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September 2021 | Volume 153 
 
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Upcoming Events
Visit the calendar on our website for a listing of AACA National events, local Region & Chapter events and much more!

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AACA National Staff
 
CEO
 
Membership & Merchandise
 
Accounting, IT & Website
 
Advertising & Marketing
Speedster Editor
 
Antique AutomobileMagazine Editor
 
Office Administration
Lori Shetter - membership/merchandise
Susan Eitnier - regions & chapters, insurance
Austin Teahl - awards
 
Library & Research Center
Chris Ritter - Director
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It’s Hershey Time!
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster Editor, szimmerman@aaca.org
 
It’s Hershey time… it’s Hershey time… it’s Hershey time!!! (Are you kinda singsonging this and doing a little dance? Me too!!) I can’t believe Hershey week is finally here. It has been way too long, and I know I don’t have to tell you that because you all feel the same way I do.
 
Smell that chocolate in the air. Feel the cool breeze of fall weather. Oh, but also pack your shorts because it might be like 85 degrees one day. But don’t forget your galoshes and umbrella because there could be showers at some point. And definitely dress in layers because we might have frost in the morning. No matter what the weather this year at Hershey, I’m just happy we’re going to be together again.
 
For those who have never been to Hershey, it’s hard to explain why it’s so magical but I’m going to try... It’s taking a whole day searching the hundreds of rows of thousands of vendors to, of course, find that one part you need to finish your project at the very last booth you stop at, and you don’t even mind because it’s Hershey and it was a great journey. It’s finally finding the car you have been searching for for years being sold in the car corral by so-and-so’s friend who you negotiate with to pay just a little more than you wanted to, but you don’t care because it’s Hershey and it’s your dream car. It’s pulling your car into your spot on the show field and wiping away that one blade of dew-soaked grass so it’s just perfect when the judges roll by at 10:30 a.m. knowing you will now have to wait hours to find out if all your hard work has paid off, but you don’t care because it’s Hershey and it’s an honor to share your passion win or not. Finally, it’s running yourself ragged all day at the show – shopping, selling, searching, showing – and not leaving enough time to clean yourself up and get rid of the stink before needing to meet your friends for dinner, and absolutely no one cares because it’s Hershey and that’s what “Hershey friends” do.
 
Honestly, Hershey is just different than any car show anywhere else, and it’s everything you want all other car shows to grow up to be.
 
We cannot wait to see 
all of you next week! 
Safe travels!
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Time for a Change
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster Editor, szimmerman@aaca.org
 
As you can see, Speedster looks a little bit different this month. What do you think? I think it looks a little more modern. I hope that the format is still easy to read and inviting.
 
I’m all for change, but I probably wouldn’t have picked the week before Hershey to make a major change such as the layout of our e-newsletter. Unfortunately, the program we use to build Speedster in and send it out to all of you picked this month to enable its brand-new editor and disable the old one. Of course, we’ve been producing Speedsterso long that the template was considered a “legacy template” and has officially been deactivated and no longer exists. So, I started to rebuild the template in the new editor only to find out that several functions we had used in the old editor don’t exist. The biggest one you are probably noticing is that the table of contents is missing – there is no list of the articles that are in this issue. I have contacted the company and inquired about this functionality for the new editor, and they told me that they have had more than 1,000 calls and emails about this specific thing and their programmers are working on a solution. I know this is an inconvenience, but hopefully you will stick with us through this time of change and transition.
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Eastern Fall Nationals
Hershey, PA
October 6-9, 2021
 
 
If you have questions, email fallmeet@hersheyaaca.org. If you have questions regarding the car show, send an email to hersheycarreg@gmail.com.
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Only SIX Days Until Hershey!
 
The Hershey Region AACA invites you to make the pilgrimage to antique car Mecca this October. Come join the over 250,000 visitors who come each year to experience Hershey. The Hershey show is considered the largest true antique car show in the world and includes a flea market with over 9,000 vendor spaces, a car corral with about 1,000 antique cars for sale and culminates in a great car show with 1,200+ vintage cars on display.
 
