursday, May 12, to present awards to outstanding students – Zachariah Dobo, Diesel Equipment Maintenance & Repair program from West Branch Area High School; Hunter Hagen, Collision Repair program from Moshannon Valley Area High School; Jacob Carfley, Welding and Metal Fabrication program from Curwensville Area High School; and Trenten Hipps, Automotive Mechanics program from Curwensville Area High School. The students were awarded a Kobalt 243-piece tool set, and another set of tools not pictured. CCCTC partners with employers and community organizations to collaborate and ensure students are learning the most current skills. Employers and community organizations are an integral part of designing and updating curriculum. To learn more about the opportunities for high school and adult students at CCCTC, visit us at

Dave shared… Annually, our club does a tool set award to the top students in four classes at the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center here in Clearfield, PA. It is our way of "giving back" to the community and giving a small start on the tools these students will need as they follow their career path.
In photo L to R kneeling is Trenten Hipps; Hunter Hagen; Jacob Carfley; and Zachariah Dobo. Second row L to R is Barb Frankenhaus, AACA member; Dan Kerlin, CCCTC Automotive Mechanics Instructor; Darrin Dale, CCCTC Collision Repair Instructor; Ray Coudriet, Central Mountains Region AACA President; Dave Rupert, CCCTC Welding and Metal Fabrication Instructor; Reece Matthew, CCCTC Diesel Equipment, Maintenance & Repair Instructor; and Leona Baum, AACA member. Back row L to R is Tiffany Cover, CCCTC Principal; Bill Frankhouser, AACA member; Dave Raecher, AACA member; Ed Milligan, AACA member; Walt Gormont, AACA member; and Ed Baum, AACA member.
2023 AACA Annual Convention Call for Speakers
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.).
AACA Library Tent Sale Returns for Fall Hershey
By Matthew Hocker, AACA Librarian, Cataloger & Volunteer Coordinator,
Sometimes sequels take a few years to release, and some are more highly anticipated than others. The AACA Library’s annual Fall Hershey “Tent Sale” fell into this category. The tent sale offered collectors the opportunity to browse and purchase a wide range of automotive ephemera at great prices all while benefiting their favorite library. Many have asked and some have even pleaded for us to bring the sale back. Well, after a 3-year hiatus, we are proud to announce that the AACA Library Tent Sale is returning for the 2022 Fall Nationals!
Staff are hard at work planning and coordinating to ensure the return of the sale’s success, and we are excited to be hosting the event at our new location on 800 W. Hersheypark Drive. Three years is a long time; that’s three years of historic automotive brochures, manuals and books waiting to be adopted. A major highlight for this year will be hundreds of vintage owner’s manuals which were duplicates from the former Free Library of Philadelphia’s Automobile Reference Collection!
If you plan on attending Fall Hershey this year, you won’t want to miss this year’s tent sale. Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 4; the event will be held rain or shine. Since we are still in the process of planning everything, start and end times have yet to be decided. For more information, be sure to read future issues of Speedster, look out for updates on our website, or give us a call at 717-534-2082. We hope you can attend and look forward to seeing each and every one of you!
Interested in doing research
with the AACA Library?
More information is available on our website.
You can also visit the AACA Library or contact
Reference Librarian, Amoi Goldman, or 717-534-2082.

Visit our Booth at Black Swan Antiquities
Membership Corner: The Allure of Tours
By Jeff Broadus, AACA National VP & Membership Committee,
Your membership in AACA is what you make of it. Maybe you are a member who has spent years restoring an old barn find and love to show off your labor of love at car shows and win lots of awards. Maybe you are a member whose pride and joy is your daily driver that you like to “show off” in the grocery store parking lot or at the corner gas station. Maybe you are a member who doesn’t own an antique car right now but loves reading Antique Automobile magazine and strolling through local cruise-ins. Or maybe you are a member who just loves to go on car tours.

If you’re a veteran tour person, you know them, you love them and you can’t wait until the next one. For those of you who are not that familiar with touring, hopefully this information will serve as a good introduction to this part of our beloved hobby.

