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

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

Past Event – GRAACA Spring Tour

On Saturday, April 30th, the Gettysburg Region met bright and early at Performance Motors of Hanover for a “coffee and cars” event. The owners of Performance Motors were very generous and not only provided us with coffee, tea and donuts, but also kindly sectioned off a portion of their lot just for our club. In addition, the showroom was open which is full of Mustangs and other interesting vehicles, including some bumper cars. This seems to be a popular event and Performance Motors will be a hosting another “coffee and cars” on May 14 from 8:00 to 10:00am if anyone is interested.

After getting our directions and walkie-talkies from tour organizer Bob Channell, we headed out on a relaxing, scenic drive over to the Royal Farms in Hampstead, Maryland where we met up with members of the Chesapeake Region before making our way back to PA to visit Treasured Motorcar Services in New Freedom. They were having their Spring Open House & Car Show which was free to attendees. Beef-it-Up catering was onsite serving up delicious pit beef and pulled pork.

After filling our stomachs, perusing the many cars present for the show and on display at Treasured Motorcars, and possibly even making a few new friends, we went for a final 10 minute drive over to Brown’s Orchard & Farm Markets. Many members walked out with various goodies including sweet treats, fresh produce, and flowers.

It was a beautiful day for a leisurely drive. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Despite a few people experiencing some car trouble (happens to the best of us), I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Bob did an excellent job organizing the day’s activities, which were made all the more enjoyable since we were not on a strict timetable. Many thanks go to Bob and everyone else who helped make the day a success!

Lots more photos can be found on the region’s Facebook page!

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.

Trains, Planes & Automobiles

On Saturday, May 22nd, the Gettysburg Region met at the Northern Central Railway station in New Freedom, PA  for a very special event organized by Bob and Martha Channell. Region members showed off their cars and got to spend the day catching up with friends and meeting some members of the Blue & Gray Miniature Aircraft Squadron who were gracious enough to bring out some of their planes. The club is located about 4 miles east of Gettysburg on Cavalry Field  Road and  their events are open to the public.

Although it was hot, attendees got to cool off with some ice-cold orangeade offered at one of the food trucks available. Another way to beat the heat and get out of the sun was to purchase a ticket for a ride on the train! For anyone who missed out on this opportunity, don’t worry. You’ll have another chance on the Summer Tour.

Many thanks go to Bob and Martha who worked hard to put this event on. Thanks should also be extended to Blue & Gray for joining us for a fun time. More photos are on our Facebook page.


Latimore Valley Car Show 2021 in Review

Festivities resumed this year at Latimore Valley Fairgrounds! Our annual car show took place on Saturday, June 12, and despite having gray skies in the morning, it was an overall success. with 122 cars on the field.

         Attendees got to experience some new things this year. Lunch was provided by the York Springs Lions Club and Rock-It Pizza & Subs food truck from Newberrytown. Also, the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing hosted a valve cover racing event at our show. It was a hit, and there’s talk that attendees might get to take part in the fun at Latimore again next year.




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!