September 2023 | Volume 177

AACA National Staff


Steve Moskowitz


Membership & Merchandise

Karen White


Accounting, IT & Website

Pat Buckley


Advertising & Marketing

Speedster Editor

Stacy Zimmerman

Antique Automobile Magazine Editor

West Peterson

Office Administration

Lori Shetter - membership/merchandise

Susan Eitnier - regions & chapters, insurance

Jon Curtis - awards

AACA Library Staff


Jen Wolfe

Cataloger & Volunteer Coordinator

Matthew Hocker

Reference Librarian

& Outreach Coordinator

Amoi Goldman


AACA Website

AACA Library

AACA Forums

AACA Merchandise

AACA Judging Guidelines

AACA National
Headquarters address:
800 W. Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033
Join Our Email List

Can You Smell the Chocolate in the Air?

By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster Editor,

It’s almost time… just 5 short days. Five days until we’re all together again at our favorite event in our favorite little town seeing all of our favorite people and being surrounded by everything that we love about this hobby. The yearlong countdown is coming to an end… Hershey, here we come!

You have four seasons worth of clothes packed to make sure you are ready for whatever mother nature decides to throw at us, the camper is stocked, treasures soon-to-be for sale are loaded, your show car has been detailed, all your paperwork and parking stickers are laying on the front seat, and your hotel was booked 365 days ago before you left Hershey last year. Sound familiar?

You’ve got each day’s agenda planned out from which flea market field you will be perusing when to what you will be eating where. You’ve got your list of needed parts and tools and know just how much cash you’re “allowed” to spend and how many cars you’re “allowed” to buy. 😉 You’ve already planned happy hours and dinners with both new acquaintances and old friends. And you are totally ready for the keen eyes of the judges to see that your car is ready to win its next award.

Hershey is not just a car show; it’s an experience. It’s the sights, sounds and smells of the ultimate car culture gathering that continues to bring generation after generation back to Hershey every year. It becomes a tradition among families and friends that cannot be missed no matter what. I am warning you now… Hershey will become a lifelong obsession that will make you smile every time you think of it.

Oh, and just one more thing… I had a very long conversation with mother nature and put in an order for perfect weather for Hershey Week and she did not disappoint! See you in just 5 short days – safe travels everyone!

Only 5 Days Until the Hershey Show!!

Eastern Fall Nationals

Hershey, PA

TUESDAY, October 3 –

FRIDAY, October 6

Click here for brochure & full schedule

The Hershey Region AACA invites you to make the pilgrimage to antique car Mecca this October. Come join the more than 200,000 visitors who come each year to experience Hershey. The Hershey show is considered the largest antique car show and flea market in the world boasting more than 9,000 vendor spaces in its flea market, a car corral with 700 spaces for antique cars for sale and culminates in a great car show with almost 1,000 vintage cars on display.


If you registered for the flea market or car corral, you should expect to see your packet with your windshield stickers and instructions by now. If you haven’t, please send an email immediately to


If you registered to show your car on FRIDAY, 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Packets will also be available for pick-up on Friday morning at the show vehicle entrance behind the Giant Center.

If you have questions about the flea market or car corral, please send an email to If you have questions regarding the car show, please send an email to


Important 2023 Hershey Reminders
Show will run Tuesday, October 3 through Friday, October 6
Flea Market set-up will be Monday, October 2
Judging School will be Thursday, October 5, at 2 p.m.
Judges Breakfast will be Friday, October 6, at 7 a.m.
Car show will be Friday, October 6

Come Visit AACA National 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 (Tuesday - Friday)

Green Field in front of the Giant Center in a large white tent (Tuesday - Thursday)

Note: Official Hershey poster artist David Snyder will be at the blue trailer location

selling and autographing posters Tuesday – Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m..

AACA merchandise will be adjacent to the show field

in a large white tent on FRIDAY during the car show.

Note: Official Hershey poster artist David Snyder will be selling and autographing posters in a tent adjacent to the show field during the car show.

AACA membership will be at these locations in the flea market:

Chocolate Field in front of our blue trailer – C3H 5-7, C3I 5-7 (Tuesday - Friday)

Chocolate Field C3G 5-9 (Tuesday - Thursday)

(Reps from our NEW Element3 Health Medicare

Advantage program will be onsite as well)

Green Field in front of the Giant Center in a large white tent (Tuesday - Thursday)

AACA membership will be adjacent to the show field on FRIDAY during the car show.

New memberships and membership renewals

will be taken at all of these locations all week.

AACA Headquarters building, including the AACA Library,

will be open to the public Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Don’t forget about the Library yard sale on

Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. behind AACA Headquarters!

Come Say Hello to Your National Board of Directors at Hershey

By Paula Lynn Ruby, AACA National VP Membership,

Hershey week is quickly approaching and your AACA National Board of Directors is looking forward to seeing all of you.

