September 2021 | Volume 153
Time for a Change
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster Editor,
As you can see, Speedster looks a little bit different this month. What do you think? I think it looks a little more modern. I hope that the format is still easy to read and inviting.

I’m all for change, but I probably wouldn’t have picked the week before Hershey to make a major change such as the layout of our e-newsletter. Unfortunately, the program we use to build Speedster in and send it out to all of you picked this month to enable its brand-new editor and disable the old one. Of course, we’ve been producing Speedster so long that the template was considered a “legacy template” and has officially been deactivated and no longer exists. So, I started to rebuild the template in the new editor only to find out that several functions we had used in the old editor don’t exist. The biggest one you are probably noticing is that the table of contents is missing – there is no list of the articles that are in this issue. I have contacted the company and inquired about this functionality for the new editor, and they told me that they have had more than 1,000 calls and emails about this specific thing and their programmers are working on a solution. I know this is an inconvenience, but hopefully you will stick with us through this time of change and transition.
Eastern Fall Nationals
Hershey, PA
October 6-9, 2021

If you have questions, email If you have questions regarding the car show, send an email to
Only SIX Days Until Hershey!
The Hershey Region AACA invites you to make the pilgrimage to antique car Mecca this October. Come join the over 250,000 visitors who come each year to experience Hershey. The Hershey show is considered the largest true antique car show in the world and includes a flea market with over 9,000 vendor spaces, a car corral with about 1,000 antique cars for sale and culminates in a great car show with 1,200+ vintage cars on display.
If you registered for the flea market or car corral, you should have received your packet with your windshield stickers and instructions by now.
If you registered to show your car on Saturday, you will need to pick up your packet on the Chocolate Field at the FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent located next to the Hershey Region main tent. The FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Packets will also be available for pick-up on Saturday morning at the show vehicle entrance behind the Giant Center.
Come Visit AACA at the Hershey Show
AACA merchandise will be at these locations in the flea market:
Chocolate Field in our blue trailer -- C3H 5-7, C3I 5-7 (Wed - Sat)
Green Field in front of the Giant Center in a large white tent (Wed - Fri)
You can find AACA Membership located on the Chocolate Field C3G 5-9
and Green Field in front of the Giant Center (Wed. - Fri.). 
New memberships and membership renewals will be taken at these locations.
Jeep raffle tickets will be sold on the Chocolate Field C3G 5-9 (Wed. - Fri.).
Don't miss your chance at the Jeep or $5,000! Tickets are only $10!

AACA merchandise, membership and jeep raffle ticket sales will be adjacent to the show field in a large white tent on Saturday during the car show.
The new AACA Headquarters building, including the AACA Library, 
will be open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Library Open for Research During Hershey Fall Nationals Week
By Matthew Hocker, Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator,
The Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library & Research Center is open for business, and we are looking forward to meeting all of you during this year’s Hershey show. When you aren’t busy hunting for that elusive part on the fields, be sure to swing by to check out the new home of your club and automotive research library. We will be open for research and are just a stone’s throw from the show!

Here at the library, we are anticipating our grand opening to be our busiest Fall Hershey yet. With a new location and policies and procedures, we realize you may have questions regarding what a visit to the AACA Library will look like. Please read our guide below to help inform your visit.

On-site research available:
Thanks to volunteer help, the library will be open for research during Hershey week! In addition to research at the library, visitors are free to browse and read any of our books in the reading room, and staff will be on-hand to answer general questions. In the event of high-volume attendance, research request forms will also be available so that library staff are able to follow up with you after the event. We will also have some gorgeous Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild models on display.

To ensure you have an optimal experience at the library, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures. These policies are in place to ensure the integrity and preservation of the materials in our collection so that they will be accessible to future generations.

Policies & Procedures:
(1) Food & drink are not permitted in the library.
(2) Lockers will be available on first and second floors to store bags and valuables. Bags, handbags, purses, laptop bags, etc. are NOT permitted in the library. Please check these items in with the front desk for storage in one of our lockers. Lockers are emptied nightly.
(3) Present a form of identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to be photocopied at front desk if doing research. A librarian will use said print-out to write down your request and to keep a running tab on the total cost of photocopies.
(4) Paper and pencils are provided for researchers. Pens, “sticky” notepads, and 3-ring binders/folders/closeable notebooks are not allowed.
(5) For further details on what items are and are not allowed, please refer to our Library Use Policy.