If you registered for the flea market or car corral, you should have received your packet with your windshield stickers and instructions by now. 
 
If you registered to show your car on Saturday, you will need to pick up your packet on the Chocolate Field at the FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent located next to the Hershey Region main tent. The FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Packets will also be available for pick-up on Saturday morning at the show vehicle entrance behind the Giant Center.
 
COME JOIN US FOR THE LARGEST ANTIQUE CAR SHOW & FLEA MARKET IN THE WORLD!
 
Come Visit AACA at the Hershey Show
 
AACA merchandise will be at these locations in the flea market:
Chocolate Field in our blue trailer -- C3H 5-7, C3I 5-7 (Wed - Sat)
Green Field in front of the Giant Center in a large white tent (Wed - Fri)
 
You can find AACA Membership located on the Chocolate Field C3G 5-9 
and Green Field in front of the Giant Center (Wed. - Fri.). 
New memberships and membership renewals will be taken at these locations.
 
Jeep raffle tickets will be sold on the Chocolate Field C3G 5-9 (Wed. - Fri.).
Don't miss your chance at the Jeep or $5,000! Tickets are only $10!
 
AACA merchandise, membership and jeep raffle ticket sales will be adjacent to the show field in a large white tent on Saturday during the car show.
 
The new AACA Headquarters building, including the AACA Library, 
will be open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
 
Library Open for Research During Hershey Fall Nationals Week
By Matthew Hocker, Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator, mhocker@aaca.org
 
The Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library & Research Center is open for business, and we are looking forward to meeting all of you during this year’s Hershey show. When you aren’t busy hunting for that elusive part on the fields, be sure to swing by to check out the new home of your club and automotive research library. We will be open for research and are just a stone’s throw from the show!
 
Here at the library, we are anticipating our grand opening to be our busiest Fall Hershey yet. With a new location and policies and procedures, we realize you may have questions regarding what a visit to the AACA Library will look like. Please read our guide below to help inform your visit.
 
On-site research available:
Thanks to volunteer help, the library will be open for research during Hershey week! In addition to research at the library, visitors are free to browse and read any of our books in the reading room, and staff will be on-hand to answer general questions. In the event of high-volume attendance, research request forms will also be available so that library staff are able to follow up with you after the event. We will also have some gorgeous Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild models on display.
 
To ensure you have an optimal experience at the library, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures. These policies are in place to ensure the integrity and preservation of the materials in our collection so that they will be accessible to future generations.
 
Policies & Procedures:
(1) Food & drink are not permitted in the library.
(2) Lockers will be available on first and second floors to store bags and valuables. Bags, handbags, purses, laptop bags, etc. are NOT permitted in the library. Please check these items in with the front desk for storage in one of our lockers. Lockers are emptied nightly.
(3) Present a form of identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to be photocopied at front desk if doing research. A librarian will use said print-out to write down your request and to keep a running tab on the total cost of photocopies.
(4) Paper and pencils are provided for researchers. Pens, “sticky” notepads, and 3-ring binders/folders/closeable notebooks are not allowed.
(5) For further details on what items are and are not allowed, please refer to our Library Use Policy.
 
Duplicate items for sale:
As mentioned in the previous issue of Speedster, the Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library will NOT be holding its annual yard/tent sale. As much as we would love to hold this event in 2021, we have had to focus all our energy on settling into our new building and processing materials from the Free Library of Philadelphia. All this means is that there will be more items for the next time!
 