This year, your present and past National Presidents and current board members will be manning the membership tent in the Green Field in front of the Giant Center. Starting on Tuesday, October 3rd through Thursday, October 5th from the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. you will be able stop by and meet your board members. There will also be an additional membership tent set up in the Chocolate Field on the same days and times, which is where I will be stationed, so please stop by and say hello.

You will be able to pay your dues for 2024 at any of these membership stands. If you have friends or family with you and they are not AACA members, the Hershey show is the perfect place to get them signed up as new members. And don’t forget… the holidays will be here before we know it, so ask us about gifting an AACA membership to someone special.

We can’t wait to see everyone in Hershey!

Car Corral Spaces, Race Car/High-Wheeler Event & Juniors at Hershey

Car Corral Spaces WILL Be Available

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, you will need to show up at the show at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3. 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.

Race Car Condition Run & High-Wheeler Event

Come see the race cars and high-wheelers race around the track in the Hershey Stadium starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 5. There is a 75+-year history of race cars driving around the stadium, starting with the midget car races during the depression. Today, Hershey is one of the only places where spectators still get to see these cars in action!

Juniors at Hershey

Juniors at Hershey is a project of the Hershey Region Youth Committee. Join us for the 25th Annual Junior Display for youth of all ages. This year's theme is cars of the 1940s. There will be three 1940s cars on display for the Juniors to learn about. Penn College will demonstrate some sheet metal work and the Juniors will build some electrical circuits. The event will be held on Friday, October 6, from 12 to 2 p.m. in front of the Giant Center. The Hershey Region Chuck Wagon will also be on display.

World-Renowned Automotive Artist David Snyder Thrilled to Create

His Second Official Hershey Fall Nationals’ Poster

Over the years, the official Hershey event poster has become a highly collectible and sought-after souvenir for many show attendees. For the second year in a row, world-renowned automotive artist David Snyder received the honor of creating a unique work of art to grace the 2023 official Hershey poster. The 2023 poster is dedicated to the Chris and Kathleen Koch Library and Research Center, and National Parts Depot (NPD) is the official sponsor. The posters are 20"x24" and only 1,000 of them will be available. Here’s your sneak peek at the 2023 poster…

Where will you be able to get your poster? 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. David will be at the tent on North Chocolate at C3I 5-7 Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to sign posters. On Friday, he will be signing posters in a tent on the show field near AACA National Headquarters during the car show. You may also pick one up inside the Hershey Lodge on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in the Cocoa 5 room where David will have a full display of his artwork.

NEW AACA Merchandise for Hershey!

Check it out! We have NEW AACA merchandise just in time for Hershey!

We have new polos, hats, and other surprises. We also have new AACA designed t-shirts and sweatshirts. Plus, we found a new vendor for the "newsboy" bags all of you love so much, so you'll be able to get a new one to carry all of your treasures in!

Make sure you take time to do a little souvenir shopping at the AACA trailer and tents while walking around the flea market and show field.

You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before!

AACA, BHA & SAH 3-in-1 Event

By Helen V Hutchings, AACA, SAH,

Fall Hershey will offer attendees a bigger and better than ever AACA Library & Research Center Yard Sale on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 3. Bigger and better because in addition to the AACA Library’s tent with its offerings of duplicates of literature, books, and other items, a second tent will have still more vintage literature and books offered by the Buick Heritage Alliance (BHA). Then, there will be a third tent in which the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) will host in excess of 20 authors of current books covering a myriad of automotive topics from tech, to marque and company histories, biographies, and even automotive adventure fiction.

Just to keep things in perspective, AACA was founded in 1935. SAH came along a bit over 50 years ago in 1969. BHA is the youngest of the three, quickly putting itself on a solid foundation since its 2004 establishment by building an awesome collection of Buick literature, documentation, and even a few venerable Buick motorcars. As 2021 drew to a close, the BHA’s entire 50,000-plus literature collection joined AACA’s holdings moving into the new AACA Library & Research Center building and BHA proudly announced it had hired its own full-time curator/archivist, Spencer Paterick, who now works alongside and under the supervision of AACA Library staff. At this October’s Fall Hershey, BHA will—for the first time ever—offer its surplus duplicates of General Motors and Buick literature for sale during the Yard Sale event. 

Authors shown will be returning this October and joined by many more—some 20+ all together—at least two of whom have NEVER been to a Fall Hershey before. This is your opportunity to show them all just what Fall Hershey enthusiasm is all about. The lawn/parking lot area adjacent to the AACA Headquarters building is the place to be on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Library and BHA tents will open at 4 p.m. SAH’s authors will be in place to welcome you as you line up beforehand. All three tents close at 7 p.m.