Duplicate items for sale:
As mentioned in the previous issue of Speedster, the Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library will NOT be holding its annual yard/tent sale. As much as we would love to hold this event in 2021, we have had to focus all our energy on settling into our new building and processing materials from the Free Library of Philadelphia. All this means is that there will be more items for the next time!

Despite this, the library will still have items for sale at the AACA gift shop and at our booth at Black Swan Antiquities in Palmyra, PA. Collectors can expect to find a fine assortment of automotive books, sales literature, and more.
Hours of operation during Hershey week:
Monday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Parking, shuttle bus, etc.:
Parking will be open to the general public on Monday and Tuesday and closed from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, there will be shuttle bus service from the event to AACA HQ from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by special request to the bus driver. Visitors will also have the option to walk to the new building, and a crossing guard will be on-hand to ensure safe passage.
See you there!
The final requirement for visiting the library is…have fun! Swing on by and say hi. We’re excited to see you all and share our new location with 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 our library director, Chris Ritter, at or 717-534-2082.
Black Swan Antiquities to Hold Extended Hours During “Hershey Week”
If you plan on attending this year’s Hershey Eastern Fall Nationals, you will no doubt be scouring the flea market vendors for that elusive car, part or sales brochure. As a bonus why not finish your day at Black Swan Antiquities, an antique mall located in nearby Palmyra, PA. The Black Swan features an exciting selection of trinkets and treasures, and dealers are working hard to stock their shelves with automotive goodies in anticipation of your visit. Be sure to visit the Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library & Research Center booth for an assortment of automotive books, literature, and more!

For more information on regular hours of operation, etc., call 717-867-4400 or visit the Black Swan Antiquities Facebook page.
“Hershey Week” Hours (October 4-10):
Monday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Car Corral Spaces WILL Be Available at Hershey
There will be a LIMITED number of car corral spaces available onsite at the Hershey show. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to enter a car into the car corral, spaces will be available starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6. You MUST be a current paid AACA member.
The vehicle must be 25 years old or older, you must be able to drive the vehicle on to the car corral and the vehicle must be AACA compliant -- no hot rods allowed.
Ladies Luncheon at Hershey
The Ladies Luncheon will be held at the 
Hotel Hershey at 12 noon on Friday, October 8.
If you need transportation to the Hotel Hershey, please check with Mac or Marianna at the Hershey Region main tent on the Chocolate Field to make arrangements prior to 9 a.m. Friday morning.
Juniors at Hershey
By Ronald Smith, Chairman of Juniors at Hershey, Fall Hershey,
The Juniors at Hershey program will be held on 
Saturday, October 9, from 12-2 p.m., in front of the Giant Center. 
This year, the program will include:
(1) The theme will be the Roaring Twenties.
(2) There will be a display of 1920s era cars and an expert will be telling a little bit about each car.
(3) The PA College of Technology will be building Model T Ford models with those participating.
(4) The Hershey Region will be explaining how electric headlights work and a bit about the general history of headlights.
(5) At the end of the program, the participants will be rewarded with gifts for their participation.
Special thanks to all organizations helping with this year's program!
1927 Surf Woody Pedal Car at Hershey
By Steve Moskowitz, CEO AACA National,
The surf is always up with this 1/8th scale replica of a 1927 Ford Model T Depot Hack with a custom-made body from real oak and birch wood. The chassis was stretched to allow for a dual seat and pedal configuration. The roof is cut out and trimmed in padded vinyl allowing entry for your twin future car guys or gals! Included is a handmade 1960s vintage style surfboard and signature Florida license tag to complete the build. 
All templates and patterns were destroyed upon completion, ensuring a true one-of-a-kind creation. This pedal car was built at Past Gas Co. in Cocoa, Florida, by owner Walt "Koz" Kostrzewa.
Consider this a little teaser about something special at this year's RM Auction at the Hershey Lodge, October 7-8. Along with the great cars and memorabilia that will be for sale at the auction, there will be a wonderful collection of custom-built pedal cars. All of the proceeds from the sale of these pedal cars will benefit the AACA Building Fund. 
From the whimsical to the amazing, you will be able to purchase a great pedal car for your man cave or grandchild while helping AACA. We believe you will be able to bid via the internet if you are not attending the auction in Hershey. Please watch for further news about this cool opportunity at
1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster by LeBaron
1940 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Sedan by Darrin
Photo Credit: Drew Shipley ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1912 Stanley Roadster Tribute
Photo Credit: Ryan Merrill ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring
Photo Credit: Ryan Merrill ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible
Photo Credit: ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
RM Sotheby’s Hershey:
The Ultimate Collector’s Destination
for Great American Classics
By Kate Clendenning, RM Sotheby’s PR Assistant/Social Media Specialist,
All photo credits unless otherwise noted:
Alex Stewart ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
It’s great to be back! RM Sotheby’s is hosting its 15th annual Hershey sale October 7-8 at the Hershey Lodge during the AACA Eastern Fall Nationals.
Rich in car culture and the benchmark for early collectibles, the two-day Hershey sale will begin at 5 p.m. EDT nightly. Collectors from across the globe will see more than 100 Brass Era, American classic, pre-war, and post-war automobiles cross the block, in addition to a selection of automobilia and some very special pedal cars.
The diverse lineup is led by three outstanding American classics, offered from The Collection of Robert Thayer and are set to cross the block, all offered without reserve. Known as the “Green Hornet” the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster sits among the most remarkable examples available on the market and wears unique and rakish Packard Roadster bodywork fitted by Duesenberg in 1931. This important and bespoke Duesenberg claimed an award at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and would be an outstanding addition to any world-class collection (Estimate: $1,400,000 - $1,800,000). Accompanying the Duesenberg is a 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster, one of the most instantly recognizable and striking of all the iconic pre-war American sports cars. A model much in demand with collectors, this stunning example on offer in Hershey was a best-in-class winner at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (Estimate: $700,000 - $900,000). Rounding out the third American classic offered from this collection is a 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster by LeBaron. Exhibited at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this car is one of just a handful of authentic examples believed to still be in existence (Estimate: $350,000 - $450,000).
Among the American classics, is one of the most collectible, rare, and highly desired Packard models. Notable for its striking coachwork, this 1940 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Sedan by Darrin is one of just four examples believed to have been produced. This Super Eight has been awarded first place at the Packard Automobile Classics National and was a first prize winner at a CCCA National Senior event. Offered from one of the world’s preeminent Packard collections, this example has a pre-sale estimate of $325,000 - $375,000.

