Installation Dinner 2020

The executive board of the Gettysburg Region has found it difficult to find a banquet location to host our event due to PA Covid restrictions.

         We are happy to announce that the EMMR has agreed to open the museum for our event on the first Saturday of February 2021.

         Our social hour will be from 12pm until 1pm Saturday, February 6th, 2021 after which we will have a catered dinner. Cost will be $20.00 per person, with your Region picking up all expenses above this amount. Due to the Covid restrictions, we will not have any entertainment following the installation of officers.

We hope the afternoon event timing will allow attendance for those who do not like to drive after dark. Deadline to register is Friday, January 22nd, 2021. Registration in the Nov-Dec issue of The Gas Buggy Gazette. Please call Karl or Mary Krouch at 717-697-9543 with questions or call with any near deadline additions to the count if you’re mailing monies late.

Please stay home if you are not feeling well or exhibiting any signs or symptoms of the flu. We want everyone to have a safe and healthy end to winter.


Nominations Dinner 2020

—Sunday, November 8, EMMR York Springs, Pa.

         The Gettysburg Region’s annual Nominations Soup & Sandwich Dinner will be held at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, 100 Baltimore Road, York Springs, Pa. 17372. Dinner will start at 1:00 pm, and officer nominations will take place once our stomachs are full.

         Please Note. This year the club will provide a dessert so instead of bringing a dessert please bring a mask. Cost is $5.00 per person to help cover expenses. Deadline to register is November 2nd. Registration form in Sept-Oct issue of The Gas Buggy Gazette. Contact hosts Tom & Becky Zinn for more information (717) 688-4054.


GRAACA Spring Tour – Postponed

This event has been POSTPONED. We may try to have this in the summer or fall. Check back for updates.


Join us May 16th for the GRAACA Spring Tour starting at Bill Wessels’ second Antique Car Barn just south of Dillsburg for coffee and donuts from 9 am until 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 a buffet lunch at General Pickett’s Buffet 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, buffet lunch and a few door prizes.   

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

General Pickett’s Buffet, 571 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA. 17325 

Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 6thDue to necessary headcounts required for General Pickett’s Buffet Wednesday May 6th is the absolute last day for registrations. So please mail in your insert prior to that day.  

Questions: contact Ron and Val Green at (717) 443-3903 or Karl and Mary Krouch at (717) 697-9543. Send event registration insert to: Karl Krouch, Sr., 711 West Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA. 17055  Cut-out Response sheet is in the March-April issue of The Gas Buggy Gazette.


GRAACA Covered Dish Dinner

—Sunday, March 22, 2020, York Springs, Pa.

         This fun time social event will again be held at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, 100 Baltimore Rd., York Springs, Pa. 17325.  Starting time is 1:00 pm.  Please bring a covered dish to share with your fellow club members.  It’s a great way to spend the day enjoying excellent homemade food along with some great camaraderie!! 

         Our hosts have asked that you bring a sampling of your favorite hobby to display on tables set up for your convenience.  This activity has been done before and everyone attending seemed to enjoy viewing their fellow members’ hobby displays, as well as a short talk by the hobbyist describing their display.

  Also, our host have asked that everyone wear something green to represent St Patrick’s day which falls on Tuesday prior to our covered dish dinner.  We look forward to a great member turnout of Leprechauns!!

  Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Please call Stewart and Sarah Gardner at 717-334-9252. This is a FREE event, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!!

Cut-out response sheet is in the March-April issue of the Gas Buggy Gazette, or call Stewart & Sarah @ 717-334-9252.


Annual Dinner 2020– a look back

–Saturday, February 1, 2020

Always held right before the National AACA Convention, this event is our region’s opportunity to install officers for the New Year and show our appreciation for our members. The committee–Ron Green, Karl Krouch and Ed Rogers–did a great job of planning the evening. Held once again at the Lower Allen VFW Post #7530, attendees got to enjoy a buffet dinner and entertainment from The Klineklaus Duo who played “jazz and popular music with a groove” from the 50’s to the 70’s. They were a hit and, wouldn’t you know it, they also have an interest in cars!

Honored guests for the evening included AACA Executive Vice President Jim Elliot, AACA Executive Director Steve Moskowitz, and AACA Museum Executive Director Jeff Bleimeister. Jim and Steve both gave exciting updates about the national club, the new headquarters, the convention in Philly, and the recent purchase of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s auto archives by the AACA Library. Jeff also graciously spoke about the museum and the new “Age of Aquarius” exhibit. He also talked about the importance of the museum’s volunteers, some of whom are Gettysburg Region members including Bob And Dottie Shultz.

The most important part of the evening was the installation of officers in which the gavel was passed from President Annette Yost to new President Bon Barlup. Other new officers for 2020 include Karl Krouch as Vice President, Deb Sherwood as Secretary and Al Maybee as Treasurer. Also, Jim Yemzow and Pat Shaffer were given the Outstanding Service Award for 2019.

For photos, please visit our Facebook page.


Leaf Peepers Fall Tour

—Saturday, October 26, Manchester, Pa.

