Jim Raines
2002 AACA President
Earl Beauchamp
VP - Regions
Brooke Davis
Editor, Rummage Box
Judy Edwards
Web Editor, Rummage Box

Rummage Box

Winter 2003


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The good things I learned, serving as your president during 2002

By Jim Raines
President, AACA

I have had the pleasure this year of attending all the National Meets and Tours. It takes a lot of hard work and club participation to sponsor an AACA National Meet or Tour, but the satisfaction of a job well done is worth the effort. Thanks to all of you who put forth this effort.

The Veteran Motor Car Club of America sponsored the Glidden Tour® this year and they did their usual outstanding job. I would like to thank them for sharing the Glidden Tour® with AACA. Another exciting event this year was the Reliability Tour, held in Gettysburg, PA. What made this Tour unique was that it was co-sponsored by the Gettysburg Region AACA and the Horseless Carriage Club of America. All of the Divisional and National Tours were outstanding, but the reason I mention this one is because of the cooperation between clubs. I believe this is the wave of the future. What a great way to get our name out to collectors and meet new people in the hobby. This is easily done on the Region and Chapter level. The next time you have an event, why not invite the local Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, Cadillac Club, etc., to participate in your Meets and Tours? The friendships you will form will be good for your Region or Chapter, and good for the hobby.

In closing, when planning your activities for next year, don’t forget to support our youth programs, our Library and Research Center and the AACA Museum, Inc.


the future can be now

by Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr.
Vice President - Regions

This issue of the Rummage Box marks the eighth and final issue that has been prepared and mailed to each Region and Chapter President and Editor during my current two year term as Vice President of Regions. We have managed to include a number of improvements in format, display, content and regularity during this time. As it turns out, we’ve even received more articles during this past three-month period than we have room for. The result is there will be something on hand to give the next person a head start.

We hope the Presidents are gaining helpful information from the Rummage Box and the Editors are passing whatever information they have room for in their newsletters, on to their members. Most of the information contained in the Rummage Box is intended to find its way to the general membership through the Region and Chapter newsletters, as there simply isn’t room enough in Antique Automobile magazine.

This past year Rummage Box Editor Brooke Davis and I have attempted to provide interesting content that can give individual newsletter editors around the country items they can easily include. Bob Blake’s monthly column is expressly provided for that purpose. The Rummage Box is also the avenue whereby various National Directors and Committee persons can relay information to the members of the Regions and Chapters. We are often surprised at national roundtables to learn that individual members have never heard of the Rummage Box. It isn’t intended merely for the individual reading pleasure of Presidents or Editors but, wherever possible, for the full membership of their Region or Chapter.

From a more personal standpoint, I have tried to make my article input to the Rummage Box during 2002 be an ongoing theme, providing encouragement to young adult members and their families to become more involved in the operation of our Regions and Chapters. My wife, Judy, and I have been actively involved members of AACA at the Region level since our early 20s. In those days attending the monthly meeting of the Chesapeake Region in Baltimore was our one night out a month paying a babysitter. That was during the mid-1960s. Over these years we’ve made many wonderful, lifelong friends. I’ve wanted to get the word out to our younger families, who are the future treasure of AACA, that this hobby can serve them well for their current and later lives as it has Judy and I. Recently I was reminded of how time marches on. In 1964 the President of Chesapeake Region, Ernie Gill, called and asked me to become Editor of the Chesapeake Bulletin for that year, thus starting me on one of the most satisfying journeys of my life. I was sad to see last month in the Chesapeake Bulletin that he had recently passed away. Many long-time Glidden Tour® participants will remember Ernie and Althea Gill.

I hope my efforts with the Rummage Box during this past year, to encourage young adults, will result in several younger members gaining a similar lifetime of enjoyment from AACA and the old car hobby. Stepping up to the challenge of a leadership role in your Region or Chapter can do that for you.

In the last Rummage Box I reported on the establishment of the new National AACA Sentimental Tour for 1928-1958 vehicles. I’m pleased to report it is a young adult member, Patricia Paquette, with support from her husband, Leonard, who has stepped forward to chair the Tour for the hosting Bull Run Region in Northern Virginia, October 24-29, 2004.

what does the national awards team do?

by David L. Zimmerman
Vice President, National Awards

As I travel around to National Meets, I am frequently asked what does the National Awards Team do? How do you get to be on the Team?

