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October 2021 | Volume 154 
 
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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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Making Hershey Great Again
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster Editor, szimmerman@aaca.org
 
Another Hershey has come and gone and believe it or not the planning for next year has already begun. But before we move on, we need to take a quick pause to reminisce just a little and thank those who make it all possible…
 
Not rain (only a few sprinkles here and there during the week) nor wind (sold all of our windbreakers and sweatshirts on Saturday) nor anything really was going to steal Hershey away from us this year. Because of the determination of more than 800 volunteers from the Hershey Region (THANK YOU!!), the Hershey show returned this year and was welcomed head on by eager vendors, proud car owners and starved attendees. EVERYONE was ready to do their part to make Hershey great again.
 
Honestly, it was probably the most normal many of us have felt in quite a while. We were back where we belong in October, perusing isle after isle of flea market treasures, watching race cars and high wheelers do their thing, greeting old friends and making new ones, admiring beautiful cars spanning ten decades and simply spending time in our happy place doing what we love. Of course, we still heard some complaints about empty spaces and that the pizza vendor never showed up, but the majority of the feedback about the event has been super positive. Many attendees told us they were just happy that we could make Hershey happen this year and that they were able to come.
 
THANK YOU again to the volunteers from the Hershey Region! Without you, Hershey would not happen.
 
THANK YOU to the vendors, judges, staff, Hershey Entertainment, AACA Board and members who showed cars! Without all of you, Hershey would not be the largest and best antique car event of the year.
 
THANK YOU to all of you for showing up!
Without you, there’s no reason to have a show.
 
Click the above link to view the winners list.
 
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What Did You See at Hershey?
 
Enjoy a few photos from the Hershey Fall Nationals, and remember to check out the complete wrap-up and even more photos in the November/December issue of Antique Automobilemagazine... Photos courtesy of: Tim Emerich, temerich1@comcast.net; Mike Kissinger, mkissinger07@embarqmail.com; and Paul Wick, capitalcarshows.com.
 
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Official Building Dedication Ceremony
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During Hershey show week, a small dedication ceremony was held at the new AACA Headquarters. AACA CEO Steve Moskowitz, current AACA National President James Elliott and a few very special major donors spoke about the importance of the new headquarters not only for the club but also for this hobby. Development Team Consultant David Landow discussed the trials and tribulations of getting this building to completion. Immense gratitude goes out to Calvin G. High, as well as Chris and Kathleen Koch, for their lead donations on the project. Both spoke from the heart about the pride they have for AACA and how happy they were to be such a big part of the success of our next chapter. There were many, many heartfelt thank yous, lots of smiles, some tears of joy and the traditional red ribbon was cut to signify the official opening and dedication of this beautiful new building.
 
THANK YOU again to EVERYONE who believed 
in this dream and helped make it become reality!
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Remembering Harry Mader at the Hershey Show
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Sadly, we have lost an amazing volunteer. During this year’s Hershey Car Show, Harry Mader’s family and friends gathered to remember him and place a plaque on the show field to honor his legacy. The plaque reads…
 
In Memory of Harry Mader (1943-2021)
Hershey Region AACA Member and Chairman of the Antique Car Show Layout Committee.
Harry gave tirelessly to the organization and success of this Show Field year after year.
His dedication to these grounds 
will never be forgotten.
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The Library Says Goodbye to Mike Reilly
By Matthew Hocker, AACA Librarian, Cataloger, & Volunteer Coordinator, mhocker@aaca.org
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Last week, the Chris and Kathleen Koch AACA Library & Research Center said goodbye to librarian and cataloger Mike Reilly. Mike’s tenure with the library was nearly ten years, and during that time he became an invaluable part of the library team. He oversaw many key improvements over the years, including revamping the library’s flat files, redesigning the library website twice, creating an online repository of vintage car ads, and overseeing the implementation of our new online catalog. However, Mike’s biggest claim to fame was helping build our 16mm digital film scanner and refining the postproduction process to achieve image clarity and stability.
 
Saying goodbye is never easy, and it’s especially difficult considering how long Mike has been with the library. While we are sad to see him leave, we are excited for the new opportunities on the horizon for him at his new job. Mike is now working for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries for Pennsylvania as their Library Development Advisor. We hope that you will join us in wishing him all the best with his new endeavor!
 
