AACA Announcements

July 24, 2020
2020 Grand Nationals Location Change

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons…The Grand Nationals Saga

The one thing we will all remember about the year 2020 is that it was full of daily changes, upheaval, uncertainty, and glitches. We have already had one with our date change on the Grand Nationals and now we have another change. The Grand Nationals is on the same date, but now is NOT in Allentown, PA, but in Gettysburg, PA.

As much as the folks at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage wanted to host the Grand Nationals, issues in Allentown became insurmountable. They had spent considerable time in planning and securing everything necessary to put on a first-class show only to learn that they could not host us. It was with great sadness that they let us know of their decision to cancel the event on their property, but requested to be put back on the schedule in another year.

Fortunately, the club and the Co-Chairs of the event (Tom Cox and Steve Moskowitz) were able to salvage the show and perhaps make things even better for all the participants. AACA now has a signed contract with the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, PA, to host the show. We had been there in 2018 for a Spring Meet and everyone loved the location. The grounds will allow us to have trailer parking onsite and arrange a show field that will allow for social distancing and meet the mandates of the state. Everything, including two large hotels, will be right there in one spot!

We will not have to be as restrictive as we would have been in Allentown, but we will ask everyone to please follow our COVID-19 policy for the protection of others. Masks, non-invasive temperature taking, etc. will be required. Your cooperation in keeping your fellow members safe will be greatly appreciated. We will be providing extra hand-washing stations and sanitizing “trees.” The club is spending considerable resources to keep everyone safe, but each of us bears a personal responsibility to each other.

This change comes with all sorts of challenges as we now have to secure tents, restroom facilities, food service, etc., so we are attaching a list of activities for you to do while in Gettysburg and we will NOT have any formal activities other than judging school. Our apologies for the slimming down of the show, but it is taking all our energy to make sure the Grand Nationals happens with only 30 days to go! It WILL happen, along with the Zenith Awards!

We also apologize in advance that your dash plaque will read Allentown! We will call it the COVID-19 plaque as it will be a reminder of how wild a ride this year has been. It even has the first date of the show, so it will always be a reminder of the show that never happened but happened differently!

It is hard for us to explain how difficult this all has been on us and how much we regret the constant changes. However, as we have said this has been a unique year and we are striving to do everything we can to successfully salvage the end-of-the-year events.

The two hotels on the Gettysburg property are the Wyndham Gettysburg and Courtyard Gettysburg. Both these premium properties are located on the same complex. Due to lower staffing, we strongly urge you to consider booking your reservations online. The following information will be of help in making your plans:

Wyndham Gettysburg
95 Presidential Circle Gettysburg, PA 17325
www.wyndhamhotels.com/groups/hr/antique-auto-club-of-america
717-339-0020, $139 per night + tax

Marriott Courtyard
115 Presidential Circle Gettysburg, PA 17325
www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1595602820138&key=GRP
717-334-5600, $139 per night + tax

Hotel registration deadline: August 6, 2020

Self-contained RV Parking: $25 + tax — pay at Hotel on arrival

Naturally, you are welcome to explore other lodging in the area. 

We thank you for your tremendous patience and understanding in this difficult time. Our greatest hope is to host you in Gettysburg in a fun-filled weekend celebrating our great hobby and AACA.

Click here for information sheet and Things to Do in Gettysburg.

June 9, 2020
AACA Grand Nationals & Hershey Car Show Update

The Board of Directors of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) has faced many new challenges this year and has been forced to make difficult decisions because of COVID-19. Our primary focus has been service to our members, along with a deep concern for the welfare of our membership. As we begin to rebuild our activities calendar, we are pleased and excited to make the following announcements: We have rescheduled the Annual Grand Nationals at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to August 21 and 22 2020. This will include our annual Zenith competition. The 22nd will be the date of the show itself. We will send out an email to all those who register for the event with further instructions and information. Naturally, there will be quite a few changes. A couple of very important items to note is that the grounds at  The NB Center will be available to current AACA members only and that everyone will have to sign a waiver of liability to The NB Center. There also will be no closing banquet, but we are working on a potential replacement on the field.Any AACA member who would like to register for the Grand Nationals, please do so online at members.aaca.org. The limit on cars has been reduced to 600. You may also call AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910 to request registration materials be mailed to you. If you have already registered, there is no need to re-register. Anyone who cannot make the new date can request a refund by emailing our registration chairman Pat Buckley at [email protected]. If the State of Pennsylvania does not approve our event by July 22, we will be forced to cancel it completely and as such refund in full all registrations.Again, please understand preparation for this event is fluid, but we will communicate all details to registrants in plenty of time prior to the show. Also, we have called all the hotels on our original list to let them know about the date change, but please call your hotel and confirm new dates. There will be no Thursday activities.

