Mark McAlpine

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  1. Mark McAlpine

    Auburn meet

    Although it rained on the day of the show, most owners brought their cars out to share with the rest of us. As usual at the Auburn Meet, there was a great selection of vehicles on the show field including some unusual ones you don't see often. The Nash Club's participation this year was neat--other than at a Nash Club show, where can you see that many Nash automobiles at the same time? I got to meet and speak with Jim Wheary (Charles Nash's great-grandson) who was very nice and shared some interesting information. The Auburn Meet is always great--RM Sotheby's facility is a fantastic facility for a meet and they are very generous and accommodating in their support of the AACA and the Auburn Meet. (And having the Auburn Cord Duesenberg nearby is another good reason to attend the meet.) Moving the 2019 Annual Grand National Meet back a couple weeks to the end of May will probably take care of the weather issues. If you haven't been to the Auburn Meet before, you need to attend the AGNM there in 2019. Marion & I have attended every meet in Auburn and enjoyed each one very much--it's a "must attend" event.
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    I served on a great judging team at Gettysburg, and want to publicly thank Debbie, James, Sandra, and Wayne for making it such a pleasant experience. Each was very knowledgeable, fair, consistent, reasonable, and fun to be with. What more could owners (or a Team Captain) ask for? Here's a photo of our team.
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    Kudos to the Chesapeake Region for hosting a great meet! Marion & I agree with the comments recognizing all the planning and efforts the region put into the meet--the meet was organized very well, the tours were fun, the lanyards & pouches a nice touch (and something we can use at future meets), the cupcakes at dinner were delicious souvenirs (even though I ate mine at dinner), trailer parking couldn't be any more convenient, and all the volunteers for every aspect of the meet were very helpful and friendly. The Chesapeake Region should be very proud--they did a great job.
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    Passing of Jeff Locke (TRAACA)

    The TRAACA lost a valued member today. Jeff Locke and his wife Pat have been members of the TRAACA for over 40 years and have been great supporters of the region, the AACA, and the hobby in general . Terry Bond gave a great tribute above to Jeff, and I can't add anything to his eloquence. Please keep Pat and Jeff in your thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Jeff.
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    Antique Auto Battery still in business?

    I just spoke with The Parts Place and asked about the status of the R-59 reproduction battery I ordered on 14 February (after finding out Reproduction Battery was out of business and Antique Auto Battery appeared to be out of business). The Parts Place relayed basically the same info "jabaman" relayed above, but they said it was "Bill's Batteries" (but maybe just remembered the name incorrectly). Bottom line is they said Bill's (or Jim's) expects to start shipping the back-ordered batteries in 2-3 weeks and will work their way through existing orders in order of the dates they were originally ordered. Doesn't help me in time for the Grand National Meet next week, but with luck I'll receive my battery in the next month or so. I'll post again when I receive it.
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    ODMA 2018 Old Dominion Meet Photos - 27-28 April 2018

    Good point, Charlie. We need to look out for each other and ensure all owners know about the recall of Kidde fire extinguishers and check to ensure theirs are either good or have them replaced. Thanks for the reminder!
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    ODMA 2018 Old Dominion Meet Photos - 27-28 April 2018

    Last batch of photos. Congratulations and thanks again to the Tri-County Region for hosting a great statewide meet.
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    ODMA 2018 Old Dominion Meet Photos - 27-28 April 2018

    More photos to enjoy from the 2018 Old Dominion Meet.
  9. Congratulations to the Tri-County Region AACA for hosting the 2018 Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA--an AACA non-geographic region comprised of 14 of the 17 AACA regions in Virginia) 65th Annual Old Dominion Meet in Harrisonburg, VA, on Friday-Saturday, 27-28 April 2018. Tri-Country Region President and Meet Chairman Mike Yankey and the region great did a great job organizing the hosting the meet. Special thanks to Chief Judge Nelson Driver, Mike Yankey's right-hand man Dennis Ragan, Debbie Nolan for stepping in to assist Nelson, and to Debbie, Linda Treadwell and Doris Stone for working Judges Admin. Most importantly, thanks to all the owners who brought their antique cars for us to enjoy--there wouldn't have been a car show without them. Here is a small selection of photos from the meet. Come join us next year for the 66th Old Dominion Meet. (Check the ODMA website -- --this summer for information on the dates and location.)
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    Tucson Spring Meet