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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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RM Sotheby’s 15th Hershey Sale Grosses More Than $12.9 Million
By Kate Clendenning, RM Sotheby’s PR Assistant/Social Media Specialist, KClendenning@rmsothebys.com
All photo credits: Forest Casey ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster “Green Hornet” 
 
  • RM Sotheby’s 15th annual Hershey sale celebrates an exceptional lineup and success with $12,984,210 and 98% of all lots sold
  • Sale topped by 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster “Green Hornet” achieving $1,650,000, and 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster achieving $891,000
  • Complete results from the official auction of the AACA Eastern Fall Meet available at rmsothebys.com
 
RM Sotheby’s conducted its 15th annual Hershey auction at the Hershey Lodge during the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet. Total sales across the two-day auction grossed $12,984,210 with 98% of all lots sold. The auction drew outstanding attendance as the cars crossed the block in front of a packed auction room with bidders from across the U.S.
 
The sale offered an exceptional line up spanning over 80 years of automotive history, which included The Collection of Robert Thayer featuring three stunning American classics. Being a client of ours for almost three decades, Mr. Thayer entrusted us to sell his prized possessions in Hershey since we had carefully sourced each example for him. The top selling car was the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster “Green Hornet.” This CCCA Full Classic is one of very few true roadsters on the Model J chassis and would be welcomed to any number of important concours and club events. This example struts a wonderful, storied history with Duesenberg enthusiasts and sold for a price of $1,650,000. Following the Duesenberg was the 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster. Presented in well-maintained concours restoration, this exceptional Auburn will be warmly welcomed to any number of events and sold for $891,000. Rounding out the top three sales was the 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster. One of the finest extant 745 Deluxe Eight Roadsters and one of just a handful of genuine examples believed to still be in existence, this Roadster brought $407,000.
 
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1935 Auburn Eight 
Supercharged Speedster
 
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1930 Packard 745 
Deluxe Eight Roadster
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1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring
 
Another significant Collection to go under the hammer on Friday was the Collection of Les Holden. The collection offered five American classics with four selling over their high estimate. The most notable from the Collection was the 1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring. Featured in numerous magazines and driven in many tours over six decades, this Peerless is one of just two surviving T-head, 40 hp 1909 Model 19s and smashed its presale estimate of $150,000, selling for $286,000.
 
An additional two American classics left the auction room with a selling price that exceeded their pre-sale estimates. Both restored to a level beyond what is normally seen makes it nearly impossible to find any others like them. The 1934 Pierce-Arrow Model 840A Convertible Sedan is a one-off example and highly respected in Pierce-Arrow circles. This 840A struts an outstanding concours quality restoration and is a two-time Pierce-Arrow Society Best in Show winner. Offered from the Collection of Charles Gillet, this Sedan brought $330,000. The 1931 Buick Series 90 Sport Roadster was acquired in the early 1990s by one of the nation’s most dedicated Buick collectors. This Sport Roadster notably wears a national first prize CCCA badge – an indication of the car’s high state of presentation and sold for $222,750.
 
Worthy of mention is the beautifully restored 1948 Diamond T 201 Pickup. Known by enthusiasts as “the Cadillac of Trucks,” this example was offered from 26 years of single ownership and brought the crowd to an applause as it hammered at a remarkable $176,000 – well over its presale estimate.
 
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1934 Pierce-Arrow Model 840A Convertible Sedan
 
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1948 Diamond T 201 Pickup
 
Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s said: “It was great to return live in Hershey alongside the AACA and welcome back our good friends and long-time clients to our 15th annual sale. This weekend’s results prove that the brass era and classics market is very much alive and well. Presenting such a diverse offering across all price ranges really shows our ability to sell well throughout all facets within the market. Our team of specialists did a great job sourcing the very best examples for all categories and this weekend demonstrated that buyers continue to be eager to take them home.”
 
The RM Sotheby’s Group continues its 2021 auction calendar as the title partner to the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run as we return to London for our 15th annual auction on November 6th. We are also honored to present the finest racing and road cars in the world from The Guikas Collection at Paul Ricard Circuit on November 19th, all offered without reserve.
 
