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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."
  15. Yeah I LOVE that location in Gettysburg. I've been to two Early Ford V8 meets there, and this was my second AACA meet there. Great venue, great location. The other thing I like is that with the shuttle bus, you can leave your car right there and hop on the shuttle bus to go downtown, the Visitor's Center, etc. If you don't want to leave the property, everything you need is right there on that property. Truth be told I know the lay of the land so well, I was actually stoked when I found out that the meet was moved to there. Had it not been for the breakdown I not only wouldn't have been able to have a vehicle in the show, I also would've gotten down there 7 hours sooner to enjoy the place.
  16. Thanks Mark. It was a case of where being that we couldn't show the truck, I was showing him the cars and what AACA was all about. He was asking me about the Corvettes, so I took him over and I showed him what I knew about the Corvettes. I don't know a lot about them, but I showed him how to tell the difference between the '53-'57's, the '58-'62's, the '63-'67's, the '68-77's, the '78-'82's. I was wearing my US Army retired hat. While I was showing him the Corvettes, some lady got out of her chair and asked me if I ever served in the military and liked old cars. She then explained the Veteran's program to AACA. I told her that I'm a Life Member of AACA, but my friend who is former Navy doesn't belong to AACA, the conversation got struck, and she signed him up. On the way home I showed him our soon to be former headquarters, our new headquarters, and then showed him where the swap meet and car show takes place and explained to him how big it is. I also explained to him about the Library. His son has an El Camino so I don't think he's done coming around
  17. Yeah that hurt Terry, that hurt really, really bad. For the first time since I became a member of AACA, we had a show car entered into a meet and it didn't make it to the show field. We were heading down Friday morning. Before I got to the interstate, I found a nice shaded spot, so I pulled the rig over, checked the chains and checked the truck over before we pulled onto the interstate to head down. We got on the interstate and I commented to my friend how it seemed like that "screaming Detroit" was smoking more than what it normally does, so I asked him to look out the other side of the truck because the truck has dual exhausts, and I wanted to get his opinion. My friend looked out and said the same thing and he also commented how he had a strong odor of diesel, where on my side I didn't smell any diesel at all. I looked out my side again and saw more smoke than before, I then looked back and saw what I thought was antifreeze on the window. I thought I had blown a head gasket on the truck and I was blowing antifreeze out of the exhaust. I looked at the temperature gauge and it was at 180 degrees so in an effort to save the engine and possibly avoid warping the head, I pulled over and shut it down quick. Being where I work, I know several of the tow companies, so I called one of the guys I know who also has a lowboy to come get the truck and haul it home. After spending almost four hours on the side of the road, the lowboy doesn't show up, and instead his guy rolls in with a tri axle Kenworth. The sight of that Kenworth made my sphincter pucker because normally he charges $3,000 just for that truck to roll up. I didn't think he could get that hauler winched without the beavertail hitting the ground, but he found a way to make it happen and dragged us home. We rolled back into my driveway at about 4pm Friday afternoon. Knowing what it would take to get everything unloaded off of one truck, loaded on the other truck and then get down to Pennsylvania, I knew I'd be lucky if I could make it to Gettysburg much before 1am. With COVID, there was also a risk of not being able to get fuel being late and not knowing if the truck stops would be open. So we grabbed the suitcases out of the hauler, threw them in my car, washed our hands, jumped in the car and headed for Gettysburg 8 hours after we had initially left. We rolled in just before 10pm Friday night and we were both whipped. The bad thing?? - My dad wasn't well enough to come. - It was the first time since I joined AACA that I haven't had a car on the show field. - The '41 Ford didn't make it to the meet, so it didn't win a Repeat Senior Grand National award. - With only two fire trucks in all of AACA to ever win a Repeat Senior Grand National Award, a win on Saturday would've made that truck become the third fire truck in all of AACA to be able to do that. Had that been done, we'd own two of those three Senior Grand National winners. - Four hours is a long time to sit on the side of a hot interstate. - I asked the guy who towed me home if he could put the '41 Ford on their rollback and haul it to Gettysburg. I offered to pay his room and his meals but he couldn't do it. He wanted to, but he was on call over the