Rummage Box

Spring 2002

we need you in 2002

By Jim Raines
President, AACA

What a wonderful start to the year. If you have never been to the AACA Annual Meeting and awards banquet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you need to go. The seminars, trade show, and judging schools are all first class, and you have the opportunity to renew many old friendships.

At the awards banquet I introduced my slogan for this year. It is:

We Need You In 2002

  • We need you to support your local Region and Chapter tours, shows and meetings.

  • We need you to support the “I Got a Member” program.

  • We need you to support our National Meets and our National and Divisional Tours.

  • We need you to give continued support to our AACA Museum, and the AACA Library and Research Center.

  • We need you to support and promote our youth memberships, student memberships, our scholarship programs, and the “Automobile and its Parts” program.

  • We need you to support our AACA publications, the Antique Automobile for the general membership, our special publication for Regions and Chapters, The Rummage Box, and Wheels, our newsletter for the youth.

  • We need you as an individual or Region member to be an AACA mentor”. Take a son, daughter, grandchild, neighborhood children, scout troop, 4-H Club or automobile class at the local high school to a car show, or Region or Chapter event.

But most of all, we need you to have fun, and enjoy the antique automobiles, as well as the friends you are sure to make.

thank you aaca members

by Doug Drake,
AACA Past President 2001

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you who made this past year a success.

To the National Event chairpersons, committee members, members of the hosting Regions or Chapters, AACA members who attended the events, AACA Headquarters staff, fellow Board of Directors, and Division and National committee chairpersons, I thank you for making the year such a success. Your First Lady Joyce and I enjoyed meeting so many members and sharing rides and the joys of the hobby with each of you. I am excited about the major advances in the youth programs that we launched in 2001 and will look forward to my 2002 role of VP of Programs and Youth Development. Remember the youth of the hobby is the future. They need to live up to my slogan this past year, “We’ll be There,” and after this last year I am convinced they will be there. Watch for more to come on “Youth in our Hobby.”

the 2002 program of youth in our hobby

by Fran Shore,
Coordinator of the Youth Programs

AACA has been placing a strong emphasis in Youth In Our Hobby. We have provided a direction for many of our Regions and Chapters. This year of 2002 we plan to further promote this concept, and to make available to each of you, additional information and assistance. We have created an overall task of Youth Coordinator for this program and I will be your contact person. I will either respond to your concerns and questions or direct you to the volunteers who can assist you. There has been a committee established with whom the membership, a chairman of national or local meets or tours, and the local officers can consult for guidance and support. These committee members listed below have experienced success in their area of youth involvement. If their area does not meet your need or answer your question or concern, please contact me, Fran Shore. There are additional AACA members who have volunteered to be a wonderful source of expertise with specific areas as well. I can connect you with them. You may wish to include some of these people in your meeting programs as speakers if they are near your area. Do contact them; use their knowledge to expand your Region’s or Chapter’s inclusion of activities that will interest and involve families, children, teens and young adults.

Do encourage participation for young adults in the newer AACA Driver Class. Advertise it and promote it with an explanation in your newsletters and fliers. As well, where young adults have an interest in competitive classes encourage them to throw their hats into the ring. Think family when you plan an event. For National Meets and National Tours the AACA Board has set children’s meals not to exceed the cost of $10. Your Region or Chapter may like to consider the same idea. It could help the whole family to participate in your functions.

