October 2016 - Volume 95
In This Issue...
Photos From Hershey
2016 Car Raffle Winners
Swap to Street 2016: We Built a Car in Four Days!
Historic, Fresh-to-the-Market Classics Shine at RM Sotheby's
History Repeats Itself
2017 AACA National Board of Directors Election
2017 AACA Annual Meeting
AACA Library Update Webcast Episode 4
Steve Rossi's Old Car Quiz
Newly Introduced Legislation
Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?
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Mark Your Calendars
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster editor, szimmerman@aaca.org
AACA Headquarters is pleased to announce the official list of national meets and tours for 2017. Please be sure to mark these important events on your calendar and start making your plans to attend. As soon as we have more details on any of the meets or tours, we will post it on our website ( www.aaca.org ) and I will always make the information available to you in Speedster.
For many of you, this is old hat. Every year when the list of national meets and tours comes out, you sit down with your calendar and decide which ones you are going to attend. You ask your husband/wife if they want to go with you, you make some calls or send some emails to friends to see which ones they want to go to and your grand plan starts coming together.
For those who have never been to a national meet or tour, make 2017 the year that changes that fact. Pick one, just one. The one that's the closest to home. Or the one that's in a town you've always wanted to go to. Just pick one and go enjoy the experience. I guarantee you will see some interesting cars, meet some wonderful people and have a great time.
2017 AACA National Meets & Tours
AACA Annual Meeting ● February 9-11 ● Philadelphia, PA
Winter Meet ● February 23-25 ● Ocala, FL
Western Spring Meet ● March 23-26 ● Palm Springs, CA
Southeastern Spring Meet ● April 6-9 ● Charlotte, NC
Western Divisional Tour ● April 25-28 ● Sonora, CA
Central Spring Meet ● May 11-13 ● Auburn, IN
Eastern Spring Meet ● May 26-27 ● Huntington, WV
Founders Tour ● June 4-9 ● Gettysburg, PA
Annual Grand National ● June 15-17 ● Independence, MO
Central Fall Meet ● August 17-19 ● Bettendorf, IA
Revival AAA Glidden Tour® ● September 17-22 ● Hastings, NE
Eastern Fall Meet ● October 4-7 ● Hershey, PA
If you would like to print a PDF of this listing,  click here

And Just Like That... Another Hershey is in the Books

The weather was beautiful all week and then the rain that has basically become an expectation and part of the tradition that is Hershey showed up on Saturday morning. It didn't matter though - the cars were there and so were the people and the show went on!
Nearly 800 volunteers work throughout the year to pull off THE largest antique car show & flea market in the world, and a little rain wasn't going to put a damper on anything. They prepare for months and make contingency plans for everything and anything. 
9,000+ flea market vendors, 1,000 cars in the car corral, almost 1,300 cars in the show and hundreds of thousands of attendees... Miles and miles of merchandise, cars and memories make Hershey... Hershey. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, participated as vendors, displayed their amazing cars and attended one of the BEST shows in the world! Believe it or not, planning for 2017 has already begun!
A big congratulations to all of the winners at Hershey!
Photos From Hershey

Enjoy a few photos from Hershey Meet Week (courtesy of the Hershey Region AACA Facebook page ), and remember to check out the complete wrap-up and even more photos in the November/December issue of Antique Automobile magazine...

2016 Car Raffle Winners
Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to support the AACA Family: Club, Library & Museum. Thank you to our car raffle sponsor, 
Klick Lewis. And the winners are...

