AACA Annual Meeting 2017

Once again, the AACA held its Annual Meeting in Philadelphia at the Sheraton Hotel from February 9th – 11th. However, Gettysburg Region members got to experience one slight change, as we had our own booth at the trade show!

That’s right. The 2017 Founders Tour is creeping closer, and closer. So, to get the word out about what we all know is going to be a fabulous week, our Tour Chair and Co-chair, Howard King and Annette Yost showed up early on Thursday to set up. With our banner hanging high, visitors to the booth got to view a slideshow highlighting some of the tour’s events, ask questions, take a brochure on the tour or a flyer about the Latimore Valley show, or maybe just grab a piece of candy (always a good “hook”). 

Also, thanks to Destination Gettysburg, we held a drawing for a signed print of the historic Gettysburg train station. It was a huge hit, and we would like to congratulate Linda MacFarland who got to take this beautiful work of art home.

By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, so many people had stopped by the booth that every single brochure was gone! Lots of folks seemed extremely enthusiastic about all that we have planned, and some have already booked their hotel room. If you happen to be one of these eager beavers, please make sure you send in your request for registration information to the AACA National Headquarters as soon as possible. Some registration packets have already been sent out. We have 150 spaces to fill.

Cruise-in at Al’s Pizza

Al’s Pizza, 6 Tristan Dr., Dillsburg, PA, has extended an invitation our members to participate in a monthly cruise-in/car show to be held at the restaurant the first Saturday of each month from April through December.

In April, Nov. & Dec. the hours will be 1:00 – 4:00PM. From May through October, the hours will be 4:00 – 7:00PM

Enjoy good food, meet new people, and get those beautiful cars out of the garage and on the road!

Ron’s Antique Radio Museum

One of the stops on the 2016 GRAACA Fall Tour (October 13-14) was Ron’s Antique Radio Service Station. Whether you were able to attend or not, we highly recommend that you stop by and see all that Ron has to offer! 

Located in Bedford County, PA, he has an extensive collection of antique radios dating from the 1920’s to the 1960’s on display as well as a 1950’s service station. There’s no charge! He even repairs old radios.

To learn more, visit http://ronsantiqueradioservicestation.com/.

 

Sundaes on Saturday 2017

What better way to kick off the new year than with ice cream?!

On Saturday, January 21st, the GRAACA met at the Mt. Holly Springs Church of God. Pat Shaffer once again acted as our gracious hostess.

As usual, everyone got to enjoy much more than sundaes. There was a raffle, a wacky glove contest, and a trivia game where people had to guess how certain minerals are primarily used in cars (tricky!). In addition, thanks to our previous Historian Ken Myers, all were treated to a slideshow highlighting the club’s events during 2016.

Many thanks are due to everyone who came out and helped make this day a success whether it was with set-up, clean-up, planning, or through donations of raffle items, snacks, table-toppers, etc. We would also like to extend a special “thank you” to the Mt. Holly Springs Church of God for allowing us to use their amazing facilities.

To see more photos, visit our Facebook page.

December 5 — Founders Tour Meeting

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.  I know everyone is busy this time of year but it is also when we have to kick the planning into high gear.  We have already had numerous phone calls about the tour from all over the U.S. and Canada.

 

We will have a meeting on Dec. 5th  at 6pm at EMMR.  Please respond to Annette Yost (410) 635-2530 so that she knows you received it and so she have an idea who is coming.  Bring your thinking caps.  A lot of work has been going on getting the book formatted.  We will discuss costs, advertising, parking and logistics, hospitality,… the whole nine yards… we need you there!

Fall Tour: Oct. 13-14, 2016

Rolls Royce Museum
Rolls Royce Museum

The GRAACA Fall Tour 2016, hosted by Jim Yemzow and Pat Shaffer, took us from Mechanicsburg to Bedford, PA and was a great opportunity for even natives of the area to explore some uncover some wondrous gems!

The tour began bright and early at 8 a.m. on the 13th at the Rolls Royce Museum. Mike was a wonderful tour guide and informed us that the museum now houses all the records for tracking previous owners by the serial numbers of each car. For more information, you can visit their website: www.rollsroycefoundation.org. We also recommend checking out www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk.