weekend and couldn't. Had it not been for his work schedule, he would've gone with us. The big reason is that there aren't too many people certified to run the Kenworth, so he had to be home for the weekend. - A friend of mine got the hauler fixed, but didn't get it fixed in enough time to get the '41 Ford to Gettysburg. - I'll have to wait two more years before that truck will be able to win that award... The good thing?? - It wasn't the head gasket. It was a $50 fuel line, so it was a cheap fix. - No permanent damage. - No bent sheet metal. - I got the truck shut down before it caught on fire. - Other than a little bit of diesel fuel, the '41 Ford didn't get a mark on it. - We could've lost the rig, the show truck and the whole works, and didn't. - We weren't on a toll road. Had the meet taken place in Allentown, we would've. - We've been as far west as Northglenn, Colorado, as far south as Punta Gorda, Florida and as far north as Stowe, Vermont and many places in between. We broke down 50 miles from home. That sure beats Nebraska any day!! - The tow bill was $750. I was expecting several thousand!! - I still got to go to the meet and see the other cars. - My friend was so impressed he joined AACA under the military program... Now he wants to come to Hershey with me. ......as much as it hurts, how can you complain about going to meets for the last 19 years and NEVER having a problem and not being able to make it?? We've had a few flat tires, but aside from that, we've always made it to the meet and back on our own power. Hopefully that will be the one and only time we never make a meet. -
  18. Yup I feel the same way. Our hauler suffered a mechanical failure that cost me a lot of money to get hauled home. I spent almost four hours on the side of the road Friday waiting for the hook to get there, but during that time I felt the same way so when we got the truck home, I grabbed my bags out of the truck, threw them in my car and headed to Gettysburg. It is the first time I have ever gone to any AACA meet where I wasn't showing a car since I became an AACA member 18 years ago.
  19. Bill Preston is awesome. He was the field marshal at the Canandaigua meet in 2010. He busted his tail and did an excellent, excellent job.
  20. Just wanted to thank everyone for a wonderful event. You guys made something possible at a time of impossibilities. For the first time in 19 years, we had a show car that was not able to make it to the meet. We've been as far west as Northglenn, Colorado, as far north as Stowe, Vermont, and as far south as Punta Gorda, Florida, and whenever we left home, the show car always made it to the meet. The bad thing, the '41 Ford didn't make it, the good thing is that no one was hurt, the cost of the repair was very minimal, the truck and hauler made it home without a mark on them and we'll get through it. Up until Thursday at noon, I wasn't even sure if I was going at all, I never dreamed the meet would ever take place, but as it turned out the meet took place, I still got to see the cars, but the '41 Ford had to stay home. Pulling that meet off had to have been harder than pulling a gorilla out of a magician's hat.
  21. Terry, I'll see you tomorrow afternoon. At this point it's a matter of a wake-up and a road trip. Truth be told, I wasn't expecting any AGNM at all. Up until today I really hadn't taken things to heart because I thought between all of the things that have been going on, as well as our Governor, I thought for sure that I wasn't going to be going. Once I get home my next order of business will be to start getting ready for Hershey...
  22. Steve, don't put yourself down. You're walking down a path that no Executive Director has ever had to walk down, so there's nothing you could've done to change this, and there's never been a policy to address this. For all of the changes you, the national directors and the staff at headquarters have had to go through, I'm happy we're having an AGNM. So if the alternatives are to follow the rules or don't have a show, I'm going to follow the rules and be thankful for what we have. The one thing that I think many people have forgotten?? It has been six months since AACA has had a national meet of any kind. That is probably the longest span of time AACA has ever gone without having a national meet take place. On a personal note, I've had to book a room for the AGNM three different times, I've also had to shift my time off of work several times this year. So with all of that in mind, the mask is miniscule in comparison. As for AACA national, what the members have had to deal with is nothing but a small pothole in a large parking lot in comparison to the mess that national has had to deal with..... on top of trying to get into the new headquarters as well. So far I'm loaded up, so it's a matter of getting my cleaning supplies and stuff loaded on the hauler. If Governor Cuomo adds Pennsylvania to the list of restricted places to travel within the next 48 hours, I will be unloading the truck and staying home.
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