1st Prize - 2016 Corvette or $35,000
Winner: Gregory Morrow, Hendersonville, NC
2nd Prize - $3,000
Winner: Lynn Wenger, Schafferstown, PA 
3rd Prize - $1,000
Winner: Scott Haring, Dublin, OH    
Swap to Street 2016: We Built a Car in Four Days! 
And Almost Made it 750 Miles... In Four Days!
Reprinted article by Jeff Peek, Hagerty.com, October 11, 2016
In the end, it came down to time - or the lack of it. Hagerty's four-person build team successfully completed the 2016 "Swap to Street Challenge" at the AACA Hershey (Pa.) Fall Swap Meet. We then pointed the 1930 Ford Model A towards Michigan and covered roughly 290 miles in two days. But after overcoming a persistent oil leak, dead starter, less-than-stellar brakes and some minor repairs, we were less than halfway home.
So, since we still have jobs to get back to, we reluctantly loaded the Model A into our trailer near New Springfield, Ohio, and hauled it the remaining 450 miles. Well, not quite 450. With about 20 miles to go we unloaded the car, push-started it and drove to Hagerty's home offices in Traverse City, Mich., where we were greeted by cheering co-workers.
Eight long days after leaving with nothing but a chassis, transmission and non-working engine, four Hagerty employees - Davin Reckow, Brad Phillips, Randy Clouse and Brett Lirones - built the car in less than four days with parts sourced at the Swap Meet, saving a withering classic and putting it back on the road. Not being able to drive it all the way home was frustrating for some, but Reckow, the project lead, had a different perspective.
"Actually, I'm not disappointed because we just ran out of time; it wasn't a mechanical failure," he said. "I think it was a success. We overcame every problem and kept it running. I'm feeling pretty good about it."
Day 4 of the build project started Friday morning, and finding a radiator was the first priority. Although we had purchased one earlier in the week, the team discovered late on Day 3 that it wasn't going to work. Parts finders Kyle Smith and Will Corr solved the problem quickly by returning with another one almost as soon as the day began. "We've walked past that thing 20 times since we got here," Smith said, "so we knew right where it was."
Phillips spent the first part of his morning finishing the fabrication of metal brackets for the rear window, then installed it. He installed the doors and side windows (more fabrication required) earlier in the week. The rear passenger window also carried a warning scrawled across a piece of masking tape: "Don't lower unless you gotta."

