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  1. Terry, I was there for that presentation and I agree that it was a great presentation. Truth be told, I thought the car was a replica owned by Corky Coker and the whereabouts of the original car was unknown.
  2. WOW!! It looks like the club is going to make up for what it lost in 2020. That's a huge calendar!! That averages out to almost one event every three weeks....
  3. DITTO!! I've been there for three AACA events and two Early Ford V8 Club events. With the SPAAMFAA convention and the 2009 Spring Meet being held at the Eisenhower, that makes 7 events in the last 11 years held in Gettysburg that I've been to and I can't wait to go back. If this COVID thing doesn't clear up, I wouldn't care if they did the Annual Meeting, spring, AGNM and Fall meet right there next year. Steph and I have been to Gettysburg twice on our own without any car show. I love the Wyndham!! Great facility. With the restaurants you don't even have to leave the property if you don't want to. Yes that event was with a heavy heart. It was the first time the '37 Plymouth pickup had ever been shown at an AACA meet without my dad's name on the windshield card. My mom and wife were crying when we rolled out of the driveway because we rolled out without my dad. The double takes on the showfield were impressive because people weren't used to seeing me drive something green. They're always used to seeing me driving something red. I had a lot of people approach me to extend their condolences. As a matter of fact I had people stop me before I even walked into the hotel to check in.
  4. Great weather, great event, glad I was there. Thank you to all of those who have made it possible. Two of the three events held this year were at Gettysburg, and I love going every time, and can't wait to go back. Although it isn't Hershey, Hershey isn't Gettysburg, and we had a great event. If this COVID doesn't clear up, I'll gladly go back there. I don't care if it's one event or three events....
  5. Yes it was. It was hard, it's going to be hard, but my dad went out with class. In my 36 years with the fire department, I've never seen a funeral done to that level. For 200 people to show up out of a town of 3,500 people says a lot about the impact we made to the community.
  6. Yes they have. A late show is better than no show at all. How anything has happened at all is a miracle..... The best part about it all???? The Wyndham is a beautiful facility. I like that place enough to where I've even gone down there when there hasn't even been a car show. When the show comes back to Hershey, we'll all get to see the new headquarters and it'll be done. If the meet hadn't been moved, we wouldn't have been able to see the new headquarters this year.... You can look at the glass being half empty, or you can look at the glass being half full. With all that's happened this year, I'll take a glass half full. At this point a glass half full is better than no glass at all....
  7. Thanks Tommy. I will say that I'm left with a very large void right now, but the support level is there. Due to COVID, we had to do my dad's funeral outside because the church wouldn't allow us to bring in more than 35 people. As it turns out more than 200 people showed up at my dad's funeral. Even without COVID, we wouldn't have been able to fit everyone in the church. The minister did the funeral in the gazebo at the town park, we had a sound system, we had music, it was a beautiful day, we had the woodie wagon and three of our fire trucks surrounding the gazebo as well as the antique fire truck from our fire department, as well as an antique fire truck from one of the neighboring fire department. When the minister was done, the county 911 dispatcher tripped the pagers and the fire siren as a last call for my father, the legion stepped in and did the 21 gun salute and that was it. As in the case of the vehicles we put on the showfield, my dad went out with class. Oh and by the way, the '49 LaFrance was flying the big flag there like it did at the meet I chaired in Canandaigua.....
  8. You may be correct, but when you have Lake Erie to the west and Lake Ontario to our north, we might have to go through the snow to get there. I won't destroy a show vehicle hauling it to Gettysburg.... I also won't take a chance of going through ice covered roads between my house and Gettysburg and take the chance at destroying the truck, the trailer and the show car. For the guys in the south, it won't matter at all.... Of course depending on weather, if you're parking show cars and car trailers on grass, you could have a mess because it is November. At times Hershey has been bad enough in October....
  9. Hey that's great. My dad's funeral is this morning, so now this gives me more time to get myself together so I can still go. I'll miss the Flea Market, but I LOVE Gettysburg and I love the Wyndham. Now I might bring a different vehicle. If we get snow and salt I won't bring a show car, but I'll still drive down for the show.... My only concern as an outsider, if we get rain and/or snow, will there be problems parking the car trailers on the grass?? I'd hate to be way off the road and stuck.... Not a complaint, but just something to think about.....
  10. Thanks Charlie. Just so you know the picture of my dad in the cab of the hauler was the unanimous choice for the entire family. It almost looks like he's staring at you and waving goodbye.... My dad's funeral will be Saturday morning at 11am. After the funeral there will be a reception at the firehouse. Our '49 LaFrance will be flying the big flag.
  11. Terry, ten years ago when you were national President, the two of us (with several others) put on a meet with as much heart and attention to detail to that meet as we put into our cars. Thank you for coming up and being a part of that memory. I still get approached by people who I don't even know that still talk about that show.
  12. 1940 - 2020. For those of you who don't already know, yesterday the man upstairs took my partner in crime. Your suffering is over dad, I'll do my best to keep both the fleet and the legacy going..... I will be coming to Hershey, but this will be the first time in my life I'll be making the trip to Hershey without my dad. Although they're entered, I may or may not bring a vehicle to Hershey. It's going to be hard wiping the tears off of the trucks..... His last AACA outing was when we took the stage in Philly back in February to accept the Peterson Fire Apparatus Award. Before anyone asks, unless either my sisters or my mom has a different plan, the cars will still be coming out, but I'll be shining them by myself.
  13. I didn't know there was going to be another meet there in 2023. As in your case, I'll be there because I LOVE the place. It's so easy to get in and out of even with a big truck. Once you get there you can hop on the shuttle bus and never have to deal with your tow vehicle until it's time to go home. I had hoped to roll into Hershey between 2 and 3pm, I didn't get back to my house until 4, so between getting the truck off of the hook, getting what I needed out of the hauler and into my car, getting cleaned up and getting dinner it was almost 6 before we left for Gettysburg. The bonus?? Being that I had the car I was able to swing by Hershey and see what's going on with the old headquarters, and get a peak of the new one too. I can't wait to see the new building when it's done... That new building will be a great way to showcase the club while the greatest show on earth will literally take place in its' back yard.
  14. Yup, that's exactly who it was. She must be one of the few from Tidewater Region that I hadn't met yet. Speaking of breaking down and having to get hauled home, the guy's lowboy wasn't available, but the truck below is what showed up to drag me home.... Again when that truck rolled up, my wallet slammed hard because I saw a lot of money gone when that happened. I'd used those guys before and they treated me right when I used them so I called them again, but I never dreamed they'd treat me the way they did. Before we headed for home the operator took pictures of the truck on the truck hooked to the wrecker. I asked him if he had to take pictures for insurance reasons, and he told me "I've got to take pictures of this, because no one back at the shop is ever going to believe me when I tell them."
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