From 2022 SAH authors’ signing (left side of tables from nearest to furthest): First, adventure novelist Jim "JK" Kelly, whose Deadly Driver, now adapted to a screenplay earning attention of film producers here and abroad, soon will have a sequel. Next is Antique Automobile editor West Peterson seated beside Steve Rossi. The duo are signing Rossi’s anthology of columns chosen from the past 15 years writing for AA titled Gearhead at Large. Just beyond Rossi is a stalwart AACA member Bob Riley, author of Field Guide to Aftermarket Parts, with the first one covering 1946-1948 Dodge. The next one will cover tri-five Chevs. Beyond Riley is Dave Hermanson, whose book The Mobilgas Economy Run is the definitive history of that fuel efficiency competition, 1936 to 1968. At the far end is Kit Foster, author of the seminal work on The Stanley Steamer.

Hershey Week at the Library

By Jen Wolfe, AACA Library Director,

Hershey is nearly upon us, so here are the top things to remember about the AACA Library during that week:

Library open hours for visitation and research during the Hershey show are as follows:

Monday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Yard sale 4 – 7 p.m.)

Wednesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Saturday CLOSED

(Please note that both AACA Headquarters & Library are closed on Friday for the car show and will reopen on Monday, October 9.)

The BIG Yard Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the back lawn of the AACA Headquarters building at 800 W. Hersheypark Drive. Come for automotive literature, books, shop manuals, and more. Buy individual items or try our new $5 Fill-A-Bag offer and walk away with bundles of pieces (and some gems!) for your collection. Remember BHA and SAH will be with us that night, too, so you can hit 3 events in 1 that evening!

New this year… If there are items leftover from the Yard Sale, we’ll be giving you another go at them during the Second Chance Sale on Wednesday and Thursday inside the library during our normal business hours.

Click here to download a flyer with the Library hours and events for Hershey Week.

Lastly, we have an additional offer for purchase that we’re promoting ahead of time for pickup during the Hershey show. The library has acquired a complete set of Automobile Quarterly, volumes 1 – 52 including indexes, in overall good condition, that we are putting up for sale ($500) on a first-come first-served basis. If interested, please call Jen Wolfe at 717-534-2082. 

Cars of a Bygone Era Shine as the Pre-eminent Auction House

for Early Collectibles Returns to Hershey

By Kate Clendenning, RM Sotheby’s,

Award winning pre-war motor cars and premium automobilia will be on offer as RM Sotheby’s, the Official Auction of the AACA Eastern Fall Nationals, returns to the Hershey Lodge, October 4-5.


For the 17th year, RM Sotheby's will be back in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the long-established venue for early and vintage automobiles, with a prestigious selection from the Veteran, Brass, and Nickel Eras, an impressive assortment of post-war classics, and unique pieces of automotive memorabilia. Long hailed as the mecca for finding the rarest automotive parts and automobiles, the AACA Eastern Fall Nationals and RM Sotheby’s auction offer collectors and enthusiasts truly unique opportunities to acquire the exceptionally rare. RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to provide such a gathering place for passionate collectors of pre-war and vintage automobiles and those appreciative of automotive lore and history. With a remarkable range of cars spanning over 75 years crossing the auction block, the robustness of this market segment is clearly demonstrated.

1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Cabriolet

Single-Car Highlights


1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges in the style of Barker – A rare and extremely desirable “parallel bonnet” Silver Ghost, this Rolls-Royce wears an exquisite Roi des Belges body intricately crafted in the style of Barker. Boasting wonderfully detailed appointments, including a rare Elliott Brothers speedometer/odometer and Tiffany & Co. clock inside, as well as Lucas “King of the Road” cowl lamps, this example is documented in The Edwardian Rolls-Royce and is accompanied by its build sheet copy—making it a magnificent representation of “the best car in the world,” well-suited to exhibition and touring (Estimate: $800,000 - $1,000,000).


1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Cabriolet – One of five known survivors and even more rare than the Speedster model, this genuine V-12 Salon Cabriolet boasts a concours-quality restoration, long-term California history known since the 1950s, and is an ACD Club Certified Category One example (Estimate: $450,000 - $550,000).


1957 Chevrolet 210 Four-Door Sedan with Trailer – A factory V-8 sedan featured in the award-winning Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, this example will cross the block accompanied by a reproduction U-Haul trailer with period-style graphics. Finished in Coronado Yellow with black accents over correct Charcoal and white interior, it rides on Coker wide whitewall radial tires mounted to color-matched steel wheels with polished covers (Estimate: $45,000 - $55,000).




The Grand Canyon Collection – Well-known for decades in Veteran and Brass Era car clubs, the owner of the collection was an esteemed collector known for driving his cars and keeping them in great working order, not just as display pieces. Highlights from the collection include a 1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Sport Phaeton (Estimate: $200,000 - $225,000) and a 1936 Pierce-Arrow Model 1601 Sedan Custom (Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000).

