November 2021 | Volume 155
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department,
As most of you know, your AACA membership runs for a calendar year – January 1 through December 31. If you have already paid your 2022 dues, THANK YOU!!

If you haven’t already paid your 2022 dues, you only have one month left to do so. 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 or online here.

If you have renewed your dues online in the past, please go to “registered customers.” Enter the email associated with your membership record and the password that you created. If you don’t remember your password, click on “forgot your password.” You will receive an email with instructions to reset your password.

If this is your first time renewing online, please go to "current members retrieve account." Enter your member number and pin number. You will then get an email with a temporary password. Using your email address and temporary password you will now be able to login under "registered customers."
After you login, you can update your information, change your password to something you can remember and renew your membership. If you don't receive an email with the temporary password, make sure to check your email junk and spam folders. If you still don't see the email, just call us and we will help you.

REMINDER: Your 2022 membership dues MUST be paid before you can receive registration information for any 2022 National Shows or Tours.
2021 I.C. Kirkham Membership Award

The I.C. Kirkham Membership Award is again up for grabs at the 2022 Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA. This award recognizes the efforts of a region or chapter to grow their membership.
Entering the competition is simple!

Fill it out with how many members you had on December 31, 2020, and how many members you gained in 2021. Then write up a short paragraph to share with us what you did in order to increase your membership and email the completed form to A committee will review and select the applicant with the largest percentage increase, along with the best narrative. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, December 1, 2021!
Multiple Scholarships Available Through AACA
Applications Due ASAP!!!
This year AACA has six different scholarships available. All scholarship applications are due ASAP and will be awarded at the AACA Annual Convention in February. Click on each scholarship below for more information and an application:

  1. John and Janet Ricketts Leadership Scholarship
  2. Susquehannock Region Automotive Technology Scholarship
  3. AACA Young People's Award
  4. AACA Scholarship
  5. Louise Bianchi Chiotti Memorial Scholarship Award
  6. Hershey Region AACA Automotive Restoration Scholarship

All completed applications should be returned to: 
Megan Boyd, VP Youth Development & Awards
PO Box 702, Waynesburg, OH 44688 or
Special Western 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 Phoenix, AZ! 
And a very special THANK YOU to the Phoenix Metro Region for hosting a great event!
Click the above link to view the winners list.

Make sure to read the official recap article and photos in the January/February issue of
Antique Automobile magazine.
Meet the Newest AACA Library Team Member
By Amoi Goldman, Reference Librarian, AACA Library & Research Center,
Hello! My name is Amoi Goldman, and I am the new Research Librarian at the Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library & Research Center, where I am very excited to be a part of the team. If you are wondering how to pronounce my name, it sounds like, “Amoy.” I also respond to Mrs. Goldman if that is easier.
In 2019, my family and I moved to Central Pennsylvania from the Philadelphia area. Before moving, I had been volunteering and working at several libraries and archives, including the Map Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch. I was very glad when I found a volunteer opportunity at the AACA Library & Research Center once we had moved. When I volunteered at AACA, I was fascinated with the collection, and everyone was very friendly. I am glad that I am now part of the staff and working in their state-of-the-art facility. As a history enthusiast, I am also very glad I had the opportunity to experience the library as it was in the previous building.
My background includes a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and several years of experience working for a general contractor who specialized in historic restoration projects. Some of the more interesting projects the company was involved with while I was employed there included Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Lucy, the Margate Elephant in Margate, New Jersey. While working through the Historic Preservation Program at Bucks County, I had the opportunity to work at some historic sites including Elfreth’s Alley Museum in Philadelphia and Burlington County Historical Society in Burlington, New Jersey. I also had the opportunity to complete an internship at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, where I was involved with the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings online database project.
Prior to entering the historic preservation field and returning to the Philadelphia area, I lived in Florida where I managed educational classes for apprenticeship programs. Some of the apprenticeship programs I was involved with included automotive and diesel. Through that opportunity, I gained an appreciation for those fields and met many very talented technicians. That experience in combination with my historic preservation/restoration background fuels my interest in antique automobiles and related information.
I look forward to new adventures and helping members and patrons as a new team member at the ACAA Library & Research Center. Please stop by and say hello.
Interested in doing research
with the AACA Library?
More information is available on our website.
You can also visit the AACA Library or contact
our library director Chris Ritter at or 717-534-2082.
2022 Hershey Flea Market & Car Corral Pre-Registration Information
By "Mac" MacAdam, Flea Market/Car Corral Registration Chairman,
Hershey Region AACA,
On behalf of the Hershey Region, we thank you for attending the 2021 Fall Meet. We hope you had an enjoyable experience. We are starting to work on the 2022 Fall Meet in which Jay Robertson will be the Fall Meet Chairman with Scott Kopp as his assistant.
We will be mailing the 2022 pre-registration packet/cards around December 20th. If you do not receive your packet in the mail by January 20, 2022, you should call 717-566-7720 or email
Please read the following important information regarding the submission of pre-registration cards:

  1. A "Space Relocation Form" will be enclosed in the packet. This will be the only form accepted. 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. 
  2. Pay close attention to the deadline on the card. The deadline is February 15th! 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 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 at any National event for sale, swap or display. 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 P & P 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." 
Just in Case You Missed it... Who Won the Jeep?
Congratulations to Ed Garfield of Rochelle Park, New Jersey!
Ed is the raffle winner of the 1973 Jeep Commando. Ed just happened to be at the Hershey show when we drew the winner and after all of the paperwork was in order, he was able to pick up the Jeep the following week. Drive it well, Ed!

Thank you to EVERYONE who purchased raffle tickets, sold raffle tickets and promoted this successful AACA fundraiser!! Many thanks to AACA National VP Paula Ruby for spearheading this activity and to her husband Gary Ruby for the photo of the winner.
The posters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $20, plus $9 shipping. Please send an email with your order to Karen at or
give us a call at 717-534-1910
(M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST).
Still Looking to Get This Year’s Official Hershey Fall
Nationals Poster?
Did you forget to pick up this year’s official Hershey poster while you were here? Did you “misplace” your poster while you were wondering around the flea market? Were you unable to make the trek to Hershey this year, but would still love to get a poster? Well, you are in luck! We happen to have a small supply of this year’s poster remaining.

Ken Eberts has produced the official Hershey event poster since 1996 and they have become a highly collectible and sought-after show souvenir. This year’s poster is sponsored by The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage and includes a great collection of early American automobiles featured in a scene from downtown Hershey.
Membership Corner: Let’s Get Social!
By Megan Boyd, AACA National VP of Youth Development &
National Membership Committee,
With club activities ramping back up to full speed there has never been a better time to “get social!” It’s time to show the world (wide web) what your region or chapter and our national club has to offer!

We are all familiar with the word ‘social’ – especially when it is connected to AACA members’ favorite other words… ice cream! Social media, just like our ice cream socials, is created to do the same thing – get people socializing! 

While Facebook continues to be at the forefront of social media, there are various other platforms for your club to consider. Some of the other popular platforms (at the time of this article – they change so fast!) include Instagram, Tiktok, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn. It is likely you are personally on one of them… if not all of them! 

The AACA’s regions and chapters have a great opportunity to take advantage of these FREE marketing tools. These are great platforms to share information about your club, your members and their cars, plus tech tips and tricks just to name a few things. You can also share or repost information from our national club or other regions and chapters. 

Often, I hear “I don’t know how to use Facebook” or “I don’t even have a smart phone.” Don’t worry – that’s ok. Asking your younger members to create and maintain the social media for your club is a great way to get them involved. It is second nature to the younger generation, and it can be a valuable membership tool for your club. 

If your club is looking where to start, I suggest creating a Facebook page. Add a few photos of club events, club members or better yet club members with their cars! You can also create Facebook events to advertise your club meetings and shows. This is also a great way to connect with your local community to make them aware of your club and all of the wonderful things you have going on. Once you have your Facebook page created, try adding an Instagram account. Instagram is a platform for sharing pictures, and we all love pictures! 

