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The Basic One Day Tour

By David A. Berg
Vice President-Regions

Personally for me there is no facet of the hobby that I enjoy more than the one day tour. I try to attend every one that I can. Every Region and Chapter should try to have at least one of these fun filled events each year. The nice thing is they are relatively easy to plan. The best thing is they bring the Region members together and provide us with a great opportunity to make new friends. Let’s walk through how easy it is to plan one of these.

First we need a central meeting place. Anywhere will do, a Mall parking lot, members home, etc. If you use a commercial property ask permission in advance. Once everyone has gathered, see that each driver or navigator has a set of clear directions outlining the routes and activities of the day ahead. A tour is not a parade; it is not necessary that the cars remain in a line. Pairing up though can often be helpful. So off we go, let’s drive for about 20 miles and enjoy the morning air. Our first stop is a coffee stop. Any fast food place or restaurant with a suitable parking lot is fine. It is doubtful that you will need advance reservations for this stop. Spend half an hour or so and then back on the road. The next stop can be anything you like: someone’s garage or collection, an auto museum or restoration shop, a historical building, antique mall, or landmark. The choices are endless. Provide sufficient time at this stop for everyone to be able to take advantage of its offerings: looking, browsing, shopping, whatever. Then on the road again as it is now lunchtime.

One thing I have learned for sure is that Regions love to eat! Most likely advance reservations will be necessary to accommodate your group. A facility that has a separate banquet room or section is also very nice. Also plan ahead of time if it is going to be separate checks or is the club paying the bill. The same is true of other activities should they have a cost. With tummies full now, back to the car, get in, move the seat back a bit, and off to another stop. Just pick one from the prior list or add one of your own thoughts. After that final afternoon stop everyone is on their own to head home having completed a wonderful day of touring and camaraderie with other Region members.

Reproduce this article or print it in your Region/Chapter Newsletter if you like. Then ask for volunteers to plan your one day tour. There are many people that don’t know just how easy it can be. You just might find your activity calendar filling up! And a doorway to a wonderful opportunity to have a great time and make new friends opening up. On a selfish note . . . if your tour isn’t too far from Western Pa. Invite me. I love an opportunity to go on a one day tour.

Wishing you a wonderful year on the road.

Dave Berg
VP Regions

Development & Support

What it Means for the AACA?

by Peter M. Brown
Vice President Development & Support East/Southeast Divisions

Having been recently elected to the AACA’s National Board, I felt it was important to introduce myself and explain some of my assigned responsibilities. I will first relate a little bit about me and my beginnings with the AACA. It was in the Hills and Dales section of Canton, Ohio, as a junior in college when I first became exposed to the AACA. For some reason, I found myself following an old Cadillac onto a show-field. I guess I was just curious and became immediately interested in antique and vintage automobiles. All the cars were going into a park and having a show. I loved it, and I immediately became a member. That was in the year 1965. The following year I attended Hershey, and as they say, the rest is history.

When first becoming a member of the National Board most of us are given direct assignments which can include a host of responsibilities. The country was divided into two divisions between David Wunsch and myself. I was given Development and Support of the East/Southeast division. Dave was given the Central/West division. The program was an extension of our former National President Doug Drake’s concept where he had assigned several AACA members to perform these tasks. It has now been brought to a higher level of direct responsibility and hopefully can help all of our regions and chapters become a little more familiar with representatives at the National level.

As indicated in the Policy and Procedures Manual our primary goals are to, “Develop a new and on-going program of interaction with and between Regions, Chapters and individual members to promote good will and understanding (“esprit-de-corps”) between members, Regions, Chapters and the National organization.” Along with this we have been assigned several members to assist in our attempts to develop this mission. Our task is informational and should help to address the main question of what the AACA can do for our local Regions and Chapters encouraging their expansion and development. We are ultimately trying to develop a relationship between the membership and its senior representatives.

Both Dave Wunsch and I have been assigned five members to cover most territories. I know that sounds like a lot of territory to cover, but if there are some additional areas where more direct coverage is needed, I am sure we can find someone to fill that gap. Right now I have asked each of my team members to see if they can reach at least 12 regions and or chapters in their immediate areas. Each team member including myself will present a talk, which should last approximately 45 minutes. The presentation will be divided into three parts including a 15-minute verbal presentation, 15-minute video and 15 minutes for questions and answers. Obviously this can be modified or expanded where needed to suit the situation.