Top 10 Sales at Hershey:
Lot 279 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster "Green Hornet" $1,650,000
Lot 278 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster $891,000
Lot 277 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster $407,000
Lot 266 1934 Pierce-Arrow Model 840A Convertible Sedan $330,000
Lot 248 1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring $286,000
Lot 155 1931 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton $242,000
Lot 280 1931 Buick Series 90 Sport Roadster $222,750
Lot 157 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet $198,000
Lot 177 1904 Winton 20hp Rear-Entrance Tonneau $198,000
Lot 165 1936 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Town Car Prototype $187,000
 
For full results and more news on all forthcoming live and online only sales,
please visit rmsothebys.com.
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Who Won the Jeep?
 
Congratulations to Ed Garfield of Rochelle Park, New Jersey!
 
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Ed is the raffle winner of the 1973 Jeep Commando. Ed just happened to be at the Hershey show when we drew the winner and after all of the paperwork was in order, he was able to pick up the Jeep the following week. Drive it well, Ed!
 
Thank you to EVERYONE who purchased raffle tickets, sold raffle tickets and promoted this successful AACA fundraiser!! Many thanks to AACA National VP Paula Ruby for spearheading this activity and to her husband Gary Ruby for the photo of the winner.
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The posters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $20, plus $9 shipping. Please send an email with your order to Karen at kwhite@aaca.org or 
give us a call at 717-534-1910 
(M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST).
 
Still Looking to Get This Year’s Official Hershey Fall
Nationals Poster?
 
Did you forget to pick up this year’s official Hershey poster while you were here? Did you “misplace” your poster while you were wondering around the flea market? Were you unable to make the trek to Hershey this year, but would still love to get a poster? Well, you are in luck! We happen to have a small supply of this year’s poster remaining.
 
Ken Eberts has produced the official Hershey event poster since 1996 and they have become a highly collectible and sought-after show souvenir. This year’s poster is sponsored by The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage and includes a great collection of early American automobiles featured in a scene from downtown Hershey.
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Membership Corner: Lifetime Memberships – My Story
By Joe Block, AACA National Membership Committee, packards42@yahoo.com
 
Like many of you, I considered getting a lifetime membership some 15 or 20 years ago. I always thought it was too much money to layout with family and other expenses. I started judging in 2008, and looked more seriously at a lifetime membership again, as I recall it was $650 back then. I did some quick math at $35 and then $40 annual membership. I figured it would take me 18-20 years to break even. I was 59 at the time, thus I figured I need to live to age 80 to break even, so again I chose to wait. I continued paying my annual dues for another 12 years. Currently, at $45 for an annual membership and a lifetime membership at $700, it now has a 15.5-year breakeven point.
 
When I was nearly 70, I heard rumors that after age 70 there was a discounted rate for a lifetime membership, so I contacted AACA National and they confirmed that there was a significant discount available for us old guys at age 70. I finally have my lifetime membership! As I get older, I really appreciate the lifetime membership. Even when I become too old to judge and attend Nationals, I will look forward to receiving the great bimonthly AACA magazine for the remainder of my life.
 
Each of us will have to decide if they need or want a lifetime membership. I wanted a lifetime membership for a long time before realizing it was right for me. Hopefully, you will decide sooner rather than later like me to support AACA by becoming a lifetime member.
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LAST CHANCE!!! 2022 AACA National Board of Directors Election
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In the September/October edition of Antique Automobile is a postpaid ballot for the 2022 Board of Directors election. It is your ONLY ballot and must be filled out according to the instructions or it will not be counted.
 
Please read the biographies of all the candidates listed in the magazine and vote for the 7 of your choice. Our candidates this year come from widely different backgrounds, so please give serious consideration to those who match your ideas of what is important to the future of the club. All ballots must have 7 names selected or they will be considered "not valid" and will not be counted.
 
Your ballot must be postmarked by November 15, 2021.
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Spotted at the NC Transportation Museum
Submitted by Jack Harris, High Point, NC,jmhcpa@northstate.net
 
Heeeeee’s back... “The Car Guy” North Carolina Region AACA scarecrow at the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. Thanks for sharing, Jack!
 
If any of you are representing AACA in any of your holiday displays this year, please snap a quick pic and send it to Stacy so she can share it in Speedster
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Give the Gift of AACA Membership
 
We can't think of a better gift to give someone who loves this hobby than an AACA membership. Do you have friends and family who aren't current members and enjoy antique cars as much as you do? With the benefits of Antique Automobile magazine and the Library & Research Center alone, how can you go wrong?!
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An AACA membership is a unique gift that gives all year long!
 Call us today at 717-534-1910 to purchase a gift membership for 2022!
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Please scroll all the way to the end of the Speedster to find the answer.
 
