AACA Spring Nationals 2023 update

2023 AACA Eastern Spring Nationals : 5/18 – 20, 2023

Hosted by Gettysburg Region AACA

Gateway Center – Gettysburg, PA

      We are around 5 months away from celebrating our Regions 70th Anniversary Meet.  The Region’s tradition has been to mark each 10 year anniversary by hosting a National Meet.  2023’s date will be May 18 – 20 at the Gateway Center in Gettysburg.  All chairperson positions have been filled, plaque design and brochures have been completed, and we are working on the shirt design.  Our theme will be celebrating our living AACA National past Presidents and/or their spouses.  We will showcase the Swigart Museum’s 1947 Tucker Prototype, the “Tin Goose” in the hotel lobby.

A list of chairpersons and their contact information is listed below.  Our most vital and treasured assets are you, our Gettysburg Region members. Please call a chairperson today and volunteer to help. An hour or a day is important and needed.  We look forward to welcoming our fellow AACA members to our 70th Anniversary Spring Nationals.  With your help it will be a successful event.

Happy Motoring,

Don Barlup & Karl Krouch


Chairperson – Don Barlup: (717) 877-4766, [email protected]

Co-Chairperson – Karl Krouch: (717) 576-7241, [email protected]

Chief Judge – Dr. J. Stanley Stratton: (717) 460-8371, [email protected]

Registration Chairperson – Sue Gingrich: (717) 582-8681, [email protected]

Field Marshall – Bob Channell: (717) 465-7356, [email protected]

Banquet Chairperson – Bill Sangrey: (717) 609-5983, [email protected]

Club Merchandise Chairs – Stew & Sarah Gardner: (443) 794-8893, [email protected]

Flea Market/Car Corral – Howard King: (717) 660-8206, [email protected]

Trophy Chairperson – Tom Zinn: (717) 688-4051, [email protected]

Publicity Chairperson – Karl & Mary Krouch: (717) 576-7241, [email protected]

Finance & Budget – Allan Maybee: (717) 731-9726, [email protected]

Trailer Parking – Butch Saltzgiver: (717) 637-0332, cell (717) 877-8711

Security – Bob Channell & Don Barlup

Program – John Sayler: (717) 796-1895, [email protected]

Program Advertising – Deb Sherwood: (717) 697-0411, [email protected]

Tours – Jerry Black: (717) 334-3638, [email protected]

Signs – Fred Gable: (717) 476-7245

Hospitality, 50/50, Raffle – Pat Shaffer: (717) 258-4964, [email protected]

Annette Yost: (717) 660-8000, [email protected]

Photography & Meet Write-Up – Angelica Yost: (240) 651-9071, [email protected]

Cruise Night – Tom Dawson – Chesapeake Region


Upcoming: GRAACA Fall Foliage Tour

Saturday, October 22nd

The Tour will begin with a visit to a collection of vintage motor scooters from the USA, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Japan. An example of what many call the first motor scooter, a 1918 AutoPed, will be on display along with a few vintage motorcycles. This is not a museum but is rather an assemblage of two wheelers that the owner finds amusing to look at. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Two-lane back roads and fall colors will greet us as we tour into York County and cross the 1930 “Veterans Memorial Bridge” that was the replacement of the 1800’s “Burning Bridge” into Columbia, PA to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum. This museum takes us from the beginning of clocks to the development of pocket watches and the “auto clocks” seen in our early cars. We round out the day with a catered pork barbeque picnic lunch in Hellam’s Emig Park.

Coffee and scooter collection 8:30-9:45. Driving Tour leaves at 9:45am.

Cost is $25.00 per person. Deadline to register is October 12th. Registration in the Sept/Oct issue of the newsletter.
Questions? Call: Karl Krouch, Sr. at 717-576-7241 or Mary Krouch at 717-576-7245.

Directions: From Gettysburg: take route 15 North to Wesley Dr / Rossmoyne Exit, turn LEFT at the ramp traffic light. Travel 1.4 miles to the 4th traffic light, get in LEFT turn lane (Sheetz and Turkey Hill Gas on opposite corners) Turn LEFT onto Simpson Ferry Rd. Continue 0.1 mile for a RIGHT turn into driveway just after Jeffery’s Flowers. AACA sign will be at street. Address: 5215 Simpson Ferry Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.

From Carlisle: travel Route 641E Trindle Rd. into Mechanicsburg. At the Rutters traffic light, take the RIGHT Y (Yield sign) onto Simpson Street. Continue 2.4 miles to tour start on left. Get in the center turn lane, turn into the driveway between M&T Bank and Jeffery’s Flowers, proceeding to parking lot behind these businesses. Address: 5215 Simpson Ferry Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.