  1. The video that is being included, providing the region or chapter has the equipment to view it, is a shortened version of Doug Drake’s “Driving for Perfection…” video which was produced several years ago and recently updated. It gives an excellent overview of the AACA and the many functions that it provides for our membership.

Some of the various topics that we could talk about include membership, putting on a national meet and tour and the process for attending and registering a car for a national meet. In addition I felt there should be at least three main topics for discussion, which include our insurance coverage, the Library and Research center and the AACA Museum Incorporated. These will be informational but all on an informal level.

The AACA uses J.C. Taylor as our provider of insurance for local and national meets. J.C. Taylor started working with the AACA in 1955 and has developed a relationship that has become extremely effective over the years. As our agents, they work mainly through the Zurich Insurance Company in procuring an effective rate structure. The AACA’s Library and Research Center was incorporated in 1981 and provides historical research regarding automotive vehicles from the turn of the century. It is probably one of the largest direct sources of information of this type in the United States. They will be happy to supply any type of automobile research and provide copies at a minimal cost to help members while doing their restorations. Our AACA Museum which is located on Route 39 near Hershey just over a mile from our National Fall Meet, will provide 81,000 square feet of floor space that will house a gift ship, reception areas, auditorium and a series of permanent and rotating automotive exhibits. When the museum is finally completed tours, field trips, and individual region and chapter events can be hosted there. Hopefully every AACA member will have an opportunity to take advantage of this great undertaking.

Another important facet of the AACA is its Headquarters. This is the central point for the business operations of the AACA. They keep track of all the awards presented at all National and Grand National meets, National meet registrations and printings, publication of the bi-monthly AACA magazine, housing of all National Award Trophies, membership and web site maintenance, selling of all AACA official merchandise and distribution and engraving of all trophies and awards.

As you can see from the above comments, the AACA does offer a wide variety of benefits with only a minimum price to pay for membership. It will be nice to provide a personal presentation commenting on all the above topics and more. Dave Wunsch’s team will be contacting those regions and chapters that fall within the Central/West division. Below is a list of the presenters in the East/Southeast division. Hopefully they will be contacting you to set up a time for their informative presentation. Please feel free to call and try to make an appointment to see one of them. I am also available for a presentation if my area of responsibility falls within your territory. We will attempt to get to as many as we can, and hopefully this will continue for an ongoing period of time. Below is the list of our team including myself:

  Peter M. Brown, Vice President, Development & Support
    East/Southeast - New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania
    2 Ironwood Lane
    Rye, NY 10580
    914-921-8447W
    914-967-1037H
    garyb@bestweb.net
     
  Sharon M. Lee, National Director, Assistant Vice President
    South & North Carolina
    340 Old Plantation Trail
    Travelers Rest, SC 29690
    864-834-8683
    sllee@mindspring.com
     
  James E. (Jim) Gillenwaters, Jr., Chairman South Central
    Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois
    7112 Regency Road
    Knoxville, TN 37931-2533
    865-938-1472
    jewgjr@esper.com
     
  Richard (Dick) McIninch, Chairman, Mid-Atlantic
    Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware
    215 Stoney Creek
    Nellysford, VA 22958
    434-361-2568
    OLCARFN@aol.com
     
  Eugene (Gene) Roy, Chairman, Far South
    Florida, Georgia, Alabama
    81 S. Edgemon Avenue
    Winter Springs, FL 32708-2912
    407-327-0740
     
  John R. Cote, Chairman, Northeast
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,Rhode Island, Vermont
    2900 Little Meadow Road
    Guilford, CT 06437
    203-457-1200
    Cotejohnr@aol.com
     

Hopefully you can find some time to fit us into your busy schedules. I am sure we will not only get a chance to meet many of you members but hopefully share in some great stories while discovering some vintage vehicles for sale.

Happy motoring, Peter

Why Join AACA

by Harold Henry
Secretary/Treasurer

Perhaps I have heard this statement once too often so I would like to respond. Ever so often I hear from a Region that some members are not interested in joining AACA but they want to join a Region. I have heard it stated that the only advantage to joining AACA is that they have a great Insurance Program. This is true but I wonder how many people realize that there are many other great reasons for joining AACA. Here are just a few good reasons for being part of this great organization know as Antique Automobile Club of America.

