Rummage Box

Summer 2000


Be an Ambassador for AACA
By John P. Myer

AACA has a strategic plan in place for the years 2000-2005 that calls for an increase of membership in AACA from 62,000 to 72,000 members in this five-year period. This is an increase of approximately 3% each year.

To accomplish this, we need your help. Three percent is not an impossible task, but it does mean attracting about 1800-2000 new persons to AACA without losing any old members. None of us live forever and some members lose interest in the club, at least they do not renew their membership. Therefore, we need to attract about 10,000 members in order to increase our membership by 3% each year. Here is where you can help!

Be an advocate for AACA by helping in two ways:

1.) It is always easier to keep an existing member than recruiting a new member. Yet we see a great attrition of existing members each year. If you have a member in your Region or Chapter that might not be as active as he or she could be, give them a little attention. If they miss several meetings, perhaps a phone call telling them that they are missed is all it will take to get them back.

2.) Be a recruiter for AACA! Whenever you see an antique car or truck, try and locate the owner. This might be at a local car show or it may be at the hardware store on Saturday morning. Inquire with the owner if he is aware of AACA and try to interest him into joining the Club. Some Regions have pre-printed cards on which you can leave your name and phone number where you may be contacted. This is an easy way to identify your interest to the owner that you would like have him join our Club.

We are particularly interested in attracting persons in the 20-40 bracket, but we are also interested in enrolling all persons who have a genuine interest in preserving the old vehicles. Do your part by encouraging  those persons that you know or meet, about the advantage of  membership in AACA. Your club Secretary should have a supply of membership brochures with application blanks included. Be sure to have one with you or in your vehicle to pass on when you meet that prospective member.

If your local Region or Chapter needs a supply of membership brochures, contact National Headquarters in Hershey, PA. Do your part and be an ambassador for AACA! We will all be proud that you did.

Signing up a new member entitles you to membership in the AACA program "I Got A Member." Those who do recruit a member will receive a recognition pin for recruiting the new member and become eligible for other awards for continuing to recruit members each year.


Your Automobile Has Won It All! Now What Do You Do?
By Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr.
Vice President , Senior Cars

Most of us who have built a Senior Car have many hours of blood, sweat and tears invested in their project. Sometimes this achievement has taken years to accomplish. I know; it took me eighteen years and three restorations to achieve my Grand National First with our 1939 Buick in 1982.

There was a time, in my early years with AACA, when there was no Grand National Meet, no Preservation Awards, no plates for five meets attended with a Senior vehicle. A person would achieve their Senior Award, and it was all over. Many of these people would stop bringing their Senior vehicle to National Meets. This robbed our membership of the enjoyment of seeing these fine restorations.

To encourage the continued showing of these vehicles, AACA instituted a program to send a commemorative plate to each participant who would show their Senior vehicle at five National Meets. This project worked well and more Senior vehicles were shown at National Meets.

In the late 1970s the idea of a Grand National Meet was born, which gave members with Senior restorations another plateau of accomplishment to achieve. As part of this idea, the Preservation Award concept was born. At some point, our members needed to be freed from the really difficult competition to the enjoyment of using, driving and touring in the automobiles they had given so much of themselves to. In tile last issue of The Rummage Box there was an article on "respect" and tradition. AACA is built on respect and tradition, and the constant effort of its leadership to provide new extensions of the hobby to its members is a tradition. The Senior Car extensions of the past twenty-five years are an example of this.

At first, the Grand National First was as high as you could go. There were several variations tried for achieving this award. These were: no point spread, a three-point spread, and finally a five-point spread. In the first years, after your Grand National First plaque was on your vehicle, you could begin to drive your vehicle and worry only about maintenance that would allow it to achieve the lower plateau of the Preservation Award. However yet another innovation by AACA was adopted in the 1990's in an effort to put the icing on the cake. This latest modification resulted in the Grand National Senior, one final step above the Grand National First. Those who had won their Grand National First in the early years and begun to drive their automobiles, of course, find difficult to achieve the necessary 390 points for a Grand National Senior without some restoration, but time waits for no man they say.

With all of this history told, we can get to the real point of this article, which will be shorter than the lead-in-paragraphs to it. That is, you've won everything you can win, what do you do now? What you do now is really enjoy this automobile of your affections and labor by driving it! Take it on AACA tours, to your Region shows and tours. Use it in your daughter's wedding or for your 50th Wedding Anniversary Party.