GRAACA Summer Tour

Sunday, July 31st. Break out the antique cars! July 31st we will meet at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing at 8:30 am for coffee and sweets. We will then leave on a winding tour of back roads to visit an herb farm and a local farm market. After a scenic drive you will end up back at EMMR.

         Ladies will be having a luncheon tea inside, including finger sandwiches, scones and sweets. Ladies should wear a hat to tea. Guys will be having a “grill out” with a hot dog fixin’ bar, sides, dessert and a tech talk about fixes for your cars. The tea will be limited to the first 40 ladies that sign up. If you miss out on the tea you can join the guys outside for lunch. There is no cut off for outdoor lunch. Cost is $15 for ladies and $10 for guys. Make sure to polish those cars. Parking at EMMR, we are sure to have admirers. Any question please call Annette Yost at (717) 660-8000 or Pat Shaffer at (717) 258-4964. Registration deadline is July 15th.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Event

Saturday, July 23. Rain date Sunday, July 24. The GRAACA will hold its 2nd Annual car show in the parking lot behind the Northern Central Railway Station located at 2 West Main Street, New Freedom, Pa. 17349. We will be joined by members of the Blue & Gray Miniature Aircraft Squadron who will be showing some of their planes, Train patrons will be dropped off at the parking lot after completing a ride.

         Hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm. There will be a food truck on site for lunch on your own. There is no cost for this event. Deadline to register is July 13. Contact Bob Channell 717-465-7356 if you have questions.

For train excursion ticket information please call NCR at 717-942-2370 or visit www.northerncentralrailway.com.

GRAACA Summer Picnic

Sunday, July 10th. Again at beautiful Codorus State Park just east of Hanover, Pa. Enjoy the enclosed air-conditioned Classroom Building overlooking the lake, or bring a folding chair to enjoy the view outdoors. Arrive 11:00 a.m. or after; serving will commence around 1:00 p.m.

         Bring your antique car and relax with fellow club members.  The region will provide grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks, silverware, cups and plates. To help offset the cost of the event, the cost is $5 per person (free if under age 12). Each member is asked to bring their favorite summer dish or a dessert to share. Please write down the recipe to share with friends! Refrigeration is available.

Registration deadline is July 3rd. Contact Don Barlup (717) 582-3209 or Karl Krouch (717) 576-7241.

DIRECTIONS TO THE PARK: From I-83, take exit 8 and drive 17 miles on Rt. 216 west to the park. OR from Rt. 30 turn onto Rt. 116 west, travel 7 miles, turn left onto Grandview Road, continue to next signal light, turn onto Rt. 216, drive 2 miles to the park.

DIRECTION WITHIN PARK: The Classroom Building is round and easy to notice.

If entering the park from Sinsheim Road: Turn right onto Rt. 216 (Blooming Grove Road). Cross over 2 bridges. Turn Right onto first road to the right (Marina Road). Follow road straight to the end where you will see the Classroom Building overlooking Lake Marburg.

Summer Picnic 2021

GRAACA Board Meeting

Our first board meeting of 2022 with our newly installed officers will be on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30pm. Held at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. All members are welcome to attend!

AACA Annual Convention Changes!