These are your AACA contact people to assist you with your youth involvement programs:


A wonderful way to support our young people in their academic pursuits. To learn how to establish requirements for scholarships at the local level and/or to apply for the national scholarships contact:

Jim Cook
8811 Cessna Drive
New Port Richey, Florida, 34654
Phone: 727-376-6655

E-mail: jac@componentgeneral.com

Wheels, The AACA Youth Newsletter

To learn the who, what, when and where to contribute and have your local youth contribute and have your activities included in this wonderful national AACA youth newsletter, contact:

Katherine Eppley, Editor
7198 North Crest Court
Warrenton, VA 20187
Phone: 540-349-2698

E-mail: eeppley@erols.com

Newsletter Youth Pages
or a Youth Newsletter of Your Region

To learn how easy it is to provide some pages of fun and interest to the youth of your local member’s families, contact:

Jan Kamholtz
925 N. 113th St.
Wauwatasa, WI 53226
Phone: 414-259-8947

E-mail: wraaca@hotmail.com


Now there is something new for our younger members. There has been a website developed by Judy Edwards. Contact Judy to learn how to include a page for younger members on your Region’s site. Include this AACA Junior site address in your newsletter for all to enjoy.

Website address: http://www.aaca.org/junior/.

Judy Edwards
116 E. Front Street
Clayton, NC 27520-1913
Phone: 919-553-233

E-mail: t42@att.net

The Automobile And Its Parts Program

Doug Drake has compiled his technical tips and methods for providing this interesting and well-accepted program for you to do at local events. You may wish to extend this program and develop it for children, teens and young adults who wish to learn more about the automobile. There is a handbook available to assist you with this program

Doug Drake
28 Monroe Avenue
Pittsford, NY 14534
Phone: 585-381-4604

E-mail: d3drake@aol.com

Coordination of Antique Automobile  Activities with Non- AACA Clubs,  Schools, & Organizations

There is a program in place now with a 4-H club in NJ; others are in the planning stages. Contact: Doug Drake at above address.

Questions, Concerns, Wonderful News, Implemtation of Activities and “How-To’s” for the Inclusion of Youth of all Ages at National and Local Meets and Tours

Fran Shore
2002 Youth Coordinator
17 War Admiral Lane
Media, PA 19063
Phone: 610-566-9453

E-mail: shoreinmedia@aol.com.

I will be available to help you and look forward to working with you.

Doug drake announces the launching of five new youth programs

By Douglas D. Drake
Vice President, Programs and Youth Development

At the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia five new programs were launched to bring the youth and members of AACA closer together. It is up to each of you and the 408 Regions and Chapters to bring the youth of our world into the hobby. We all know that youth to AACA are those individuals that are 40 and younger. How do we get them involved in the hobby and AACA? Well first, whether they are 40 or 4, we need to welcome them and make them feel welcome. Always introduce them at your events and ask how you can help them. Those who are in their 30s or 40s and have young children need to know there is something for the younger ones to do. Here are the programs that we launched to make it easier to set up or have youth programs. You will see that they are designed to get the youth in our clubs involved in getting youth outside the hobby for learning and doing fun things within the hobby.

AACA announces its first Junior club -- the “Octane Boosters,” made up of youth from 6 to 19 years old. The Garden State Model A and Ankokas Regions of AACA have sponsored the first all youth clubs. This program is a joint venture with AACA and the 4H organization. It operates under the 4H organization, which has the knowledge and infrastructure to screen, train leaders and work with the kids of these youth clubs. The objective of this and future clubs will be to learn all about the automobile, the restoration activities, the art of building models and working with the sponsoring Regions or Chapters on all different activities, and learning programs. The sponsoring Region, Chapter or members of AACA form the advisory council to help lead the youth in their automotive interests. In Philadelphia, several Regions expressed the desire to start up this special youth 4H club. The program chairman is AACA member Tom Giangiulio. See the attached form in this Rummage Box to find out more about the program

AACA announces a committee working with the Boy Scouts of America on two different programs. The first program involves the committee preparing a proposed merit badge for the “History of the Automobile.” This merit badge will be presented to the BSA organization in hopes of acceptance, allowing AACA to develop the whole merit badge program and give our 408 Regions and Chapters and 63,000 members an opportunity to work with Boy Scouts on earning this merit badge (We are looking to do the same thing with the Girl Scouts). The second part of this program is for the committee to help establish AACA Region, Chapter and member working relationships with the BSA older boys “Venture Crews” program (the old Explorer Program). These programs are very easy to start up and probably every town has some of these crews. The purpose of this AACA relationship is to give older kids in the hobby, and the older Boy Scouts a learning experience regarding the history, restoration and activities in the car hobby. AACA members Mac Blair and Bill Gardner are active scouting leaders and are chairing this program. See the attached form in this Rummage Box to find out more about this program