Trivia Question
 
What was unique about the 1953 to 1966 Buick V8 engine that earned its name…“Nailhead?” 
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Lifelong Old Car and Studebaker Collector
By Dan Caswell, Minot, ND, dcas@srt.com
 
I am a lifelong old car and Studebaker collector. I bought my first Studebaker in 1965, when I was 12 years old. It was a 1961 Lark Regal convertible, white on white with red and grey interior, and split bench reclining front seat. It had the 259-2v single exhaust, AT, radio, clock, and heater options. My Dad had bought it in South Dakota for $125 intending to part it out for the engine for his Jeep wrecker (he had put a Studebaker flathead 6 in it years prior, then a V8 later that needed a rebuild). It was too nice of a car to part out, so I convinced him to sell it to me. 
 
Unfortunately, in 1968 it got wrecked real bad. I restored it with a frame, front end and doors from a Daytona; and a 289 engine from a 1960 Hawk. Fast forward to 1970 and I traded it back to Dad for a half interest in a black with red interior 1962 GT Hawk. Problem was Dad refused to sell the car back to me. I was finally able to get it back in 2005, but he had been storing it in a barn with a dirt floor and pigeons decorating it. I found all the parts needed to restore it but was also keeping my eyes out for a replacement car. On June 18, 2014, I found an ad in Turning Wheels for the exact same white 1961 convertible; other than it had a tan interior and a solid bench seat. We went to Siren, Wisconsin, with the motorhome and an empty trailer to buy the car from Bruce and Sandy Bovingdon. The car serial number is 61V-3798. It is so much faster to buy a car than it is to restore one!
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All this has nothing to do with a 1948 car – or does it??? Yes, it’s all leading up to this:
 
When we were at the Bovingdon’s to get the convertible, my wife Andre’ saw something under a car cover in their building. She asked what it was, and Bruce said it was another Studebaker that was also for sale. He then lifted up the car cover and she saw a very beautiful blue 1948 Land Cruiser, SN 4351991. She was very excited to say the least. Both cars had been restored body off frame and were in spectacular cosmetic condition. I reminded her that we had come there with only the camper and one empty trailer, so the only way we could get both would be to drive one home or make a second trip. She immediately offered to drive the ‘48 home! It had overdrive so it was able to drive well even though it had poor brakes, low oil pressure and noisy mains, and the wipers didn’t work. But she was able to drive it home in the rain by letting off the gas occasionally to get the wipers to move. On the way home, we ran into heavy rain and some possible hail, so we stopped in northern Minnesota at a small town park. There they had a shelter with no sides, but a concrete floor. We moved the picnic tables out and were able to get both cars under the roof! Since the car has been home it has gotten a complete brake job and Hill Holder option rebuilt/replaced, the engine main bearings repaired, radio fixed and a few other items. So, now we can enjoy this beautiful car!
 
We also own a 1925 Standard 6 Duplex Phaeton, ‘56 Golden Hawk, ‘61 Hawk with 4-speed and buckets, a couple ‘62 GT Hawks, two ‘63 GT Hawks – one with R2 4-speed and one with factory air and PS, a ‘63 Cruiser, and a ‘64 GT Hawk with overdrive. I still have the original ‘61 that I first bought in 1965 for sale or for parts if I need them and the first ‘62 GT although that was a very rusty Minnesota car when I got it, then patched it in 1970; so, it’s pretty much a parts car now. I have recently parted out a ‘48 Commander and a ‘48 Land Cruiser that actually had pretty decent seats; both cars had a lot of good parts on them if anyone needs any parts. Have some Larks and Hawks parted out, too – I have a lot of parts for old cars of different makes. Being this story was originally for the Studebaker Drivers Club, I only listed Studebakers owned!! We also have a good array of Mercury, Dodge Charger, Kaiser, Star, Plymouth, Chevrolet, Ford, and many Jeeps and AMCs. I am not loyal to any one brand; I like most all of them! I am one of the “weird” people – I like original, stock cars and especially ones that have never been restored!
 
