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June 11, 2022 - Richmond Region Collector Car Show and Swap Meet - The 53rd annual Richmond Region car show and swap meet was held on the grounds of St. Joseph's Villa with well over 250 vehicles in attendance.  Open to stock, antique, modified, and modern vehicles alike, the show donates all of the General Admissions gate proceedings to St. Joseph's Villa, a nonprofit organization providing education, health services, shelter and support to children and families.  TRAACA folks participating included Sam Kern, Bill Treadwell, Reggie Nash, and Bob Stein in the judging teams, and Bill Treadwell's 1973 Oldsmobile 442 and Reggie Nash's 1953 Nash Healey were on the field.  Although rain clouds threatened off and on, the show got only a smattering of drops, and the overcast skies kept temperatures nearly perfect. 

 

June 4, 2022 - TRAACA Bar-B-Que - June's monthly dinner meeting was a weekend affair with the annual TRAACA Bar-B-Que hosted by Dewey and Maxine Milligan.  More than 60 members and spouse showed up for the subsidized meal catered by the famous Southland diner out in North Carolina.  As usual, there was an impressive car show as most members brought antique vehicles to share with others.  This included two Model T Ford touring cars, three Packards, an Avanti, 1956 and 1967 Imperials, and a host of other beautiful machines.  The catered meal included bar-b-que, fried chicken, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, hush puppies, baked beans, and even a selection of cookies and cake for dessert.  After the meal, President Tim Hund thanked our generous hosts and presented some leftover awards from last month's Grand Nationals.  This included Repeat Preservation Senior Grand National Awards for Sandy and Richard Hall's 1922 Model T Ford and Nick Smith's 1951 MG TD.  Tim also presented Marion McAlpine with an appreciation trophy from AACA National in recognition of all the hard work she and husband Mark put into this year's AACA Grand Nationals show.  Marion reported that she had heard all good things about the event, including comments that it had been the best AACA Meet ever, and made sure to thank all of the volunteers who had pitched in to make the show a success. 

 

May 21, 2022 - 2022 Grand Nationals Awards Banquet - The Grand Nationals awards banquet started off with a social hour in the main lobby that opened up into the main ballroom.  Master of Ceremonies Wayne Milligan kicked off with welcoming remarks, followed by TRAACA President Tim Hund's recognition of veterans, and AACA 25- and 50- year members.  Then came Dain King's benediction and dinner!  Grand Nationals Chairperson Marion McAlpine spoke after dinner, thanking all of the people who have contributed to the success of the show.  AACA National President Wayne Tuck took the mike to talk about AACA and how the 'best of the best' were present for the Grand Nationals.  The Honorable Bobby Dyer, Mayor of Virginia Beach, awarded the Mayor's Trophy, and the Governor's Trophy.  Then Norm Hutton, the Grand Nationals Chief Judge, settled in for the presentation of more than 320 awards and recognitions.  (The full list of awardees is posted HERE on the AACA National website.)

 

May 21, 2022 - 2022 Grand Nationals Vehicles - Well over 350 beautiful antique and classic vehicles were on the field for the 2022 AACA Grand Nationals.  You can see a photo of most of the participating vehicles here, but some got missed when they left before the photographer could make it to them!
 
May 21, 2022 - 2022 Grand Nationals Judges Breakfast - You can't have an AACA meet without a lot of AACA judges, and we had some of the best on hand for the 2022 Grand Nationals.  Meet Chairperson Marion McAlpine introduced the event and welcomed everyone to the show, then turned things over to Chief Judge Norm Hutton.  Presentations and announcements were short and to the point, with Judges on the field in about an hour!
 
May 20, 2022 - 2022 Zenith Awards - The Zenith award is presented to the finest restored vehicle shown at a National AACA event in the previous year. Zenith Award contenders were nominated by the AACA National Awards judging team.  Fourteen magnificent cars made up the field for this year's award, ranging from a brass era touring to a 1970s muscle car. (Additional photos by Marty Sugermeyer)
 
May 19, 2022 - AACA Grand Nationals - Hosted by TRAACA - AACA's 2022 Grand Nationals kicked off with a bus tour to visit Dwight and Jane Schaubach’s private automobile collection in Carroltown and Smithfield, with a lunch stop at the famous Smithfield Station. The Shaubachs had beautiful classic vehicles and ongoing restoration projects on display, with restoration staff on hand to talk to visitors and answer questions.  After dinner entertainment was an Ice Cream Social in the formal gardens at Founders Inn with waffle cones made on the very first ice cream cone machine by Norfolk’s famous Doumar’s BBQ. (Abe Doumar created & sold the first waffle cones on the same machine at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO.)  More than 100 TRAACA folks volunteered to assist with the show, and a lot more than that worked as judges or brought vehicles!