A Private Collection – Coming out of long-term ownership, this collection includes significant pre-war examples and comes from an avid collector who has enjoyed numerous years participating in antique car events and tours, demonstrating a deep appreciation for a wide array of makes and models. The cars encompass everything from Stanley Steamers to renowned Packards, Auburns, and even rare gems like the Michigan and Stevens Duryea. The collection is highlighted by the 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria (Estimate: $275,000 - $350,000) and a 1933 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster (Estimate: $275,000 - $350,000).


Memorabilia from the esteemed collection of the late Oscar Davis – RM Sotheby’s presents over 30 pieces of memorabilia, including artwork, models, and more from the collection of noted U.S. industrialist Oscar Davis.


The memorabilia collection of Norman Lausten – Representing the late California native’s lifelong passion for history and his enthusiasm for the early days of the automobile, significant offerings include rare items from the famous Vanderbilt Cup races.


RM Sotheby’s will kick off the sale with their annual Preview Cookout, where donations to benefit the AACA Library and Research Center are welcomed, on Tuesday, October 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. alongside an auction preview from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The auction will then take place over the next two days beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET nightly, with auction previews each day beginning at 10 a.m. ET.


To view all lots on offer in Hershey, click here

Meet the Element3 Health Team at the Hershey Show!

Learn how you can start earning credits to pay for your AACA membership.

Find out if you are eligible to take advantage of this program.

Get signed up for the program and start earning credits just for attending Hershey.

Enter the “Super Juicy Sweepsteaks” for a chance to win some yummy steaks.


Stop by Chocolate Field C3G 5-9 (Tuesday - Thursday) to check it out!

Element3 will be adjacent to the show field on FRIDAY during the car show.

During the pandemic, health plans realized that staying social and having fun is great for your overall wellness. Element3 Health works with these health plans to keep their members physically, socially and mentally active. What better way to stay active than by pursuing your favorite hobby?

Through our partnership with Element3, AACA members who are also members of an eligible health plan and participate in club activities will earn credit toward their AACA dues at no cost and just for doing what you love. These credits will start accumulating towards your 2025 membership dues, so please make sure to pay your 2024 dues.

As a bonus, the first 2,500 members who enroll can enter into their exciting “Super Juicy Sweepsteaks,” where 30 lucky winners will receive a prime assortment of premium reserve steaks! (up to a $165 value)*


If you can’t make it to Hershey this year, you can always click here to go to the members only section of the AACA website, log in with your member number and pin, and look for the Element 3 Health link on the homepage. Click that link to check your eligibility and enroll today. This is a completely FREE program.

(Your member number and pin can be found on your AACA membership card. If you have lost or misplaced your card, feel free to call AACA National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 and we will be happy to help you.)

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASES DO NOT INCREASE ODDS OF WINNING. Odds depend on number of eligible entries. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Open to legal U.S. & D.C. residents, age 65+, who are existing members of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Total prize value: $4,950. Limit 1 entry/person. For rules, click here. Sponsor: Element3 Health, Inc., 1550 Wewatta St., 2nd Fl., Denver, CO 80202. Ends at 11:59pm MT on October 31, 2023.

Black Swan Antiquities: Extended Hours and Special Deal for AACA Members During Hershey Week

By Matthew Hocker, AACA Library Catalog Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator,

Local antique mall Black Swan Antiquities in Palmyra, PA, is a partnering local business with the AACA Library; there, you will find dozens of booths representing a wide variety of vendors including the AACA Library! If you plan on making the annual pilgrimage to Hershey the first week of October, Black Swan will be holding extended hours Monday, October 2nd through Thursday, October 5th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

In addition to extended hours, Black Swan will be treating AACA members to a sale of 10% off any purchase (cash and debit only). To participate, present your AACA membership card during checkout and, while you are at it, tell ‘em “AACA Librarian Matt sent you!”

For more information, visit: Black Swan Antiquities

Questions? Call 717-867-4400 or email

Please scroll all the way to the end of Speedster to find the answer.
Trivia Question

As the home of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Eastern Fall Nationals, were any cars ever manufactured in or around Hershey, Pennsylvania?

Member Story: Hey, That’s My Car Over There

By Bob Terpak, Harrisburg, PA,

This is a member submitted article.

One of the many highlights of Hershey Week is the cars. It may be the sound of a brass car driving around the show confines. It may be the sight and sound of a Model T heading up Hershey Road. It may be the sight of a true barn find tucked into a vendor’s space in the Flea Market area, it may be a car in the Car Corral, or it may be something in the Friday Car Show behind the AACA Headquarters building. Who among us has not said, “I wish I still had my old (fill in the blank) car?” It is one thing to think about it, but what happens when you actually see someone you don’t know driving and enjoying your old car?


Last year, I came out of the Green Field onto the Car Corral when I immediately caught the distinctive front fender of a yellow 1966 Plymouth Fury III. Alas, the car was a convertible and not a 2-door hardtop like the one that my dad had purchased in the fall of 1965.

