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  1. Steve, this is good news! Any idea of a timeline for availability of additional info and registration materials. What about registration deadline, the usual August 15th(?) is fast approaching.
  2. I sent my registration early-on, and to date my check has not been cashed. Also my stamped envelope has not been returned with registration confirmation. Is this due to headquarters shut-down?
  3. Steve, there is no doubt the Chesapeake Region put a great deal of effort and finances to put on this exceptional Meet. I applaud them. The venue and cars were simply outstanding! Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the show, missing any tours and gatherings. The magnet-plaque was just a surprise to me, but it will join all of the other AACA Spring Meet plaques in my large frame representing one of the finest I've attended over the past 25 years.
  4. I agree, great show. This complex has become popular with many car club events and is a great venue. The cars were indeed at a high level of quality. One question though, when did it become acceptable for AACA Meet dash plaques to be cheap refrigerator magnets? Is this to be the new norm?
  5. I felt the HPOF class was better with the 35 year cut-off imposed several years ago. Prior to that it was initially 45 years old. A survivor of 35 or 45 years in remarkable condition is, well, more remarkable than one of 25 years. But that ship has sailed. Having said that, there were some original 25 to 30 year old vehicles displayed at Hershey in HPOF that were very remarkable indeed. The S-10 pick-up that is the initial subject of this thread being one of them and very deserving of the HPOF badge it received. And that is as it should be. My "rub" shall we say, are the late model antiques from the '80's and early '90's that are displayed with barely a shred of dignity. Highlights include shredded upholstery on the driver's seat and the top of the back seat from baking in the sun, duct tape across the top of the windshield to stop a leak, foil tape covering a rusted rear bumper, and so much surface rust on the paint you couldn't polish it if you wanted to. Sometimes the best thing on these cars is the HPOF badge itself! I feel this type of HPOF rewarded vehicle shines a bad light on AACA. On the other hand, a vehicle approaching 100 years with the same maladies is a different story indeed, and deserves the award. If granny's '91 Olds still looks showroom new because she only took it out of the garage on Sundays, then I'm impressed. If it's a clunker that always sat on the street and looks like it was pulled from the junk yard, then NO! Presently, my HPOF car will stay home because of the direction this class has taken in some cases.
  6. I was under the impression Class 39 was display only. The lone entrant is listed as receiving a First Junior.
  7. Looks like no shortage of stunning vehicles at the show! Thanks for the photos.
  8. Is that a red Ford pick-up with a chopped top and lowered suspension followed by a modified-looking '56 Chevy in the first photo?
  9. Just curious, was legally assessing a portion of land on the Museum campus as a subdivision for purchase by the Club for headquarters/library construction never an option? The club and Museum could then have continued as separate entities with the "family" intact. Isn't this what was done for the Hershey Region headquarters? I don't know. I also wonder how the Hershey Region feels about all of this, considering they are neighbors?
  10. I attended this show yesterday. I'd estimate maybe 80 cars (maybe someone can give a better tally) from Ontario, S. Dakota, Wisconsin and Florida. A few pre-war, but as expected, most in the '60's and 70's. There were many really nice vehicles, but the one thing that struck me was the absence of any indication of AACA membership among the membership of the Professional Car Society. I only saw 3 AACA awarded vehicles, all owned by the same individual. As I said, several vehicles present would do quite well in AACA judging. The AACA needs to somehow make this club's members aware of the AACA classes specified for funeral/ambulance vehicles. Traditionally this AACA class is not too well attended, while obviously, beautifully restored, as well as HPOF/DPC level professional vehicles are out there.
  11. Thanks Matt for the photos. AACA brings out great variety of vehicles. Looks like New Bern is one of AACA's best meet venues.
  12. Oh my, how the face of the Fescht has changed. I've attended sporadically beginning with the first one in 1963, and haven't missed since 1978. I'd say the Fescht reached it's heyday in the mid '80's to late '90's. You could always count on the field full of very early cars seen every year. Then, row upon row of Model A's and a variety of makes from the thirties through early fifties. Nice ones too! Except for an excellent turnout of Model A's this year, those thirties-early fifties cars have become rare. Replaced by late sixties through eighties vehicles, most likely air conditioned. Many of driver-quality. Also, a lot of "personalized" cars, because the Fescht committee frowns upon modifieds. The flea market, yeah it's gotten smaller each year. Maybe it's the direction of the hobby, but as I walked around this past weekend remembering days gone by, I thought "how depressing".
  13. Thanks. Using Mapquest I did a dry-run today and found it. Only a 40 minute drive for me. The venue looks perfect and look forward to seeing Mr. Bulgari's collection as well as the beautiful Buicks.
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