Rummage Box
Autumn 2000

National Directors Volunteer
By John P. Myer

Many times I am asked by members, who are the National Directors, what do they do, how much are they paid, why do you always introduce them at National Events, etc.

Well, the Directors are all hobbyists who have volunteered to govern the operation of the Club. They are fellow AACA members, elected by the membership for a three year term of office. Some are retired individuals, many others continue to be gainfully employed in their profession or business. None are paid for this service., receiving only a travel allowance, if they request it, for traveling to the three yearly Board Meetings required by our AACA by­laws. Currently, Board members receive twenty cents per mile for this travel allowance.

Many Directors travel to all the National Meets and Tours that we sponsor each year. It is not unusual to have half of the National Board at an event, generally 100% if the Board has a scheduled Board Meeting at the event. At these events, Directors pay for their own lodging, meals, event fees, etc.

AACA has but one paid person, and that is our Executive Director. He operates as an independent contractor, providing his own staff to serve the Club through its National Office in Hershey, PA. Everyone working at headquarters is an employee of the Executive Director.

No Director may serve on the Board for more than 15 years. This allows for continuity on the Board, but also creates opportunity for new members to come onto the Board. Seven directors are elected each year to the twenty-one member Board.

The Board members are introduced at our National Events so that you can get to know who your elected Board Members are. The Directors give of their time and talents to manage the affairs of the Club. They solicit your ideas and concerns about the hobby. If you know who these individuals are, then we encourage you to speak with them at the various events so that our great Club can continue to be the best in the hobby!


Touring is Great Fun
By Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr.
Vice President , Senior Cars

Many of us have read about the various AACA tours in Antique Automobile Magazine and thought, "I'd like to do that one day," but then you have never really gotten around to it. Yes, it takes a few days away from your job if you haven't retired, or maybe it would be necessary to pull a child or children out of school for a few days if it's not during the summer vacation. However, it is truly a good family vacation for you and your family, as well as educational for your children. All of the tours usually visit points of interest, which are educational to a child; more often than not these places deal with American history. Think of the excitement! My most wonderful childhood memories are trips, some near, some far, with my parents and other relatives in Dad's old '39 Buick. On the other hand, I know taking a child out of school is hard to do.

In the following paragraphs let me explain what AACA tours are available to you as a member, what they are and what you need to know to attend one.

The granddaddy of all tours is the Glidden Tour®, or actually the Revival Glidden Tour®. Why revival you ask? That's a fair question. In the early days of motoring Charles Jasper Glidden organized the original Glidden Reliability Tour which was conducted from 1905 through 1913. There is much more to that story; however, suffice it to say here that when members within the antique automobile hobby decided in 1946 to commemorate these tours in each succeeding year, the name Revival Glidden Tour® was adopted. The Antique Automobile Club of America and The Veteran Motor Car Club of America hold this tour on alternating years.

In the AACA-sponsored years, vehicles are limited to 1935 and earlier, while in the VMCA-sponsored years, vehicles are limited to 1942 and earlier. The tour lasts five days and comes with many rules and traditions built up over the past 55 years.

The AACA more recently instituted the Founders Tour, which is very similarly patterned after the Glidden Tour®, in order to give members with more recent vintage vehicles a taste of the grand pomp and circumstance associated with the Glidden Tour®. It, too, is a five-day tour and is generally run like its predecessor, however, on this tour vehicles 1936 and newer may participate. Longer distances with more sites of interest are often offered with this tour.

Another pair of five-day AACA tours are the Reliability Tour and the Vintage Tour. These two tours also alternate years, with the Reliability Tour being held on the even years and the Vintage Tour being held on odd years. The Reliability Tour was first offered in the 1960's in response to fewer very early cars being toured on the only available tour at the time, the Glidden Tour®. Currently it is limited to 1915 and earlier vehicles and continues to very successfully bring out these very early automobiles. Although most of the eligible vehicles are what we call "brass automobiles", some actually were built without the use of brass adornment.

The Vintage Tour became a part of the AACA scene in the 1990's for the same reason, but for somewhat different vehicles. This tour is limited to 1927 and earlier vehicles. Because the Reliability Tour had previously been available every year, but now was becoming an even year event, the 1915 and earlier vehicles were included in the Vintage Tour concept.