That car was a special one for me because I went with my dad to various dealers, and I watched the art of the deal with him. He was all over the spectrum from buying a new Coronet off the showroom floor to ordering the Fury and waiting for it to be built. He traded in our Fawn Beige 1961 Plymouth 4-door sedan and got $899 as the trade-in. In my mind, the old car was to be quickly forgotten. 


The dealer waxed and cleaned up the car, fixed the sagging headliner, reinstalled the wraparound piece of chrome at the right rear, replaced the chrome flashlight pods at the taillights, played with the numbers on the odometer and put the car on his used car lot for $895.


Soon it was gone. Shortly thereafter, it showed up in front of a local tavern with an employee sticker for the nearby South Buffalo Railroad. It was dad’s car; the dog dish hubcaps and the replacement vinyl on the front seat confirmed it. For the next four years, the owner got good use of the car as I would see it parked in front of various local taverns. At Christmas time, 1969, the car was sitting in front of the local Shell station with a for sale sign asking $125. The sag in the headliner was back and the glove compartment and glove box door were missing.


Dad did not connect with the 1966 Fury and traded it in April 1968 for a new Dodge Coronet 440 2-door hardtop White Hat Special. Thinking the Plymouth was out of our life, it was a shock soon after to see it sitting next to my Uncle Jack’s car at the Bethlehem Steel Strip Mill parking lot. The new owner was the brother of one of the other salesmen at the Dodge dealership where we traded it in at and he worked at the Strip Mill.

In the summer of 1970, newly graduated from college, I was looking for a set of wheels. Sitting in the Bargains Galore section of the Dodge dealership was a familiar looking yellow 1966 Plymouth Fury III 2-door hardtop! With its black vinyl interior, radio, heater, automatic and rear defroster, I was tempted; however, I bought a new 1970 Dart Swinger with the 318 and the free Automatic Transmission Package. As before, the dealer freshened up the Fury along with a set of new tires and he also replaced the driver’s side arm rest. Again, I thought the car was out of our life. A person who lived around the corner from my Aunt Helen bought the car. It was still around in early 1974 when I relocated to Pittsburgh.


As for the Dart, I traded it in 1973 when it had 80,000 miles. I saw it but once afterwards at an ARCO station. The dealer cleaned the car, touched up the paint and took care of the compression loss. The young new owner seemed quite happy with the car even with the dent in the front bumper.

The string was broken when I traded the ‘73 in for a 1976 Volare Premier 2-door coupe. The Volare screamed ‘70s all over it with the spring-loaded hood ornament, the pinstripes, the vinyl landau roof and the velour interior. I had it for over three years, and it was a great car. While it had the typical Mopar issues with the ignition system, it had no issues with the fenders rusting. The only problem with the car was that for whatever reason it could not climb the hills or maneuver the pavement block streets of Pittsburgh during the winter seasons.


In 1980, I traded the car for a new Horizon. To my surprise, the proprietor of the local Gyro sandwich shop fourteen blocks from my office bought the car and he proudly parked it in from of his shop. It was definitely my old car; the dealer even left my hand-cut carpet floor mats in the rear. Perhaps it was the new radial tires that the dealer installed before he sold the car off his used car lot; the fact was two years later the car was still rust-free, shiny and clean as it still sat in front of his shop.


Each one of the cars managed to provide solid transportation for the next owner. I would have to say that the yellow Fury would be the one I wish I still had today.

IMPORTANT!!! 2024 AACA National Board of Directors Election

In the September/October edition of Antique Automobile is a postpaid ballot for the 2024 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, 2023.

Update on the Oral History Project

According to the original schedule, the printed books were supposed to be mailed out in August, but the project took a little longer than expected because of the number of members who participated. Publishing Concepts (PCI) has informed us that everything is currently with the printer, but that they are experiencing some production issues right now. As soon as they are able to print the books, they will begin shipping them. Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact ship date yet though.

We sincerely appreciate all of your patience throughout this project and while waiting for your printed book to arrive. If you have questions about your order and timing, feel free to contact the PCI Client Experience Team at or 1-800-982-1590.

Thank you again to all of our members who participated in this project!

ATTENTION: AACA Regions & Chapters

We Need Your Help with the New AACA History Center

We are currently developing an interactive timeline for the AACA History Center. Plans are to launch the first stage of the project next week during the Hershey show. The timeline focuses on the club's history, and we would like to include important milestones and history from your Regions and/or Chapters. Please submit a brief description and images related to the milestone(s) to Images are not required. 

Golden Crescent Region Celebrates 55th Anniversary

By Nancy Whiddon, Newsletter Editor of The Broken Axle, Victoria, TX,

This is a member submitted article.