Show your Senior Car for what it is; it is a Grand National Champion that has earned the respect of your fellow members. Let people see that you've been there and done that, hold your head high and let your vehicle revel in the limelight for what it is; a Grand Old Champion that in its day, achieved being one of the finest vehicles ever restored. Just love it, wash it, wax it, make minor repairs, and take it to National Meets and Tours. Each time you show it, you receive a small card, which you should save. It takes only 350 points at a National Meet to achieve a Preservation Award for your Grand Old Champion and for each five times you do that, you can send me the five cards, and I'll arrange for National Headquarters to send you a beautiful commemorative plate.


AACA member Scott Sensing and his pal Shelly, a 1952 Chevy pickup, departed Tennessee on June 7, 2000, on his "10,000 Miles for a Cancer Cure" odyssey to Prudehoe Bay, Alaska. In support of the adventure and the cause, AACA Judges at the SE Division Spring Meet in Nashville donated over $700 to Sensing's trip. To date, the project has raised more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. You can check his progress on his website at - or send him an email for moral support at


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

One of the segments of the Strategic Plan adopted at the Annual meeting of AACA this past February is to increase our membership. The plan states that by the end of the year 2005, a goal of 72,000 members will be achieved. The Strategic Planning committee has challenged the Membership committee to hit this target. Now we must all work together to reach this goal.

The "I got a Member" program is now in its 10th year. Our members sponsor over one thousand new members each year. So far, to date, we have fifty members who have a perfect score on this program. A new 10-year award will be presented to these people who have worked so hard for 10 years in increasing our membership. This program has proven to be very successful and enjoyable to AACA members.

Anyone can participate in this program by listing his or her membership number on a new member's AACA application. Upon entering this program, the sponsor receives a blue colored name badge that identifies the sponsor's involvement in this program. The next level of awards depends upon having consecutive years of sponsoring new members. At the third consecutive year level, the award is a nylon briefcase and at the five-year award level, the person could choose among three different items. Also, when the participating member  sponsors a sixth member, they receive a red colored badge that identifies his or her past achievement.

The membership committee has been working on many projects in the past several years to attract new members. We have seen that the age group between 25-50 has not been growing as fast as we would prefer. We know that many people that fall into this age category have young family members. This year, AACA has instituted a policy that all meets and tour banquets must have a children's price not exceeding $10.00 for young people age 12 and under, thereby making the functions much more affordable for our families to enjoy.

Several years ago, AACA also started the Junior Membership Program. This program has been very successful and enjoyable for our young. For $10.00 per year, the Junior Member receives a special Junior Membership Pin, an official AACA Membership card, and a quarterly subscription to our own "Wheels" Junior membership newsletter. This newsletter is a fantastic publication for our young.

Also started several years ago by our Executive Vice President, Doug Drake, is the "Automobile and it  Parts" presentation. This program is held at the National Meets and some of the Tours. The concept of this presentation is to get our young interested in the hobby and show them some basic parts on vehicles and how they work. Next time you attend a meet, please stop by and watch this interesting seminar take place. The children and young adults have an enjoyable time participating in this event. The meeting time is at 1:30 PM at the motorcycle class.

Our judging committee announced exciting news for this year. A new class, number 36, has evolved. This class is labeled "Factory High Performance" vehicles. Some of the cars accepted are Pontiac GTOs, Chevrolet Camaros and American Motors GTXs, just to name a few. Please promote these new classes to the car owners who own these vehicles. There is a wealth of new members who are interested in these cars. We also encourage these people to participate in our judging system. The membership committee hopes that the excitement this new class generates will increase our existing membership.

The membership committee asks you to join us in quest to achieve the goal the Strategic Plan has recommended. Remember that strength comes in numbers. We all have the same passion, preserving, showing and touring with antique vehicles.


Officers Reporting Forms and Rosters
By Harold E. Henry
Vice President, Regions

Why submit Officers Reporting Form (ORF) and List of Members (Roster) to National Headquarters each year? Because it is the law. I will refer you to the BY-LAWS of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Article V - Regions and Chapters

Sec. 5. Before March 1st of each year, Regions and Chapters must submit to National Headquarters their Officer Reporting Form for that year.

Sec. 6. Before May 1st of each year, Regions and Chapters shall submit to National Headquarters an accurate list of members as of April 1.

You may ask why does AACA want us to go to all this trouble to list officers and members. Again, let me refer you to Article V.

Sec. 1. Every member of a Region or Chapter must also be a member of this Club.

This is the only way we can be sure all your members are paid up members of AACA. All ORFs and Rosters submitted each year are checked. This is a must because the BY-LAWS say so. This may sound like a lot of legal tough talk. Well, it is not intended to sound that way. Some things have to be done properly and this is one of those things. The name and address of each president is listed under Regions and Chapters in the back of the Antique Automobile Publication. If we do not get your ORF on time, we do not know if a new president is elected and the listing may be incorrect.

