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On ‎7‎/‎30‎/‎2019 at 1:11 AM, Joe in Canada said:

AACA hosts a fantastic web site BUT! I believe the tour information could use a complete overhaul. If the region that is hosting a national event and has no link to a web site they are sunk. You should have more than a name and address to contact for info on an event. The host region has to make a flyer or brochure up that is sent to national who in turn sends it out only if asked for.  Why can it not be posted on the web? Yes a 1/4 page add goes in the magazine 2 X and speedster but that is no good if you want to look it up if not at home. Any time I ask my sons a question out come the cell phones. The club is not keeping up with the times and the use of technology. This was also brought up to me by some of the folks on the HCCA tour in Kingston last week.

           Thanks see you in Kingston

                         Joe K.

                   

           

Hello Joe.  Thanks for the suggestion!  I'm not sure I fully understand it because the club does post the flyers/brochures for tours (and Nationals) on the club website--they're posted under "Shows/Tours" then "Nationals (Meets) Information."  The flyer/info brochure for the AACA Vintage Tour you're hosting next week has been on the website since shortly after you submitted it to AACA HQ.  (I'll talk to HQ--it's not necessarily intuitive to look for info on tours under "Nationals (Meets)."  We probably need to either say "Nationals & Tours Information" or have a separate link for Nationals and one for Tours.)

 

Again, I'm not sure I fully understand your suggestion, but we'll have plenty of time to talk about it on the tour next week.  Marion & I are really looking forward to it.  I know how much work you and Lynne have put into it, so I know it's going to be great.

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43 minutes ago, Mark McAlpine said:

Hello Joe.  Thanks for the suggestion!  I'm not sure I fully understand it because the club does post the flyers/brochures for tours (and Nationals) on the club website--they're posted under "Shows/Tours" then "Nationals (Meets) Information."  The flyer/info brochure for the AACA Vintage Tour you're hosting next week has been on the website since shortly after you submitted it to AACA HQ.  (I'll talk to HQ--it's not necessarily intuitive to look for info on tours under "Nationals (Meets)."  We probably need to either say "Nationals & Tours Information" or have a separate link for Nationals and one for Tours.)

 

Again, I'm not sure I fully understand your suggestion, but we'll have plenty of time to talk about it on the tour next week.  Marion & I are really looking forward to it.  I know how much work you and Lynne have put into it, so I know it's going to be great.

Colour me embarrassed !!!!!!!!!!!! I never seen that before and how many times I have been asked. One of the fellows that hit me up on the no info was on  the HCCA last week  will be with us next week. I will have to point it out as if I knew all along. This is pretty sad and I am the tour chairman. I may have to call in sick next week maybe. 

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On 6/11/2019 at 2:55 PM, Mark McAlpine said:

Hello ChazA,

 

How about Saratoga Springs, NY, in 2021?  The AACA Board of Directors just approved the Saratoga Region's application to host the AACA Eastern Spring Nationals in Saratoga Springs on 17-19 June 2021.  (Thanks to the Saratoga Region for stepping forward to host the show!  My wife and I are already looking forward to it--we've never been to the area before.)

 

Syracuse is a great suggestion.  Please ask your region if they'd be interested in taking the lead for an Eastern Spring or Fall Nationals (or tour) there.  AACA HQ can provide support and, as you point out, other nearby regions could pitch in, too. The 2020 schedule is basically done (although we could possibly add a show in late July or late October/early November), but 2022 and 2023 are open.  Alternately, we have not locked in the location yet for the 2024 Grand Nationals.

 

Thanks for the suggestion!

  The 2020 Glidden Tour will be there.  Next year it's VMCCA's turn to host and they got an

  experienced expert to set it up, who is also a participant in the Forum.  Should be spectacular

  touring in the Finger Lakes area of NY.   I'm in.

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Actually, the Finger Lakes area is not 

very close to Saratoga.  Both are attractive, though.

 

Saratoga is a historic town with many well-preserved

large Victorian houses, and a nice historic downtown.