Meanwhile, the rear body mount supports we had purchased earlier came up a little short on the 1931 Murray sedan body we scored on Day 1, so in a perfect display of "Swap to Street" ingenuity, Reckow fabricated extensions by cutting an old wrench in half and welding the pieces into place. (Coincidentally - or perhaps, appropriately? - Reckow and Hagerty co-worker Matt Lewis star in a new Hagerty YouTube series called "The Wrenchmen.")
The seats and instruments were installed, the floorboard was inserted into its proper place and the wiring was checked and rechecked. One thing that didn't happen was the purchase and installation of a roof kit; the team agreed it was "a luxury item." Anthony Di Liberto, a freshman automotive student at Pennsylvania College of Technology, painted "Swap to Street" signage on the doors, and the sedan was ready to roll. At 7:15 p.m., with a crowd gathered and all four mechanics aboard, Reckow started the Model A and drove it around the parking lot. In a preview of things to come, the car stalled on its way back to the build tent. The culprit: sediment in the gas tank was clogging the fuel line. After clearing it, the car was deemed road worthy again, and the team celebrated its good fortune.
Then morning came.
"There's such a huge sense of accomplishment when you finish the project," Reckow said. "And then you wake up the next day and realize you have to drive the thing a long way."
Leaking oil was an immediate and lasting predicament, due to a bad rear main seal, and the oil had to be monitored carefully and refilled often. An empty Red Bull can replaced a lost oil cap; it fit perfectly. Of course, as luck would have it, rain arrived and stuck around much of the day - a bit of an inconvenience for anyone inside the roofless vehicle. But prepared with raincoats and tarps, it was not only bearable but added a bit of adventure to the ride, as if there wasn't enough already.
Driving only on backroads, the Model A was slow but steady through small Pennsylvania towns and the ever-present hills and valleys, some of them considerably steep. "This thing is a little billy goat," Lirones said of the car. "It gets right up those hills. Not fast, but without any trouble. It's all about patience. That's probably my biggest takeaway from this build: you have to have a lot patience - patience with the build, patience with the car."
With the Model A up front, last year's "Swap to Street" 1946 Ford pickup following behind and our support vehicles bringing up the rear, other drivers sharing the road needed to pack some patience too. Traffic was backed up from time to time, "but people were understanding when they saw what was happening," Reckow said. "Nobody yelled at us as far as I could tell."
Sunday, the second day of the drive to Michigan, started well before dawn with the mercury sitting at a chilly 46 degrees, but at least the rain was gone. It was smooth sailing into the afternoon, then some rattling underneath the car proved to be a lost bolt on an exhaust flange. That problem was quickly fixed, but when the convoy drove past Snyder's Antique Auto Parts  in New Springfield, Ohio, the team thought it would be worth stopping for a photo since Snyder's had been so helpful at Hershey. Five minutes later, we turned the key and nothing happened. The car was dead.
A long trial and error session followed as the team tried figuring out what had doomed the electrical system. As it turns out, a short had fried the starter solenoid, and the battery wasn't charging. Right on cue, Don Snyder rolled up and asked if he could help. He even showed us his personal car collection.
The Model A still struggled to start, but with a good push we got it running again. Then we began doing the math, and reality hit. Not only had we used a lot of oil, we were averaging a bit less than 30 miles an hour overall, a pace that would get us home on Tuesday evening - much later than expected. After some matter-of-fact discussion, we decided it was time to call it quits and trailer the Model A home.
In hindsight, "By luck, good 'juju' or just skilled eye-balling, we scored a pretty unusual Model A body to build," Phillips said. "The '31 Murray-built four-door sedan body was a pretty rare piece in a sea of more standard two- and four-door options, and the body was sound as well, another rarity. It came as close to a Lego set as we would ever hope to find. While many of the included parts were merely templates for what used to be, it had enough meat on the bone to get us ahead of schedule pretty quickly.
"I thought the team was great; we were really clicking. Davin is a flat-out expert welder, fabricator and mechanic. His leadership style is to point at something, explain and then turn you loose. Randy came in with a good deal of experience with Model A's, and that really helped cut to the chase when marque-specific problems arose. Brett was our rookie, and his general mechanical sensibility and willingness to tackle anything made him a real asset. Me? Who knows. I've played with cars of all kinds my whole life; I guess I'm just not afraid to think outside of the box. I may be the MacGyver of the bunch, since I made a lot of things work in a way they weren't originally designed."
Lirones, who is actually on Hagerty's marine team and whose expertise involves outboard motors, appreciated the opportunity to be part of the build. "They were all great to me. Davin showed a lot of patience with me, and I learned a lot from him. He's well organized, first and foremost. He has a vision and sticks to it."
Reckow said Lirones more than held his own. "(Former NFL coach) Tony Dungy said he looked for players who not only had ability but had character, and whatever Brett lacked in ability or knowledge he made up for in character and perseverance."
Reckow also called Clouse - a man of few words but with a never-say-die attitude - "the foundation" for his overall automotive expertise. "Having that wealth of knowledge on your side, that extra set of eyes, that's invaluable." Turning to Phillips' contribution, Reckow said, "Brad's a grab-it-and-go kind of guy. He's super resourceful. Having worked with him on last year's build, I can see that he really took a giant leap forward."
The team is already being asked about possibilities for next year's "Swap to Street Challenge" build, and they laughed it off on Monday. "Oh, I'd do it again, just not this week," Lirones said. "Give me a couple of days."
Reckow looked at the Model A ("There's no such thing as an ugly baby, right?" he joked) and said the project accomplished exactly what it was intended to. "We proved that it can be done, and better yet, hopefully we've inspired other people to try a project of their own. They don't need to start with what little we had, but if they're inspired to start something new or finish a project they've been working on for a while, that's great."
For more on Hagerty's "Swap to Street Challenge," visit www.hagerty.com/swaptostreet .

Historic, Fresh-to-the-Market Classics Shine at RM Sotheby's 
10th Anniversary Hershey Sale

RM Sotheby's, the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, toasted a magnificent 10 years in Hershey this week with $11.58 million in sales at the Hershey Lodge. Held during the famed AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, the penultimate sale on RM's 2016 calendar lifted the gavel on 132 total lots-attracting bidders from 18 countries-of which 90 percent found new homes.

