The weekend of March 15-17 was a jam packed blast of opportunity for the AACA Northern Ohio Chapter to meet and mingle with like minded participants at the Cleveland International I-XCenter. A sea of exotic show cars, hot rods, customs, vintage production, antique cars, motorcycles, planes, tractors, trucks and anything that had a “piston that made it go was in the show” themed atmosphere filled the vast one-million square foot complex.
Yes, over one-million square feet filled to the brim with vehicles and enthusiastic spectators helped make all the more better as the Northern Chapter took part in exposing the benefits of the club. Many new members were born from the experience.
There were 10 member’s cars that made up a rather eclectic display. They included: Dave Heinrichs’ 1915 Detroit Electric, Bernie & Sara Golias’ 1922 Winton, Seven-passenger Touring, Tom Barrett’s 1926 Studebaker Sport Roadster, Bob Atkinson’s 1926 Buick Sedan, Grant Krueger’s 1931 Ford Model A Coupe, Ken Kovach’s 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan, Richard Jadrey’s 1955 Ford Fairlane Sedan, Martin Weigel’s 1970 Chevy Nova 2-Door- Sedan, Chuck Loper’s 1971 Maserati Indy and Brian Samsson’s 1978 Pontiac Trans Am.
This year the Piston Power and the Auto Rama shows were combined into one making the event an interesting mix. The show’s attendees were overwhelmed with a variety of beautiful, exotic and flawless creations of art and muscle, but they especially showed interest in seeing the older cars. Questions about the history and origins of the club’s cars were discussed. Interested parties were encouraged to take part in the club’s activities and much networking took place from other clubs that were on hand.
It was confirmed that 35,000 were in attendance and over 1000 vehicles were on display. The show’s management was thrilled by the numbers too. Next year looks like it will be even bigger. Can you believe that?
The Northern Ohio Chapter’s first pot luck of the year took place on Sunday February 17 on the newly renovated first floor at the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection. Over 40 enthusiastic members and their guests enjoyed a sumptuous variety of entrees, salads, and deserts during the pot luck style luncheon.
After lunch and a few brief announcements, Bernie Golias, Chapter President introduced Derek Moore, Curator of Transportation of the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection a division of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Derek spoke to the attendees and answered many questions regarding the future of the collection.
Derek noted that their mission is to preserve the history of Northeast Ohio and the Western Reserve region, and to develop and expose the significant technological developments of automotive and aviation that Fred Crawford its founder believed in.
A total of 157 cars are in the Crawford collection. Located on the newly renovated first floor there are 23 automobiles, two motorcycles and four airplanes. The second floor and basement levels are still being renovated. A new addition on the first level will house the Euclid Beach carousel. The carousel is planed to be operational by the first part of 2014. By the time the museum is fully renovated 80-90 automobiles will be on display. Other vehicles can then be brought from storage and rotated within the existing displays without interfering with the overall integrity of the exhibits.
The museum is open to acquisitions. Derek noted that they would like to add a 1929 stainless steel Model A Ford 2-Door Sedan, one of three built and a mid teens Lozier automobile to their collection.
After many questions and answers were exchanged the group was eager to view the progress of the museum. Feedback was enthusiastically positive and many expressed gratitude to have had the opportunity to view the collection and direction which Crawford’s new Curator of Transportation Derek Moore is taking.