I look forward to seeing more regions and chapters getting social. I’ll be watching for you on the world wide web! In the meantime, if you have questions about social media or need help, I’m just an email away…
Give the Gift of AACA Membership

We can't think of a better gift to give someone who loves this hobby than an AACA membership. Do you have friends and family who aren't current members and enjoy antique cars as much as you do? With the benefits of Antique Automobile magazine and the Library & Research Center alone, how can you go wrong?!
An AACA membership is a unique gift that gives all year long!
 Call us today at 717-534-1910 to purchase a gift membership for 2022!
Please scroll all the way to the end of the Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question
Once upon a time, there was a Pontiac called “Silver Streak.” Why?
My Ford Story
By Cecil E. Polan, Gerrardstown, WV,
This is a member submitted story.
This picture was taken in 2013 in Boise, ID, on my way back from
Lake Tahoe, California, in my quest to drive in all lower 48 states.
The tale about my present Ford started in 1966, even though I never knew it existed at the time. Here’s how it happened... In the mid-sixties, I was working for a company that had a fleet of dump trucks working in Martinsburg, WV, on the construction of Interstate I-81 between Hagerstown, MD and Winchester, VA. There was a local high school student who drove a Hawaiian Bronze ‘50 Ford that I fell in love with and to keep this short, after some time and much haggling and the fact that he threw a rod through the block, I was able to buy the car.
Fast forward to 1975, I went to work for Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, MD, as Transportation Director. Shortly after I started the new job, I drove my ‘50 Ford to work and it was spotted by another employee, George Messenger, the college electrician. He was excited to see my Ford and told me he had one exactly like it in his garage that he had parked there in 1972 with a tooth off the cluster gear. It had 64,000 miles at that time. He had been on a short errand when he knocked the tooth off and parked it and planned to repair it when he had more time, but never got around to it.
This started a special relationship between George and myself. An interesting aside is that although he was a few years older than me, he grew up in central West Virginia just over the hill from where I grew up.
George bought the Ford in 1955 from Charles Holford who was a graduating ministerial student leaving for an overseas missionary assignment. Charles had purchased the Ford from his sister in 1954, who in turn bought it new in Dearborn from a dealer “just across the street from the factory” as Charles put it. Over the next few years, I kept trying to buy his Ford, but George always had some reason why he couldn’t sell it. At first, it was that one of his boys might want it and then it was that one of his boys had an old car torn apart in front of the garage and the doors wouldn’t open, or “it really is in bad shape.” This went on for a few years until I decided I wouldn’t ask him anymore, after all, he knew I wanted it so I would just wait and see what happens.
It was about 1995 that George retired and as we were talking one day, he asked me if I was still interested in the old Ford, and I told him that when he was ready to sell it to let me know. In June 1998, George came to me and said that if I was interested in the Ford to come over to his house and look at it. He had pumped up the tires with a hand pump and had shoved it out of the garage and looked it over and shoved it back in the garage. My son Michael and I went over that day to see the Ford and I must say it was pretty sorry looking at first sight, but as we really looked it over, we saw a very solid car. George said he never washed or wiped anything off at all, but there wasn’t enough dust to make a mark on the dash with a finger. There was a hole above the left sun visor where a mouse had chewed to make a home above the headliner (still there), and it had aftermarket seat covers. It was in a wood frame garage that the squirrels and raccoons could get in and they ran all over it and were hard on the paint.
We made a deal on the car and towed it to the college shop, which was just 3 blocks away. The engine would only turn over partially because of stuck valves, so I pulled the heads and put some Kroil on the valves and freed them up, reinstalled the heads, put some fresh gas and a battery in and fired it up. It ran as smooth as silk. Then I got serious and pulled the gas tank and had it cleaned and coated inside, redid the wheel cylinders, all rubber hoses, belts, ignition parts and put a kit in the carburetor and fuel pump. George told me that it always ran hot, so I had the radiator recored as well. I removed the aftermarket seat covers and tried to vacuum the seats, but the vacuum just sucked the upholstery right off the seats. Next, I drove it home to West Virginia, 80 miles with no problem. Since I was starting a restoration on a ‘40 pickup about that time, I just started gathering parts for a future restoration on the ‘50 and just drove it occasionally, since it looked so horrible.
In May 2003, I saw an ad for the Early Ford Club of America and since I had only belonged to a local car club, I decided to join. I saw there was a National Meet coming up in a couple of months and decided to go to Dearborn and see what this early Ford stuff was all about. My wife and I drove to Dearborn in our ‘86 Cougar, and as soon as we arrived, we were informed that we weren’t driving a flathead, and everyone had a good laugh. I must say that I have never seen so many old Fords at one time in my life.