AACA announces a relationship with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The SAE and AACA will introduce to 16,000 college students, in 327 student chapters across the country, the opportunity to join the AACA at the student price of $12. The AACA committee headed by Chuck Crane and the SAE committee will work with any Region, Chapter or members who want to create a tie with these college students. Many community and full colleges have SAE student chapters. In this tie, the AACA and the students will interface with each other on an educational and support level. These student chapters often enter into a concept car development program and are looking for shops, tools and trailers to make their concept car a reality. The students can bring modern technology of the automobile to our members and we can bring history and in some cases old but modern technology to the students. See the attached form in this Rummage Box to find out more about this program

AACA announces a committee who will work with the Electrical Engineers Society (IEEE). Similar to the SAE relationship, AACA member Thomas Martin is chairing a development program with the IEEE. In the colleges today, students are getting more involved in electronics in the automobile and many of the electronics today were tried in cars of earlier years. We want to introduce the students of today to our history and experience. See the attached form in this Rummage Box to find out more about this program.

AACA launches its new interactive Junior Website, found on the home page of AACA (www.aaca.org) or by going to www.aaca.org/junior -- please put this information into your newsletters and communicate the site to your younger members. This site is jam-packed with exciting things for the young of all ages. It has 14 sections that teach our youth all about AACA and the automobile, provides a calendar of events (great for adult members too), a special show time showing kids in the automobile and its parts program in 2001 and 2002, a book list, sights and sounds of the automobile, interactive puzzles, how to join the Junior membership of AACA, youth programs and a lot more. Go to www.aaca.org/junior and you will enjoy it. It’s education for all ages. Judy Edwards is our Webmaster.

AACA appoints an AACA Youth Program Coordinator -- Fran Shore is now the “Youth Program Coordinator,” helping each Region and Chapter develop youth programs. She has assembled a team to help make youth a part of the hobby. See her article in this Rummage Box

In closing, AACA is committed to making the youth a part of the hobby and making it easier for anyone who wants to get involved to do so. Please fill out the enclosed form and send it in so that we can help you when you would like to become involved with youth and our hobby. For more information Please contact Douglas Drake VP of Programs and Youth Development, DDrake@AACA.ORG or 585-381-9544.

AACA Museum can use your help!

By John P. Myer
Vice President, AACA Museum

Recently, the AACA Museum announced the hiring of John J. Zolomij as its Director of Planning. As work is now beginning on the museum building at our Hershey site, John is getting the ball rolling on developing a plan to expand the Capital Campaign. Additional funds for interior exhibits, the Endowment Program and other programs are still urgently needed.

The Capital Campaign Committee has been re-organized to include 6 principal chairs. These include the AACA Division, Leadership & Major Gifts, Federal & State Funding, Automotive Industry Division, Hobbyists & Enthusiasts Division and the Central Pennsylvania Division. Each group has established financial goals for their respective area, with a total ideal goal for all six areas being $12,000,000.

There are countless ways that you can be of help in this effort. How? Well, several of our AACA Regions and Chapters have already donated funds. To date, 41 of our clubs, from 19 different states, have already made donations to the Campaign. Our long-term goal is 100% of all the clubs. Donations have come in honor of Charter Region members, as memorials to individuals, results of very successful local car meets, outright unrestricted gifts, etc. We encourage all Regions and Chapters to consider the Museum in their yearly budgets. In future months, we hope to have solid ways for your group to be presented in the facility. There will be more information on this concept in a future article.