The next stop for the day was the Train Museum in Everett, PA. We traveled on the Lincoln hwy Route 30 to get there. The town of Everett was previously known as Bloody Run. In 1852, the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad was chartered and built to bring coal, timber and other commodities as well as passengers to Bloody Run. The caboose was refurbished about two years ago.  You can read more about the history of the railway here: www.bloodyrunhistory.org.

Our third stop was at the Fort Bedford Museum (www.fortbedfordmuseum.org). In the photo you will notice a flag. It’s the one and only Fort Bedford flag from the French and Indian War, 1758. The museum also houses a Conestoga wagon, civil war cannon, 19th century women’s clothing, documents signed by the Penn family, a cooper disc shot out of the air by Annie Oakely, and a Bedford Springs ledger signed by President Buchannon.

Omni Hotel Bedford Springs ResortThe fourth stop, in the evening, was the Omni Hotel Bedford Springs Resort, a fabulous resort that seems to go on forever with 4 stories and multiple corridors.  It is completely refurbished and refinished to the 1920’s style, from the woodwork to the furniture. Even the indoor pool has been restored to it’s original decor. Visitors can also enjoy photos located everywhere of previous guests that stayed there. In addition, some of us took note of the window pane glass in the lounge areas: ladies etched their initials and names by using their diamond rings! Our stay finished with a ghost tour. A few people said they could smell cigar in the men’s only smoking room (spooky!).

Day 2 was just as packed full of exciting stops and kicked off with a stop at Ron’s Antique Radio Museum. There were radios of all kinds, everywhere!

Next, we stopped at the American Legion for a quick stay which included a covered bridge. Other stops for the day included a visit to Bison Corral Store, Juniata Trading, the Coverlet Museum, and of course, the Flight 93 Museum.

The tour covered approximately 250 miles, and was well worth the trip! Many thanks are due to Jim and Pat, the Bedford Quality Inn where we stayed, and to everyone else at the various stops who helped make this possible.

 

This article was written with the help of Dan and Annette Yost. More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Sundaes on Saturday 2017

It might seem a bit early to be thinking of January events, but mark your calendar now! Information on next year’s (just 2 months away) Sundaes on Saturday event has been added.

When? January 21st at 1:00 p.m.

Where? Mt. Holly Springs Church of God

Why should you come? Ice cream, raffle, and a new glove contest!

The registration form can be found in the next issue of the Gas Buggy Gazette. For a full description, visit our Events Calendar.

MD Historic Vehicle Registration

The following was taken from a letter received by one of our club members from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration:

“Effective October 1, 2016 [emphasis added], Maryland law regarding Historic Motor Vehicles will change.  The changes impact how a Historic Motor Vehicle may be operated.  A Maryland registered historic vehicle may no longer be used for transportation to and from employment, school, or for commercial purposes.  In addition, historic vehicles with a model year of 1986 or newer may be subject to safety equipment repair orders issued at roadside by law enforcement.”

You can find more information on the MVA website.

Summer Tour 2016

Lots of our members came out for the day!
Lots of our members came out for the day!

On Saturday, August 20th, the Gettysburg region had its annual Summer tour. I think our participation keeps on growing as we had 51 people (27 cars) attend! And what a gorgeous day it was, too.

The day kicked off at the American Legion Post #262 in Biglerville where everyone met up to get their sugar fix and directions. Thanks are owed to Krista, the manager and hostess of the American Legion, and to Stew Gardner who knows where to get the best donuts.

Tour guides in period dress.
Tour guides in period dress.

From Post #262, everyone traveled through orchards and the cooling shade of the Michaux forest to arrive at Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro. The park allows visitors to step back in time to the late 17- and early 1800s. The Royer family Pennsylvania German farmstead is interpreted with historical accuracy by costumed guides. The museum also includes the Nicodemus collection of decorative arts and Bell pottery collection. The park itself sits on 107 acres, 50 of which are designated as a wildlife preserve.

The day concluded at the Keystone Family Restaurant with a fantastic lunch buffet offering good food and yummy homemade desserts.

Extra thanks are due to Dade Royer, executive director of Renfrew Park, and to Annette Yost for planning the lovely excursion.