There are many themed tours that take place throughout the year. The question most asked is what rally or tour best fits your interests and what do you need to know to participate? If you’re not sure, here’s some tour definitions to guide you in the right direction.

Escorted Group Tours: There are usually around 20 cars on an escorted group tour. These are small groups so everyone can meet, chat and get to know each other. In most cases you stay in some beautiful hotels, often the smaller, country house hotels, etc. Each car has a route book, which has detailed written directions, route maps, hotel information, recommended places for coffee/lunch, and everything there is to do, see and visit each day.

Independent Tours: Some groups offer tour books for purchase, which allows you to enjoy a driving experience independently, without the hassle and guesswork of organizing a group. Just use the information provided, book the hotels (all with suitable parking), and enjoy the routes – knowing you’re going to be driving fabulous roads through beautiful scenery, while staying in some glorious places.

Hub Tours: Hub tours are tours that use one primary location designated as the base or center of the tour. Your tour will use this location and travel back and forth to selected attractions usually within an hour or two from the hub location.

Progressive Tours: Progressive tours are tours that move from one location to another such as city to city or state to state. You check in to and out of new hotels throughout the length of the tour. The era of cars on the tour will dedicate the daily miles driven. Older cars usually stay around 200 miles per day while newer cars can go 300-400 miles per day.

Rallies Classification: A rally is a competition run on public roads that requires you to follow driving instructions while performing a task along the way. As a “car person” the chances are good you’ve already run a rally as part of a regional or national club event. Common formats include the “poker” or “question and answer” rallies, where you gather playing cards or look for answers along the route.

T-S-D (Time Speed Distance) Rallies: Most car buffs are also familiar with the Sports Car Club of America’ European style “time-speed-distance” (T-S-D) rallies that they’ve been running for more than 50 years. These are based on precision: you are still driving on public roads and obeying all traffic laws, but in addition to staying on the route, the ultimate task to perform is to arrive at the finish exactly on time.
Vintage Rallying: Vintage rallying sort of bashes those formats together to form an intriguing competition suitable for antique cars, while still requiring precision driving skills. This format eliminates the odometer; you’re given the speed and the time, but not the distance. No computers, maps or calculators are permitted. You are given your route instructions, and you provide the pencil, a time-of-day clock, a stopwatch and your performance chart for your car, which provides you with a reference of precise time lost due to various maneuvers such as stopping, accelerating to speed, or turning at each speed. You work to stay right on course and make all the speed changes precisely, so that at any point on the route a surprise checkpoint can record your time and compare it to the perfect score. Seconds off, either early or late, dictates your score.

Keep your eyes on the AACA website and the event calendars in both Antique Automobile magazine and Speedster to see what tours are being hosted by AACA and maybe try one out for yourself. No matter what type of touring you may decide to do, the most important rule to remember is to always enjoy the drive. 
Please scroll all the way to the end of Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question
When first conceived…as a possible Cadillac LaSalle successor…what was the brand image that the 1963 Buick Riviera strived to emulate?
Search For My 1950 Pontiac Catalina
By Ron Rowand, Palm Harbor, Florida,
This is a member submitted story.
After the war, my uncle was fortunate enough to find and purchase a brand new white 1946 Pontiac 6 Torpedo sedan in my hometown of Springfield, Ohio. Two years later he traded it in for a 1948 Pontiac Streamliner 8 sedan with Hydra-Matic. Two years later, keeping the 1948, he bought a 1950 Pontiac 8 Catalina in its first year with introductory colors of Sierra Rust over San Pedro Ivory. I was just 16 and he let me drive it home from church. I think that might have been when I fell in love.
Some years after my uncle died, I asked my aunt why he had traded that beautiful Catalina in on a Buick sedan shortly after he had bought it. She answered that he claimed it handled badly on ice compared to the 1948. But that wasn’t the real reason, she said, it was because all of the workers whistled at her when she drove it.
I had searched for a duplicate Catalina for years. Finally, I bought one at the Raleigh Classic Car Auction. Thanks to the research done by Jon Curtis, AACA Trophy Manager, I discovered that C. E. Bradshaw of Orlando, Florida, had showed the car in 1988 at two different National AACA shows, and the car had won both its First Junior and Senior awards.
The Catalina has been kept in pristine condition. I am just planning to replace the tires because of age, add seat belts for safety, and repair the clock and radio. Both me (87) and the car then plan on competing for a Preservation Award.
I love the Catalina just as much as its three other garage mates: an Original HPOF 1941 Cadillac sedan; a just-restored 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Club sedan; and “Sugar Ray” Leonard’s 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II.
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
Get a Friend to Join AACA for Only $25 Right Now!
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department,
Do you know anyone who would enjoy going to a car show? Maybe you know someone that would enjoy the 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 2022. 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 2023!