Additionally, we have previously announced that the Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is planned as a car show only event on October 10, 2020. The Hershey Region AACA, AACA and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts are solidly behind this effort. We are all taking steps to ensure the show is done in a safe manner. This event is also fluid, but a plan is coming together and we believe you will be happy to have the opportunity once again to experience Hershey in the fall. Chocolate World is now open! As stated above, we can plan, work, spend and do everything necessary to host you, but Hershey will also require approval by the State of Pennsylvania to be held this year. We are cautiously optimistic this can be done.

Starting in July, any AACA member who would like to register for the Hershey car show may do so online at members.aaca.org or call headquarters to request registration materials be mailed to them. If you have already requested registration materials be sent to you, there is no need to request them again. If a refund is necessary, it will be done in the same manner as the Grand Nationals.

We look forward to hosting these events and welcome your participation and support of the AACA and the antique automobile hobby. In the meantime, stay safe, stay involved in the hobby in any way you can and hopefully soon we can enjoy being together celebrating the history of the “automobile.”

Monthly Meeting Report

September 29, 2020

On Tuesday evening, September 22, 2020, the Muscle Shoals Region – AACA held its regular monthly meeting.  This evening we gathered at Burger King on Cox Creek Parkway in Florence, Alabama.  Those traveling from the East and those traveling into Florence from Muscle Shoals and Sheffield ran into a bit of rain, but at the meeting location, the weather was great.  Start time of the meeting was moved up to 6:00 (1800 hours) because of the earlier sunset.

Ten members were present, along with two spouses.  Nine members
brought a collector car.  Bobby Brown drove his 1990 Ford Mustang LX
convertible, Larry Creel brought his 1950 Ford Custom two door sedan,
Bryan Hamilton drove his 1977 Corvette coupe, Tom & Shelia Dugger drove
their 1990 Ford Bronco 4X4, Ted & Willie Sue Geiger brought their 1965 Ford
Mustang coupe, Charlie Grimmitt drove his 1965 Ford Mustang coupe,
Judy Jennings brought her 1955 Ford Mainline two door sedan, Byron Thornton
drove his 1965 Pontiac GTO coupe and Bill Davis drove a 1951 Plymouth
Cambridge four door sedan.  Also present was James Goode.  There were no visitors present.

Old Business: There was no old business.

New Business: There was no new business.

Most members brought lawn/folding chairs.  After ordering something to eat, we sat out on the parking lot and talked among ourselves about family, old cars or whatever topic came up.   Tom & Sheila Dugger had a For Sale sign on their 1990 Ford Bronco 4X4 and talked to several members about purchasing the truck.

Bryan Hamilton held a raffle to give away some car care products supplied by the folks at O’Reilly Auto Parts on Cloverdale Road in Underwood/Petersville.  The winners were:
-Byron Thornton – bottle of spray wax
-Charlie Grimmitt – bottle of spray tire shine
-Ted Geiger – bottle of car wash
-James Goode – O’Reilly wash bucket
-Bobby Brown – car wash mitt
-Bill Davis – pack of microfiber cloths
-Judy Jennings – bottle of wheel shine
-Tom Dugger – bottle of spray tire shine
Congratulations to all the raffle winners.  If/when you need anything automotive, please consider supporting our friends at O’Reilly Auto Parts.  A big “Thank you” to our supplier.

After more visiting and looking at fine collector cars, our meeting was adjourned.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27.  The location has not been set at this time.  The time and site will be broadcast at a later date.

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Davis, Secretary

July 17, 2020

The Muscle Shoals Region, AACA June monthly meeting was held June 30.  Due to the COVID-19 virus the meeting took place outdoors at McFarland Park in Florence.  Unfortunately, it started to rain within ten minutes into the meeting and no business was conducted.

A few members brought their antique cars to the meeting.