 

April 7-9, 2022 - Charlotte Auto Fair and AACA Southeastern Spring Nationals - The first day started out a bit cold and damp, but conditions improved quickly at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 3-day Auto Fair and car show.  Attendance and participation were down some this year, possibly in part due to rain at the beginning.  At midday on Thursday, there were barely a few dozen cars in the corral areas, and most of the vendor locations were either empty or covered up.  By Friday morning, however, the flea market picked up and the car corral had over a hundred vehicles for sale.  The AACA show held on Saturday had 192 Antique vehicles registered, with good representation by Tidewater Region.  Jim Villers, Reggie and Cindi Nash, Herbert and Debbie Mumford, and Bob Stein all had a vehicle on the field, and judges included Sam Kern, Bill Treadwell, Tom Cox, Terry and Sue Bond, Tony Scarpelli, Jim and Donna Elliott, Dan Ciccone, Bob and Dot Parrish, and Bill Coburn.  Also seen around the field were Harry and Tammy Park, Chris Ciccone, Chip Woolford, and Leslie Scarpelli. Susan Bond was recognized for achieving 150 Judging credits, Jim Elliott received his 200 credit plaque, and Terry Bond was recognized for 250 judging credits.  However, the record for the day went to Ed Marsch, who was honored for his whopping 450 judging credits!  Senior Awards went to Jim Villers' freshly-restored 1961 Mercedes Benz 190SL, Herbert and Debbie Mumford's 1967 Corvette Stingray, and Bob Stein's 1986 Buick Electra, while Reggie and Cindi Nash received a preservation award for their 1940 Nash Special Cabriolet. 

 

March 16, 2022 - Get Lost with Robyn, Bill, and Ken Tour to Gloucester - An impressive group of members and cars showed up for the 'Get Lost with Robyn, Bill, and Ken Tour' to Gloucester today.  In keeping with tradition, Bill and Robyn arrived just before start time and Ken and family missed the exit and had to join us later on.  We left the Hampton Lowe's parking lot and traveled to to Big Island Aquaculture oyster farm, owned and operated by Bruce and Carol Vogt. The Vogts not only provided a great history on how oysters are critical to the local ecology, but also explained why their oysters are considered the best in the area.  And to back up their claim, they provided raw and cooked oysters for sampling. After lunch, the group split with some heading back while others continued on to the Gloucester Historic Museum and Court House. A wide variety of cars was represented - with Dave and Faye Curl (and granddaughter) in a 1930 Model A Tudor, Bob Stein, Chip Woolford, and Tim Hund in Bob's 1941 Packard 110, Jere and Carol Avenson in their 1954 Packard Patrician, Ken Talley with son Keith and two grandsons in Ken's 1955 Buick Century, Keith Colonna and Tony Scarpelli in Keith's 1956 Lincoln Mk. II, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici in their 1956 DeSoto Fireflight, Skip Patnode in his 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, Rick and Karen Overbough in their 1970 Porsche 911T, and Bill Treadwell in his 1973 Oldsmobile 442.  Also participating in modern iron were Dan Ciccone and friend Chris, Neil and Marty Sugermeyer, Kimberly and Travis Berry, Bill Wilcox and Robyn Burnham, and Chris and Fara Harris-Evans.

 

March 19, 2022 - TRAACA Tour of Bay City Classics Restoration Shop - Warm temperatures and sunny skies graced our first car activity for 2022 - a tour of the Bay City Classics Automobile Custom and Restoration Shop in Norfolk. More than twenty club members, most in old cars, arrived for the 9-11 AM open house hosted by the owner and some key employees. Now in its fifth year of operation, Bay City Classics specializes in resto-rods and customized vehicles, but has also done some high-level restoration work.   The entire facility was open for the tour, which included coffee and donuts in the main showroom and representatives on hand to explain the different areas and talk about current and past projects.  Participants driving antiques included Dave Curl in his 1931 Model A Sport Coupe, Bob Stein and Chip Woolford in Bob's 1949 MG TC, Jere Avenson in his 1954 Packard Patrician, Paul Fuqua in his 1969 Camaro RS convertible, Bob and Dot Parrish in thier son's 1969 Camaro SS, Nick Smith in his 1971 MGB Roadster, Rick Overbaugh in his 1972 Porsche 911T, Bill Treadwell in his 1973 Oldsmobile 442, Mickey and Toni McChesney in their 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88, and Larry Goughan in his 1995 Camaro Z28.  Other attendees included Harry and Tammy Park, Wayne and Carol Milligan, Chris and Fara Harris-Evans, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Ron Hartman, and Doug Grosz. Many thanks to the Parks for setting up this excellent event!

 