No Hershey sale is complete without a selection of fine brass era cars. This year is no exception with a stand-out lot being the 1912 Stanley Roadster Tribute, a fascinating tribute to Chassis 6700; the bespoke Roadster commissioned by company heir Raymond Stanley. This example was constructed using the chassis, running gear, steam engine, and underpinnings of the 1912 Stanley which was driven by Jay Leno in 2017 to the summit of Mount Washington, recreating the famous 1899 summitting by company founder Freelan Oscar Stanley (Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000).

Other notable entries set to cross the block in Hershey include a supremely rare and impeccably presented 1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring. With correct and desirable fittings throughout, this Peerless is one of just two examples believed to be produced by the Peerless Motor Car Company of Cleveland, Ohio. This example was awarded the “Early Pioneer” Award during the 2015 Elegance at the Hershey Concours d’Elegance and will cross the block as an AACA National First Prize Winner (Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000).

This year’s Hershey sale is also notable for an excellent selection of classic American ‘Woodies’ and pedal cars. The high-quality selection of Woodies is led by a beautiful 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible. This Certified Milestone Car is among the rarest and most reliable of all Ford ‘Woodies’ (Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000). We are excited to bring back the custom pedal car auction from years ago. There are seven bespoke pedal cars, each custom made for this event, one of which RM Auto Restoration has generously donated. All proceeds will benefit the AACA Building Fund.

View all lots and register to bid at RM Sotheby’s website. Interested bidders are invited to call 519-352-4575 to speak with a car specialist. RM Sotheby’s also invites all show attendees to the company’s annual Preview BBQ on Wednesday, October 6 from 5-7 p.m., with proceeds to benefit the AACA Building Fund.
Win This Jeep at Hershey
NEW AACA Merchandise!
Check it out! We have NEW AACA merchandise just in time for Hershey!
Make sure you do a little souvenir shopping at the AACA trailer and tents while walking around the flea market and show field.