In a catalogue highlighted by a delightful series of cars coming out of long-term ownership, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton was the star attraction of the two-evening sale. One of only three original Murphy Dual-Cowl Phaetons, the Duesenberg was retrieved from storage at the Mexico City airport in 1962, and offered from 54 years in single-family ownership at RM's Hershey sale. Hotly contested by bidders in the room and on the phones, the Model J realized a strong $2,090,000.

"The fantastic price achieved for the Duesenberg goes to show that history and long-term ownership add significant value to an already rare car," says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby's. "The opportunity to sell a Model J is always special, this time around made even better by the chance to present an example that has been lovingly enjoyed by one family over 54 years of ownership. Overall, our top five Hershey sales demonstrate that demand for American Classics remains incredibly strong, with provenance and impeccable condition attracting well-deserved prices on the auction podium across both nights."

Looking back over the two-evening event, Thursday's sale session was headlined by the spectacular 1932 Lincoln Model KB Boattail Speedster. Designed by legendary General Motors stylist, David Holls-earning its nickname, the 'David Holls Speedster'-the exquisite car represented the Lincoln that 'never was'. Attracting plenty of admirers during the sale preview, it was the subject of a 10-minute bidding contest, shattering its pre-sale estimate of $200/275,000 at a final $605,000.

Crossing the podium just four lots prior to the Lincoln on Thursday evening, the highly anticipated 'garage find' 1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster also drew tremendous interest from bidders in the room and on the phone. In single-family ownership since 1967, the Porsche emerged from 40 years in storage in a Texas garage just prior to the Hershey sale. Presented in largely original condition, it illustrated the enduring appetite for 'barn-finds', soaring past its pre-sale estimate of $200/250,000 to bring a remarkable $341,000.

Friday's session was headlined by the top-selling Model J Duesenberg, highlighted above. Other standout attractions from the second evening were a meticulously restored 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster, a two-time 100-point car in 2016 Classic Car Club of America judging, for $880,000; the sole-surviving 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 LeBaron Convertible Victoria, which sold well at $456,500; and, an exceptionally restored 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, which exceeded expectations, selling for $161,700 against a pre-sale estimate of $100/125,000. Among additional highlights and perfectly emblematic of the unique finds at Hershey, a 1925 White Model 15-45, commissioned in period as a Yellowstone Park tour bus, nearly doubled its estimate, realizing $88,000.

RM Sotheby's Hershey 2016 Top Five Sales
Lot 253 - 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Chassis 2366)
Lot 237 - 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster (Chassis 2952)
Lot 142 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (Chassis 198.042.7500397)
Lot 144 - 1932 Lincoln Model KB Boattail Speedster (Engine KB 1411)
Lot 233 - 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 Convertible Victoria (Chassis 3050235) 

RM Sotheby's will round out its 2016 calendar in spectacular fashion with the presentation of Duemila Ruote (2000 Wheels) in Milan, Italy, November 25-27. Coinciding with the Milano AutoClassica Classic Car Show, the eclectic offering will feature more than 800 lots, making it the largest, automotive-themed private collection sale ever staged in Europe. With some 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats and hundreds of bicycles and automobilia all offered without reserve, collectors will be truly spoilt for choice.

Complete results from RM Sotheby's Hershey auction along with additional information on the upcoming Duemila Ruote sale are available at www.rmsothebys.com.

*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10 percent buyer's premium for automobiles and 15 percent for all other lots. Auction total includes post-sale transactions.

Member Submitted Story

History Repeats Itself ( P art 1)
By Richard Tuthill Bassemir, Austin, TX, rbassemir1@gmail.com 

It was the fall of 1916 when two Maxwell Motor Corporation salesmen had an idea. They felt any car that could cross the United States in the winter months would make an excellent every day family car. They sold this idea to Texaco and Firestone and on November 16, 1916 , C.W. Tuthill and P.G. Scull left Newwark, New Jersey , for California.
C.W. Tuthill kept a diary of the trip as they drove along the Lincoln Highway and The Old Trail Road through 36 towns and 12 states. They used ferries to cross rivers, slept in the car mu l tiple nights and repaired tires many times. At night , they drained the water out of the radiator so it would not freeze. At times , they had to wait on gas deliveries (gas stations were not on every corner then ). They arrived in Los Angeles, California , in 10 days and 16 hours. They used 188 gallons of gas and 7 gallons of oil. After a few days in California they returned to Newark, New Jersey , using a different southernly route to complete the round trip.