Despite this, the library will still have items for sale at the AACA gift shop and at our booth at Black Swan Antiquities in Palmyra, PA. Collectors can expect to find a fine assortment of automotive books, sales literature, and more.
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Hours of operation during Hershey week:
Monday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
 
Parking, shuttle bus, etc.:
Parking will be open to the general public on Monday and Tuesday and closed from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, there will be shuttle bus service from the event to AACA HQ from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by special request to the bus driver. Visitors will also have the option to walk to the new building, and a crossing guard will be on-hand to ensure safe passage.
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See you there!
The final requirement for visiting the library is…have fun! Swing on by and say hi. We’re excited to see you all and share our new location with you.
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Interested in doing research 
with the AACA Library?
More information is available on our website. You can also visit the AACA Library
or contact our library director, Chris Ritter, at critter@aaca.org or 717-534-2082.
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Black Swan Antiquities to Hold Extended Hours During “Hershey Week”
 
If you plan on attending this year’s Hershey Eastern Fall Nationals, you will no doubt be scouring the flea market vendors for that elusive car, part or sales brochure. As a bonus why not finish your day at Black Swan Antiquities, an antique mall located in nearby Palmyra, PA. The Black Swan features an exciting selection of trinkets and treasures, and dealers are working hard to stock their shelves with automotive goodies in anticipation of your visit. Be sure to visit the Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library & Research Center booth for an assortment of automotive books, literature, and more!
 
For more information on regular hours of operation, etc., call 717-867-4400 or visit the Black Swan Antiquities Facebook page.
 
“Hershey Week” Hours (October 4-10):
Monday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Car Corral Spaces WILL Be Available at Hershey
 
There will be a LIMITED number of car corral spaces available onsite at the Hershey show. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to enter a car into the car corral, spaces will be available starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6. You MUST be a current paid AACA member.
 
The vehicle must be 25 years old or older, you must be able to drive the vehicle on to the car corral and the vehicle must be AACA compliant -- no hot rods allowed.
 
Ladies Luncheon at Hershey
 
The Ladies Luncheon will be held at the 
Hotel Hershey at 12 noon on Friday, October 8.
 
If you need transportation to the Hotel Hershey, please check with Mac or Marianna at the Hershey Region main tent on the Chocolate Field to make arrangements prior to 9 a.m. Friday morning.
 
Juniors at Hershey
By Ronald Smith, Chairman of Juniors at Hershey, Fall Hershey, ronsuperior@rcn.com
 
The Juniors at Hershey program will be held on 
Saturday, October 9, from 12-2 p.m., in front of the Giant Center. 
 
This year, the program will include:
(1) The theme will be the Roaring Twenties.
(2) There will be a display of 1920s era cars and an expert will be telling a little bit about each car.
(3) The PA College of Technology will be building Model T Ford models with those participating.
(4) The Hershey Region will be explaining how electric headlights work and a bit about the general history of headlights.
(5) At the end of the program, the participants will be rewarded with gifts for their participation.
 
Special thanks to all organizations helping with this year's program!
 
1927 Surf Woody Pedal Car at Hershey
By Steve Moskowitz, CEO AACA National, aaca1@aaca.org
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The surf is always up with this 1/8th scale replica of a 1927 Ford Model T Depot Hack with a custom-made body from real oak and birch wood. The chassis was stretched to allow for a dual seat and pedal configuration. The roof is cut out and trimmed in padded vinyl allowing entry for your twin future car guys or gals! Included is a handmade 1960s vintage style surfboard and signature Florida license tag to complete the build. 
 
All templates and patterns were destroyed upon completion, ensuring a true one-of-a-kind creation. This pedal car was built at Past Gas Co. in Cocoa, Florida, by owner Walt "Koz" Kostrzewa.
 
Consider this a little teaser about something special at this year's RM Auction at the Hershey Lodge, October 7-8. Along with the great cars and memorabilia that will be for sale at the auction, there will be a wonderful collection of custom-built pedal cars. All of the proceeds from the sale of these pedal cars will benefit the AACA Building Fund. 
 
From the whimsical to the amazing, you will be able to purchase a great pedal car for your man cave or grandchild while helping AACA. We believe you will be able to bid via the internet if you are not attending the auction in Hershey. Please watch for further news about this cool opportunity at www.rmsothebys.com.
 
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster
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1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
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1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster by LeBaron
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1940 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Sedan by Darrin
Photo Credit: Drew Shipley ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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1912 Stanley Roadster Tribute
Photo Credit: Ryan Merrill ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring
Photo Credit: Ryan Merrill ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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