New Jersey Region Antique Automobile Club of America
The New Jersey Region AACA is an incredibly active chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, with events and activities occurring almost every weekend of the year. We take road trips, participate in parades and classic car shows, have picnics and other local activities for fun and to appreciate our vintage vehicles. Plus, we also do our part to serve our communities with frequent visits to assisted living facilities. We’re a family and friend oriented organization and with all of our activities, there’s something that will excite everyone!
History of the NJRAACA
The New Jersey Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America was formed in 1951. It is currently the 12th oldest AACA Region. Although many things have change over the years, The NJ Region remains a family oriented group of collector car enthusiasts who revere our past, enjoy our present, and plan for our future.
If you live in New Jersey and own an old car with NJ historic plates, you may thank our founding member, Herb Singe. Several years ago, Herb formed a committee to work with the NJ DMV to develop the historic (QQ) plates that you see on antique and special interest cars today. Yes, you can thank him because he is still very active in our region, attending most meetings and many other events.
Through the years the NJ Region has been gifted with talented individuals who have helped to make the old car hobby the pleasure it is today. Starting with Herb Singe, many NJ Region members and officers have gone on to participate in National AACA activities as well as run for National offices. Past NJ Region members who became AACA presidents include Franklin Tucker and David Zimmerman. Our current director, Wayne Tuck is National Vice President of Membership. Our Webmaster Leif Mangulson has formed a region, The Greenhorn Region, for younger members.
Our region blossoms on the local level. During the season, our activities calendar presents the hobbyist with a wide variety of events designed to use and show our beautiful vehicles. The crown jewel of our calendar, the only “car show” that we do, happens on the first Sunday in May. The NJ Region Spring Meet is New Jersey’s renown judged old car event. The NJ Region Spring Meet is as old as the region itself and is currently held at the Mennen Arena parking lot on E. Hanover Avenue in Morristown. This is one of the few events, nowadays, that feature cars from all decades of manufacture, from early horseless carriages up to modern classics, 25 years old. Peter Cullen has run our show for longer than most people remember. Edward Geller, chief judge, and his highly skilled team of judges, ply their trade quickly and fairly. The meet is impressive. It is serious. But it is also a lot of fun.
Tours (near and far), flea markets, assisted living meets, and one of the best picnics (with lots of home-made specialties) you’ve ever attended, are a few other festivities that our friendly club members share.
~Written by Bernie Cooney