Now I would like to mention the AACA Divisional Tour. These tours are most often designed as three-day tours. However, they are offered with such flexibility that they may be and have been scheduled as two day tours and could be held as a four-day tour if the sponsoring Region desired; though this has not been done yet. A Divisional Tour can be held in any or all of the four AACA Divisions each year. For example, in 2001 there is the full complement of four Divisional Tours. A Divisional Tour may include any vehicles that the sponsoring Region wishes to include, just so long as they are at least 25 years old and basically authentic. Although to date most Divisional Tours have included all vehicles 25 years old, the first Divisional Tour, sponsored by the Bull Run Region was limited to 1936 and newer vehicles. In 2001 the Northern Neck Region's Eastern Divisional Tour, nicknamed "the Sentimental Tour", will be limited to 1928 through 1958 vehicles. It is thus the first AACA tour for mid-century vehicles and begins with the year following the cut-off year of the Vintage Tour. Two more such Divisional Tours will be held in Kentucky and Kansas in 2002. The success or lack of success of these tours may well spawn or fail to spawn a new five-day tour concept in the future.

So, now that you know what tours AACA has to offer, I know you can't wait to turn one of these exciting events into your next vacation. All you have to do is ask the man who's been on one! Think of all the new friends you'll meet. I can honestly say that although the sites of interest and the vehicles attending are very exciting to me, the most exciting element of an AACA tour is meeting new friends from across the country and then re­meeting them at successive National Tours. This is really great, and I mean it!

Okay, you want to go! The most important thing to remember is that to attend any of these Tours, you must watch for the tour announcement on the back of the "carrier-sheet" with your address on it, when your Antique Automobile magazine arrives. At this time what you do is send in a refundable $5.00 deposit with the mail-in form that you'll find there. Soon you will receive a packet of tour information, which includes routes, sites of interest, meals included or not included, and fees. Remember now, you need to respond immediately, because otherwise you may be left out. For various reasons such as hotel accommodations, routes, etc., the tour may be able to accept a limited number of participants. If you register, you will be refunded the $5.00 fee. It only becomes a cost to you if you do not register. Are you wondering how you can know enough to register or not? Well, in 2000 AACA instituted still one more helping hand. With the January- February issue of Antique Automobile magazine there is now a description of the events to come on each of the National and Divisional Tours.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and your friends on a 2001 Tour. If you're going to vacation anywhere, try out doing it in your antique automobile. You'll be glad you did.


New Strategic Plan Focuses on Membership
By John L. Walker
Vice President, Membership

In 1991, the AACA Membership Committee wanted a program to reward our existing members for signing up new members. The membership committee felt that a fun program would entice members to look for new AACA members. That year the IGAM, "I got a Member", program started. Back then the sponsoring member received a pin that stated the year and the words "I got a Member" etched into it.

 In 1996 the membership committee decided to have name badges specially made that listed the sponsoring members' name and either town, Region or Chapter engraved on it. After five consecutive years of sponsoring members was complete, a new red colored badge is presented. This stated that the sponsoring members are now at the gold level of the program.

It was decided to have a three-and five-year level awards presented to the sponsoring members to reward them for such hard work and dedication to AACA. At the three-year level, a nylon brief case is awarded. At the five-year level a choice of three awards could be chosen, a fanny pack, notebook, or an expandable nylon briefcase.

Now we are in the 10th year of this fantastic program and there are many dedicated members who have already hit this goal so far this year. Shortly in the future, they will be receiving the 10-year level award, an AACA duffel bag. Listed below are the members who have sponsored a member or more, each year from 1991-2000.

Walter W. Anderson

Vickey J. Anderson

Richard K. Bailey 

Ronald V. Barnett John C. Baumgarten John Blackard

Lois Blackard

Carl Boyd

Thomas M. Brookover, Jr. 

Judith K. Brookover 

Catherine Carisch

David Coe

Chuck Conrad Shirley Dawson  

Morris V. Deason

Douglas D Drake Joyce A Drake

Emmett C Dunn, Jr

Nancy Dunn

W. Wayne Du Bois  

O S Ebersole, Jr

Raymond A Fischer Roy Fuiman Edward H. Hardin

Harold E. Henry

Colin E. Hiley

Charles R. Hoaglund

Ann K. Jones   Robert A Jones

Allen Kahl

Kathleen Kellam

Patricia King

Sandra J. King
Charles A. Kistler   Marcella C Knight Isabele E Kistler
Jeffrey E. Locke   Thomas C Lockerman James J Lyons
John L Matson Rayner A Montgomery Earl Muir  
John P. Myer 

Robert W. Parks, Jr.

Robert M. Pedigo

Charles H. Potts

William E. Quarles, Sr. 