We drive our cars pretty much every day, and it’s not unusual to drive 2 or 3 different cars in one day! Anyone in Minot, ND, can pretty much attest to seeing our cars on the road almost daily. I figure they were made to be driven, not just a static display. Most cars can be seen on my website at dancaswellcollectibles.com if you care to take a look.
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This is a member submitted story.
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2022 AACA Annual Convention – Save the Date!
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The 86th AACA Annual Convention will return to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 10-12, 2022. The plan is to bring back all of the great activities that you have come to love and expect at the Annual Convention including educational seminars, trade show vendors, a special automobile display, multiple-level judging schools, the First Lady's Breakfast, Region Presidents' Dinner, the AACA Library's very popular Pinewood Derby and the Awards Banquet. (All of these activities will be conducted in accordance with whatever the current COVID-19 health guidelines are in Philadelphia at that time.)
 
Many members have told us that the AACA Annual Convention is one of the highlights of their year, and we hope that the 2022 event will be even bigger and better than in previous years. For a more in-depth preview of the 2022 event, make sure to check out the article in the November/December issue of Antique Automobilemagazine. As soon as registration materials and seminar information are available, we will make sure to share it with you here in Speedster. 
 
We hope you will consider joining us for this very special annual event!
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Trade Show Booths Now Available at AACA Annual Convention
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Does your business want direct exposure to AACA members? Do you like selling your services face-to-face to hobby enthusiasts? Are you hosting an event in 2022 or 2023 that you want our members to know about? Then why not secure some booth space at one of the best AACA events of the year?
 
Last year was tough for everyone, but especially for small businesses. So why should you pick our trade show over all the others? Our trade show is not a mammoth show with thousands of vendors in a convention hall the size of a city block. We do not have tens of thousands of attendees running past your booth so fast that it's all just a blur in the end and no real leads to follow-up with.
 
We keep our show a little more intimate by limiting our vendors to less than 50, which allows our attendees plenty of time to visit all of the booths. We also hand-select our vendors to meet the specific needs of our members. Our event usually draws about 1,000 super-active members, which makes us one of the few shows to offer you a significant amount of one-on-one time with your ideal target market.
 
Trade Show booths are 10 ft X 8 ft and only cost $200. And, new for 2022 we are offering all trade show vendors the opportunity to present a pre-scheduled 15-minute mini-seminar inside the trade show room, so you can pitch your products and services. What a great deal to ensure that your brand is represented at the AACA Annual Convention!
 
If you have questions, please feel free to email Judy Fischer.
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Multiple Scholarships Available Through AACA
Applications Due ASAP!!!
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This year AACA has six different scholarships available. All scholarship applications are due ASAP and will be awarded at the AACA Annual Convention in February. Click on each scholarship below for more information and an application:
 
  1. John and Janet Ricketts Leadership Scholarship
  2. Susquehannock Region Automotive Technology Scholarship
  3. AACA Young People's Award
  4. AACA Scholarship
  5. Louise Bianchi Chiotti Memorial Scholarship Award
  6. Hershey Region AACA Automotive Restoration Scholarship
 
All completed applications should be returned to: 
Megan Boyd, VP Youth Development & Awards
PO Box 702, Waynesburg, OH 44688 or aacameg@gmail.com
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What’s the Right Classic Car to Buy?
By Stewart Howden, President, Classic Auto Mall, Inc., stewarth@classicautomall.com
 
One of my favorite sayings at Classic Auto Mall is… just because you can doesn’t mean you should. When it’s finally time to get the car of your dreams, what makes sense and what doesn’t? 
 
Do you buy your 16-year-old daughter a 1960s VW Beetle? No, just because it seems like a good idea, it’s not. You want to put her in a car with modern conveniences (air conditioning, modern stereo, flower holder), as well as safety items such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, etc. Certainly, teach her to drive the classics, just don’t make one her daily driver. What about your young son who wants a 700hp monster? Another bad idea that is so obvious we will just leave it at that. 
 
How about the car for you? There are definitely some questions to answer before you get too far into the process. Can you fit in it? Believe it or not, as we age that becomes a “larger” consideration. Will it fit in your garage? The number one question we get is, how long is the car? Some older garages are not big enough for the land yachts of days gone by. Is it something that requires lots of maintenance and if so, are you mechanically inclined or do you have a trusted local garage or friend who is? Sometimes your best option might be a more modern collectable car that doesn’t require a lot of thought or money to maintain. 
 
