Summer Tour 2017: A Huge WOW of Fun!

On Saturday, August 26th the GRAACA held it’s annual summer tour. This year, tour planners Jerry Black and John Sayler had something very unique in store: a trip to the private estate of Irenee DuPont, Jr.

Mr. DuPont, who is 97 years young, has owned a 1936 Olds for 81 years now. He an his wife were delightful hosts and had a few surprises for their guests. Apart from their personal collection of antique cars, they also fired their pipe organ. GRAACA member Pat Shaffer wrote a few comments after her visit:

“That was not what I expected. Whoa!!!! Super fantastic. I just wanted to stay in the little room and listen… it was a huge WOW of fun, and interesting.”

Many thanks are due to Mr. And Mrs. DuPont for opening up their home to us. 

Pictures are coming soon!

Harvey & Irma Relief

This letter was recently e-mailed to many of our AACA  members, and we’re posting it here for anyone who missed it. The AACA is pitching in to help victims of Harvey and Irma. Read more to learn how you can help, too.

The recent horrific scenes in the Houston area and other parts of the Southwest are a tragedy for those affected. We are sure there are many of our club members that have been impacted, a loss of cars and a general hardship for our brethren. The impending scary predictions of the path that Irma will take and the damage that it will surely cause in Puerto Rico and the East Coast is immensely concerning for us.
 
More experienced disaster survival organizations need to take the lead, but our national board does not want to simply stand by and do nothing. While it is hard for us to know what to do, we must do something. As events unfold over the next days, we want to be proactive as an organization that cares about our members and all of society. We will do our best to work with our regions and chapters in the coming months to see if there are things we can do.
 
While we cannot always come to the rescue or fund every need, the circumstances with having two hurricanes hit our country in such a short span and the devastation they have caused and potentially will cause makes this a special time to do what we can. 
 
So, our first step is to help raise money for families that have been hit by these storms. While we may not be able to raise a huge amount of money, we are sure that every little bit helps. So, your national board is donating $5,000 on behalf of its membership to a GoFundMe site. If you would like to join us in this effort, please make your donations here: https://www.gofundme.com/aaca-harvey-and-irma-fund.
 
By using Charity Navigator, we will donate the money to those charities that will put the vast majority of the money into actual use for those affected by the storms. AACA’s executive committee will ensure that the donations are used for the maximum effect. 

 

Please consider joining us as we try to make a small difference.

The AACA National Board 

Fall Tour 2017: September 30th

Today we’re highlighting the GRAACA’s 2017 Fall Tour which is right around the corner. You can also find this and other events on our Events Calendar

We will be driving through the lovely back roads of York and Lancaster counties on our way to the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster. This site is a living history village dedicated to preserving early Pennsylvania German life — with picturesque historic buildings featuring living history demonstrations of farming and crafts from the 1700’s and 1800’s. 

The tour starts at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing with coffee and doughnuts beginning at 8:30 a.m. We will depart on the tour at 9:15, taking mostly back roads. Driving time will be about 2 hours.

We will be having boxed lunches in the picnic grove (weather permitting) or in one of the historic buildings if needed. Choose from beef, ham, turkey, tuna salad or chicken salad sandwiches. You also get pickles, olives, celery, and carrot sticks, macaroni salad, a cookie, and soft drinks. 

The cost is $24 per adult (including refreshments, lunch, and admission) or $19 for children aged 3-11 or free (without lunch) for children under age 3. 

Cut-out response sheet is in the July-August issue of The Gas Buggy Gazette. Deadline to register is September 14. Contact Doug Cline (717) 697-6406.

DIRECTIONS to tour’s start (E.M.M.R.): Take Route 15 to cross-road at milepost 25.9 (south of Dillsburg, north of York Springs). Turn east — this is Latimore Valley Road. Go 0.2 mile, turn right onto Old Route 15; go 0.2 mile and turn left onto Baltimore Road. In 0.1 mile, bear right. At top of hill, turn left into E.M.M.R. parking lot. 

Reprinted from The Gas Buggy Gazette and edited for the website. 

Summer Tour 2017

Saturday, August 26th

A special opportunity. Meet friendly and modest Irenee DuPont Jr., who has owned a 1936 Olds for 81 years and a 1918 Cadillac for 77 years. See his “daily driver” cars, hear his engineering knowledge, drive around his 500-acre estate, walk through his 17 bedroom house, and hear his pipe organ play. This is a special invitation not available to the general public–but bring guests if you wish.