It was another wonderful get-together for our club. We had at least 76 attendees including friends, family members and new members. And we did it again, for such a small club, we had 5 local Car Club Presidents in attendance including our GCRAACA President Richard Ross; Victoria Model A Club President Ron Albert; Greater Houston Model A Club Past President Willie Sanders; Victoria Cruisers Car Club President Henry Danysh; and Coastal Bend Corvette Club President Larry Rausch. Wow what a car club community we are lucky to have. Everyone joined in to help us celebrate our 55th anniversary. We all enjoyed some cake while our Club Activities Coordinator Kathleen Ross read the list of members since the formation of our region.


In other news… Our club was invited to attend the opening of a new exhibit at Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art here in Victoria, TX, called “Glimpses of the Past.” Our member Willie Sanders is loaning five antique cars from his collection to compliment the photographs of Bessie Dean Parr. His cars will be on display for four months. 

Thank You from the Aloha Region

By Rick Lloyd, Aloha Region President,

This is a member submitted article.

When the Aloha Region started the Lahaina fund drive, we had hopes of raising $4,000. Thanks to all of you and the help of so many others, we completed the Lahaina fund donation through First Hawaiian Bank on Friday. The Aloha Region was able to donate $10,200 for the devastated people of Lahaina.

We can’t thank you enough.

Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much)!

Historic Virginia Peninsula Region Organizes Classic Car Display

By Al Crane, HVPR AACA Community Relations,

This is a member submitted article.

Historic Virginia Peninsula Region AACA (HVPR) member Terry Fuller planned and organized the "Memories of Mellen Street Cruise-in" on sunny Sunday, September 10, 2023. HVPR members Tony and Leslie Scarpelli, Jonathan Smith, John Wyatt, and Al & Linda Crane joined with other participants and many spectators to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in the Historic Downtown Phoebus District of Hampton, VA. Local restaurants and shops, plus lots and lots of amazing cars made for a great day. 

(above) Terry pictured in front of his grandfather’s store on Mellen Street which was built in 1918.

It’s Time to Renew Your AACA Membership for 2024

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 now 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 45,000+ members renewed is always our top priority.

A membership 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.

You can also use our new and improved online renewal on our website. Renewing online is quick and easy! Just log in with your membership number and pin number, review the information currently listed on your membership record and make changes if necessary. Review your information one more time and choose your payment type. Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Discover or PayPal. Your payment will automatically record to your membership record.

Your membership number and pin number can be found on your membership card. If you don’t know your membership number and/or pin number, you can call AACA National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 or email Please DON’T try to pay your dues by using the JOIN AACA tab. This WILL NOT renew your membership – instead, it will create a new one.


We look forward to seeing or hearing from all of you very soon!

Membership Corner: Renewing Members We Already Have

By Ralph Towner, AACA Membership Committee Member,

This is a member submitted article.

Autumn is here, which means a new AACA membership renewal season begins. Without renewals, except for lifetime members, we have zero membership on January 1st. It is essential we continue to recruit new members but retaining the ones we already have is equally vital. Our current AACA membership is in effect our “customers.” Any good salesman will tell you the easiest customer to get is the one you already have. 

Most of our members who have belonged to AACA for years renew promptly. However, we must understand that some of our newer members and even some longer-term members have other interests and obligations. They may not realize the many advantages and benefits of continuing to belong to AACA. Sometimes members just simply forget to renew because life is busy, and things get missed. Most of our members who hesitate to renew can be retained by the membership person from your region. They should contact members who have not paid their dues, explain the AACA benefits and offer to help them renew. Above all, make sure these members know their membership is valued. 

Just a few reminders… AACA is the largest, most inclusive auto club in the world. There are insurance benefits for our events and our officers. The AACA Library has competent librarians to assist you with automotive research. Publications such as the award-winning Antique Automobile magazine and Speedster, an online newsletter which is emailed each month, are included. AACA has a national website as well as many regional websites with current information. There are several national activities including shows, judging opportunities and tours. All of these events offer awards to those who have earned them. Don’t forget about the annual convention, too. There are student memberships and youth programs available as well as scholarships. Click here to learn more. Our greatest benefit though is the friendships we make. You join because of the cars. You stay because of the people. 

Our current National Board of Directors led by President Fred Trusty, along with help from the AACA staff, have devised a new efficient and easy online renewal system. Click here to go directly to the renewal page. Sign in using your member number and pin and a form will come up with all of your information already filled in. Check to make sure everything is correct and with a few more clicks, you are renewed. I just renewed for 2024 using this method. It was effortless! Great job, Fred, Board and staff!

Explain this method to everyone in your region. If a member prefers using the conventional renewal form that is on the activities sheet/mailing label with your national magazine, that option is still available. If they are still not sure, have them call 717-534-1910 and a friendly AACA staff member will be happy to help. 

I have found that most of our members will renew when prompted, so by all means, be certain each member is contacted before writing them off. Renewing the members we already have is a vital part of keeping AACA strong.