You may say, "Well our Region or Chapter does not always report as required." Unfortunately, some do not.  We have 339 Regions and 68 Chapters and, as of this writing, we have 86 ORF and 137 Rosters outstanding. Hopefully, this number will be greatly reduced in the next few months.

You may ask what happens when a Region or Chapter does not submit their ORF and Roster as required. We try to work with you and understand the request may have been lost due to change of officers or some other reason. However, the AACA Board reviews the situation of the delinquent Region or Chapter and makes a decision. It can and has revoked the Region or Chapter Charter. We never want this to happen but when all efforts fail this may be the only decision left. This will not happen if each Region or Chapter will get their ORF and Roster to National Headquarters in a timely manner. We want to thank all the Regions and Chapters who do submit your ORF and Roster each year in a timely manner. You are appreciated.


New Resource for Newsletter Editors
By Ron Barnett
Chair, Internet Committee

Some region and chapter newsletter editors have already discovered the Discussion Forum on the AACA Website. They have reprinted interesting items, which appeared in topic threads in the General, Technical Questions, and Judging section of the Forum. One good example was the article in the last Rummage Box titled "Respect," by Rick Hoover.

At the request of several newsletter editors who are regular Forum visitors and contributors (we call them DFers), Peter Gariepy, Webmaster (or Web geek, take your pick) has added a new Forum section just for editors. This section is intended to provide a new information resource and enhance communications among editors. Recent topics include methods for improving the use of photographs, copyright regulations, antique auto crossword puzzles and newsletter filler material.

To use this resource and contribute your own ideas and/or questions, just go to the AACA Website, click on the Discussion Forum, and then click on the AACA Newsletter Editors section. All comments are welcomed and we are confident that our hard working editors will find this new area to be a valuable resource.

Do you need a new AACA logo for your newsletter? Go to the AACA Website, look at the menu on the left side of the home page, click on Publications, and when that page appears, click on Club Artwork. The AACA logo can be downloaded and resized to fit your needs. The AACA Museum and AACA Library and Research Center logos will be added soon.

Do you want to see what some other regions and chapters are doing? More than 40 regions now have their own website hosted through the AACA Website, and the numbers are growing almost daily.


Paper, Ink Colors Can Enhance Newsletters
By John M. Hart, Jr.
Publications Chair, Regions Committee

Since early 2000 we have been busy getting our Rummage Box Questionnaire to as many regional and chapter newsletter editors as possible. Distribution was carried out at the Eastern Winter Meet and at the annual meeting in Philadelphia and several took the time to fill them in and get back to us.

While we will continue to get the questionnaire out to as many editors as possible, we believe we have a sufficient number so far to warrant comment.

Several editors have questioned just how much it should cost to publish newsletters, the benefit of black and white over color, paper type and size and the comparison of cost to quality.

In addition to serving as a newspaper publisher and editor, I have had the benefit of operating a commercial printing company for some 15 years and have assisted hundreds of clients with their monthly and quarterly newsletters. One newsletter editor asked if quality would be lost over cost. Cost HAS NOTING TO DO WITH QUALITY!

There is no doubt that full-color photographs on glossy stock will make a much better presentation than black ink on white offset paper. But like the proof of the pudding of a restaurant coming from the chef,  it's the content, the content, and the content that makes a newsletter a newsletter.

Let's face it. Not every region and chapter has the financial resources available to it for a full-color, or even partial color monthly newsletter. But as we have noted before, there is hardly any region or chapter out there that doesn't have a member who can't tell a story. The better the storyteller, the better the newsletter editor. Remember my belief that a good editor is only as good as that guy that can relate a story at the donut shop over a cup of  java.

That said again, let us assume the content is taken care of. From great tidbits on the local membership to the various stories picked up from The Rummage Box, there's a plethora of information to keep the membership reading.

It is our belief here at Dunmore Publishing that any newsletter should be at least four pages in number. Depending on the size of the club or organization and the information they have available to distribute, the overall size of the newsletter can be either 8.5 x 5.5, 8.5 x 7 or 8.5 x 11. The three sizes are simply either a letter size, legal size or tabloid size sheet of paper folded on to give you the four pages.

For those who cannot afford spot, or a second color for effect, black is always the best choice (Maybe Henry Ford was right) since we believe single color photo reproduction is best in black ink. A group of burgundy or light green faces usually make for pretty awful reproduction. It should be stressed, however, that if a region or chapter can afford it, the touch of color on the front page can do wonders for any publication. Perhaps the AACA logo or name of the publication in red, or light blue, or changed for different editions. And a few well placed accent lines, such as on the bottom of the front page of this Rummage Box, can add so much for aesthetics. The cost of adding the second spot color to the front and back page (remember both are on the same side of the single sheet of paper) should not be that prohibitive.