We have several new polos and dress shirts for both men and women. We also have a new t-shirt to commemorate this year’s Hershey show as well as the opening of our brand-new headquarters. And don’t forget to pick up one of the new super cool baseball tees, too.  
The posters will be on sale at Hershey Region souvenir tents and at the AACA National merchandise trailer and tent on North Chocolate at C3I 5-7.
Take a Look at This Year’s Official Hershey Fall Nationals Poster
Ken Eberts has produced the official Hershey event poster since 1996 and they have become a highly collectible and sought-after show souvenir. Ken has once again produced a poster this year sponsored by The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage. The scene is from downtown Hershey and has a great collection of early American automobiles included. Ken sends his regrets that he and Liz are unable to travel to Hershey to personally see everyone. Hershey is an event they love dearly and always enjoy seeing their many friends and customers from years past.
Membership Corner: The Greatest Show on Earth
By Paula Ruby, AACA National VP & AACA National Membership Committee,
In just a few short days many of you will be attending the Greatest Show on Earth. No, I am not talking about the circus. I am referring to the 2021 AACA Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey, PA.
In 2020, Hershey was cancelled due to COVID-19. Now, we were able to have one final show last year, but it was held in Gettysburg, PA. The Gettysburg show was great, and it was wonderful to see so many members, but the idea of not having the fall flea market was a bit different and truly missed by everyone. This year’s Hershey show will return with a flea market with all of the vendors selling their automobile treasures that they have now been storing for more than a year. 
Members and guest have been attending the Hershey show for many years. Some are not in the market to purchase automotive parts or vehicles anymore but instead look forward to seeing old friends once again. For some, this is the only event during the year that they are able to make that connection with a longtime friend. As members of AACA, we need to make that connection with people that are not members, too.
Did you know that many people who attend the Hershey show every year don’t know it’s an AACA show? And when you tell them it’s an AACA show, the response is often “what’s AACA?” This is your opening. This is when you tell them why you love AACA. This is where you talk about all the benefits of being a member from showing your car and winning awards to our awesome research library and award-winning magazine. This is when you explain why being part of the best car club in the world is so great.
There will be AACA membership tables set up all over the Hershey show, so it will be super easy for people to sign up. Don’t let the opportunity to bring a new person into the fold pass you by. In addition to them becoming a new member, you may even gain another new lifelong friend that you can look forward to seeing again and again in Hershey.  
IMPORTANT!!! 2022 AACA National Board of Directors Election
In the September/October edition of Antique Automobile is a postpaid ballot for the 2022 Board of Directors election. It is your ONLY ballot and must be filled out according to the instructions or it will not be counted.
Please read the biographies of all the candidates listed in the magazine and vote for the 7 of your choice. Our candidates this year come from widely different backgrounds, so please give serious consideration to those who match your ideas of what is important to the future of the club. All ballots must have 7 names selected or they will be considered "not valid" and will not be counted.
Your ballot must be postmarked by November 15, 2021.
Pandemic-Related Issues Cause
Antique Automobile to be Late
As many of you are aware, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on many businesses causing both staffing shortages and supply issues. The company that publishes our magazine, Antique Automobile, has been experiencing both of these issues in recent months. Our July/August issue was about two weeks late because of this and, unfortunately, the September/October issue has been affected as well. As you are reading this, the September/October magazine is finally in the mail. We are very sorry for this inconvenience.
In the meantime, if you need your Antique Automobile fix before your printed issue arrives, simply use your member number and PIN to login here to review the digital version now.
Southeastern Fall 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 Greenville, SC!  
And a very special THANK YOU to the South Carolina Region for hosting a great event!
Click the above link to view the winners list.