C.W. Tuthill was my grandfather and this November my brother and I intend to celebrate our grandfather's accomplishment by repeating this trip again in a 1917 Maxwell. Using his diary , we have an accurate list of the towns they passed through, places they ate, slept and got gas and oil. Using this information , we have been able to pick out a route to recreate this accomplishment.
We have a 1917 Maxwell that is being prepared for the trip. It has been repainted and we are adding the same signage to the car , so it looks just like our grandfather's car. Our plan is to leave Newark, New Jersey , on November 16, 2016, 100 years after our grandfather made his start. We hope to complete the trip in 10 days and then will trailer the Maxwell back to the east coast.
We have create d a website that includes our grandfather's diary as well as pictures, letters and postcards he sent along the way. We have also include d information about the Maxwell we are preparing for the trip. Interested readers can find all of this information here.

Part 2 of this story will come after the repetition of history is complete d

LAST CHANCE!!! 2017 AACA National Board of Directors Election

In the September/October edition of  Antique Automobile is a postpaid ballot for the 2017 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, 2016.
Come Experience Southern Hospitality in Savannah
Reliability Tour
November 5-11, 2016
Savannah, GA
Click here for the brochure   

The Antique Automobile Club of America and the Horseless Carriage Club of America join forces every other year to sponsor the Reliability Tour. The roots of this event stem back to 1903 when an organization was formed to determine just how "reliable" these new-fangled horseless carriages were for the buying public. Today the tradition carries on, with 75 to 100 of these pre-1916 vehicles meeting "somewhere in the US" to tour a particular area for a week.  

This year's tour is limited to 75 vehicles manufactured prior to January 1, 1916, and hosted by the Savannah Region AACA. The tour will start on Hilton Head Island, SC, in time for the Concours d'Elegance and move to Savannah for 5 days of beautiful sightseeing, fun motoring and, of course, some great food.

For more information or a registration form, please visit www.savaaca.org or contact Ralph Tolman, Chairman, at rwtolman@aol.com or (912) 313-0598.

2017 AACA Annual Meeting - Save the Date!

The 81st AACA Annual Meeting will take place February 9-11, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you have never been to an AACA Annual Meeting in the City of Brotherly Love you are missing a great time. The trade show, car exhibit, educational seminars and the awards banquet are just a few of the highlights you'll experience during the meeting. Registration materials and seminar information for the 2017 Annual Meeting will be available soon. We hope you will consider joining us for this very special event!  
4th Annual AmeriCarna LIVE Car Show
From the AACA Library & Research Center

AACA Library Update Webcast Episode 4:
Fall Meet Wrap Up

For the latest library news, check out our most recent webcast video! In this episode we provide a recap of library happenings during fall meet, including some of our most recent donations. Take a look inside a massive Packard piece, find out what the heck an APF-MP1000 is and much more!

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Five Scholarships Available - Apply Before December 1!

John and Janet Ricketts Leadership Scholarship
A $1,500 cash award to any AACA member, child or grandchild of an AACA member in good standing for at least 5 years, who has been accepted to an institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution. This award is granted by the family of John and Janet Ricketts in recognition of their love for AACA and their belief in service to the club.  It is also in recognition of our first female National President, Janet Ricketts in 1999.  Region or chapter membership is encouraged but not required. Click here for more information and to download the application. 

Susquehannock Region Automotive Technology Scholarship
Formerly known as AACA Student Scholarship, this award is granted by the AACA National Board of Directors to encourage adults to further their education and stimulate interest in AACA and automotive history. One or more awards may be presented each year. Click here for more information and to download the application. 

AACA Young People's Award
The AACA Young People's Award is a cash award to an AACA member, child or grandchild of an active AACA member in good standing for at least five years, 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. Applicants MUST be nominated by a Region or Chapter of AACA and must be no more than 25 years old. This award is merit based, and while financial need may be considered, it is not a deciding factor. One or more of these awards may be presented each year. Click here for more information and to download the application. 