Also, be careful when looking at 15–20-year-old foreign cars as the check you write for the purchase may be the smallest check you write during your ownership of the car. Get a knowledgeable friend or expert to look it over thoroughly. They can be quite enjoyable and give a lot of bang for your buck when you get the one that is well sorted. 
 
Finally, make sure that your significant other is on board. It’s a major decision and they should be included in the process. If its not fun for both of you, you might be spending many lonesome hours in the garage or on the road with your car… by yourself!
 
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Start 2022 Off Right With Your Official AACA Calendar
 
The AACA Calendar is always a hot item this time of year, so be sure to order yours before they are gone! This 13-month calendar runs from January 2022 to January 2023 and highlights AACA National Activities in addition to moon phases, all Federal Holidays and many other observances. The best part of the annual calendar is getting to see the fabulous member cars showcased each time you flip the month. At a cost of only $12 postpaid, these calendars also make great, inexpensive gifts for all of the car-lovers in your life!
 
To order, please call AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910 or go online to the AACA Store. An order form was included with your most recent issue of Antique Automobile magazine.
 
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It's Time to Order Your Holiday Cards
 
AACA Christmas and holiday cards are an annual tradition for many members. These beautiful 5x7 cards feature artwork from renowned artist Ken Eberts, whose paintings have graced Antique Automobile magazine covers. This year, we have two new designs...
 
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"The Big Christmas Tree"
1931 Marmon Roosevelt
Inside: Season's Greetings
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"Mobil Christmas"
1957 Ford F100 and 1953 Cadillac Eldorado
Inside: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
 
The cards come in packs of 12 and include envelopes. Each pack is only $12 (plus shipping). An order form was included with your most recent issue of Antique Automobile magazine. You can also purchase them in the AACA store on our website or call AACA Headquarters to place your order (717-534-1910).
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Holiday Shopping Online? Make it Count for AACA!
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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Antique Automobile Club of America whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. 
 
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.
 
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Once you are signed into your account, search for Antique Automobile Club of America and choose it as your charity. Now, you are ready to shop & support AACA at the same time!
 
Click here to learn more about AmazonSmile.
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Come See What the Valley of the Sun Has to Offer
By Roger Irland, Special Western Nationals Chair, mopar37206@att.net
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Special Western 
Nationals & Tour
Show: November 11-13
Tour: November 14-17
 
The Phoenix Metro Region AACA is excited to be hosting both a National show and tour together this year. While we are still finalizing everything for the tour, we wanted to share some of the highlights you can expect over the three full days:
 
Car collections, the Musical Instrument Museum, The Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, Frank Lloyd Wrights' Taliesin West, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Heard Museum (American Indian art), a 1920s Rexall pharmacy with soda fountain, the Commemorative Air Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Irish Cultural Center, and as much fun as we can pack into the days.
 
We will be using the same Hilton Garden Inn for both the show and the tour. Click here to book your hotel room or call the hotel directly at 480-968-2180.
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Check Out These Upcoming AACA National Activities...
 
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AACA Merchandise Makes Great Gifts for Your Favorite Antique Car Fans
 
Looking for that unique gift for the antique car fan in your family? Well, look no further than the AACA merchandise store. Shirts, hats, sweatshirts, polos, jackets, etc. We've got a great variety of AACA-branded items, so you are sure to find something they will love!
 
We have license plate frames, trailer hitches and window decals. We even have shirts for the kids and grandkids! And don't forget the stocking stuffers like light-up USB car chargers and drink koozies that look like stacks of tires. 
 
 
Can't find something in the online store? You can always call AACA Headquarters to place your order as well (717-534-1910, M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST).
 
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It's Time to Renew Your AACA Membership
By Karen White, AACA Membership Department, kwhite@aaca.org
 
As most of you know, your AACA membership runs for a calendar year -- January 1 through December 31. From about mid-October through the end of the year, AACA Headquarters gets a little crazy with membership renewal phone calls and mail. It's not uncommon for us to receive several hundred renewals in a day. Even though it's our busiest time of the year, making sure we get our 55,000+ members renewed is always our top priority.
 
A renewal form was included with your most recent issue of Antique Automobile magazine. Simply fill out the form and send it back to the office with a check or credit card information in the blue envelope that was provided. 
 