2022 AACA Annual Convention Moved to Gettysburg
AACA Annual Convention, February 10-12
Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 339-0020 Dial 0 and ask for the AACA rate
The Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel has been a great partner during the past several decades in supporting our Annual Convention. The management and staff have worked with us well and we looked forward to being able to put on our traditional convention this February. However, multiple recent issues and mandates within the city of Philadelphia instituted on January 3rd have severely impacted the possibility of holding our event in that city. After several serious discussions by the AACA Board of Directors, it was decided that even at this late date, it was best to find an alternate location. If you made reservations at the Sheraton in Philadelphia, you will need to cancel them – the phone numbers for the Sheraton are 215-448-2000 or (800) 325-3535.
As such, we are moving the convention to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the same dates. We will be based at the Wyndham Hotel and Courtyard Marriott, where we have held several successful events in the past. Our plan is to host the very best convention possible despite the challenges of the move and using a smaller hotel. We will still have seminars, trade show vendors, First Lady’s breakfast, AACA merchandise, Region Presidents’ Dinner, membership meeting and, of course, our Saturday-night awards gala.
The hotels have given us a great rate of $118 plus tax and there is NO parking fee at either hotel. The Wyndham is where most of the activities will take place. BWI (Baltimore) airport is about 1½ hours away and MDT (Harrisburg) airport is about 1 hour. Philadelphia is 2½ hours from Gettysburg. 
The phone number for the Wyndham is (717) 339-0020 Dial 0 and ask for the AACA rate. The hotel is located at 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg PA 17325. The phone number for the Courtyard is (717) 334-5600 and ask for AACA rate. The Courtyard is at 115 Presidential Circle and is located just a few steps next door to the Wyndham.
We have been and are still in the process of calling all those already registered with us and the hotel in Philadelphia. We are also calling all the national award winners. A revised registration form is now available to all NEW participants – click here to download it. For those already registered and now planning to attend in Gettysburg, we will simply move your registration to the new venue. (Reminder: you will need to make your own hotel reservations though.) For activities that we offered in Philadelphia but are not able to offer in Gettysburg, refunds will be made onsite at the convention.
We sincerely hope that this change does not cause undue hardships for members to attend. For those who wish to come for the day only, you can register now or on the day of onsite. However, we would prefer to know sooner than later for planning purposes.
Again, we deeply regret having to take this action, but we did it in the best interest of our membership. It is not easy on the club or its members but as we have proved in the past, we will make lemonade out of lemons.
REMINDER: You must be a paid 2022 AACA member in order to register for the Annual Convention. If you need to pay your dues, please call AACA National HQ at 717-534-1910 and we will renew you over the phone with a credit card.

Latimore Valley Car Show!

Less than a week away!

Our annual Latimore Valley Car Show is Saturday, June 12th. Yes, that’s next Saturday!

  • Check out the wide array of antique cars
  • Spend some money in the flea market
  • Enjoy delicious treats provided by the Lions Club and food trucks
  • Stop by the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
  • Take part in valve cover racing (or cheer on the contestants)

We hope to see your there!

GRAACA Spring Tour

Join us Saturday, May 8th for the GRAACA Spring Tour starting at Bill Wessels’ second Antique Car Barn just south of Dillsburg for coffee and donuts from 9 am till 10 am. View over 20 pre- and post-war cars in this collection that contains completely different cars than seen on the 2019 Fall Tour. We will then travel on two lane roads for approximately one hour through rural Adams County to our next touring site: The Gettysburg Battlefield. We can follow the battlefield auto tour at our own pace. We have allotted approximately two and a half hours to allow you to stop at the monuments and exit your cars for photos and time to read the plaques and information boards. Don’t forget to find our Region “logo”, at the Eternal Flame Peace Monument. We end the tour with lunch in Gettysburg at 2:00 pm. This will again be a slow pace tour and we encourage you to bring out your “oldest cars”. 

Directions to Wessels’ (different location than previous Fall Tour): 

From 15 South: Go past Bakers Restaurant in Dillsburg approximately 3.1 miles and make a left onto Old Cabin Hollow Road (M&P RV is across the road on 15). Go 1.4 miles on Old Cabin Hollow Road to a stop sign in Franklin Town. Make a right onto Baltimore Road / 194. Continue 2.3 miles on Baltimore Road / 194 and at the white Barren Lutheran Church sign (on left) make a left onto Mt Top Road (no stop sign). Continue 0.2 miles on Mt Top Road and arrive at Wessel’s on left.  

From 15 North: Go past the EMMR Museum sign (has racecar on it) at Latimore Valley Road approximately 3.6 miles and make a right onto Old Cabin Hollow Road (M&P RV is across the road on 15). Go 1.4 miles on Old Cabin Hollow Road to a stop sign in Franklin Town. Make a right onto Baltimore Road / 194. Continue 2.3 miles on Baltimore Road / 194 and at the white Barren Lutheran Church sign (on left) make a left onto Mt Top Road (no stop sign). Continue 0.2 miles on Mt Top Road and arrive at Wessel’s on left.  

Cost per person: $20 which includes coffee, donuts, lunch (final menu to be determined based on Covid restrictions still in effect in May) and a few door prizes.   

Questions contact: Ron and Val Green at 717- 443-3903 or Karl and Mary Krouch at 717-697-9543. Send event registration insert to: Mary Krouch / 711 West Trindle Road / Mechanicsburg, PA. 17055 

Physical Addresses: Bill Wessels’ = 150 Mountain Top Road, Dillsburg, PA (GPS Use = 150 Mt Top Road Dillsburg, PA).  

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 23rd.  Registration form in the March-April issue of The Gas Buggy Gazette.