Individual gifts are also encouraged, whether it is a check, pledge or other method of planned giving. You or someone you know might be in the process of auctioning or selling an automobile. Not all vehicles donated to the Museum are of museum-quality, but they can always be sold, even privately, with your dollars going to help the project. Through the Blackhawk Auction that premiered at Hershey last October during the Fall Meet, the Museum will annually receive 5% of the auction gross sales. Last year, that effort brought over $200,000 to the Museum.

As a Region/Chapter member, perhaps the firm that employs you will match your gift to the Museum. The AACA Museum, Inc. is a qualified institution that nearly all employers will recognize with their matching gifts.

John Zolomij needs your ideas, help and active involvement in this wonderful and exciting endeavor! Let’s all get behind the project. It is here–it is now! Give John a call at 717-298-2002; or write him at PO Box 234, Hershey, PA 17033; or e-mail him at johnzolomi@aol.com.

The timeline calls for the AACA Museum to have the building/interior completed by mid-year in 2003. Basic preliminary exhibits put in place will then follow. This will be a Museum that all AACA members will be proud to visit and enjoy. Do your part by helping with your gifts and encouraging others to do the same!

a special note to region editors

Don't forget to enter the Region & Chapter Newsletter contest again this year.

To do so, make sure you send a copy of each issue of your newsletter to the following members of the Publications Committee:

James A. Raines
President, AACA
2331 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28207

J. Pat McCann
Vice President - Publications
3233 Ingram Branch Rd
Harrington, DE 19952

Joe Gagliano
Asst. Vice President Regions
P.O. Box 634
Zoar, Ohio 44697

Joseph S. Vicini
Executive Vice President
3 Robbins Nest Drive
Perrineville, NJ 08535

Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr.
VP Regions
P.O. Box 999
Montross, VA 22520

Jeanne Smith
National Headquarters
501 W. Governor Road
P.O. Box 417
Hershey, PA 17033

If for some reason your Region or Chapter cannot afford to distribute a newsletter to each person on the Committee and you still wish to enter the contest, you may ask for a waiver by writing to Vice President McCann.

youth scholarships from aaca

By Douglas Drake
Scholarship Committee Chairman

Just as a reminder, AACA offers two different $750 scholarships for students of AACA families.

The first Scholarship, the “Young Peoples Award,” is for any first-year college student, in a diploma program. The scholarship is awarded at the AACA Annual meeting in February 2003 (therefore a current high school graduate starting in college the fall of 2002, or by January 2003, can apply for the scholarship. An AACA Region or Chapter submits the YPA scholarship nomination for consideration. The individual student must play an important role in the Region or Chapter activities

The second AACA scholarship is the “AACA Scholarship”, which is available for full-time college students leading to a diploma program. For this scholarship the student must write an article about his or her interest in the AACA, ownership of an antique car and/or interest in some other aspect of the hobby. Applications require two letters of recommendation.

Official application forms are available in the AACA Policy and Procedure Manual, issued to each Region/Chapter President, or can be obtained from www.aaca.org or by calling AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910.

Get the most from our hobby

By Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr.
Vice Presidents, Regions


Leading with the 2002 words defining the objectives of President Jim Raines, “We Need You to…” I’ll start with we need you to get the most from your membership in AACA.

We all know that our hobby is about finding, restoring, preserving and driving old cars, right? That’s perfectly obvious. With a little more thought it doesn’t stop there, does it?

Our younger members will make friendships that last a lifetime with others their own age. At the same time, they will make friendships with older members who have “been there and done that” and will provide knowledge, leads, contacts and experience. Older members will find they enjoy telling stories of their past experiences, and in many cases find a new friend with the fresh enthusiasm of youth. Best of all, these younger/older interactions will result in a different kind of friendship that will broaden the outlook on life of each.

One thing I’ve noticed since joining AACA in 1962 is that this Club is family. When I was 24, the whole world of auto collecting and restoring was new to me. Although my old “driver” antique was only 23 years old it was old to me. My parents had driven a car like it when I was just four and five years old. A person of 24 today was born in 1978. Many of that person’s memories may have developed in a 1980 car their parents owned.

