From what I was told this was the first meet put on by the AACA and not by a region or chapter hosting it. They did a great job.
The auction company Auctions America a division of RM Auctions was also playing a part in this event. Three days of auctioning off of automobile memorabilia and cars made the event a memorable experience. The goal was to make the springAuburnas large as the fall event. Give it some time; it very well could be given the positive comments expressed by many patrons at the show.
From the eighty degree temps on Thursday down to the upper forties by Saturday didn’t stop the crowds. In fact many spent quality time inside watching some of the best deals ever to take place. For example: 1967 Chevy Stake flat bed truck selling for $1650 a 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible at $3190 and a 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco for a mere $770. However, the stars of the auction were the 1930 Packard 745 Dual Cowl Phaeton sold for $198,000 and a 1931Auburn8-98 Boattail Speedster at $159,500. The flea market was a bit sparse but in time that should expand to the likings of many.
From the comfort zone was the many hotels available just one exit away (three miles) and the museums. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum and National Automobile & Truck Museum was just down the street (six minutes) away from hotel land. Most of the AACA members went to these facilities for a new and or renewal visit.
There were 245 cars registered for Saturday and it looked like most did show. Some early brass cars were on hand. Wayne Coffman’s 1914 Locomobile Touring and Robert Reender’s 1910 White Touring were very impressive. All cars were showing well even the HPOF (Historic Preservation of Original Features) class included a 1914 Studebaker Touring that looked like it was just dragged out of a barn setting from 60 years.
Overall a good time and wish the AACA the best for its future endeavors in Auburn.
Seeing various collections that one might never get a chance to see is what makes the Ohio Region meets so enjoyable. In fact some collections can be right under your nose and never be experienced unless they are part of these tours.
That being said, the Ohio Region Central Chapter Spring tour in Grove City April 26-28 was educational and an overall good time. A special thank you needs to go to tour Chairperson Nikki Reither who made her debut and put together a wonderful tour.
Friday evening brought on a visit from Abraham Lincoln, an impersonator of course, to witness his thoughts and views of the time. Ol’ Abe even gave his listing audience the opportunity to ask him questions that regarded the Union of which he recited verbatim as once did the realLincoln.
Saturday’s tour was fulfilling. We first had the opportunity to tour the Rahal/ Letterman racing facility. The facility was impressive with new and old race cars on display. They specialize in the formula one series cars. Their budget was also impressive, as the guide discussed development work on these cars and what goes into moving them to various race tracks around the country.
If televisions are of interest to you, going to the television museum in Old Highland was an experience. From the first ever rough and crude to the visionary they had them all. This was the type of place you pass by and never would expect to see (pun intended). A memorable experience for sure.
The balance of the tour was viewing miscellaneous car collections and then a return to the evening banquet where the entertainment and food was exceptional.
The Northern Ohio Chapter tour to the Kingwood Center Gardens took off May 19 with an enthusiastic crowd. It was also a bit of a sentimental tour in memory of Regina Jandrey, past President and Secretary of the Chapter who recently passed away.
The Chapter and other invited area club members met at Denny’s in Medina. There were approximately 30 participants that had brunch and drove to Mansfield. The drive was a delightful viewing of scenic countryside and peaceful small town settings.
The Kingwood Center was the private estate of Charles Kelley King, President of the Ohio Brass Company. Mr. King purchased the property in the early 1900’s and built his French provincial mansion upon it in 1926. Mr. King was an avid horticulturalist who collected many books on the subject and often shared his estate with visitors within the local community.
The Center provided a splendid view of 47 acres of blooming flowers, lush gardens, fountains and duck ponds. You were often reminded of the peacocks roaming freely upon the grounds by hearing their calls. The Greenhouse and plant sale area was a good place to visit. Plants were for sale at very reasonable prices. Many plant items found a new home with the participants.
It was a good time for all.