The National Awards Team is comprised of 21 judges who have proficiency in one or more area of AACA judging. The Vice President of National Awards organizes the team.

The AACA National President appoints the Vice President of National Awards. The criteria used for selection to the team is as follows:

  1. Ability to attend a majority of the shows during the year.

  2. Judging experience and the ability to search out high scoring cars.

  3. Knowledge of all AACA judging classes.

  4. The ability to pick the correct cars in a short time.

  5. Every person on the team is a specialist in one or more areas.

The members of this committee work in teams of two whenever possible at the meets. Every car on the show field is looked at by one of these teams. The only exception would be the HPOF and DPC classes. Nominations are made for the appropriate awards at each show.

In December the team gathers in Hershey to view slides of the nominated vehicles. The slides are submitted by the owners, on request from the Vice President of National Awards. Ties are possible for a particular award. All winners are notified of their selection for an award that will be presented at the Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia in February.

At the beginning of each calendar year the members commit to attend various National Meets. This helps to ensure that each National Meet is covered. All Chief Judges receive a list of these judges prior to their Meet so they may make proper assignments.

The members of this committee have amassed a large number of judging credits, and miles traveled to meets in the pursuit of this hobby. It has been my privilege to work with such a dedicated and devoted Team this year. This is a very difficult job, to insure that the cars winning awards are worthy of an AACA National Awards badge. Also, there is a level of commitment to fairness I have never seen before.

Another reason to attend the Philadelphia annual meeting

By Mary Jane Marine
AACA Regions Committee

The Regions/Chapters Seminar, one of the many informative sessions scheduled during the 68th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on February 7 and 8, will feature three separate topics. These include such ideas as a new club house, an antique auto activity day and registration as well as judging at the local level.

The Scranton Region has recently acquired a clubhouse, joining a number of Regions and Chapters owning their own meeting hall. This trend has been increasing over the years. Many other groups would like to own their own facility but have not enjoyed the means or the opportunity to purchase one. Joe Verrastro of the Scranton Region will be available at this Seminar to provide details concerning the new Region clubhouse.

Many Regions and Chapters have difficulty finding a person or persons within their group who will volunteer to be the Registrar for the vehicles at their local car show, or who will be Chief Judge. Imagine what it must be like to handle these matters for the Hershey Fall Meet. Marie Lesher, Chief Judge for Hershey 2002 will be pleased to explain the process and how to make it easier for those on the local level to conduct a judging event.

The year 2003 will mark the 34th year that the Sugarloaf Mountain Region has been hosting an Activities Day Meet. It has grown to be a very popular event and draws folks from throughout Maryland, as well as Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia and other states. Car games of all kinds, good food, a flea market and a car show -- all in one day, and fun for all. Ernie Screen will provide recent pictures of the event and ideas on how to organize a similar activity for your Region or Chapter.

In addition to the three speakers, a short update with highlights of the success of the youth programs will be presented. Detailed activities of various Regions and Chapters very involved with youth programs will be featured at the seminar in 2004.

The Regions/Chapters Seminar is composed of speakers from groups of AACA clubs throughout out the country. Ideas for old car fun is the basis for the seminar, and members having interesting topics to share are always welcome to participate.

For further information about this Seminar, contact

Earl Beauchamp, Vice President, Regions
Mary Jane Marine, Regions/Chapters Activities Seminar
PO Box 144
 Sharptown, MD 21861.  

aaca library and research center
-what is it?

By Harold Henry
Vice President, Library & Research Center

Of course all of us know that a library will contain books. The question is, what is so unique about the AACA Library? Do you know that we house the library material for several other automobile clubs? We house the libraries for the Bus Transportation Museum, the Pontiac-Oakland Club International and SPAAMFAA – the club for Fire Apparatus. The AACA Library is also home to one of the largest collections of Marmon literature in the country.

Should you want information, or are restoring any of these specialized vehicles, the AACA Library and Research Center is your best resource center. Members of these clubs know it and so should all our other members and friends.

Other Documentation Available to You Includes:
 Over 3500 books;
 7000 legal-sized document cases filled with sales literature, advertisements, photos, owner’s manuals, etc.
Approximately 30,000 pieces of sales literature;
Approximately 3500 owner’s manuals as well as shop and parts manuals;
220 periodicals that are currently being received;
Color charts, sheet music, postcards, calendars, cartoons, annual reports, and blueprints.

In my last article I told you how to obtain information from the Library and Research Center. Now you will have a better idea of material you can research.