When I was 24, a car then the age of my 1939 Buick now would have been an 1899 model. I remember well, prior to joining AACA, I’d never seen more than a half-dozen cars older than a Model A in my life, and not too many Model A’s. It was pretty hard to tie any memories to cars that old. So I can understand how young adults today might find most of my cars a little bit off their chart.

Ah, but it isn’t that easy to define our hobby.

In the 1960s, there were great “how I found them” and “how I restored them” articles in the Antique Automobile magazine, all of which talked about brass age cars or vintage cars of the teens and twenties. In these articles I learned how to restore my car and how to find parts for my car. In other words the same principles applied. It took a very long time, thirty-six years and three restorations in fact, but eventually we took our shabby old antique to a Grand National Senior. There were many other good cars and one other winner along the way, but this one gave us something to work toward most of our adult lives. Over the years now, I’ve developed real interest, too, in cars built before I was born.

We made friends with older people who appreciated our tenacity and appreciation of their knowledge. They told us of good services they’d discovered, or honest mechanics they could recommend. We found folks our own age with whom we spent many happy weekends “junkyarding” or working together on our cars, or going to dinner, playing cards, or doing something else. There’s a lot more to being in our hobby than just the vehicle. There are a lot more things to enjoy than just winning prizes, either local or national. It is friendship.

All of these things were made possible by our active participation in a Region or Chapter; in our case it was the Chesapeake Region. The older people who were the leaders of that Region approached me to become Editor in 1964 and when I handled that job okay, they trusted me to be President in 1965.

If you’re an older member like me, encourage the younger members in your group to take a position of leadership and then support them. They have the enthusiasm to give you a good job. Don’t pre-judge them by the kind of old car they have. Just help them continue their interest in old cars. Take an interest in their children too. Having kids around, answering their questions, “babysitting their teddy bears” as one elderly gentleman did for my young daughter once, can be fun.

If you’re a younger member, get involved, and take an active leadership role. Expose your children to an association with older folks, who often enjoy children around and have a lifetime of experiences to impart. Talk to those older folks and take away some of their knowledge so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Most important of all, take the time away from all the cares of life and spend that one or two days a month with other members of the Region or Chapter. As you talk, look, and listen, you will find a few lifelong friends along the way who share your interests, or perhaps you’ll find an older mentor or two; a person with knowledge who will help you in your projects, or just generally be fun to talk to as they share their experiences in life.

Sounds kind of “Polly Anna” doesn’t it? Trust me, I know from experience, that in this hobby where people from all walks of life come together in friendship having old cars as the glue, all of the above is true. I’ll close until next time using the words of a young friend, a 35-year old auto painter. As he would say, “Catch yah later.”

Legislative update

By Terry Bond,
Vice President - Legislation

The efforts of hobbyists all across the nation paid off with the recent defeat of the old car scrappage provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2002 (Section 822 of S.517). Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell's (C-C) amendment to eliminate scrappage from the legislation was passed by unanimous vote. There were thousands of e-mails, faxes, letters and phone calls and those hobbyist efforts were cited by Senator Campbell as a compelling force in helping defeat this legislation. While we can be momentarily glad, we must be continuously vigilant. These things only snooze! There will be an article in an upcoming ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE to bring you up to date on the Legislative Committee's 2002 plan of action and vigilance.

eight states have no aaca region

This Story reports the efforts to start a new region in the state of nebraska

By Joanna Cooper
Regions Chairperson, AACA Central Division

I just returned from Lincoln, Nebraska, where Tom and I joined Myron and Barbara Smith, to man an AACA Region Organization Booth. It was a very rewarding day.