The one car that stood out in my mind was a barn fresh ‘32 Ford Tudor sedan that one guy was running around the show lot in all the time. When the meet was over, I learned that he received a Rouge Award for that car. I thought that if he could do that with his, I could do it with mine. Up until this time, I was pretty much ashamed of the car. The next year was the Eastern Meet in Frederick, MD, just 45 miles from my house, so I had to go. One of the benefits of attending the Frederick meet was ending up sitting at the awards banquet with some members of the host club, the National Capitol Regional Group #36, and as a result, I joined that local club as well. I not only received a Rouge Award in Frederick in 2004, but also in Hiawassee, GA, in 2005; Batavia, NY, in 2006; Fairfax, VA, in 2007; Dearborn, MI, in 2008; and Windsor, CT, and Auburn, IN, in 2009. The car had 65,000 miles on it when I got it and it now shows 112,000 miles. I drive it everywhere it goes. I have driven it in all lower 48 states, Canada, and California twice, with a total of 19 National Meets with the EFV8 Club of America, and my wife Kay has been right there with me the entire time! I did drop a piston in Abilene, KS, in 2010, and rented a car to come home to get my truck and trailer to haul it home. I ended up boring the cylinders .030 and put the rest back together with standard bearings on the crank.
In 2006, at the Early Ford V8 Club National Meet in Batavia, NY, Richard Lentinello and Daniel Strohl took pictures and did a story for Hemmings Classic Cars under their Drivable Dream series in the October 2006 issue. George’s son saw the article and took it to George, and he said that if he would have known that the car would become famous, he would have taken better care of it.
I have tried to find out what I could about this car’s early history but haven’t had much success. George told me that he got a leather key case with the car that, according to Charles Holford, had the original dealer’s name on it, but he couldn’t find it. I did get a plastic key fob with the car that has a ‘50 Ford picture and the name “Bob Estes Ford” on it. The only Bob Estes Ford Dealer I can find was in Grand Rapids, so I don’t really know if there is any significance to this or not. Somewhere in the dark regions of my mind, it seems like I may have gotten the leather case with the car, but if I did, I can’t find it. For some reason that I can’t explain, when I first got the car, there was something that gave me the impression that it was sold by a dealer in Livonia, MI, but a local resident I talked to in Dearborn told me that Livonia was just a rural farm area in 1950. As near as I could find out while I was in Dearborn is that it was probably sold by what is now Fairlane Ford on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. The local resident said that was the closest dealer to the Dearborn plant in 1950.
I also went to the Ford Archives, but they couldn’t help me because of lost records due to the rotunda fire. The last known address of Charles Holford was in Grand Rapids, MI, so I wrote him a letter and enclosed a SASE, but I never got a reply, so I don’t know what his status is.
In the spring of 2017, I was invited to join the Chesapeake Region of the AACA by my friend Paula Ruby, and I showed the Ford in Gettysburg at the AACA National Meet in 2018, receiving a HPOF Award.
What are the future plans for this Ford? Am I going to restore it?? That’s always been my plan, and I have spent more than $8,000 collecting parts, but my wife wants us to restore the one I got in 1966, remember it? Well, the problem is that I gave it to my son in 1980 as a high school graduation gift, but it still sits in my garage when it isn’t being driven.
I said at the beginning that these two Fords were almost identical, at least when new, except for one major difference. Incidentally, I was the third owner of the first one, built in Norfolk, VA, and actually knew the original owner who bought it new in Winchester, VA, in 1950, and am the fourth owner of the present Ford. They were both built in August 1950, one in Dearborn and one in Norfolk, VA, just 3 weeks apart and the only real difference in these two Fords is the interior.
I did drive it to Westminster, MD, in the spring of 2017 to visit George and let him see the Ford for the first time since 1998. He was overjoyed to see “his” car. Sadly, George had a stroke and passed away 2 months later.
It currently sits in my garage awaiting the next big trip!
2022 AACA Annual Convention – Save the Date!
The 86th AACA Annual Convention will return to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 10-12, 2022. The plan is to bring back all of the great activities that you have come to love and expect at the Annual Convention including educational seminars, trade show vendors, a special automobile display, multiple-level judging schools, the First Lady's Breakfast, Region Presidents' Dinner, the AACA Library's very popular Pinewood Derby and the Awards Banquet. (All of these activities will be conducted in accordance with whatever the current COVID-19 health guidelines are in Philadelphia at that time.)
Many members have told us that the AACA Annual Convention is one of the highlights of their year, and we hope that the 2022 event will be even bigger and better than in previous years. For a more in-depth preview of the 2022 event, make sure to check out the article in the November/December issue of Antique Automobile magazine. As soon as registration materials and seminar information are available, we will make sure to share it with you here in Speedster.