  1. We now have the greatest Automobile Museum in our area. No you do not have to be a member of AACA to see it, but you and your Region can be proud to be part of an organization that has an educational facility for the public.

  2. We have a Library and Research Center that can be of help to members and non- members. Our Library has more material for research on automobiles than any Library I know.

  3. We have National Meets each year spread out through North America. We have a spring and fall meet in each of our four Divisions and include a winter meet in the Sunny South. Local and Regional Meets are great but if you have never attended a National Meet you are in for a treat. You will see vehicles that do not attend local meets.

  4. We have the greatest judging program of any organization. And for those who do not like to have their vehicles judged, there is a driver participation class. This class is for owners whose vehicles are at least 25 year old and older but like to drive and tour but not have their vehicle judged. We have a team who certifies these vehicles for their authenticity.

  5. Another great class for National Meets is the Historical Preservation of Original Features (HPOF). These vehicles are 35 years and older. If you are doing research as to how a vehicle came from the factory and is maintained as it originally was, this is the class to see.

  6. Touring. Some people say I just like to tour rather than show my vehicle. Great, we have Divisional Tours, usually three or four days in length and National Tours that are usually five days in length. The Reliability Tour is for vehicles from the earliest made through 1915. The Vintage for vehicle through 1927. The Glidden Tour for vehicles through 1935 and the Founders Tour for vehicles 1936 through the last allowable year for Antique cars (25 years old).

Regardless of your preference AACA has it. If your interest is one of the above or all of the above AACA has it for you. Remind your friends of all the great possibilities they are missing by not being part of AACA.

AACA Advertising

By Joe Gagliano
Vice President, Public Relations

As Vice President of Public Relations I’ve been asked about AACA advertising, some ask – “Do we advertise”? Some ask – “Why do we advertise”? Others comment whether they like our ads or not. In the past, advertising was the responsibility of the Membership Committee, the objective of our advertising efforts related to attracting new members. In 2002, the AACA Board decided that the idea of advertising was more complex and more emphasis should be placed on it. So it was moved to club Public Relations.

Advertising is generally used to sell a product or service. In some cases it is used to communicate important information. It should communicate your advantage over your competition, or the message you want to send. You may not think of it as such, but AACA has a product, many services and an important message to communicate to old car hobbyists. There are a lot of clubs and events that compete with AACA; they compete for members, your personal time and hobby spending. Once you join, and participate it’s relatively easy to demonstrate the value of your product, but you have to get people’s attention, hit their “Hot button” and get them to consider our product. Usually it’s not hard to make the sale once they experience AACA. This same concept should also be used with existing members that don’t participate or just at a chapter or region level. Many members don’t understand or take advantage of national AACA events, services or benefits. Communicating, or advertising, to these existing members, is usually important. In the past we’ve used fairly general advertising just to get our name out to prospective members. In 200 we tried something a little different, we had a special message to tell, and one that opened up the club to a new segment of the car hobby, high performance and muscle cars. We had just added Class 36. to our Judging System, and there were a lot of us that grew up in that period of time, who had or admired these cars. Our ads through 2000 and 2001 emphasized a focus on these cars and that we are a progressive club moving with current hobby interests. The success of Class 36 and the addition of newer members that have joined indicated the success of those ads.

Things change, markets change, and we need to be informing and expanding our customer (member) base. It’s no secret as a club we have an aging population, we need to attract younger members, how do we do that? In 2002 we started preparation of a new ad campaign. There were a few objectives and challenges we felt we had to address, particularly those affecting new, younger members. We identified and developed four themes we thought we should concentrate on: Major themes

  • Younger audience

  • Antique automobiles an affordable hobby

  • Family oriented

  • National and local activities and events.

We designed a series of six new advertisements stressing youth, and a younger family orientation.

  • We welcome new and younger members

  • We understand your love of old cars, there are ways of enjoying them, even if you can’t afford your dream vehicle.

  • This is a family hobby and club

  • There are a lot of activities and events on a local and national basis

  • This is a fun hobby and club

  • This is an affordable hobby

It doesn’t matter what kind of antique car you have, in fact you don’t even have to have a car.