Starting in June, we will begin to process ½ year memberships. The ½ 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 ½ year membership includes the months of June through December at a cost of only $25. The ½ year members receive three bi-monthly issues of Antique Automobile magazine (July/August, Sept/Oct & Nov/Dec).

REMEMBER: The ½ year membership is for first-time new members only!

If you have any questions regarding the ½ year membership program, feel free to contact me.

Long-Time Supporter of AACA Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
Congratulations to Advanced Plating as they celebrate their 60th anniversary! Advanced Plating has been a long-time advertiser and support of AACA and its members. Over the years, the business has grown to become a recognizable brand with car builders and auto restorers nationwide. They have gained a positive reputation for their dedication to quality, service and delivery. Advanced Plating continues to offer the World’s Finest Chrome to customers worldwide and is looking forward to a future with even more growth and innovation.

For more information on Advanced Plating, be sure to visit
Casting Car Lovers & Car Restoration Experts!
My name is Joe Pinzone and I am the casting director at Warm Springs Production. We are producing a car renovation series that is going into its second season called My Dream Car. The premise of the show is that we are looking for people who are in the process of gifting a car to a loved one that has significant meaning to them. We are looking for that car to have a connection with the person getting it, specifically, it used to be their first car or it was a car that someone close to them used to own. Once the car has been identified, we would like a shop to be able to help touch it up (6-8 weeks max) which we can help with some costs while the rest comes from the owners. Stories we’d like to showcase are as followed:
  • Finding the exact car that someone used to own (can be exact by serial numbers or just the same color/model)
  • Restoring an older car that is on the property, but hasn’t been used in years and that the person used to own or had been in the family for years 
  • Finding someone’s dream car that they’ve always wanted to own or that maybe a family member used to own and now they want the same car 
We are also open to other stories that do resemble these. The keys are it being a surprise, dream car with a specific connection, and it being a gift. 
This would be a great opportunity for a car restorer or dealership – who may have these types of clients – to showcase their skills on television and highlight their business.
Interested applicants can also email us at
Coming Around the Bend
August 11-13, 2022
Central Fall Nationals
East Moline, IL
Registration Deadline: July 20
The Mississippi Valley Region is excited to host this national show in East Moline. The Quad Cities was the site of many implement and car manufacturers in the early teens and twenties. Two of the vehicles produced in those years were the Moline and the Moline Knight, which eventually morphed into the R & V Knight Motor Company. The factory and test track were located in East Moline, IL, near the current site of The Bend XPO/Hyatt Hotel Complex. Part of the test track still exists and will be available for photos throughout the show.

Event highlights include:
  • Design Your Own Tour with help from the Quad Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Guided Quad Cities Drive
  • Free Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • Swap Meet and Car Corral
  • Dahl Ford Car Collection Tour
  • AACA Roundtable at the XPO
  • Judging School at the XPO
  • Team Captains School at the XPO
  • Cruise with Dining & Music
  • Judges Breakfast at the XPO
  • Saturday Car Show
  • BBQ and Awards at the XPO
Host Hotel:
Hyatt Place, 111 Bend Blvd, East Moline, IL
309-755-6000, AACA Room Rate $129 plus tax, Group Code G-MRCC
Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 10

Chairman: Mark Lousberg, 309-373-2169,
Registration: Mary Bartemeyer, 563-340-3266,
Swap Meet/Car Corral: Alan Ford, 309-235-4462,
Experience History in Gettysburg
September 10-15, 2022
Sentimental Tour
Gettysburg, PA
Registration Deadline: August 10
The Buzzard’s Breath Touring Region is looking forward to hosting this relaxing, informative and fun tour for 1928-1958 automobiles.

