Sometime around June, 1969, five men - Rusty Parker, Bill Johnson, Charles Mullins, Knox Longshore and Frank
Williamson - attended a car show at Holiday Inn in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There, in the motel room, the idea
to start a club was initiated. Others soon joined the group which began meeting at the Forest Hills Elementary
School's library in Florence, Alabama.
A delegation from the North Alabama Region, AACA in Huntsville met with the group to explain the procedure
for becoming a chapter. By being a chapter, the group felt that this would eliminate a great deal of paper work.
After a few meetings with the delegation, the group became the Muscle Shoals Tri-Cities Chapter of the North
Alabama Region, AACA. Bill Johnson was elected the club's first president.
The club held its first car show in August, 1970, at Bradshaw High School in Florence. Other shows were held at Joe
Wheeler Lodge, Holiday Inn in Florence, Forest Hills Elementary School and Holiday Inn in Sheffield. As many as 130
cars could be seen at these early shows. Local tours were also provided for those who wanted to see the sites in the
area. The club would send as many as 30 cars to out-of-town shows. The club felt that if they traveled to shows
outside the area, other clubs would participate in its show.
In 1977, the club began the process of becoming its own region. A charter from the national AACA was granted in
February, 1978, and the club became the Muscle Shoals Region, AACA.
The Muscle Shoals Region, AACA meetings are held at various locations the fourth Tuesday of each month from
January to November. An annual Christmas dinner is held in December at a time to be determined.
Annual dues are $10.00 payable at the beginning of each year.