Enjoy these photos courtesy of Mike Batson and make sure to read the official recap article and photos in the November/December issue of Antique Automobile magazine...
Please scroll all the way to the end of the Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question
It’s an ambitious dream (nightmare?) that was tried…and failed…with various automakers. But once upon a time there was a company that shipped engines from America to England. After some performance modification, the powertrain was installed in a locally-sourced chassis which was then shipped to Italy. After being bodied there, the complete car was then shipped back to the U.S. and sold in showrooms across the country. In the interest of making a profit? What was one such car? 
My Very First Car
By Walt Kostrzewa, Cocoa, FL,
My lifelong automotive journey began many years ago at the young age of six. The workshop in the cellar was a scattering of hand tools, a drill press, metal lathe, a Miller buzzbox welder, and a wide variety of scrap metal sheets, rods, and tubes that would be the envy of any scrap yard. Against the back wall was a rack with row upon row of bins filled with various nuts, bolts, screws, washers of every description, and one whole row dedicated to brackets, clamps, special fasteners and what not.
The project started as an amusement park ride consisting of a fleet of self-driven cars on a board track at Salisbury Beach, MA. Dad called them Custer Cars with Austin front end and chassis. When the ride closed, he bought one and brought it home.
Remembering all those Saturday night races at the Pines Speedway in Groveland, MA, and the drivers with names like Ray Caron, Cannonball Ridland, and Carl Tiberio, I decided that my car would be a race car!
It was too big and heavy for the cellar door, so we took it all apart and brought down only the parts we would need for the build. Dad and I spent many nights cutting, welding, bolting, fabricating, and painting, teaching me every step along the way. Little did I know that what I had learned would be used over and over again for the next 65 years?!
The 12hp Briggs and Stratton engine was replaced with a 2½hp Pincor motor because dad said the Briggs was too much motor for a six-year-old.    
Next door, my uncle’s empty lot would become the dirt track! I made a flag stand out of some 2x4's and drilled holes to hold the four flags my mom, yellow, white, and of course, the checkered. I spent many a summer day driving that blue car lap after lap and taking the checkered at the end of each race. (Now keep in mind that I was the only car, so of course I was always the winner.) On occasion, I would let the neighbor kids drive and I would work the flag stand.
When winter came, a track was plowed in the snow to run lap after lap on the ice driven by the chain wrapped around the drive wheel.
In 2014, while cleaning out one of the garages after dad had passed, I uncovered that blue car and brought it home after laying dormant for almost 60 years! After cleaning the carb and filling it with gas, it started right up, and I drove it all around the neighborhood.
By the way, I also brought back that 12hp Briggs motor that was too much for a six-year-old. But is it too much for a 72 year old? Do I dare? Oh, I think so!
This is a member submitted story.
LAST CALL for 2022 AACA Annual Convention Speakers
We will be back in Philadelphia in February for the 2022 Annual Convention, and we are looking for seminar presenters. 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 October 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.).
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.
Multiple Scholarships Available Through AACA
Note that the deadline for all scholarships is November 1!
This year AACA has six different scholarships available. All scholarship applications are due by November 1 and will be awarded at the AACA Annual Convention in February. Click on each scholarship below for more information and an application:

All completed applications should be returned to: 
Megan Boyd, VP Youth Development & Awards,
PO Box 702, Waynesburg, OH 44688 or
Order Your Official 2022 AACA Calendar Now
The AACA Calendar is always a hot item this time of year, so be sure to order yours before they are gone! 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.
It's Never Too Early to Buy 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...
"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).
Music & Motors – A Retrospect
By Tanis Pellegrini, AACA Library Assistant,
The AACA held its first event at the new building on September 11, and what an exciting day it was! We attempted to raise money for the library, while also paying homage to the lives lost 20 years ago on 9/11 with a moment of silence in the morning. We conceived the idea of having a cruise-in with the added joys of an outdoor rock concert at our new building and we all unanimously decided to go for it. What transpired over the months leading up to the event was a learning experience and a gateway to future fundraising events right here at AACA Headquarters. 
To start, we booked five solid local acts over the course of five hours. Local standouts Observe the 93rd, Hot and Dangerous, Lives Lost, Cody Killburn, and Ben Ginder Group brought a good playlist of covers and originals to the event leading to a great mixed band bill throughout the day. We also had several local food trucks, a beverage vendor, and assorted arts and crafts vendors attend the event as well: Papa Sneaux Cajun and Snowballs, Cheezy Grill, Blazing Swine BBQ, Tattered Flag – Drinks, River Street Sweets Lancaster, and Ponchos Backyard Grubbing, and assorted arts and crafts vendors. Then finally to pull it all together we commissioned Hershey AV Solutions to provide live sound and a stage to make the event as professional as possible. 