As part of the campaign we redesigned our ads, selected new locations, and tried to create some “Catch phrases” and visual objects. We even create our first color ads! Due to our limited advertising budget we took advantage of quantity placements but were selective in which editions we placed ads based on articles and editorial content and audience intended. So far, we have received a great response.

We can use your help to attract new, younger members, particularly those that are not too active in the hobby today. We’d like to identify publications and other medium that we should place ads, articles or other information about AACA other than the obvious; Hemmings Motor News, Old Cars Weekly, Old Cars Price Guide, etc. Also any ideas that we can use to get the message out concerning the benefits of joining AACA would be appreciated. Remember though, unlike Ford, Chrysler or General Motors; we have an extremely limited budget. I’d like to hear from you.

Remember, it’s not the journey that’s important;
it’s the people you meet along the way.

Wherever You Live, Whatever You Need To Learn About Your Automobile - the AACA Library and Research Center Is Available For You

By Fran Shore

AACA members can obtain information from wherever we live without having to go to Hershey in person. With the title statement in mind here are some ways that we as members can benefit and support the AACA Library. Our AACA Library has the finest of materials and staff to help all of us. A research request to Kim Miller, our librarian via mail, E-mail or telephone, will provide you car related research and access to this wonderful resource of library material. We are very proud of our Library staff who know their material and are excellent at obtaining research information that you need.

The economic times we are all experiencing has put a pinch on the money and materials needed for OUR Library to function and respond to our research requests. RESEARCH RATES will be increasing effective May 1st. This action is necessary due to the tough economic times. Because we are a non-profit corporation, our archival information and research services must be self-supporting. A $10.00 processing/handling fee – due with the request - will be charged in addition to the research fee ($30.00 per hour – chargeable in units of 10 minutes @ $5.00 per unit) plus photocopy charges. These rates will go into effect on May 1st. Revised research request forms will be available from the library and on the website. These rates are comparable to other automotive research libraries. This action was only taken after much research and discussion.

The following are a few ways that you can help to support the Library and Research Center. Share this information in your newsletters, at your club meetings and at your events with sales of the raffle tickets. Encourage your members in your Region to participate in these fundraising activities.

NEW THIS YEAR and now available are raffle tickets for a CRUISE or a TRIP valued at $5000 and arranged through AAA by the winner. The winner will arrange his own choice of trip and dates and will work through the AAA so this is an opportunity for all members no matter where they live. This money will be shared to benefit the Library and the Museum. These tickets are available now for sale. They are available at events this year or contact Kim Miller at the Library for tickets. Call or E-mail Kim for tickets for your Region to sell at their events this spring and summer. We will publicize the Region that sells the most cruise tickets on the Library website along with the name of the winner. The prize will be awarded at the 2004 February Annual meeting. We will also be selling the Mustang raffle tickets to be awarded at Hershey.

This year you can have a car and a cruise to enjoy.

Endowments: Income from interest in the ENDOWMENT FUND helps to defray the operating expenses of the Library and Research Center. By contributing to this fund you can ensure that our Library will continue to provide the extensive research material and services we all need at times. There are now two ways to support the FUND. With a contribution of $100 or more you will receive a beautiful enameled sign valued at $25 as a gift. With a $1000 or more contribution, you will receive a choice of either a Heritage Captain’s chair or a rocker or two study lamps.

This opportunity of either endowment contribution is for individuals or for your Region. Many Regions have done this as a group gift as well as by an individual gift. You will be recognized by letter, AACA magazine and on our Library website.

Fundraising is an important part of our membership support for the needs and expenses of our AACA Library and Research Center. Merchandise can be bought by a contact to Kim Miller at the AACA Library. These merchandise items are often available at meets and tours from Library Board members. These are AACA Library logo items. We have the enameled sign for $25, note cards for $3 and garment bags for trips for $17. You might wish to consider buying some of these items for your Region to use as door prizes or special gifts at region activities.

Website: We are beginning our second year with an expanded website. The Library contact is there as always along with articles, book reviews, donations, events, research materials available and materials still needed and much more. Click onto it from the AACA homepage www.aaca.org then click Library. You may wish to list this in your newsletters.

The Library and Research center is available from anywhere and there for you, the members. Help us keep it strong.