TWO MEMBERS DO WELL AT MOBILE
Two Highland Lakes Region families attended the AACA National Meet in
Mobile, Alabama the weekend of March 16-18. These were Ron and LeeAnn Laird with
their 1948 Pontiac convertible and Earl & Judy Beauchamp with their 1956
Buick 2-door hardtop. The trip was about 565 miles each way, so the cars were
There were approximately 160 cars in attendance from all around the
country; however, there was heavy support for the meet from the local members in
the Mobile area. Many Deep South Region members had the opportunity to
participate with their cars right there at home. We did not see significant
hurricane damage in the area, but we could see some of the effects to the motel,
both inside and outside.
show was seven miles from the host hotel and held at the local country
fairgrounds. On the way to the field we drove by the Deep South Region club
house which is a very nice converted and extended former three-bedroom home on a
large corner lot across from the local park. There was a big AACA sign in the
front yard. Judy and I had been there before on a Southeastern Divisional Tour.
It’s amazing what a Region club can do when they have the desire.
Laird’s won a Preservation Award for the tenth time at the show. As luck would
have it, AACA has instituted another new benefit. Special commemorative “wheel
tab” mementos are now being awarded for the 10th,
and 25th Preservation Awards giving to Senior Award vehicles. They
are bronze, silver and gold. Ron and LeeAnn were awarded the bronze tab.
It was also a good day and night for Earl and Judy Beauchamp, as their
1956 Buick Special Riviera hardtop won its National First Junior Award. This car
was restored in San Angelo, Texas by 80-year-old Don Harrison who formerly ran a
restoration shop in Wachula. This keeps his record clean, in that he used to
guarantee a National First on his restorations if they were shown nationally.
His cars never failed and he was very happy when I called him. Don has suffered
some health problems during the last year, but says he is feeling better now.
Another local car that he restored, many years ago, is Spence Lloyd’s 1938
Cadillac. For those of you who know him, it might be nice to give him a call and
see how he is doing.
Ed. Note; From a Highland Lakes Region article
submitted by Earl D. Beauchamp
Judy Beauchamp receives an AACA First Junior Award first time out from AACA President, Bo Croley of Tennessee.
Judy’s 1956 Buick Special
Riviera hard top.