People will enjoy Saratoga, and family members who

may not revel in cars should go just to see the architecture.

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Paul- Thank you for the compliment but I would not say I am an expert on tours.  I have helped or did a few now, enjoy it and am excited to put next year's Glidden together for everyone in both clubs.  Saratoga is a great area to tour and we have a lot for things already set up.  I also live in the Finger Lakes and agree it is a great tour area.  We had fun putting on the Reliability last year and it was humbling that it won the Augustus Post award in Philly, Steve Heald did a masterful job as director.

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avantey -- One suggestion on next year's Glidden -- ask for help if needed, and accept it if offered. I've been on several tours where just a few people had to do all the work, and in short, they couldn't. Hopefully you've got an involved club behind you. If not, ask for outside help. Even someone like me down in Texas can help out once I'm onsite for the tour, or perhaps remotely beforehand for clerical-type tasks. 

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thanks for the advice jrbartlett,  while I have done many tours the logistics of this one are on a different scale.  I think I am negotiating this course OK and getting help as needed. I have recruited for a few key spots already and will need more help as things get more defined.  While I prefer a small group to help this is larger than any tour I have ever hosted so help is needed.  You know the old saying....  a person makes a decision, two people have a conversation, three gets a voter situation and a committee gets nowhere after an hour.  Sat through a lot of meetings in my career that wasted a lot of hours of my life!  SO what would you like to do jr?  If   nothing else it guarantees a spot on tour!  😁

 

Bill

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22 hours ago, avantey said:

  While I prefer a small group to help this is larger than any tour I have ever hosted so help is needed

We worked on a tour up here 4 years ago with 7 other soles for a total of 9. Half of us were not talking to each other after it was over . Lynne and I worked on the Vintage tour in Kingston this year with a very small group and things went very smoothly on making decisions. But I must say Bill I was very busy during the tour and folks stepped in to help us out.  

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Would like to see another tour in the mountains of N.C., Tn. or Kentucky 

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On 6/11/2019 at 2:55 PM, Mark McAlpine said:

Hello ChazA,

 

How about Saratoga Springs, NY, in 2021?  The AACA Board of Directors just approved the Saratoga Region's application to host the AACA Eastern Spring Nationals in Saratoga Springs on 17-19 June 2021.  (Thanks to the Saratoga Region for stepping forward to host the show!  My wife and I are already looking forward to it--we've never been to the area before.)

 

Syracuse is a great suggestion.  Please ask your region if they'd be interested in taking the lead for an Eastern Spring or Fall Nationals (or tour) there.  AACA HQ can provide support and, as you point out, other nearby regions could pitch in, too. The 2020 schedule is basically done (although we could possibly add a show in late July or late October/early November), but 2022 and 2023 are open.  Alternately, we have not locked in the location yet for the 2024 Grand Nationals.

 

Thanks for the suggestion!

Glad to hear.  We had a Cadillac LaSalle Club Grand National meet in Lake George a few years ago, which is very close.  Great area for a show.  It will be the closest one ever to me, 150 miles, so we'll be able to easily bring multiple cars :)

Sure.  Thanks!  Chuck

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19 hours ago, ChazA said:

Glad to hear.  We had a Cadillac LaSalle Club Grand National meet in Lake George a few years ago, which is very close.  Great area for a show.  It will be the closest one ever to me, 150 miles, so we'll be able to easily bring multiple cars :)

Sure.  Thanks!  Chuck

 

I look forward to seeing you there.  What cars do you expect to bring?

 

Also, please ask your region if they'd be interested in taking the lead for an Eastern Spring or Fall Nationals (or tour) around Syracuse in 2022 and 2023.  (A tour would be especially fun.)

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You too!  As of today planning on these so far:

66 Cadillac DeVille convertible.  95% done with 9 yr frame up resto with 19 yr old son :)

65 Cadillac Eldorado vert-my son's car he drives, survivor

67 Nova

...we need to wait until 2022 to bring our survivor low mileage '97 Caddy :)

OK, I will.   

