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  1. Its my understanding that over the years, the Museum has often complained that passing tourists have no idea what AACA is, and for that reason they entertained changing the name to The Auto Museum at Hershey,....Why now do they want to hang on to it? Change it. It makes sense now that we know they don't want to be a true part of AACA,....unless they wish to confuse donors, continue the foolishness, and use the name when its expedient for fundraising and car donations. They aren't AACA and apparently have no desire to be. The Club started in 1935, long before there was even a thought to the palace on the hill. If anyone has built an edifice to themselves its the Museum Board. Their portraits etc. adorn the place,....... I haven't been recently, but I see none of that at the Library and Headquarters...just saying that it warrants a thought as to what the priorities are for the Museum Board. When have you seen the Museum at any of our events, apart from moving a few cars several blocks to participate in the Hershey Fall Meet...where have they been...?? not at AACA National Meets.....they have been at concours events...think again folks. What does the Museum do for the club and the rest of the membership outside of PA? They need to move on, and so do we. It's car season and I'm tired of this.
  2. P metric was the Industry replacement for the Alpha numeric radial. If the alpha numeric radials are not available, AACA should accept the P metrics, but we don't....I know quite a few people who wont show their cars in AACA due to the tire issues and HUGELY punitive tire deductions . We always hear everyone worry about why we have a tough time attracting younger people and substantially increasing our membership...but then we prevent an otherwise potentially 400 point car from being competitive because of these HUGE tire deductions even in the case of P-metrics used in place of Alpha numeric radials... Its counter productive. If the appearance is equivalent to stock, let it go or take fewer points
  3. Yep. Lots of people donated or raised thousands of dollars. Those people over at the Museum don't care. I looked at their Board list on their website, and I cant say that I have ever seen but one of them at an AACA event, and he is a judge. The rest of those people are ghosts...not involved with the club. I googled some of them, and one of them is a big Concours d'elegance guy. I've never seen him at an AACA event. I guess we're too low rent for him. They want our money though, or they wouldn't keep sending out propaganda letters trashing the clubs board. Most people I talk to think the museum has overstayed its welcome in their mailbox. I agree...everyone should send a message and tell them to take them off their mailing and email list. Go away museum....I agree with Dynaflash. Lets move on
  4. This is my first foray into the Forum, but since the Hemmings article I have been looking at a few things, including the Museums own website where I found this . Apparently this was done before all the latest denials by the Museum of substantial AACA support....the latest Museum President which seems to be a Mr. Hallowel took over a few months ago. He obviously needs to read this. Judging from the Museums own website the club is correct. Notice the first sentence below... particularly this part "originated as s complement to its Research Center and Library" IF that doesn't tell the story of intent nothing does...and straight from the Museums own web page...for now anyway...check it now before it mysteriously disappears. Its pretty obvious that the Museum Board has co-opted a significant part of the AACA legacy....by their own admission... It looks like a ruse alright,...and they have legally just taken what was given in the name of AACA Found on: http://www.aacamuseum.org/about/ History of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) originated the concept of a collector-oriented automotive museum as a complement to its Research Center and Library. A decision to move forward on implementing the project led to the incorporation of the AACA Museum in 1993. Like the Library, the AACA Museum was established as a nonprofit educational institution under section 501(c)(3) of the Revised IRS code. This status made donations to these entities tax deductible. The Museum’s offices and small storage and display area were housed at the Club’s headquarters on Governor Road in Hershey, PA. In 1993, following feasibility and planning studies, the Museum launched a $12 million Capital Campaign to build a dedicated museum facility. By the time of the ground-breaking for the 71,000 square foot building in October, 2001, seven million dollars had been received or pledged. The initial concept of a collector’s museum had also expanded to encompass a broader interpretive charge that focused on presenting America’s automotive heritage to a general audience. The new Museum opened to the public on June 26, 2003. Today’s AACA Museum is professionally staffed, collecting institution presenting semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions are supported by educational programs for school and community audiences. It sponsors workshops and other activities designed to raise public awareness and appreciation of the role that the automobile has played in shaping 20th century America. The AACA museum celebrates the role of the collector in preserving and making accessible a material record of this phenomenon. It is also unique in that virtually all the cars on display have been opened or donated by AACA members. In addition, the AACA Museum houses the Museum of Bus Transportation Collection. A floor full of buses and more than 30 motorcycles, motorbikes and Cushman complement the 100 cars on display. The museum have over 20,000 sq. ft. in additional storage so vehicles can be rotated on a regular basis. Several times a year the displays change with loaned vehicles that fit special displays that range from horseless carriages to the muscle car era. The AACA Museum has been recognized by the Smithsonian as an Affiliate Museum which is an extremely rare honor. The AACA Museum has also been recognized as one of the Top 16 Automotive Museums in the world which is a great honor for this fledging organization. Museum operations are supported in part by a general operating support grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.