AACA Scholarship
The AACA Scholarship is granted by the AACA National Board of Directors. All applicants must be current AACA members for a minimum of 5 continuous years. The children or grandchildren of these AACA members are also eligible. Applicants must be accepted to a recognized accredited institution, or currently enrolled in such an institution leading to a four-year college Bachelor's degree or completion of a two-year vocational education program. They must be 25 years old or less by December 31 of the year when applying for the scholarship. AACA region or chapter membership is encouraged, but not required. One or more of these awards may be presented each year. Click here for more information and to download the application. 

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 Model "A" Ford Coupe. In 1959 the little Ford 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 1940's. 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. Click here for more information and to download the application. 

How to Apply:
Application forms may be obtained by clicking on the links above, from AACA National Headquarters, 501 W. Governor Rd., Hershey, PA 17033 (717-534-1910) or from the Chairman of the AACA Young Peoples Award Earl Mowrey, 423 N Montour St, Montoursville, PA 17754 (jagspeed120@comcast.net).  
All scholarship applications are due by December 1 
and will be awarded at the AACA Annual Meeting in February.
Trivia Question

Name a heavy truck manufacturer that was part of a company that shared its name early on with what would become a primary, but unrelated competitor?

or scroll all the way to the end of the
Speedster to find the answer.

Newly Introduced Legislation Aims to Give Old Cars 
Same Footing as Bridges and Buildings
Reprinted article by Daniel Strohl, Hemmings Classic Car, Sept 30, 2016

After more than two years and more than a dozen cars have been added to the National Historic Vehicle Register, a Michigan congressman last week introduced a bill that would establish the register under the Department of the Interior.
Photo courtesy SEMA
"There is currently no dedicated federal register to document historically significant automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and commercial vehicles for future generations of Americans to appreciate and enjoy," Michigan Senator Gary Peters said as he introduced S.3381, the National Historic Vehicle Register Act, on the Senate floor. At the same time, however, he pointed to a number of vehicles already on the Historic Vehicle Association's National Historic Vehicle Register - including President Taft's White steamer and President Reagan's Jeep CJ-6 - as vehicles worthy of documentation in the Library of Congress.
Mark Gessler, president of the HVA, said that Peters's bill will simply improve the status of the existing register. "This will pull the register out from underneath the Historic American Engineering Record to be its own separate record in the Library of Congress," Gessler said. "Being under the HAER hasn't been hugely problematic, but this effectively elevates automobiles from hobby to heritage."
As Gessler pointed out, the likelihood of Congress passing the National Historic Vehicle Register Act during what's left of this legislative session "is slim to none," but it will likely be reintroduced next year and the bill is "more a statement of Senator Peters's dedication to automotive heritage."
Peters, an avid motorcyclist, also has the backing of the American Motorcyclists Association for this bill.
The register, currently funded by the Historic Vehicle Association, does not stipulate what owners of the included vehicles may or may not do with them. Instead, it documents the vehicles according to Department of Interior standards similar to those for the National Register of Historic Places. Those records are then added to a specific section of the Library of Congress within the existing Historic American Engineering Record. For a car to qualify for the register, it must meet one of four criteria: association with important American historic events, association with important American historic figures, its design or construction value, and its informational value.
Fourteen vehicles have been added to the register since early 2014, and the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens has begun consideration of a similar register for European vehicles.
Gessler said the bill's failure would have no impact on HVA's plans to continue the register.
After Peters introduced the bill, the Senate referred it to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. No further action on the bill has been scheduled.
Is Your AACA Region Growing?  

Recognize the hard work of your region or chapter and apply this year for the I.C. Kirkham Award. This is a little too early to actually apply, but we wanted to get the information in front of you. We suggest that you complete and mail this form immediately following your last meeting in 2016 at which you would accept new members. 
Remember, small regions can compete with big regions as it is a weighted formula. Take home the big award at the National AACA Annual Meeting in February for proving to other clubs that you can increase membership with a little hard work and determination.
Click here for the application. 
Completed forms must be at AACA Headquarters by December 10, 2016.
Don't Forget to Order Your Official 2017 AACA Calendar
The AACA Calendar is always a hot item this time of year, so make sure to order yours before they are gone! This 13-month calendar runs from January 2017 to January 2018 and highlights National Meets and Tours 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 $12 postpaid, these calendars also make great, inexpensive gifts for all of the car-lovers in your life!
To order, just call AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910.