If anyone has questions about the paper size, color recommendations or what costs should be, please don't hesitate to contact me directly for discussion. I can be reached either by phone at (570) 383-6464 or by email at

When laying out the newsletter, always remember that like what you see here it is best to have two columns of type on a page. It is best for ease of reading not to have a line wider than 3.5 to 4 inches across.

If postage costs are, and should be, always called into question, it is wise to take the bottom half of the last page and leave it blank for your mailing label. Once folded, fold it by hand once again, use a little stick tab to hold the fold in place and then affix the mailing label. It's called a self-mailer and therefore eliminates the cost of the envelope.

Until next time, remember there's no better assist to an editor than Daniel Webster! He's the one source you can count on never to be wrong.


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

On February 11, 2000, a Legislative Seminar was held. Approximately 40 people attended the meeting which produced some great dialog concerning the Antique Automobile Hobby and Legislative Issues.

Now that the New Year has started, the 2000 Legislative Committee is as follows.

  • The Assistant Vice President of Legislation is the newly elected Board member -Sharon Lee.

  • The Eastern Division Representative will be Stella Pyrtek-Blond.

  • The Central Division Representative will be Jack T. Harville, Jr.

  • The Western Division Representative will be Jack Passey.

  • The Southeastern Division Representative will be Len Royston who will be taking Millard Young's position.

New issues on the docket for this year will be the focus on Legislative Issues concerning local ordinances on outside car storage. There have been a number of inquiries from membership concerning storing of unregistered cars before the restoration process begins. Many of the Committees that make these ordinances do not have exemptions for Antique Automobiles. The recommendation that has been made is to consider 25 years or older vehicles be exempt from these types of ordinance restrictions.

Just a few Legislative Actions that have taken place across my e-mail includes Senate Bill 1811 from the State of California, which would provide license plates for home-built cars and exempt both home-built and collector vehicles from state small check requirements.

Anybody interested in the details of this Bill please e-mail me and I will be happy to forward it to you.

Assembly Bill #1403 from the State of New Jersey overwhelmingly passed concerning legislation that would prohibit local areas from impeding an ordinance for land use regulation that would prevent automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby.

Having passed from the local Housing Committee this must now be considered by the full New Jersey General Assembly. This information was given to us by the SEMA Organization. The principle catalyst of this Bill was our own Antique Automobile Club of America Member - Bill Berenato from the South New Jersey Region. Well, that is it for now. Happy Motoring!


Speakers lined up for
YOUR meetings
valuable tool for region,
chapter presidents

AACA Speakers Bureaus throughout the country have lists of those speakers who will both entertain and educate your members at various meetings and functions, providing an enjoyable evening for all. Examples of programs that are available include:

  • Regional Activities

  • How to do it?

  • Restoration Tips

  • Touring

  • Insurance Coverage

  • AACA Judging

  • Collecting Automobilia

Remember this is a free service available to all Regions and Chapters of the AACA. Call National for all the Speakers Bureau chairman closest to you.


The AACA Library & Research Center and Your Club Newsletter - Better Together
By Terry Bond
Vice President, National Activities

Hey Newsletter Editors - looking for some good stories? Need some filler material? Need to include something that ties into AACA on the national scale? Need to provide something that really serves your membership?

Well, your Newsletter and our AACA Library and Research Center go very well together.

Was there a car made near your hometown at some time in the past? How about a famous motoring related event? Any famous motoring personalities?

A simple request to the AACA Library and Research Center can probably produce enough material to make a good article, and that might just stimulate further discussion on the subject that could turn up additional historic facts for the Library. So, are you beginning to see how this works? Yes, promoting the AACA Library and Research Center in your Newsletter can be a Win-Win situation. At the very least, by publicizing the services that are available, you will be serving your membership and helping to increase the use of one of the most comprehensive automotive history collections of any hobby organization.

On various occasions, our Library and Research Center seminars at the Philadelphia Annual Meeting have highlighted the depth of research material available to you. I can remember a couple of fascinating seminars in particular. One was a seminar on old gas stations. Another was a special look at some of those strange early accessories - gas saving devices; automatic starters; and a whole host of early inventions designed to make motoring a pleasure.

All of these wonderful seminars were presented using Library research materials. The same information is available to you to produce a wonderful story (or even a series) for your newsletter.

