New Jersey Region
Antique Automobile Club of America
It is an honor to have you visit the New Jersey Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s website. The New Jersey Region AACA was founded in 1951, for the enjoyment and preservation of automobile history. The Region still has one of its founding members very active in the club today. The Region also has numerous families, spanning several generations involved in our activities as well. While browsing the website, you will learn about the club and its activities – as you browse the site be sure to read our NATIONAL AWARD WINNING newsletter “The Roadmap”.
NJ Region AACA and the members are proud, motivated and dedicated in attracting new members by sharing the passion, knowledge, and love for historic automobiles and history. Don’t fret though the club does not just talk about cars – We get out on the road and put history in motion. We welcome you to join us the first Thursday of the month!
Monthly meetings are held at the Morris Plains VFW Hall located at 45 Tabor Rd. in Morris Plains, NJ 07950.
NJ Region AACA Mailing Address: PO BOX 890; Morris Plains, NJ 07950
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
83rd Annual AACA Meeting
The 83rd Annual AACA meeting was held from February 7th – 9th in Philadelphia, PA. The New Jersey Region was well represented. This year offered guests the opportunity to not only attend numerous seminars, but the ability to venture a few blocks to the 2019 Philadelphia Auto Show. Raymond and Judy Fischer once again assisted Mike Jones with a successful trade show and awards banquet. Art Briggs not only took the lead in heading up the Spring National Booth in the trade show, he also was a presenter for the Race Car Certification Seminar. Members Joseph “Duffy Bell, Jacqueline Brattole. Vicki & Sven Mangulson, Brenda Zimmerman, Richard Reina, & Sarah Pritchett worked effortlessly in attracting members to attend the 2019 Eastern Spring Nationals in Parsippany, NJ on June 26 – 29. Greg and June Roser once again served as hospitality hosts and kept the party going till the early morning hours.
Region Members Gerald “Jay” Deboey, Leif Hans Mangulson brought home awards for their efforts with the Road Map newsletter and website. Region President Jerry Peck received the George R. Norton, Jr. Membership Award, which is in recognition of an individual or group which has significantly contributed to the development and growth of AACA membership.
Meetings: First Thursday of each month.
Location: Morris Plains VFW Hall – 45 Tabor Rd. in Morris Plains, NJ 07950