Overall, it seemed like the attendees really enjoyed the food trucks, vendors, and bands, but the main draw of the day was certainly the cruise-in portion. Roughly 28 cars preregistered, and we were flabbergasted with the turnout that occurred the day of the event. At 11 a.m. cars began trickling in one after another, and by 1 p.m. we ended up with around 80 cars. There were cars as old as a 1911 Overland and as new as a 2021 Lamborghini Huracán Evo, lifted trucks, souped-up muscle cars, and astounding cruisers. Throughout the day we raffled off items donated by local businesses, mostly gift cards and gift baskets, as well as a 1-year membership to the AACA which seemed to be a hit with the crowd.
All in all, the event was a successful first-time outing, and we believe that the trial-and-error approach to Music & Motors has created the blueprint for exciting future events right here at the AACA National Headquarters. Thank you to our sponsors and to everyone who came out to the event. This event was sponsored by 717 Tattoo, Hershey Italian Lodge, Karn’s Foods, Pinup Hair Studio, and Wilhelm’s Hardware. Until next time!
Come See What the Valley of the Sun Has to Offer
By Roger Irland, Special Western Nationals Chair,
Special Western
Nationals & Tour
Show: November 11-13
Tour: November 14-17
Registration Deadline: October 13
The Phoenix Metro Region AACA is excited to be hosting both a National show and tour together this year. While we are still finalizing everything for the tour, we wanted to share some of the highlights you can expect over the three full days:
Car collections, the Musical Instrument Museum, The Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, Frank Lloyd Wrights' Taliesin West, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Heard Museum (American Indian art), a 1920s Rexall pharmacy with soda fountain, the Commemorative Air Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Irish Cultural Center, and as much fun as we can pack into the days.
We will be using the same Hilton Garden Inn for both the show and the tour. Click here to book your hotel room or call the hotel directly at 480-968-2180.

Call AACA National at 717-534-1910 and we will email you a registration form.
Spend March in Las Vegas With Us
Our 2022 Western Spring Nationals is going to be held from March 10-12 at the most beautiful resort just outside Las Vegas. We do not normally have the luxury of having such a facility at our disposal, so this should be a very special show. Think about making it a vacation for next year and enjoy all Las Vegas and the surrounding area has to offer.
To learn more about the show location, watch this short video. You will be glad you did!

Registration should be open after the Hershey show. We are currently working to finalize all of the event details and preparing the registration materials. 
Coming Around the Bend
SAVE THE DATE! The Mississippi Valley Region is eager to welcome you to East Moline, Illinois, for the Central Fall Nationals from August 11-13, 2022. There will be a car show, car corral and flea market. Everything will be located at the Bend XPO. Situated on the Mighty Mississippi River, Bend XPO opened in Spring 2021 with the intent of bringing new ways of bringing people together at events in the Quad Cities. The host hotel is the Hyatt House and is located right next door.

Mark this event on your calendar and start planning your trip -- you don't want to miss this one! If you'd like some early information about the event and hotel, please send an email to
It's Time to Renew Your AACA Membership
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department,
As most of you know, your AACA membership runs for a calendar year -- January 1 through December 31. From about mid-September through the end of the year, AACA Headquarters gets a little crazy with membership renewal phone calls and mail. It's not uncommon for us to receive several hundred renewals in a day. Even though it's our busiest time of the year, making sure we get our 55,000+ members renewed is always our top priority.
A renewal form was included with your September/October issue of Antique Automobile magazine. Simply fill out the form and send it back to the office with a check or credit card information. 
If you're going to be at Hershey, you can also stop by the AACA trailer,
tent or any of the special membership stands and renew your
membership in person with us.
We look forward to seeing or hearing from all of you very soon!
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
Trivia Answer
According to, “Each vehicle’s construction began with Nash-Kelvinator Co. shipping its robust 6-cylinder overhead valve power train, including Borg-Warner 3-speed overdrive transmission, to Donald Healey in Great Britain. There, Healey developed a special aluminum head accommodating dual carburetors (initially British SU’s), and installed the components in his own bespoke frame, which featured a unique aluminum trailing arm front suspension.

The assembled chassis was then shipped to Turin, Italy, where the Pininfarina coachbuilders handcrafted each body and assembled it to the chassis.

Finally, the completed masterpieces were shipped to the U.S. for sale in Nash dealerships around the country. The cars were constructed in both open roadster and 2-door coupe configurations. The early roadsters were an all-aluminum body, while the later 1952-54 bodies were predominantly steel.

Sadly, the double-transoceanic shipment costs and exotic coachwork dictated a factory (Nash-Healey) retail price of $5,908 in 1953, when the new Corvette was selling for $3,513. The uncompetitive pricing forced Nash to discontinue production after the 1954 model year. In all 507 cars were built, of which approximately 150 were coupes, and the remainder were roadsters.”

But…the antique automobile world is certainly a better place because of it!
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.