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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!

ATTENTION

Due to the unprecedented world situation with the COVID-19, the Officers and Spring Show committee has decided to be prudent and regretfully cancel the 2020 New Jersey Region AACA Spring Meet.

We did consider postponement. In addition to the logistics of trying to set a new date, or if needed location, every other organization that runs a car show will be vying for the few dates, if any, that may or may not be left if this virus ever subsides. Therefore we opted to cancel 2020.

Anyone who registered for our show will receive a full refund shortly.

See you in 2021! Stay Safe!

Art Briggs – President
New Jersey Region AACA

2020 Region Fall Foliage Tour

Lukan’s Farm Resort, Hawley, PA
October 16-18, 2020

What else can COVID-19 take away from us?  So far, every AACA National show and tour that I had planned to attend has been cancelled.  But the planning must go on, and I’ve confirmed with Lukans that the Pennsylvania Governor is allowing their opening for lodging and dining, witht special conditions followed.  So, I’m proceeding with planning of what could be the first and only car club tour for 2020.  The Region will continue its exploration of the Pennsylvania Pocono area for its annual Fall Foliage Tour.  The lodging destination is again the Lukens Farm Resort, and again the weekend AFTER the Hershey swap meet had been scheduled.

On Friday, I’m planning a breakfast meet up location at the Mt. Bethel Diner on Route 611, just about a mile from the Portland Toll Bridge over the Delaware River.  From breakfast, we’ll head north on 611 to the Castle Inn in the town of Delaware Water Gap for a guided tour, and a possible stop at the adjacent Antoine Dutot Museum, a former school house.  Another scenic 10 mile ride along the Delaware River for a group photo op at the Shawnee Inn pavilion before a lunch stop at either the hotel pub or an adjacent tavern.  There is also a brewery tour or a distillery tour I’m going to check out.  Enough stops for the day, we’ll drive the remaining hour along scenic routes to check in at Lukans well before dinner. And then start the weekend off with a little wine & cheese reception (BYO) at the glass house before dinner.  For Saturday, plan on visiting the Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY, and a possible tour of Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg, NY, returning to Lukans in time for the Saturday dinner.

At this time, fourteen of the 24 available rooms have been reserved for Region members.  I’ve again been asked to handle the reservations with membership internally, due to the possibility of last minute changes in tourist’s plans.  So, there is no need to call Lukens to reserve your room or to send a deposit to them directly.  This is how reservations will be done:

Peter Cullen, 20 Valley View Road, Verona NJ, 07044

  • Step #3 – Get your car ready and packed!

Here summary of the facts for 2020:

  • Lukan’s Farm Resort 539 Long Ridge Road, Hawley, PA  18428. Phone: 570-226-4574 Internet: www.lukans.com
  • Friday October 16 through Sunday October 18, 2020.
  • Cost: 3 days with 2 nights rooms, 4-5 meals is approximately $475 plus tax & tips/Couple, Double Occupancy, includes spacious room and delicious meals.  (Slight difference in rates for the Deluxe rooms and the Poolside rooms).
  • All events and destinations subject to local COVID-19 compliance orders

Recognizing that fall is a peak time, they will hold the rooms for us until Monday, August 16th.  Since there are only 22 rooms at Lukans, reservations are first come, first served, with the possibility that I can access additional rooms if still available.  If I get a low response from Region members, I will again extend the invitation to members of other clubs.

Optionally, anyone is welcome to join in the fun for just a day trip or even for a one night stay, provided vacancy is available.  As Lukan’s dining room is also open to the public for meals, and if you are in the area during any part of the tour,

More details about the confirmed tour stops will be provided in a future article.  We look forward to another interesting, if not relaxing, weekend!  Go ahead and make your reservations NOW!

Pete Cullen
Fall Foliage Tour Master

 

Highlights

Annual Spring Meet

Our annual spring meet is one of the most highly regarded events by both members and non-members of our club. The New Jersey Region is one of the few regions that judges cars by national AACA standards for originality and condition in 16 classes awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in each class. In addition to class judging special awards are issued for the best 100 year old car and best 50 year old car on the field that day. There are other “members only” awards issued for best unrestored vehicles in 5 classes. Special event dash plaques are issued to the first 250 cars entered.