2024 AACA National Shows & Tours Announced

Mark your calendars now for all of the 2024 National shows and tours you would like to participate in, and then let the planning begin!

March 17-23

Founders Tour

Lafayette, LA

March 21-24

Special Winter Nationals

Guaynabo, PR

April 4-6

Southeastern Spring Nationals

Charlotte, NC

April 5

Grand Nationals

Charlotte, NC

June 9-13

Eastern Divisional Tour

Fredericksburg, VA

June 20-22

Eastern Spring Nationals

Saratoga Springs, NY

July 10-14

Western Divisional Tour

Big Horn Mtn., WY

September 13-15

Western Fall Nationals

Loveland, CO

October 8-11

Eastern Fall Nationals

Hershey, PA

October 23-26

Southeastern Fall Nationals

Huntsville, AL

This list is subject to change. New events may be added to the schedule. Continue to watch Speedster for up-to-date information, changes and additions.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Now

for the 2024 AACA Annual Convention

The 2024 AACA Annual Convention will be held February 8-10 in the Dulles/Washington D.C. area at the Westfields Marriott.

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

Just Named...

Marriott’s Premium Hotel of the Year!

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles

14750 Conference Center Drive

Chantilly, VA 20151

Less than 10 miles from the Washington Dulles International Airport


Room Rate: $129 per night OR $169 per night includes breakfast for two people

Reservation Link:

Reservation Phone: (800) 266-9432 (mention Antique Automobile Club of America)

Reservation Deadline: January 16, 2024


2024 AACA Annual Convention Call for Speakers

February 8-10 – Chantilly/Dulles, Virginia

Have you ever thought about speaking or putting on a seminar at the Annual Convention? Well, now's your chance! If you would like to be a possible speaker, please fill out this form and send it in no later than October 30.

Have an idea for a workshop? What topics would you like to hear a panel of experts discuss? This is YOUR Annual Convention, and we want to know what you want to learn about. Please email Stacy with your seminar ideas and/or speaker suggestions (membership, leadership, chapters/regions, marketing, cars, technical, fun, historical, ladies-focused, etc.).

Youth Development Corner: What Finally Convinced Me to Join AACA

By Elliott Golden, Fredericksburg, VA,

This is a member submitted article.

I joined AACA in June of 2023 at age 24 after staying in touch with my regional group for about a year. Being young, I am hyper-focused on saving money, so I am hesitant to join things that incur a monthly or annual cost. What finally convinced me to join? It was seeing the benefits of events put on by our local group and how focused they were on the originality of the cars, which has always been a focus of mine. Secondly, I noticed the camaraderie and how the group would always come together to educate each other on unique aspects of their cars and fix issues through a collective knowledge. The knowledge and experiences I would gain with them outweighed the financial cost to join. I have been attending as many meetings as possible and have even shared some of my own knowledge by giving a presentation on the steps to getting cleaner and better proportioned photographs of our vintage cars.

I originally gained an appreciation for vintage cars through my mother who would take me to antique car shows as a young boy. While we never had any real connection to any vintage cars, I was still passionate about them early on. I was not raised on wrenching but grew a black thumb in my teenage years. I didn’t attend many parties; instead, I liked to stay home and hone my mechanical skills. My 1986 Nissan 200SX, 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300E, 1988 Lincoln Mark VII LSC, 1991 Mazda MX-5, and 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe 4-door (some of which I no longer own) have brought me some of the most memorable experiences in my life and I am always looking for different platforms to increase my skills in vintage restoration. Restoring a 6-volt system and working with cloth-covered wire was one of the most memorable things I have done recently. I plan to get some experience with a 1960s Alfa Romeo GT 1300 or air-cooled Porsche 911 and also take some time next year to join in on some vintage racing at our nearby road courses.

Making new connections, sharing experiences, and learning further about these wonderful cars that surround us has always been my motivator. I could sit with someone in their garage for 3-4 hours with ease just chatting about anything vintage. So, don’t give up on recruiting younger members – we may just need a little extra time to figure out how great AACA really is. 

AACA Offers Six Scholarships Application Deadline: December 1

Susquehannock Region Automotive Technology Scholarship (formerly known as the AACA Student Scholarship): Cash award to a student currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning leading up to a degree in antique automotive technology and or restoration.

AACA Young People’s Award: A cash award to an AACA member (student or regular) who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution, i.e., a four-year college leading to a bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational education program leading to a degree. Applicant must be nominated by a Region or Chapter of AACA and must be no more than 25 years old.

AACA Scholarship: A cash award to any AACA member (student or regular) who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution, i.e., a four-year college leading to a bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational education program leading to a diploma. Applicant must be no more than 25 years old.