Let me start in the beginning. When I was asked to be the Central Divisional Chairperson of Regions, Nebraska was one of my states, and one that did not have an AACA Region. I started searching for that strong AACA member who was a leader and who loved AACA. I met Myron, Barb and their son

Nathan at a National Meet in Rochester, Minnesota. The door was opened. I found out that from the time Myron was a child, his parents had been members of AACA, and that he had been a member since early adulthood. I also found out their son Nathan is also a very active Jr. Member.

I explained what I was looking for and told Regions Vice President Earl Beauchamp about them. On Sunday morning, following the Meet, Earl and his wife, Judy, had breakfast with Myron and Barb, also encouraging them to make the effort to start a new Region in Nebraska. Following the Meet I continued communicating with them about forming a new Region.

Now I have been communicating with Myron for about eight months off and on. I started looking through the advertisements in Old Cars newspaper for show and swap meets. Then I saw there was going to be a large swap meet in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday, March 10. I got back in touch with Myron and offered to come and help, if we could get a space. He not only got one, but it was inside a heated building. This swap meet is at the fairgrounds with three large buildings and over 500 spaces outside. My husband, Tom, and I arrived in Lincoln on Saturday. It was COLD. Ice was on the ground, and the wind was blowing, but I knew our membership efforts would be done with plenty of WARMTH if I had my way.

When we arrived Sunday morning, I got really excited when I saw the most attractive table in the building. The AACA display had such a positive feeling, I just felt good all over. Nathan was demonstrating on a board where you match the car with the name and the correct taillights would light up. We had a lot of visitors. Myron and Barb signed up new members and Nathan helped sign up some Jr. members as well as some student members.

Several AACA members stopped by and visited. I met a couple of members who belong to one of my newly assigned Regions for 2002. These members were from the Region in Lawrence, Kansas.

There was significant interest in starting a new Region in Nebraska. Myron and Barb Smith have already set up an organizational meeting for April 6 in a pizza parlor meeting room in Milford, Nebraska.

All in all it was a great day, and well worth our trip from Oklahoma to Nebraska. When my husband and I left Lincoln, I was so proud of the results of the day, I just knew all of the efforts by the Nebraskans were going to bear fruit. Now we will be looking forward to the day when they receive their Charter.

To all of the old and new members in the Lincoln area that helped with this effort, I wish to extend my personal Thank You. What a great job! Now I’m looking forward to working with what I know is going to be a great team.

Central Division Spring Meet

By John L. Walker
Vice President – National Activities


This year AACA will host its annual summer seminars at the Central Division Spring Meet, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The dates when the Meet will commence will be June 27-29, 2002. We have been working hard on trying to get as many interesting seminars as are provided in Philadelphia for our Annual Meeting. As of now, the seminars will take place on Friday, June 28 during the morning and early afternoon hours. Some of the seminars are:

Membership Roundtable, Legislation, Newsletters for editors (Regional), National Activities, Youth Involvement, Regions and Chapters

These seminars may change prior to the event.

AACA started holding these seminars during the spring/summertime for those people who could not make the Annual Philadelphia Meeting held each February. The seminars are always held in the western or midwestern area of the United States. Many of our National Directors moderate these seminars so members can get a first heads-up on many topics and issues. These seminars are very interesting and enjoyable to attend. The panelists often encourage the attendees to participate in question and answer sessions during the seminars.

Many important topics are covered in these seminars, especially in the Legislative seminar. Every year, states and local governments consider passing various new laws regulating old cars. AACA has a committee to watch over this and inform us of any introduction of a law that could jeopardize our hobby.

If you can, mark your calendars now for this fun-filled weekend, enjoying our hobby together. Experiencing the car show, the seminars, a judging school, and meeting old friends and making new ones as well, you will go away being glad you came.

time was

By Bob Blake


The “Car Currency”

For over 70 years, our “greenbacks” have shown a picture of at least one car. This auto legend ended with the new paper currency but there are still plenty of the previously printed ones in circulation. Before reading the rest of the story, try this little quiz. The answers are below.