If you prefer to renew your membership over the phone with a credit card, please call us at 717-534-1910 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST.
 
We look forward to hearing from all of you very soon!
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Do You Know a Military Veteran Who Would Like to be an AACA Member?
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The Military Sponsorship Program is available to all of the Military Veterans that have proudly served to protect our homeland and freedoms. With this program, AACA is extending a limited number of complimentary 2022 memberships for first-time AACA applicants. More information on this program and an application can be found on the AACA website under member information and drop down to Military, or simply click here.
 
These complimentary 2022 memberships are for first-time AACA applicants and are limited by the funds available for this program. These complimentary applications for membership are intended for individuals who have a genuine interest in the antique car hobby.
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Be Social With Us
 
AACA hosts online forums! AACA hosts a massive online forum area on our website that you can read and/or join in on the conversations on all sorts of topics. People post some really interesting material and pictures on an everyday basis. If you haven't used the forums before, just use the sign-up button in the upper right corner to create your user account. Anyone can join the online forums and it's completely free.
 
AACA has Facebook! What better way to connect with each other during these times than through social media? AACA has an official Facebook page for club information and events. We also have an extremely active Facebook group, where group members post, asks questions and discuss everything and anything car-related. LIKE our Facebook page and ask to JOIN our Facebook group. Don't forget to connect with the AACA Libraryon their official Facebook page as well.
 
AACA is on Instagram! @antiqueautomobileclubofamerica 
Be sure to use these hashtags: #DrivingHistory, #AACA, #AntiqueAutomobileClubofAmerica, #Hershey, #AACAHershey, #AACAproud, #AACAstrong
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AACA National Activities Calendar
 
November 11-13, 2021 
Special Western Nationals - Phoenix, AZ
 
Nov 14-17, 2021 
Western Divisional Tour - Metropolitan Phoenix & Central AZ
 
Feb 10-12, 2022 
Annual Convention
Philadelphia, PA
 
Feb 24-26, 2022 
Winter Nationals
Melbourne, FL
 
Mar 10-12, 2022 
Western Spring Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
 
Mar 20-26, 2022 
Founders Tour
Gulf Shores of AL & MS
 
Apr 7-9, 2022 
Southeastern Spring Nationals
Charlotte, NC
 
Apr 21-23, 2022 
Special Winter Nationals 
& Special Grand Nationals
San Juan, Puerto Rico
 
 
 
Would you like registration information and materials about any of these 2022 National Activities? You can:
 
1. Fill out the activity request card
that came with the last issue of
Antique Automobile magazine
and mail it in to us.
 
2. Sign into the members only area of the AACA website to print your own registration form and brochure.
 
3. Call us at AACA Headquarters and we will fill out a request for you
and mail you the materials.
Call 717-534-1910 Mon-Fri from
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
 
REMINDER: Your 2022 membership dues MUST be paid prior to registering for any 2022 National Activities.
 
 
 
 
 
If you request registration materials for a show or tour and those materials are not finalized and printed yet, you will be put on the mailing list to receive them as soon as they are available.
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Trivia Answer
 
The Buick “Nailhead” was an overhead valve V8, with the valvetrain located at the outboard extremities of the cylinder head. This was achieved by underside rocker arm actuation, instead of being on top, which allowed the valves to be vertically placed. With long stems and small heads, they looked like a row of nails in a board when installed.
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Antique Automobile Club of America | AACA.org | 717-534-1910
America’s Premiere Resource for the Collectible Vehicle Community
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The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the country's premier resource for the collectible vehicle community. Since its formation in 1935, the Club, through its national office, publications, and membership, aids individuals, museums, libraries, historians and collectors dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of automotive history. 
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Another GREAT edition of the SPEEDSTER from AACA. Thank you to all who contribute and especially to all the preparation and time devoted by Stacy Zimmerman. This along with the forums keep us all on top of what is going on between issues of our club magazine. This is your annual dues at work everyone !!! , be thankful and appreciate what you receive and most of all contribute something! I have edited a number of national and local publications and Editors are supposed to EDIT not write the whole thing to entertain you. Do not be concerned if you think you "can't write" well enough, submit something ( and images/photos too) and let the Editor do their job . If you do submit something , have patience for it to appear!

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