This is my salute to the Antique Automobile Club of America for their programs, shows, and publications.
The September/October 2016 issue of Antique Automobile emphasized my sentiments. One of my concerns for the AACA is nurturing interest in young members. The editor’s column “Two Young Guns” highlighted two youngsters who worked at the AACA Library this summer and then returned to their college studies. I also salute the AACA Scholarship Programs.
Each issue of Antique Automobile highlights three or four car restorations. I especially liked the 1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster. Indiana-built cars have a special place for me. This particular speedster is an exquisite example. It’s Navajo Red and black paint job draws your attention. The photographs at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum further tell the story.
It is great to see that the nominees for the 2017 AACA Board of Directors support attracting younger members to our hobby. This is a concern for the AACA Regions and Chapters. I have seen that the failure to interest youngsters has been detrimental to the growth of the hobby.
Over the years I have attended the Annual Grand National Meet, the Eastern Fall Meet in Hershey, and the AACA Special Spring Meet in Auburn, Indiana. Auto shows like these provide a large spectrum of collectible cars. I enjoy cruising the show fields and viewing the different classes of cars. It is great to see the cars from across the country.
I encourage AACA to keep up their programs, shows, and publications to celebrate our automotive interests.
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For the third year the Antique Automobile Club of America held its Special Meet in Auburn Indiana. This meet featured the traditional AACA collector car show with over 200 cars, swap meet, car corral, plus the Auctions America auction featuring more than 500 collector cars and memorabilia.
Pardon my partiality, but I believe Auburn, IN, is the best place for a collector car event. I have been attending auto events there since the mid-1970’s.
This year’s special meet displayed show cars from the early 1900’s the late 1980’s.I especially enjoyed the cars from the early 1900’s. A 1904 Cadillac runabout provided a glimpse of motoring over 110 years ago. You could step back and imagine sitting in this brass beauty with the wind in your face and bouncing over the crude roads of the day. A 1907 Ford Model N roaster and a 1910 Buick Model 20 were other cars from this era.
Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Haynes, Marmon, Studebaker, and Stutz represented Indiana-built cars. One particularly flashy Indiana-built car was a 1928 Auburn boat-tail speedster. This breath-taking black and red beauty attracted attention all day. A number of Studebaker Golden Hawks showed the other end of these makes.
The auction provided a great sampling of cars from reasonably priced drivers to fully turned-out exotic cars.
Everywhere you turned there was another example of cars from our early days of motoring. It is interesting how our tastes in autos change over the years. Whether you’re interested in perusing or purchasing a collector car the AACA Special Meet in Auburn, Indiana is the meet to attend.