We’ll be starting our tour at The Markets at Shrewsbury. They open at 8 a.m., so get there anytime, see their crafts, gifts, and food vendors, and have breakfast and refreshments on your own there. 

We will leave there promptly at 9:30 a.m. and take small roads and 2-lane highways all the way, stopping mid-way at the Dutch Way restaurant in Gap, Pa. for a delicious buffet lunch. We’ll have a scenic stop along the way, too, so you can stretch your legs. Our destination is the estate “Granogue” near Montchanin, scenic northernmost Delaware, about a 2-hour drive from the starting point.

Send no money: All costs are on your own. We have a special all-inclusive buffet rate of $14.5 person for lunch including meal, dessert, drinks, tax, and tip. Cut-out response sheet is in the May/June issue of The Gas Buggy Gazette. Deadline to sign-up for the tour is August 14.

Directions to tour’s start: The Markets at Shrewsbury are on the Susquehanna Trail north of Shrewsbury, south of Exit 8 of I-83. (GPS address, 12025 Susquehanna Trail South, Glen Rock, Pa. 17327.) We will be parking in front of Penn Dutch Furniture (blue roof).

If traveling from the north or south, I-83 is a main route. Take exit 8; turn onto Rt. 216 West. Go 0.7 miles to stop sign; turn left onto Susquehanna Trail South. Go 1.5 miles and turn left into the Markets.

Contact Jerry Black 717-334-3638 or John Sayler 717-796-1895.

Gas Buggy Gazette Goes Digital

Well, it’s official!

The Gas Buggy Gazette, the newsletter of the Gettysburg Region, is now being offered electronically. All our members have the option of receiving their copy either through the post or by e-mail.

Going digital has certain perks. For one, you get your newsletter a lot faster, and it can save you some money if you’re already paying for First Class postage. 

If you think you’d like your newsletter e-mailed, please contact Doug Cline dcline@juno.com. 

Dillsburg Farmers Fair

Thanks to Mike Willis for letting us all know about this awesome upcoming event!

Dillsburg Farmers’ Fair Antique Car Show – October 21, 2017   8am – 2pm

The 102nd Annual Dillsburg Farmers Fair Antique Car show will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on South Baltimore Street in Dillsburg.  At approximately 1:30 pm we will have a drawing for door prizes in front of the Ace Hardware Store after which we will parade the cars down Baltimore Street.  Only pre-registered vehicles will be eligible for door prizes.  Please note due to the large number of people and great vehicles coming to the fair, and the limited space available for parking and displaying the cars, the show will be limited to Antique Cars Only (at least 25 years old).  For additional information, please contact Mike Willis (contact info below). 

Mike Willis      60 Rocky Ridge Road     Dillsburg, Pa 17019

Phone: 717-432-3752

Email: mlwillis1955@gmail.com 

AACA Library: New Additions

If you stop by the AACA Library, you may notice a few changes as you walk through the door. 

Thanks to the generosity of Don and Micky Bohne, the front lobby has become quite full this week. As you can see from the photos, the library now has a beautiful Metz and Brush to grace its collection. They also received a Buick and a Dodge business coupe, but due to lack of space they’ve been sent to storage for the time being.

Drop in and have a look!

AACA National Dues

This is just a note to inform all current and any prospective new AACA members for 2018:

Beginning October 2017, annual dues for AACA national membership will increase from $35 to $40. Our Board of Directors have worked hard to keep dues at $35 since 2008. However, dues can only stay the same for so long (10 years is pretty impressive), and our club has some ambitious plans for the future.

For new members joining before October of this year, dues are still $35, so if you’re on the fence this is a fantastic time to take the plunge!

Otherwise, feel free to download the new 2018 AACA Membership Application here.

Summer Picnic 2017

Once again we were lucky enough to have beautiful sunny skies and a cool breeze!

On July 9th, the GRAACA held its annual picnic at Codorus State Park. Despite us having rented the luxurious (and air conditioned) Classroom Building, most everyone opted to step outside and enjoy the view and gorgeous weather at some point.

Thanks are due to Bob Shultz and Dan Yost who were in charge of grilling and did an excellent job of getting those burgers and hot dogs onto our plates in a jiffy. Also, thank you to everyone who brought a delicious dish or dessert. There didn’t seem to be many leftovers!

Finally, we are very grateful to our president Ron Green for organizing the event.