         Join us for the joint AACA Gettysburg Region’s and Pierce-Arrow Society Chesapeake Region’s fall foliage run on Saturday, October 26th. We will start the morning with coffee and donuts at 9:00 am at our first location, GRAACA member William H. Wessels’ private Formal Cadillac car collection in Dillsburg, Pa. He has Cadillacs from the teens through the 70’s. There is ample trailer parking on the grass if you wish to trailer your vehicle to the starting point. We are encouraging members to bring your “old cars” as this is a shorter tour, measuring approximately 80 miles roundtrip, all on two-lane roads to enjoy the fall colors.

At 10:00 am we will depart from Wessels’ for a 25 mile ride to our second private car collection owned by GRAACA member Jay Crist. He has amassed the largest collection of stand-up to drive package and milk trucks. Jay’s vehicles include many rare antique trucks, of which there are examples from Auburn, Divco, Mack, PackageCar, and Thorne, to name a few.

From there we will continue with a 10-mile ride along the Susquehanna River to our lunch stop to be served at 1:00 pm at the John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville. Here we will have a limited menu from which we can choose from 4 entrees. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

This concludes the tour, leaving time to return to our trailers and home before dark. Our route back to Dillsburg (with directions) will be on other scenic two-lane roads. Price is $25.00 per person. Guests are welcome. More information contact Karl and Mary Krouch at 717-697-9543 or [email protected] Registration form in the July/August issue of the Gas Buggy Gazette or call Karl Krouch.

Starting address 709 Harrisburg Pike, Dillsburg, Pa. 17019

Directions: From route 15 North in Dillsburg, turn onto Harrisburg Pike, just past Wessels Used Cars lot. (sharp right turn) Go past Back to Basics Western Wear, park in grass field. Sign posted.

From route 15 South, go past Wessels Used Cars lot. Get in the left lane. At the second light, turn left (route 74 South). Travel 1 block, turn left on Greenbrier Lane. Travel 3 blocks. Turn left on Harrisburg Pike. Go past 809 Harrisburg Pike. Parking on left just before Back to Basics. Watch for sign.


Summer Tour to 50th Swigart Museum Meet

—August 9th-10th, Huntingdon, Pa.

         The Gettysburg Region AACA is planning an overnight tour to the 50th Swigart Museum Car Show hosted by the Allegheny Mountain Region AACA at the Swigart museum in Huntingdon, PA.

         Mark you calendar for Friday, August 9th and Friday, August 10th, optional Sunday, August 11th if you want to tour the storage buildings.

         You are responsible for your own reservations and schedule for traveling, below are several driving routes.  You can enjoy the weekend of festivities beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday with a tour of the storage building or just attend the show on Saturday.

The drive to Huntingdon using back roads is very scenic and relaxing or you can travel Route 22/322 west from Harrisburg or the Pa. turnpike west to Route 522 N. to 22/322 W. My favorite route is Rt. 641 W from Mechanicsburg, Carlisle to Rt. 522 N to 22/322 W.

This route will take you over two mountains with lots of scenery and little traffic with a nice lunch & rest stop at the intersection of 641 and Rt.75 at Spring Run, Pa. Follow 641 to Rt. 522 at Shade Gap and continue north to 22/322. Turn left toward Huntingdon and the Swigart Museum will be on your right about four miles before getting to Huntingdon.

Check your old fashion maps for the best route from your location and enjoy the trip.

The schedule of events and registration form are in the July/August issue of The Gas Buggy or click here: Contact Bob Shultz @ 717-766-0457 or [email protected] with questions or information.


Ladies’ Day: Car Show & Spa Day

Something new! This year, it’s on a Friday at Tranquility Salon & Wellness Center, 257 Penrose Place (717) 218-8732. They are available for services which must be scheduled prior to March 18 in order to guarantee your space/service and time. Tell them when you call that you are with the AACA car show. Their website will provide you information on services:

Services to consider: Salt cave meditation; Ion Foot Detox Cleanse; Paraffin Hand Dips; Ear Candling; Infrared Sauna; Facials, Nail Services; Fingers & Toes Therapy; Massages; and the list goes on. So checkout the website and give them a call to get the time period that you want….it will be a first come first serve basis. They open at 9AM and close at 6PM on a Friday…although we are running the car show until 2PM only.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT—you decide how much you want to spend for the day. Cars will meet and park at Dairy Queen, 221 Penrose Place, Carlisle. New registers, call Pat Shaffer 717 258-4964 and feel free to leave a voicemail.

Gals, please bring a pair of your shoes. Something you wore at some point in your life —don’t care how old or young you were or even if they still fit you currently. We will not destroy them or alter them in any way…they are safe. But place them in a brown paper bag, if you have one without markings, and don’t share with other family members beforehand whose they are. Let’s see how many remember…and we will have some fun.

Eats are on your own. Spend what you want when you want. Dairy Queen usually has some nice specials and Tranquility is within walking distance. This is a rain or shine event. Bring a chair along and we will have a tent, too. Want to entice your fellow car friends? Bring a board game or cards to share. Let’s see how the day develops. Come share time with our car friends, relax, enhance your health, smile, laugh and ENJOY!