Dillard Reichart

J Robert Roughton, Jr

Eugene Roy

Ralph L. Safriet
Ira W Seaton, Jr Charles E. Sinatra George R Smith

Frank T. Snyder, III  

Robert L. Thurstone 

Joseph E. Verrastro, Jr. 

Shirley Verrastro

Donald R. Waddell 

Jeffery A. Walton 

Roger Ware Wayne C. Watson   

Ken Weidt

Jack P. Wenger

Alice Wheeler

C.C. Wheeler

John Widdel, Jr Raphael E. Winzig David L Zimmerman

Brenda J Zimmerman

The Membership Committee congratulates these members for a job well done. The strategic planning committee has challenged the membership committee to have 72 thousand members by December 31, 2005. 1 ask all AACA members to help me achieve this goal. We have a great club and we need new members to take our hobby well into this millennium.


The Computer and Judging Records
By Harold E. Henry
Vice President, Regions

Many of you will remember that I had the privilege of being the Chairman of Judges Records from 1986 to 1995. I have not experienced any position in AACA that requires more hours of work than keeping Judges Records. After several years of record keeping, I felt a change needed to be made to make the program more efficient. When appointed, all Judging Records were kept in a card file and the program was not computerized. The system worked well, but many long hours were involved in the old system because the judging card for each judge would be kept in a file under the name of that judge. You can imagine how much space the filing system would require with approximately 2000 judges and each judge had an average of 25 to 50 cards. I added several filing drawers each year and wondered just how soon I would run out of space. I thought if I could somehow condense the files the problem would be solved, but how? I remembered hearing that a little computer chip would hold a lot of information. In July of 1989, 1 consulted with a computer programmer. We talked about the need for a special program for the judging program and the cost of programming. I was informed that programs started at about $2,500.00. He said how about $250.00 since it would be for a good organization like AACA.

I discussed this with the V.P. of Class Judging and he felt it would be a good move and to go for it. I immediately implemented the program and worried that the computer might crash and I would loose all the information for our judging program. I kept both systems going for several months. I finally gained confidence in the computer program and discontinued the old system. I could now push a button and get the complete history of a judge. Under the old system if a judge would ask for their record, I could easily spend several hours listing their judging credits. Now with the push of a button, I could get the complete history of a judge. We could now list all judges for award credits at 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 credits and up. Before the computer program, I would spend hours listing the judges who would be eligible for awards. We would now have a record for each judge as to the class they judged at each meet, if they served as Team Captain, Deputy or any other special assignment. The computer allowed us to print out a list of all 2000 judges with a record of their address, AACA membership number, the last time judged and how many credits for each judge. This information would now be available for judges at each AACA Meet.

We kept a file on all inactive judges. Those judges, who had not attended a school or judged in the field for two years were entered into the inactive file. However, should they judge and complete a participation card, they would be brought back into the active file with the total credits they had prior to going into the inactive file.

I can remember the fun we had because of the so called canned speech at judges breakfast. "Judges fill out your cards legibly and completely with all blanks filled in including your correct AA CA number and current address."  All information asked for on the card was important so that the record for each judge would be available and correct. The record for each judge would only be as correct as the information received on the participation card.

Sometimes we resist new technology such as computers, but how necessary they have become. we try to do more and more for our judges in rewarding them for the fine work they do, the computer has become the judges best friend.


Battery Basics 
By Joe Vicini
Vice President,
National Awards

The basic lead acid battery has been around since the mid 19th century and is used in many different applications everyday. Each 2V cell is made up of separate negative lead (Pb) and positive lead dioxide (Pb02) plates immersed in a dilute solution of sulfuric acid (H2SO4). Three or six 2V cells can be wired in series (+ to -) to produce a- 6V or 12V battery respectively. The specific gravity of the electrolyte is simply a ratio comparing the density of sulfuric acid to pure water, sulfuric acid is more dense than water so the specific gravity of the electrolyte will be greater than 1.0. Depending on the grade of battery and its application. the specific gravity of the electrolyte in a fully charged battery can range from 1.215 to 1.290.

To simplify, the charge 'discharge reactions, just think of it this way... when a battery is being discharged, current is flowing, between the negative and positive terminals through the external circuit (load). While this is happening, some of the lead (Pb) and lead dioxide (Pb02) on the negative and positive plates respectively are being converted to lead sulfate (PbS04), while water is being produced which dilutes the electrolyte and lowers its specific gravity, when a battery is being charged, an external source (battery charger and generator) is applying a higher voltage to the battery terminals and hence forcing current to flow from one terminal to the other through electrolyte. This converts the lead sulfate (PbS04) on both the negative and positive plates back to lead (Pb) and lead dioxide (Pb02) respectively while converting some of the Water (H20) back to sulfuric acid (H2SO4) which increases the electrolyte's specific gravity.