Judy Jennings’ 1955 Ford

Bryan Hamilton’s 1969 Camaro SS

Bill Davis’ 1965 Ford Custom

Larry Creel’s 1950 Ford Custom

June 27, 2020

Members, 

After discussing the matter of a June meeting with several club members and other officers, we have decided to plan a social distancing get-together this month.

We will meet at the regular meeting time of 1800 (6:00 p.m. ) Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  The location will be McFarland Park in Florence at the large parking lot located on you left as you take the right curve which leads west.  This is the lot where the Mustang Club has their August car show.  Bring your car and lawn chair, and we will enjoy the scenery of the Tennessee River.  We will try to maintain the correct distance during our visit and, of course, no Chevrolets are allowed near any Fords.

If any member is uncomfortable attending this gathering, then please stay home and stay safe.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.  But if it doesn’t, we will convene at another date as soon as possible.  Bryan Hamilton will have a door prize from O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

So in conclusion, we will meet and enjoy the cars and the sunset.  I will have my camera and it may be possible to photograph a few of the cars with the river in the background.

So stay safe and check on members that are under the weather and hope to see you soon.

B.J. Thornton
President
Muscle Shoals Region, AACA

24 Hour LeMons

Ford Probe Enters LeMons Race

The Ford Probe Race Team traveled to the Carolina Motorsport Park near Camden, South Carolina to participated in the 24 Hours LeMons “Lemons South Fall”, September 14-15.  The ’94 Ford Probe ran in the Class C division and finished 29th out of 98.  The team is made up of Ralph Stumpe, Bryan Hamilton and Frank Cavin. New to the team was Jeff Gilbert and John Mayfield.  Both Jeff and John are experienced in driving on road courses in fast cars so the team was well prepared.

The 24 Hours of LeMons is restricted to cars that were purchased for a total of $500 or less. The 1994 Ford Probe was purchased in April 2014.  Safety gear, helmets, racing seat, seat harness, tires, wheels, and pipe for the roll cage had to be purchased.  A roll cage was fabricated and installed in the car.  All the interior and the glass, except for the windshield, was removed and a cold air intake and an exhaust header was installed.  

1957 Ford Skyliner

If you are a member of the national Antique Automobile Club of America, look at this month’s “center fold” in the July/August, 2018 issue of the club magazine.  The featured car is a 1957 Ford Skyliner owned by Bob Tiffin of Florence, Alabama.

In the article, written by Bob, he states that his car was once owned by the late Charles Mullins, a local area Ford dealer and a former member of the Muscle Shoals Region club.  It was displayed for several years in his dealership’s showroom, along with a 1957 Ford Thunderbird.  Years later, it was owned by another Muscle Shoals Region member, the late Bill Johnson.

Bob Tiffin had this car restored in California and in August, 2017, he displayed it at the 8th Annual All Ford Show & Shine sponsored by the Shoals Area Mustang Club.  I hope you were in McFarland Park that day and got a chance to see it up close.  It is a real beauty.

-Bill Davis, Secretary

Webmaster – Bob’s Skyline was among 16 automobiles nominated for the 2019 Zenith Award held at the AACA Grand Nationals at RM’s Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana on Memorial Day.

1/2 Year Membership

It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the year. As we approach the month of June, we are preparing to process ½ year memberships. The ½ year membership allows new members to join the club for the second half of the member year and pay half the yearly membership fee. The ½ year membership includes the months June through December at a cost of only $20.00 ($25 for non-U.S. members).

Starting June 1st, all eligible new membership applications will be processed as 2019 ½ year memberships. Applications received with a $40.00 payment June 1st through September 30th will be refunded $20.00.

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

The ½ year members receive three bi-monthly issues of ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE magazine (July/August, Sept/Oct & Nov/Dec).

Starting in October, unless a new member requests otherwise, we will cease to process 2019 ½ year memberships. All new membership applications will be applied to the 2020 member year. 

New members applying for membership during the October to December time period will receive the Nov/Dec 2019 and all 2020 issues of ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE.

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

As a reminder, don’t forget to use the complimentary 2019 membership applications sent to each region/chapter. If you have not used these, please do so by September 30, 2019.

Karen White
AACA National Headquarters
Membership Department
[email protected]
717-534-1910

Click here for the AACA Membership Application