    Marion & I agree--the Tucson Region did an outstanding job hosting the Western Spring Meet. They were well organized and set up a fun & interesting activities for everyone to enjoy. Dave Fields and others are correct--it was kind of Wayne Gould to open his collection to everyone attending the meet. It's a great collection and it was nice to see some of the vehicles on the show field on Saturday. We're looking forward to attending the next meet hosted by the Tucson Region because we know it will be great.
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    Excellent Western Meet in Tuscon.

    Marion & I agree--the Tucson Region did an outstanding job planning and hosting the meet! We went to the Tucson Auto Museum Thursday afternoon and enjoyed it very much--the owner, Wayne Gould, has a great collection and we appreciate it him sharing it with all of us. Afterwards we caught a local cruise-in. On Friday morning we visited the Franklin Auto Museum along with Chester Robertson, Ralph Towner, and Fred Trusty and received a guided tour of the museum--a fantastic collection with an interesting history behind it and almost every car in it. Friday night brought some of the best Mexican food we've ever had (at El Charro's). The Meet on Saturday, although small, had an eclectic variety of beautiful cars--from a 1909 EMF to a 1938 MG VA Tickford to a 1963 Pontiac X400 prototype to a 1984 Zimmer, with a bunch of other gorgeous classics and muscle cars in between. On Sunday we drove through the Saguaro National Park. Kudos to the Tucson Region! We can't wait to return for the next meet they host--we won't miss it and recommend you don't either. Here are some additional photos for those who couldn't attend the meet.
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    Retired #oldcarprincess

    Congratulations and best of luck on your new job, Victoria! It was a pleasure following you on the AACA Forum. It's obviously that you're an intelligent, resilient, and strong person with a great sense of humor (and a loving daughter). I hope to meet you some day at a future AACA meet or tour. Best wishes in your new job and home. Keep everyone up to date occasionally on the Forum about your & Patsy's old car excursions.
  13. The 14 AACA Regions in Virginia that comprise the Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA--a non-geographic region of the AACA) are holding their 65th Annual Old Dominion Meet on Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 2018, in Harrisonburg, VA. The Tri-County Region AACA is hosting this year's Meet. All AACA members are invited to participate--you do not have to belong to an ODMA member region (but only a member of an ODMA member region may win the Best in Show trophy). AACA Official Judging Guidelines and classes are used for the Old Dominion Meet, but the points required to win an award are lower (i.e., First Junior Award vehicles must score at least 320 points, Senior Award vehicles must score at least 330 points, Preservation Awards at least 300 points, Second Junior Awards at least 280 points, and Third Junior Awards at least 240). First Junior Award, Senior Award, HPOF, and DPC winners receive ODMA radiator badges (which are the same size and shape as AACA badges). For more information and the meet registration form, go to (For more info about the Old Dominion Meet rules and awards, see the ODMA Bylaws posted on the ODMA website-- under "About ODMA." Come join us for a fun time at the Old Dominion Meet in beautiful Harrisonburg, VA, on Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 2018--you'll have a great time.
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    Southeastern National Spring Meet, April 7

    Hello Phillip, I'm sorry I missed you, too, but I did see your car (and took some photos of it). Thanks for not letting the rain scare you off and bringing it out to share with everyone. And congratulations on the award!
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    Southeastern National Spring Meet, April 7

    Hello Charlie, To my knowledge, AACA judging teams are not informing car owners about the Kidde Fire Extinguisher recall, but that's a great suggestion. The VP of Judging--Jim Elliott--reads the forum and will probably see your post, but he's a pretty busy guy, so I'll forward your suggestion to him. It's also something we could mention at the Owners Briefing before every meet this year. Thanks for the suggestion!