Tour highlights include:
  • National Civil War Museum
  • Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
  • C & O Canal National Park
  • Don Bowman Collection
  • PA Capitol and Governor’s Residence
  • Jay Crist Collection
  • Cyclorama and WWII Experience

For those members who want to participate in both the Sentimental Tour (cars 1928-1958) and the Glidden Tour in Princeton, NJ (cars 1942 and older), we have created the first ever “In Between Tour.” We will work our way from Gettysburg to Lancaster to Princeton and arrive a day early for the Glidden Tour. There will be a Sip and Suds Wine and Cheese Day at the Laundromat and stops at interesting local places between PA and NJ. This will be a marvelous motoring adventure!

Host Hotel:
Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-339-0020, special rate of $139 per night
Tour Chairman & Registration: Charlie Steffy, 407-261-9318,
76th Revival AAA Glidden Tour Takes You
on New Jersey’s Revolutionary Roads
September 25-30, 2022
Revival AAA Glidden Tour
Princeton, NJ
Registration CLOSES: June 30
Planned itineraries include:
  • Sunday, Sept. 25: Princeton/Princeton University self-directed tours of the University and surrounding town, followed by a barbeque.
  • Monday, Sept. 26: A lecture at a local college theater entitled, “Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution,” followed by a tour of Bucks County, PA… covered bridges, barns and stone homes.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27: Visit Washington Crossing on both sides of the Delaware River, which includes presentations, movies and touring a colonial village.
  • Wednesday, Sept 28: We’ll tour Monmouth Battlefield and nearby sites. A historical interpreter will detail both battles.
  • Thursday, Sept. 29: Roebling Museum’s contribution to major bridges will be explored, followed by lunch aboard the Battleship USS New Jersey.
  • Friday, Sept. 30: Enjoy Princeton Battlefield and Morven Museum, then finish our tour by driving the Millstone, followed by our closing banquet.

Tour Contacts:
Vince DeLisi, Chairman & Registrar,, 908-803-1570 (cell & text)
Jerry Peck, Tour Master,, 609-613-7373 (cell & text)

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

Registration: Registration ends June 30, 2022, or until filled with a 175-car limit. Hotel details will be included in the confirmation email. Applications will be available on the NJ Region website and the VMCCA website.

History: New Jersey played a central role and critical role during the Revolutionary War. In fact, George Washington and his armies spent over a third of their time here. Nearly 300 engagements occurred in New Jersey, more than the combined total of all clashes within all of the remaining 12 original American Colonies!
Attention Regions & Chapters: Have You Read the Latest Rummage Box?
The Rummage Box is published by the AACA National Publications Committee. The articles in the Rummage Box are provided by National Directors, officers and committee members, as well as pertinent articles submitted by members. The publication is to assist the operations and activities of Regions and Chapters by helping to keep them informed of the latest information about AACA changes in policy or values added. This publication is not copyrighted, and newsletter editors are encouraged to reprint Rummage Box articles in their Region/Chapter newsletters. In fact, an editor will receive additional credit for doing so when their newsletter is being evaluated for national recognition. Such articles may include those that the editor feels may be of reading interest to their members or may provide their members with more information and a better understanding of the benefits they receive from their AACA membership now or will receive in the future.
Do You Have an Official AACA Car Sign for Your Car?
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 3-4 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.
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!

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 2022 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 2022 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
GM Design Chief Bill Mitchell’s original (XP-715) design intent for a resurrected LaSalle…which ended up as the 1963 Buick Riviera…was to serve as a cross between a Rolls-Royce and a Ferrari. Cadillac turned it down, to Buick’s benefit.
Photos From My Very First Touring Experience
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster Editor,
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.