This chemical reaction can only occur where the lead and lead dioxide plates are in contact with the electrolyte. The most common way to increase this contact surface area is to make the lead plate out of a paste that is porous to the electrolyte. This paste is then pressed into a frame or grid that maintains the lead paste's shape as well as providing a path for the charge/discharge current to flow. 

If a lead acid battery is left in a discharged stat, for a long period of time (4-6 months), the lead sulfate that normally forms on the plates can crystallize and become very difficult (or impossible to remove from the surface of the lead plates. This is bad for a number of reasons. First being that the lead sulfate crystals take up surface area on the lead plates that could be used for the charge/discharge chemical reaction. Secondly, the sulfate molecules (S04) are locked up in these lead sulfate (PbS04) crystals on the lead plates and can not be returned to the electrolyte to increase the specific gravity without a heavy equalization charge. There are several things to do to avoid this "sulfation" of your batteries. First of all, try to maintain a good state of charge on your batteries at all times. Secondly, try to minimize the number of deep discharges (greater than 509,'0') on you battery. If you do discharge your batteries deeply recharge them as soon as possible.

The energy storage of a deep cycle lead acid battery is rated in terms of amp-hour capacity at a specific hour rate. The reason for the different capacity ratings for the same battery is that a battery can supply more energy (amp-hours or watt-hours) if a low amperage load is applied to it for a long period of time as compared to high amperage load over a short period of time. Starting or traction batteries are rated in terms of their cold cranking amperage (CCA) capacity. These batteries are different than deep cycle batteries in that they are designed to. deliver high amperage for a short period of time to start an engine. Typically starting batteries are not discharged very deeply because after they are used to start the automobile's engine, the alternator charges the battery back up.


AACA Library Research Request Form


Please fill out and mail to:

AACA Library and Research Center, Inc.
501 West Governor Road
PO Box 417
Hershey PA 17033
(717) 534-2082


Name AACA #
City State Zip

Thank you for your inquiry. In order that we may identify with certainty the model concerned, will you please fill in the form below as completely as you can and return to us. We will then search the Collection, and you will receive an answer as soon as possible. In supplying information requested herein, AACA makes no warranties or guarantees, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy of information. 

  • Fee - Fees are charged to cover reproduction services, materials, etc. Copy services by mail are currently at the rate of $.30 per page. Photographic copy services will be available on a cost (materials/time) basis. A library research fee will be charged on all mail inquiries as follows:

$1.00 for the first hour
$2.50 for each hour up to and including 10 (ten) hours and additional hours will be charged at a higher rate.

A Research Request form should be used for all mail inquiries. The inquiring patron will receive the form outlining material available and costs and then authorize the Librarian to proceed with copies, etc. Charges for reproduction services will be required in advance with the return of the Research Request approval/ Postage rates, domestic and foreign, will be added as necessary.

NO library materials will be available for circulation under any circumstances.

Thank you for your cooperation.




Listing of Regional Meets and Tours Available for Your Region to Host
By Terry Bond
Vice President, National Activities

The following national meets and tours are available for your region to host:

  • 2002 Southeastern Division Fall Meet

  • 2002 Reliability Tour

  • 2002 Western Divisional Tour

  • 2003 Western Spring Meet

  • 2003 Central Fall Meet

  • 2003 Vintage Tour

  • 2003 Western Divisional Tour

  • 2003 Western Fall Meet

  • 2003 Southeastern Fall Meet 

  • 2003 Southeastern Divisional Tour 

  • 2003 Founders Tour

All meets and tours for 2004 are open except the Grand National and Eastern Fall Meet.

Please contact your Division National Activities Committee member for more information if you are interested in hosting one of these events.