We hope you will consider joining us for this very special annual event!
Trade Show Booths Now 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 2022 or 2023 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?
Last year was 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 less than 50, 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.

Trade Show booths are 10 ft X 8 ft and only cost $200. And, new for 2022 we are offering all trade show vendors the opportunity to present a pre-scheduled 15-minute mini-seminar inside the trade show room, so you can pitch your products and services. What a great deal to ensure that your brand is represented at the AACA Annual Convention!

If you have questions, please feel free to email Judy Fischer.
Start the New Year Off Right With Your Official AACA Calendar
The AACA Calendar is always a hot item this time of year, so be sure to order yours before they are gone! There are less than 75 calendars still available! This 13-month calendar runs from January 2022 to January 2023 and highlights AACA National Activities in addition to moon phases, all Federal Holidays and many other observances. The best part of the annual calendar is getting to see the fabulous member cars showcased each time you flip the month. At a cost of only $12 postpaid, these calendars also make great, inexpensive gifts for all of the car-lovers in your life!
To order, please call AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910 or go online to the AACA Store. An order form was included with your most recent issue of Antique Automobile magazine.
LAST CHANCE to Order Your Holiday Cards for This Season!
Available quantities are limited!!
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...
"The Big Christmas Tree"
1931 Marmon Roosevelt
Inside: Season's Greetings
"Mobil Christmas"
1957 Ford F100 and 1953 Cadillac Eldorado
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 most recent 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).
Holiday Shopping Online? Make it Count 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.
Fair Weather and Fun in the Florida Sun
February 24-26, 2022
Winter Nationals
Melbourne, FL
Registration Deadline: February 1
The Cape Canaveral Region would like to extend a warm welcome to all AACA members who are planning to attend the Winter Nationals. The area is blessed with beautiful weather in February boasting a sunny average daytime temperature of 78 degrees and very little rain. We are being hosted by the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, which is only a 1-hour drive from the Orlando resorts of Disney World, SeaWorld, etc. Our host hotel is immediately adjacent to the Melbourne Airport and a little more than 1 hour from both the Orlando International and Orlando Sanford airports, both of which feature low airfares from most of the country. Secondary hotels are a little less than 10 minutes from the show field.
The Countdown to Vegas is on!
By Michael Fecchino, VP Las Vegas Region AACA,
March 10-12, 2022
Western Spring Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
Registration Deadline: February 18
The 2022 Western Spring Nationals at Lake Las Vegas in March will be here before you know it. Hopefully, if you’re coming out for the show, you have already registered, but if not now is the time to do so. All of the information can be found on the national site and online registration is open. Please keep in mind that if you haven’t paid your 2022 National dues yet, you won’t be able to see 2022 event registrations on the website.
On Thursday, March 10, we have a fun day planned with a tour of the Hoover Dam in the morning and then an hour and a half yacht cruise on Lake Las Vegas in the evening. During the day on Friday, we have the roundtable discussions and Judging School scheduled. In the evening on Friday, we have now added an ice cream social. Of course, on Saturday we have the Judges’ Breakfast, show field judging and the awards banquet in the evening. All of these activities will be held at the host hotel, the Lake Las Vegas Hilton.
If you are a golfer, there are two beautiful golf courses in the immediate area.
Compared to the Las Vegas Strip or downtown Las Vegas, Lake Las Vegas is a very placid area. It’s enjoyable to drive around the neighborhood with hardly any traffic at all and take in all of the beautiful scenery.
Come be part of our first ever event in Las Vegas! I know it will be a special and enjoyable time for everyone.
Join Us at This Year’s Dual Nationals in Paradise
April 21-23, 2022
Special Nationals & Grand Nationals
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Registration Deadline: March 10
The Puerto Rico Region is excited to finally be able to welcome all of you back to paradise! Two shows will be hosted during the 3-day event – a Special Nationals on Friday and a Grand Nationals on Saturday. Here are the schedule highlights:

Thursday: Judging School & Round Table at Coliseum Quijote Morales, Guaynabo City
                    Cocktail Event at Toyota Museum, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Friday:      Judges Breakfast, Special Nationals, Awards Presentation on Show Field
Saturday:   Judges Breakfast at Coliseum Quijote Morales, Guaynabo City, Grand Nationals
                    Evening Social, Awards, Banquet at Coliseum Quijote Morales, Guaynabo City

Special note to judges with at least 10 field judging credits: We REALLY need you at this event. The Puerto Rico Region offers some of the best hospitality you will ever experience. Join us for two days of judging, fun and experience all that Puerto Rico has to offer. Make this a vacation! Airfare to the island is very reasonable from most locations, so join us for a very special time in beautiful Puerto Rico!!

Book your hotel now:
Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Miramar
801 Ponce de León Avenue, San Juan PR 00907
AACA Rate: $159 + taxes

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the event chairman Mike Nolla at
2022 AACA Grand Nationals
By Marion McAlpine, Chairperson,
The 2021 car season is almost over and the 2022 season will be here before we know it. So, there is no better time than now to start planning your trip to the 2022 AACA Grand Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA. The show will run from Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21. All of the event details will be posted on the Tidewater Region website soon, but here’s some general information for now:
Host Region: Tidewater Region AACA
When: Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, 2022
Where: Virginia Beach, VA
Host Hotel: The Founders Inn (Hilton Tapestry Collection) located on the grounds of Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. You can make reservations now at 757-366-5700. Ask for the AACA Grand National rate.
Alternate Hotel: Delta Hotel (Marriott), Chesapeake, VA (4 miles from host hotel). You can make reservations now at 757-523-1500. Ask for the AACA Grand National rate.
The Tidewater Region is planning a great show with a lot of fun activities (and delicious food) for you to enjoy. Both the host hotel and the primary alternate hotel have beautiful rooms, their own restaurant and bar, are near other local and national chain restaurants and shopping and are just off I-64. Plus, there are plenty of fun and historic places to explore in Virginia Beach and nearby Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. 
Why not make a vacation of it? Come to win your antique vehicle’s well-deserved Grand National Award but arrive a few days early and stay a few days after to visit the beach and explore the local area.
Check the Tidewater Region website for more information. If you have questions before then, please contact the 2022 Grand Nationals Chairperson Marion McAlpine at
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AACA Merchandise Makes Great Gifts for Your Favorite Antique Car Fans
Looking for that unique gift for the antique car fan in your family? Well, look no further than the AACA merchandise store. Shirts, hats, sweatshirts, polos, jackets, etc. We've got a great variety of AACA-branded items, so you are sure to find something they will love!
We have license plate frames, trailer hitches and window decals. We even have shirts for the kids and grandkids! And don't forget the stocking stuffers like light-up USB car chargers and drink koozies that look like stacks of tires.

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).
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 member information and drop down to Military, 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! What better way to connect with each other during these times than through social media? AACA has an official Facebook page for club information and events. We also have an extremely active Facebook group, where group members post, asks 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
Making Hershey Great Again: Apparently, the title of my last opening article in the October Speedster struck a tender nerve with several members. I want to assure you that the title was in no way meant as a political statement of any kind, but rather just a play on the words of a phrase that has become fairly commonplace these days. I just thought it was a clever way to speak to the Hershey show coming back better than ever after the COVID-19 shutdown last year. If you were at all offended by the headline, I offer my sincerest apologies.
Trivia Answer
From 1935 through 1956, Pontiac featured bold, bright silver styling trim down the center of the hood and rear deck lid (sometimes), which widened and narrowed over the years and even turned into two bands (Twinstreak) for 1955 and '56. While the exclusive design created a unique identity for Pontiac (the company called it “America’s Most Distinctive Car”), in fact, it was also a conscious styling tactic to originally hide shared Chevy sheet metal. When “Bunky” Knudsen became General Manager of the Pontiac Division as the 1957 model year was ready to arrive, the Silver Streak was eliminated because it was time to remove what he called the pair of “old man’s suspenders.”
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.