News from National

AACA UPDATE: Event Cancellations & 
National Headquarters Shutdown
AACA and its affiliates will continue to monitor issues related to the coronavirus, as well as abiding by CDC and other governmental agency recommendations. Our members are our utmost concern, and we will work diligently to keep you informed of changes to scheduled events as they arise. As such, we have two new developments that we would like to notify you of…
 
The AACA Western Spring Nationals and Founders Tour in April have been canceled. The Phoenix Region will process refunds as soon as possible. AACA, this region, and their volunteers put a lot of effort into this dual event and are deeply disappointed in having to make this decision. As in all our affected events this year, if there is a possibility of finding a safe and suitable new date the club and regions will explore those in the future.
 
In addition, we are also sad to announce that the AACA Central Spring Nationals in Auburn in May has also been canceled and will not be rescheduled. AACA always enjoys putting on this great event for our members and, along with RM Auctions, deeply regret this turn of events. Registration checks will be returned as soon as possible, and judges’ reimbursement will take place shortly.
 
As you may or may not be aware, the National AACA staff is working under difficult circumstances at present. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered a statewide shutdown of all non-life sustaining businesses in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, therefore our national headquarters and library are in fact closed. The majority of the staff are doing their best to work from home, so please be patient with our response times to your calls, emails and mailed requests.
 
We are hopeful that our normal schedule can return beginning in June, but all of that remains to be seen. As stated, your health and that of our nation is the most important factor in all our determinations. We wish you all the best in this very trying time for all of us.  

 

A virtual walkthrough of the new headquarters and library of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Due to open in the summer of 2020 in Hershey, PA.

It’s Official!

By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster editor, [email protected]

Well, something very exciting happened this month here at AACA Headquarters. On March 19, AACA and the Pennsylvania American Water Company sat down in the AACA Library to finalize the real estate transaction for our new home. Lots of paperwork was signed, handshakes were made, keys were given and cake was eaten.

This momentous occasion signifies the beginning of the next chapter in AACA’s history. Most of you know that our club was founded in 1935 in Philadelphia. We bought our current building here in Hershey in 1970. The building was originally built in 1936 as dormitory housing for students at the Milton Hershey School (yes, that Milton Hershey – the chocolate man!). The library was started in 1977 and had grown so much that by 1985 we needed to build an addition to our current building. Since then, the library’s collection has grown tenfold and is literally bursting at the seams. With multiple large collections already promised to the library in the upcoming years and the planned expansion of club services to our members and the public, this new building will provide AACA with the space we need to build the future we all want for this beloved hobby of ours.

We are currently in the midst of a capital campaign to raise the funds needed to renovate the new building and create a new home for the club and library that we can all be proud of. One which will provide worldwide access to the invaluable resources we offer to the entire historical vehicle community. The new building will become a welcome center and information hub for both car lovers and the general public to share in our passion for the preservation and enjoyment of automotive history.

To make this happen, we need YOU! This is your chance to give back to the hobby that has brought you so much joy, so many friends and countless good memories. This is your chance to be part of history yourself. This is your chance to make a real difference for future generations. Every single dollar counts! Every donation makes a difference! No amount of gift is too small or too big!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have already given to this project!! For those of you who haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to visit our brand new capital campaign website and make your donation today. Bookmark this website so you can follow along with the building and campaign progress.

Join us as we make this dream a reality!