 

Thanks! Chuck

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Regardless of venue, has there ever been a night-drive on one of these tours?  I would think it would be different and interesting, especially for pre-electric light vehicles, to run these cars at night, at least for one night of a tour.  Seeing gas lamps, kerosene, or pre-sealed beam headlights, wig-wam tail lights, use of spotlights, opera lights, various early colored lights would be something very unique to see.  We never see them during the daylight or in most shows, the lighting is always off.

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9 minutes ago, hursst said:

Regardless of venue, has there ever been a night-drive on one of these tours?  I would think it would be different and interesting, especially for pre-electric light vehicles, to run these cars at night... 

 

The AACA's Gettysburg Region used to have an annual Gaslight Tour

after dark.  It was a local event, of short distance, that included

a night-time parade through a small town.  One member had

a calliope mounted on a brass-era truck chassis, to provide

music.  People who didn't own brass cars would ride in the

passenger seats, and it was really a memorable event.

 

It's been several years since they held such a tour.  Here are 

a couple of pictures as people got their cars ready at sundown:

 

 

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The biggest problem is that is is illegal (at least where I live) to operate with gas lights after dark.

 

Disregarding that minor detail, a few of us did a bit of evening prowling around the neighbourhood on our recent HCCA tour.  It was a lot of fun and a great sight.

 

Here's the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz5wl5NLH_8

 

04.The Gaslight Tour2.jpg

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I have been in at least 2 tours similar to this. Police escorts were used each time. The one Vintage Tour that Judy and Barker Edwards put on some years ago had us traveling back to the host hotel with escorts. Very well planned and safe. Prior commitments with the local police force makes these things work.

 

Lots of fun, but everyone might not like it.

 

Wayne

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43 minutes ago, PFindlay said:

The biggest problem is that is is illegal (at least where I live) to operate with gas lights after dark.

 

Disregarding that minor detail, a few of us did a bit of evening prowling around the neighbourhood on our recent HCCA tour.  It was a lot of fun and a great sight.

 

Here's the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz5wl5NLH_8

 

04.The Gaslight Tour2.jpg

 

What state or country do you live in? It's not illegal where I live. Nobody ever does it though.

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8 minutes ago, Bloo said:

 

What state or country do you live in? It's not illegal where I live. Nobody ever does it though.

British Columbia, Canada.  Maybe I need to go on tour in your state.

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I have not had many chances to go on brass tours at all let alone any that would involve gaslights. I am in the wrong part of Washington State for any HCCA activity.

 

There was one local "gaslight parade" in Cashmere, WA, I don't remember what year, sometime in the 80s probably, and it was the first time I saw the gaslights lit. It was scheduled in the middle of the winter, after dark, probably in December just before Christmas. Everyone around here who had a car or truck with gas or oil lights was invited to attend, and there were SUPPOSED to be oil-lit horse drawn sleighs also, but when the day arrived, there was insufficient snow. Cashmere is about a half hour drive, longer because I stuck to backroads. I did that because the car won't go very fast, not due to any deficiency in the lights. They are quite a bit better than the early electric lights that followed.

 

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The Skagit HCCA group is not that far away from you and they put on a terrific tour each year in September.  I attended a few weeks ago and we had three days of great touring.  And our group is just across the line - we'd be glad to have you join us on our tour in June.   Peter

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I would love to do it (and maybe I will!). The 1913 Studebaker needs a bit of work right now. I hope I can get it ready before then. Skagit is over a mountain pass for me, so it requires trailering, still it is much closer than the old days, when everything was in SoCal, Nevada, etc.

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I am planning next years Reliability Tour in North Central Pa. We have 3 Dinners planned at different restaurants 1 mile from the host hotel. If there is any interest in doing a gaslight Tour, I’m sure the local police would give us an escort.

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HCCA was in Kingston 2 weeks before the Vintage Tour where they had a gas light tour one evening. The only complaint I heard was the police escort was going to slow and some of the cars were getting hot.

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