1. How many bills have at least one car in the engraving?

     a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 5

2. What denomination(s) contain at least one car? – (can select one or more)

     a) $1 b) $5 c) $10 d) $100

3. Name the make(s) of the cars

     a) Ford b) Chevrolet c) Lincoln d) none of these

4. The car(s) are passing what government building?

     a) White House b) Capital c) Treasury d) Watergate

5. What area of the car is shown?

     a) front b) rear c) driver’s side d) passenger side

Tired of guessing? OK, here’s the story. The previous $10 bill is the only paper currency with automobiles in the engraving. There is one in the foreground and three behind it. All are heading in the same direction. The most visible car is passing the U.S. Treasury Building on the right, so the front of the car is most visible. The new “ten smacker” has the Treasury Building but the cars have “passed on by!”

Louis S. Schofield completed the engraving of the Treasury Building vignette in 1927 and the presses began running the following year. Printing of this design ceased in 2000.

What are the brands of the cars? In actuality, they represented no specific model or year. Through the years, auto enthusiasts have pored over the designs and thought they identified Fords, possibly a Hupmobile, or a Chevrolet. Legal requirements do not permit the government to even hint at an endorsement of a manufacturer. With a close look, all four are different and represent composites of the 1920’s design. The engraving is so clear the fine details, such as the radiator louvers, steering wheel, and the two occupants, pop out of the rendering.

In 1969, the U.S. Treasury discontinued the $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills due to infrequent use. Interestingly, these bills were last printed in 1945! The $100 is now the largest value available. The others are still good, but are found only in the hands of collectors. At one time, there was a $100,000 bill used exclusively for transactions between the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury. The most counterfeited bill is the …$100 note. That is why it was the first one to be redesigned.

I promise – next time I’ll stick to cars.


        1 - (a) one
        2 - (c) $10
        3 - (d) none of the above
        4 - (c) Treasury
        5 - (a) front



Just for the editors

... from the editor

By Brooke Davis


Hello to all of my fellow AACA editors. Please allow me to introduce myself as the new editor of The Rummage Box. I am Brooke Davis, and I am a member of the Hornets Nest Region, AACA in Charlotte, NC. I have been the editor of the Members’ Parade, the Hornets Nest Region newsletter, for four years. Each of those years our publication has been awarded the “Award of Excellence” and each year I have been awarded the honor of Master Editor. This is my entire experience in the “publishing business”, so I don’t come as an expert — if I can do the editor’s job, anyone can!

The purpose of The Rummage Box is two-fold: to keep the Region and Chapter presidents and editors informed on events on the national level (as well as legislative officers in certain newsletters), and to provide editors material for their individual newsletters. I hope that the editors will use the material each month to enhance their newsletters. Along this line, I have recruited a fellow Hornets Nest Region member, Bob Blake, to provide “short stories” for The Rummage Box each quarter which will be automotive hobby related and designed to use in your newsletters. Bob has been a monthly contributor to the Members’ Parade for several years where he has done in depth articles on automotive history. These articles generally are too long to include in The Rummage Box due to space limitations, but he will provide shorter articles for each issue which I feel you will want to include in your publications. This issue features his first article on US currency and the automobile.

Some of my objectives in the “Just for the editors...from the editor” column as the new editor will be to tell of my experiences as a Region editor and how those experiences may benefit you, the editor. For starters, I realize that there are many different types of newsletters across the country as to the way they are produced, I.e. from the “cut and paste” method to full computer generated — from typewriter to computer. I receive several dozen newsletters from across the country on the “share a newsletter” basis and see some excellent work, and I can tell you it doesn’t take a lot of money or equipment to do an excellent job worthy of high honors with AACA.

Each quarter I will address some points that will hopefully aid you in your publication. For this issue I hope you will be able to access www.aaca.org (if you are connected to the internet) and more easily download articles and pictures. This will be the first such experiment, and with the help of Peter Gariepy, the aaca.org website administrator, all will go well!

And be sure to enter the Region and Chapter Newsletter Contest this year!