Held at the Mennen Arena in Morristown, NJ the first Sunday in May annually the Spring meet also includes a flea market, car corral and food vendors. Open to the general public this event draws many spectators who are admitted for a modest donation.

 Antique black pickup parked on grass in front of LED sign

Touring Events

 

Vintage 1950s car parked at an old style filling stationWhether you prefer a one day tour or a few days away enjoying fun, friends and food with your fellow club members the New Jersey Region provides either or both. Annual tours such as our “Spring Fling” or “Fall Foliage Tour” are favorites that are enjoyed by many every year and span several days. The single day tours such as our “Mystery Tour”, “Barbeque car Tour” and “Pig Roast Tour” are single day events that are fun for the entire family. If you think you require an expensive classic car to engage in these activities, think again. Any automobile 25 years or older meets AACA qualifications.

For those of us who enjoy driving our old cars touring events provide us the opportunity to follow pre-planned safe routes and enjoy with friends the interesting sites and activities the tourmaster has planned along the way.

Car Shows

Car show with a bright yellow car in forefrontThere are always several car shows planned to attend as a group. We are all proud of our old cars and enjoy the opportunity to show them off. Attending these shows usually offer food concessions, activities and promote the opportunity to set up a recruiting table to promote our club to other car club members. Many of our members belong to “Marque” clubs such as Studebaker, Hudson, Model A, Buick etc. and feel that AACA membership enhances the enjoyment of their hobby.

Assisted Living Facility Visits

Our New Jersey Region prides itself in offering visitations to many nursing home and assisted living facilities. Many of our members chair these events. The number of members participating varies but we get some great old cars at every event. We are usually treated to either a breakfast or lunch followed by the residents coming out to explore the treasures in the parking lot. The residents vote for the car they like best, arrive at a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner and present gifts to the winners. It is an enjoyable time for both the participants and the residents . 

 Several vintage cars parked in front of a care facility

Parades

Our region participates in two Memorial Day parades. Hillsborough Township on the  Saturday preceding the holiday and Madison on Memorial day. Both towns reward our club with a donation for participating. Our members are proud to show their cars to the cheering crowds.

 Line of vintage cars driving on street and turning a corner

Annual Region Picnic
Our region picnic is second only to our spring meet in the number of members arriving in old cars. Of course, all are welcome in whatever you wish to drive. Normally occurring in the month of August many members prefer the comfort of air conditioning for their travels. A shortened version of our monthly meeting is held in order to get to the best part…..THE FOOD. The club provides the basics but many club members bring some of their own delicacies to share. Fun an socializing with friends is the best part.

Tables filled with food and a man with a cap and moustache near the front

Autumn Outing

The Autumn Outing is held at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse and features a dinner/show preceded by a wine and cheese party held in the parking lot prior to show time. The playhouse staff reserves a special parking area close to the entrance for display of our antique cars. During intermission the other guests are invited to view the cars and vote for their favorite. Prizes are awarded to the owners of the top three cars.

Annual Awards Banquet

An Awards Banquet is held every January to recognize outstanding members accomplishments of the preceding year. This banquet is also for swearing in the current years officers.

National Events
The New Jersey Region AACA is only part of the bigger national club. With approximately 400 regions and chapters and more than 60,000 members the AACA is the largest car club in the world. We encourage members to participate in the many benefits and activities they offer.
  • Participate in the national judging program. There is an elaborate judges training program and continuing judges education classes available
  • Show your car at national shows. There are classes for show cars, drivers, original cars, motorcycles, racecars, trucks, fire trucks and many more. Win nationally respected awards.
  • Register for national tours. There are well organized interesting tours in all parts of the country. It’s a great way to meet new friends, travel to new places and enjoy driving our cars.
  • Use the AACA world renowned Library and research center. Take advantage of the limited free research time allotted to all AACA members.

Aerial photo of the 2006 meet

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AACA is the largest car club in the world with over 60,000 members