HARFORD REGION BEGINNINGS

 

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A THOUGHT AND A WISH......"I wonder if there are enough people in this area who are interested in starting a local antique car club?"

Harford Region began on April 9, 1972.  A meeting was held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall near Bel Air, Maryland to find out how many people were interested in starting a local car club.   Earlier that winter, cards of inquiry were sent to known persons who had an interest in antique cars.  Forty-five interested people attended the meeting and twenty-five of those signed to join the newly formed automobile club.  It was also decided to apply for affiliation with the  Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).

A second was held meeting on April 25, 1972, and the club was officially organized with 35 charter members.   The club's newsletter was named the HARFORD HORN.  The first issue was published and mailed to each member on May 16, 1972.  The certificate of charter was verbally granted at the Sevens Springs, Pennsylvania National Meet on June 23, 1972.   The official document was signed on July 18, 1972.

One of the earliest events that Harford Region participated in was when the region co-hosted the Dedication of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Span II on June 28, 1973.  Seventeen cars from Harford Region were a part of this big event.  State Governor Marvin Mandell, Mrs. Mandell, and Mrs. W. Preston Lane rode through the toll booth in Harford Region member Dave English's 1929 Packard.  Dave's Packard was the first car to pay toll on the Second Span.  The region has continued to participate in its own and outside local events for over 35 years.

Another early historical event that Harford Region participated in was the Baltimore Tunnel Opening on November 3, 1985.  Harford Region member David Oberender, dressed in a chauffeur's uniform, drove Governor and Mrs. Hughes in a 1929 Cadillac owned by fellow Harford Region member Ray Little.

Harford Region has participated in club, local and community activities through the past 30 years and will continue to do so in the future!


HARFORD REGION PRESIDENTS
 
1972 - 1973
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1989-1990
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Robert Vaught
Dock Lee
Dave English
Bill Armstrong
John Spencer
Bill Sealy
Hank Shero
Roy Clark
Carl Morgan
Joe Loughlin
Eugene Poole
Jesse Latham
Charles Smith
Walter Heinicke
David Oberender
Ken Williams
Charles Blevins
Bruce Hittle
Douglas Keithley
David Smith
Larry Leedy
Lee Pritchett
Bruce Wheeler
Evelyn Blevins
Vernon "Stoney"Stonesifer
Al Burns