Louise Bianchi Chiotti Memorial Scholarship Award: Louise (Bianchi) Chiotti was born on June 11, 1914, in San Jose, California. The family’s first automobile was a 1926 Dodge Sedan. Her two younger brothers purchased a 1939 Studebaker and took delivery in January 1939. They wanted to give it to Louise’s son Dave in 1956. His mother thought it too big of a car for a fifteen-year-old in San Francisco and talked him into buying a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe. In 1959 the little Model A was a bit slow, so Dave purchased a 1959 Ford convertible. As Dave sat on the running board of the Ford waiting for the new owner to arrive his mom came and sat next to him. “You really don’t want to sell it do you?” she asked. “NO, I don’t” was my reply.” “Then don’t,” mom said. Dave and Marilyn Chiotti still own the Model A; it is a Senior and First Place Grand National Award Winner. The 1939 Studebaker came to the Chiottis after spending 40 years under a walnut tree. It is now a Senior and First Place Grand National Award Winner. The 1926 Dodge was cut into a truck for ranch use in the 1940s. Dave brought it home in 1976 and built a Woodie. In 2000, they donated it to Luther Burbank Home & Gardens in Santa Rosa. After Dave and Marilyn’s uncle’s passing, they acquired their 1968 Cadillac El Dorado. It now lives in the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. This $1,500 scholarship is based upon the same rules as the AACA Automotive Technology Award and is awarded as funds are available. It was instituted and funded by Dave and Marilyn Chiotti as a way to honor Louise and a way to continue to support youth in the hobby.

AACA John & Janet Ricketts Leadership Scholarship: A cash award to any AACA member, child or grandchild of an active AACA member in good standing for a least 5 years, who has been accepted to an institute of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution. The award is granted by the family of John and Janet Ricketts in recognition of their love of AACA and their belief in service to the club. It is also in recognition of our first female National President Janet Ricketts in 1999.

Hershey Region AACA Automotive Restoration Scholarship: Cash award to an AACA member currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning leading up to a degree in antique automotive restoration.

Have You Checked Out MemberDeals Yet?

MemberDeals is a brand-new member benefit program with exclusive offers to the world’s greatest entertainment and travel brands. While working with the top suppliers and partners in the industry nationwide, MemberDeals develops attractive offers that you, as an AACA member, now get to take advantage of.

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

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

(Your member number and pin can be found on your AACA membership card. If you have lost or misplaced your card, feel free to call AACA National Headquarters at 717-534-1910 and we will be happy to help you.)
Official 2024 AACA Calendar Now Available
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 2024 to January 2025 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 $13 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 will also be included with your next issue of Antique Automobile magazine. 
It's Never Too Early to Order Your Holiday Cards
AACA Christmas and holiday cards are an annual tradition for many members. These beautiful 5x7 cards feature artwork from renowned artist Ken Eberts, whose paintings have graced Antique Automobile magazine covers. This year, we have two new designs...
“Christmas 1910”
1910 Oldsmobile Limited
Inside: Season’s Greetings
“Christmas 1949”
1949 Ford Custom Fordor
Inside: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
The cards come in packs of 12 and include envelopes. Each pack is only $12 (plus shipping). An order form was included with your July/August issue of Antique Automobile magazine. You can also purchase them in the AACA store on our website or call AACA Headquarters to place your order (717-534-1910).

Schedule a Tour of AACA National Headquarters

& Library Research Center

Would your AACA region or chapter like to visit?

What about any of the other car clubs you belong to?

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

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

Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?
The Military Sponsorship Program is available to all of the Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending a limited number of complimentary 2024 memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA website under Membership and drop down to Military Discount, or simply click here.

These complimentary 2024 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
AACA National Activities Calendar

October 3-6, 2023

Eastern Fall Nationals

Hershey, PA

Click here for brochure

October 22-27, 2023

Revival AAA Glidden Tour (VMCCA)

Thomasville, GA

Click here to visit VMCCA's website

Upcoming Events

Visit the calendar on our website for a complete listing of AACA National events, local Region & Chapter events and much more!
Trivia Answer

Cars produced in series with roots near Hershey, Pennsylvania, were the Kline, originally from Harrisburg, and the Upton out of Lebanon. The first Kline was constructed by a Hummelstown native (though some say he was from nearby Siddonsburg) by the name of James Allen Kline, who began dabbling with the idea in Harrisburg during 1900 while he was distributing Locomobiles and other brands. In 1905, he moved to York, Pennsylvania, with the York Automobile Company and in 1910, on to Virginia. According to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture that’s where he really hit his stride, with some 2,500 to 2,800 now-called Kline Kars produced through 1923. Colcord Upton was behind his 1904-1907 namesake, which was a $2,500-$3,000, 40hp, four-cylinder touring car. When it was chartered in 1984, AACA’s PA Dutch Region used the Upton as part of its logo.

Antique Automobile Club of America | 717-534-1910

America’s Premiere Resource for the Collectible Vehicle Community

Facebook  Instagram  

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.