2017 AACA Membership Renewal Reminder

Just a reminder that your AACA membership runs on a calendar year - January 1 through December 31 - so that means it's time to renew for 2017. There are several easy ways to renew your membership:
  1. A membership renewal form was included with your September/October issue of Antique Automobile magazine. Simply fill out the form and mail it back to the office with a check or credit card information. If you already threw the form away when you opened your magazine, there will be another one included with your November/December issue.
  2. If you're passing through the Hershey area on any trips before the end of the year, stop in AACA Headquarters to visit with us and renew your membership at the same time.
  3. Since you're already online reading this issue of Speedster, you can just click here to renew online with your credit card.
  4. Finally, you can always call AACA Headquarters (717-534-1910) and renew over the phone with a credit card (office hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time).
Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?

The Military Sponsorship Program is available to all of the Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending a limited number of complimentary current year memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA home page under member information and drop down to Military, or simply click here.
These complimentary, current-year 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

Get Your Official AACA Holiday Cards NOW Before We Sell Out!
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... 

 "Holiday Lights"
1931 Packard 833 5-passenger coupe
Inside verse: Season's Greetings  
"Christmas 1949"
1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Town Sedan
Inside verse: Merry Christmas and 
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 last issue of Antique Automobile magazine or you can always call AACA Headquarters to place your order (717-534-1910).

Whatever You are Shopping Online for, use AmazonSmile to Benefit 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  smile.amazon.com , you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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  smile.amazon.com   from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to  smile.amazon.com   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!
How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges.
Click here to learn more about AmazonSmile.

News From the AACA Museum

The AACA Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is FREE for all AACA Members - just show your membership card at the ticket counter when you arrive! 

Route 66 Exhibit is Now Open!
Enjoy the view of this iconic setting along with Native American artifacts from the David Cammack Collection. 

NEW on View at the AACA Museum:
We have several new and interesting vehicles on view until April - plan a visit if you didn't get a chance to see these during Hershey Meet Week.

1986 Zimmer Quick Silver #36 of 170 

1940 Mercury Custom - Rob Ida Build

Photo credits: 
Rob Ida Concepts

Join us on a Cuba "voyage" March 2-11, 2017, as you explore different experiences in Cuba but this time aboard a fully air-conditioned yacht! Accommodations are limited, so don't delay!
A daily slate of engaging activities affords you an immersive opportunity to connect directly with the Cuban people learning more about each other through direct contact and cultural exchange. Highlights include:
  • Six nights aboard fully air-conditioned yacht, Panorama
  • Explore the historic Bay of Pigs
  • Visit Guanahacabibes, Cuba's largest nature reserve and home to the bee humming bird
  • View antique cars and visit with Eduardo Mesejo at Deposito del Automovil
  • Travel in classic cars to NostalgiCar
  • Spend a full day on rarely visited Juventud Island - the Isle of Youth
The AACA Museum is again working with International Expeditions for all tour arrangements. International Expeditions is licensed to operate people to people tours by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.
To make a reservation, contact Toni Rothman at 610-361-7882 or tonirothman@icloud.com .

Coming in November:
November 19 - April 22, 2017
Special exhibit opening scheduled for 11/18 - tickets available online or via phone 717-566-7100 ext. 100. 

Mopar Midsize Muscle Mini Exhibit

See the iconic '55, '56 & '57 Chevys together.

Upcoming Events:
November 4, 2017
A great chance to view our collections and sample some craft brew beers, along with live entertainment.   

New Dates Added - November 26 & December 17 
This is a two-hour workshop that allows children, between the ages of 8-12 years, the opportunity to build a wood Model T Pickup Truck under the supervision of an educator. The program will be offered from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. A fun, interactive activity that might also make the perfect holiday gift! Program pricing includes AACA Museum admission for the child and one guardian, who is required to remain onsite, and the Model T model. Additional guests may enjoy the AACA Museum at regular admission prices. Advance registration is required. 