Eastern Division

Randy Rutherford

RR2 Box 2925

Canadensis, PA 18325-9733

Phone (570) 595-7173

Central Division
Joan Anderson

2961 Silver Cedar Rd., Box 32, 

Oconomowoc, W1 53066

Phone (262) 567-9083

Southeastern Division
Eric Marsh

575 Paulowina Drive
China Grove, NC 28023

Phone (704) 855-3699


Western Division
Bill Schoening
542 Country Club Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone (520) 325-9952

Vice President, National Activities

Terry Bond

541 Forest Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone (757) 482-5222


In the last several issues of the Rummage Box, you have seen articles encouraging you to get out and attend National Meets and Tours, and we've even tried a little "arm-twisting" to get you thinking about hosting such an event. There are many opportunities for you to get involved in National Meets, and one of the things I've enjoyed most about traveling to them is getting to meet AACA members all over the country. Not only is there great opportunity to travel to areas where you've never been before, but the chance to get the difficulties encountered in restoring a car on display, or learn something new about the authenticity of a carefully researched restoration, or an HPOF vehicle on exhibit. Last article, I spoke to those who are thinking about hosting a National Meet or Tour, and my advice was "keep it simple" and allow time for socializing - some call it kicking tires. Well, that is the essence of enjoyment - it's sharing our hobby among friends in our extended AACA family. Make the effort to get out and attend a National Meet or Tour in your area - you'll meet the most wonderful people in the world!

I've noted that many smaller local meets have begun to mirror the Youth Program that AACA has started at our National Meets. You've all seen our Executive Vice President, Doug Drake, the "Pied Piper of AACA" as he is known, leading young auto enthusiasts around the show field explaining how the car works, illustrated, of course, with some of the beautiful vehicles on exhibit. Try it at your own Regional event too. Invite the local Scout troop out to the show for a special demonstration, or contact your local schools and let them know you will have a special program on the history of the automobile. You will find great interest among our young folks, and might just sign up a few Junior Members. Don't forget too that those young folks are often accompanied by their parents, and you just might kindle an interest from that perspective too. If you need any thoughts or ideas on how to involve youth in our hobby, just ask.

National Activities Schedule - we will soon be printing the familiar business-card sized National Activities Schedule listing all of next years National Meets and Tours. If you would like a supply of these cards to hand out at your Region or Chapter meeting, contact Vice President of National Activities, Terry Bond. And don't forget to watch for a special flyer inserted in the wrapper of your January-February 2001 issue of Antique Automobile magazine giving some details on upcoming Tours.

Be thinking ahead - our Annual Meeting in Philadelphia is only a few months away and there are some great seminars planned, including a special National Activities Seminar on "Promoting Your Meets and Activities" where you can learn the do's and don'ts, how's, and why's of effectively promoting your activities.


Legislative News
By Russell J. Fisher
Vice President, Legislative Affairs

On September 1, 2000, approximately 200 letters were sent to all legislative representatives from the various regions and chapters of AACA. This list is compiled from National Headquarters through the Officers Reporting Form that are sent in by the regions and chapters on an annual basis.

For those of you who have not received this letter, please contact me so that I can make sure your addresses are correct.

A reminder to our membership that the fall time of the year is most important for legislative activities in various states and cities. Many of you have already contacted me concerning legislation that needs to be  watched. For instance, Anita Mips emailed me about a Maine bill LD2182 that threatens to implement a vehicle scrapping program.

Also, under New Hampshire HB639 which would introduce an increase in registration fee for older cars, model years 1943-1974.

Stella Bond, our Eastern Division Legislative Chairman, e­mailed me an update on the California SB42 Smog Check Exemption for vehicles 1966-1973. There is a possibility because the California Air Resource Board final smog check 2 evaluation had shown they did not meet the federal ozone standards, they may eliminate the 30-year­old rolling exemption for the 1966-1973 vehicles for smog testing. If this happens, then these vehicles would be available for crushing.

These are just a few examples of the various amounts of correspondence that has been received concerning the legislative issues. If you have any legislative matters you wish to bring before the committee, please feel free to call me at (262) 781-5130 or e-mail me at


Library and Research Center Needs Your Help

We are looking for material as follows - including sales brochures, owners and other technical manuals for the following:  

Buick 1904-15 Invicta Any Year
Chevrolet  1928 Car Jackson 1906
1930 Truck 1908
1948 Truck 1909
1950 Car Milburn Electric Any Year
Daimler  1939   Nash 1932 Owners Manual
and  Shop Manual
Detroit Electric Any Year
Dodge 1925-1926 Oakland 1911
Ford  1948 Car Reliable Dayton Any Year
1949 Truck Simplex Any Year
Graham 1930 Smith Motor Wheel Any Year
1926-1928 Stewart Trucks 1926-1929
1942 Thomas-Detroit Any Year
Hudson 1915 Velie  1912
1916 6-40 Model


Also - any motor scooter information would be welcome!