Yes, the AACA Library & Research Center is there for you too, not just for the member restoring a specific vehicle who needs to authenticate a paint color or an accessory item. Everything from early children's books to road maps is there -- just waiting to be shared with your membership.

AACA’s 2000 National Activities Committee -Here to Serve YOU!

Thinking about hosting a National Activity'? How about a Meet or Tour? Maybe even a Divisional Tour? First step, contact Your Division National Activities Committee:

Central Division: Joan Anderson,
2961 Silver Cedar Rd Box 32
Oconomowoc, Wl 53066

Southeastern Division: Eric C. Marsh
575 Paulowina Drive
China Grove, NC 28023

Eastern Division: Randy D. Rutherford, Sr.
RRI Box 336-B
Canadensis, PA 18325

Western Division: Bill Schoening
542 N. Country Club Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716

Or contact me, Terry Bond
541 Forest Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322


AACA Education Scholarships Available
By Douglas Drake
Executive Vice President and Chairman of Youth Programs

Are you aware that AACA has several scholarships for those individuals who are involved in our hobby? These $500 scholarships are awarded each year to children who demonstrate an active interest in AACA and the hobby. Two different scholarships that are available are briefly discussed with a detailed chart below. Complete rules and information are available in the program overview, in the AACA Policy and Procedure Manual and can also viewed at our AACA website at WWW.AACA.ORG.

The AACA Young People's Award is a scholarship awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to a Region or Chapter and has demonstrated active interest in the ownership, restoration, or preservation of antique vehicles. The nomination for an individual, who just graduated from high school or will be graduating from high school that spring, must come from the Region or Chapter.

The AACA Scholarship is awarded to an individual who demonstrated active interest in AACA programs or has shown an active interest in the hobby of antique vehicles through restoration, preservation, or ownership of such vehicles. The nomination for an individual may be submitted by any person and must contain letters of recommendation. Region/Chapter membership is encouraged but not required.



Eligibility: Any high school senior, child of an active AACA member of good standing for at least 5 years who: 
1.) Shall be in the first year of college and graduated the spring of that year before or will be graduating in the spring of the year the award will be given, and
2.) has received a letter of acceptance from a 4 year college leading to a bachelors degree, or a 2 year vocational-ed program leading to a diploma, and 
3.) has demonstrated a long term, active interest, in and made a significant contribution to, the successful operation of an AACA Region or chapter, and
4.) has demonstrated a longtime, active interest in ownership, restoration of, or preservation of antique vehicle or automobilia.
Of note: This award is merit-based; and while financial need may be considered, it is not necessary.
Amount of $500 cash, and shall be paid to the recipient.
Nomination: A nomination may be submitted upon the receipt of a majority vote of the Board of Directors of an AACA Region or Chapter, as duly noted in the official meeting minutes of that Board of Director's meeting. (Please refer to full application documents for complete details)
Submitting the application: Official forms may be acquired from AACA National Headquarters, P.O. Box 417, Hershey, PA, 17033 or from the Chairman of the AACA Youth Scholarship programs. Detailed instructions must be followed.
Deadline for Nomination: December 1st of the year preceding the announcement of the award at the AACA Annual Meeting in February.
Selection Process: All sealed nomination shall be opened and reviewed by the Young People's award Selection Committee.
Presentation of Award: The Presentation of this award shall be made in conjunction with the announcement of the annual AACA National Awards as part of the AACA Annual Meeting.


Eligibility: Any AACA member or child of an AACA member in good standing at least 5 years, who:
1.) is entering any institution of higher learning to a diploma, or is now, enrolled in such institution at any level, and
2.) has demonstrated active interest in AACA and its programs; regional/chapter membership is encouraged, but not required, or
3.) has shown active interest in the hobby of antique vehicles through restoration, preservation, or of such vehicles.

Of note: The award may be awarded only once to an individual.
Amount of $500 cash, and shall be paid to the recipient.
Nomination: A nomination by any person may be submitted on the official nomination form including 2 letters of recommendation (Please refer to full application documents for complete details)
Submitting the application: Official forms may be acquired from AACA National Headquarters, P.O. Box 417, Hershey, PA, 17033 or from the Chairman of the AACA Youth Scholarship programs. Detailed instructions must be followed.

Deadline for Nomination: December 1st of the year preceding the announcement of the award at the AACA Annual Meeting in February.

Selection Process: All nomination shall be opened and reviewed by the AACA Young People’s Award Selection Committee.

Presentation of Award: The Presentation of this award shall be made in conjunction with the announcement of the annual AACA. National Awards as part of the AACA Annual Meeting.