May 13, 2017 to October 8, 2017
It's only original once - explore a captivating collection of unrestored vehicles that have survived the test of time.We're looking for some of these hidden gems with some interesting stories to tell - if you have one and would consider having it on loan with us during the dates of this exhibit please connect with us!  Criteria: Cars must be mostly original. Submissions for consideration can emailed to
SSipko@AACAMuseum.org or mailed to: AACA Museum, Attn: Stan Sipko, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.

Keep up to Speed  with information on additional exhibits and  events 
specifically at the AACA Museum - register today !    
AACA Library eBay Store: October Auction

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite motor head? The AACA Library's eBay store offers a wide variety to choose from: over 2,000 reproduction factory photographs of historic cars, books and sales literature.

We will also be holding our monthly eBay auction, with over 60 unique listings! We will have a number of hard-to-find prewar items, including this unusual 1935 Ford California-Pacific International Exposition. Also look for 1960s & 1970s Lincoln owner's manuals and Volkswagen literature from the 1950s through 1970s.
The auctions will end between Sunday, October 30 and Wednesday, November 2.
To view our available selection, be sure to click the links below!

*Reproduction Factory Photos:
- Racing
- And much more!

Check back often, as we will continue to add new items throughout the year!
For more information, contact our Assistant Librarian,
Matthew Hocker, at mhocker@aacalibrary.org or 717-534-2082.

The Entire AACA Family is on Facebook!


The entire AACA Family is on Facebook. Make sure to like all of our pages to stay up-to-date on everything going on with the Club, Library and Museum. Did you know that AACA also has a Facebook Group you can join to discuss cars and hobby hot topics? Request to join the group by clicking here.


Click the logos below to go to our Facebook pages.



AACA Calendar Spotlight
Desk Calendar

November 5-11, 2016
Reliability Tour - Savannah, GA

February 9-11, 2017
AACA Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, PA

February 23-25, 2017
Winter Meet - Ocala, FL

March 23-26, 2017
Western Spring Meet - Palm Springs, CA

April 6-9, 2017
Southeastern Spring Meet - Charlotte, NC

April 25-28, 2017
Western Divisional Tour - Sonora, CA

May 11-13, 2017
Central Spring Meet - Auburn, IN

May 26-27, 2017
Eastern Spring Meet - Huntington, WV

June 4-9, 2017
Founders Tour - Gettysburg, PA

June 15-17, 2017
Annual Grand National - Independence, MO

August 17-19, 2017
Central Fall Meet - Bettendorf, IA

September 17-22, 2017
Revival AAA Glidden Tour® - Hastings, NE

October 4-7, 2017
Eastern Fall Meet - Hershey, PA

Visit the  calendar on our website  for a complete listing of AACA national events and much more!

Who Do You Contact at AACA Headquarters for What?

Have you ever wondered who to contact for what when you call or email AACA Headquarters? Here is a list of the current staff and their responsibilities. By clicking on someone's name below, you can email them directly.


Executive Director

Steve Moskowitz


Membership & Merchandise

Karen White


Regions, Judging & Awards

Lynn Gawel


Accounting, IT & Website

Pat Buckley


Advertising & Marketing

Speedster Editor

Stacy Zimmerman

Office Administration

Kathy Skiles

Rick Gawel


Antique Automobile Magazine Editor

West Peterson


Library, Research & Cataloging

Chris Ritter

Matthew Hocker

Michael Reilly


Naturally, many of the staff have the capability of answering questions in each other's area as we try to cross train as much as possible. Please don't hesitate to contact us anytime for assistance.


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The Mack Brothers Manufacturing Company of Allentown, PA, was merged with the Saurer Motor Company of Plainfield, NJ, in 1911 to form the International Motor Truck Company. Starting in 1922, its products would go on to be marketed under the name of Mack Trucks, while International Harvester of Chicago, IL, would ultimately make use of the "International" name.
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.