February 17, 2022 - TRAACA Awards and Installation Banquet - After being delayed by Covid restrictions, we were able to hold our Annual Awards and Installation Banquet at Chesapeake Convention Center.  Departing President Wayne Milligan noted that he had begun and ended his tenure in office with cancelled meetings, surely a record.  After an upscale dinner featuring salmon and beef tenderloin, the evening quickly shifted over to honoring club members who have gone above and beyond in service to the TRAACA.  Wayne started off reviewing National-level awards and honors achieved in 2020 and 2021.    Bob Parrish has just completed 10 years of service on the National Board including serving as National President, Bob Stein received the National Master Webmaster Award in 2020 and 2021, Terry Bond received the National Thomas J. Wells Memorial National Award in 2020, Reggie and Cindi Nash for received the National HPOF Award for vehicles through 1929 in 2020, Jim Elliott has just finished his two year term as National President, Jim and Donna Elliott were presented with the National President’s Cup Award in 2021, Harry and Tammy Park received the National James Melton Award in 2021 for their 1969 Chevelle, Doug Grosz received the National Master Editor Award in 2020 and 2021, Ken Packard received the National Master Editor Award in 2020, and Tony Scarpelli received his Senior Master Judging Award in 2021.  That was just the National-level honors:  Wayne then shifted to awards and honors for members from Tidewater Region. He recognized the 2020 and 2021 Board Members who completed their term - Ellen Adams, Bill Treadwell, Dot Parrish, Travis Berry, and Charlie Dawson.  The Bartlett Bowl for the most points won in antique car shows through the year went to Jim Elliott. The Beaulieu Cup for the most show points from a single vehicle went to Harry Park for his 1969 Chevelle.  Tim Hund received the Century Award for his 1921 Locomobile, 1905 Cadillac, and 1915 Simplex/Crane, and Robert Powell received the award for his 1921 Packard. The Duryea Award for a TRAACA member's service to AACA National went to Neil Sugermeyer.  In an ironic twist of fate, presenters Bill Wilcox and Ken Talley dropped and broke the -wait for it-  Hard Luck Award presented to Terry Bond for his Model T's refusal to start at our annual meet.  The Ivie Lister Award for the most show points accumulated with a British vehicle went to Dan Ciccone and his 1996 Rolls-Royce. The Lalique Award for outstanding loyalty and dedication to the club was presented to Bill Treadwell. The Merritt Horne Participation Award recognizing a member's support for club activities went to Dan Ciccone.  The Mudflap Award for outstanding support of the newsletter went to Mark and Marion McAlpine.  The Overland Award for the owner of the oldest vehicle who has been most active in local and national events went to Sam Kern.  The Restoration Award for for the best restoration effort accomplished principally through their own efforts went to Jim Villers for his 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL.  The Spark Plug Award for the club member making the greatest contribution to the club was presented to Bob Stein. Finally, the President’s Award for the contribution of dedication and leadership went to Paul Fuqua and Bob Parrish for their efforts towards the 2020 Annual meet. Wayne then recognized Terry and Susan Bond and Ivan and Marjorie Joslin as 40-year members, and Ed Monroe as a 50 Year AACA and TRAACA Member. The last activity for the evening was installation of the incoming officers and board members by Bob Parrish.  The 2022 TRAACA officers and board are Tim Hund - President, Bill Treadwell - Vice President, Doug Grosz - Secretary, Tammy Park - Treasurer, and Dick Chipchak, Fred Cole, Skip Patnode, and Jarry Adams as board members. 

 

December 12, 2021 - TRAACA Annual Holiday Party - The biggest event for the year was today's Holiday Party, held at the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach.  We had 86 members attending, with nearly twenty antique vehicles parked outside.  The event started at 10 AM with socializing in the main dining hall, and a slide show of images from the past year's activities.  The Milligans had the club store items out for review and purchase. President Wayne Milligan started things off just before eleven AM with a benediction by Terry Bond, then started the stampede for the buffet luncheon with those who had arrived in antique vehicles.  As usual, the Princess Anne Country Club staff and kitchens provided an amazing repast with standing prime rib, omelet bars, cocktail shrimp, quiche, bacon and sausage, and a slew of freshly baked desserts. About the time we were all groaning over our last plate of pumpkin pie and sweet rolls, Wayne started a brief business meeting to allow announcements.  After that, Terry Bond presented his annual 'Letter to Santa Claus,' a summary of AACA and TRAACA activities and events for the past year.  The holiday party ended soon afterwards.  Many thanks to those who pulled the luncheon together.  Antique vehicles included Larry Goughan with his 1936 Oldsmobile convertible, Ken and Barbara Talley with their 1939 Mercury, Bob Stein's 1941 Packard, Nick Smith and his 1951 MG TD, Jere and Carol Avenson with their 1954 Packard, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici's 1956 DeSoto, Keith Colona's 1959 Lincoln, Riley Bests's 1964 Plymouth, Jim Viller's 1967 Porche, Skip Patnode's 1967 Alfa Romeo, Tim and Phyllis Hund's 1967 Oldsmobile, Paul and Cori Fuqua's 1971 MGB, Fred Cole's 1972 Cadillac, Bill and Linda Treadwell's 1973 Oldsmobile, Mike and Denise Haag's 1979 MGB, Jim and Donna Elliott's 1988 Cadillac, and Dan Ciccone's 1996 Rolls Royce.

 

November 20, 2021 - TRAACA Annual Square Car Tour - Our major tour of the year almost didn't happen.  After cancellation due to Covid back in May, the event kept being put off because of restrictions and conflicts with other activities.  Finally, Richard Hall and Tim Hund got together and made it happen today.  24 antique vehicles and more than 50 people showed up to participate in a drive that wound 47 miles through the back roads of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and North Carolina.  We started in the parking lot of the Kroger's at Mount Pleasant Road and Centerville Turnpike in Chesapeake, rolling out at Noon.  Vehicles on the tour included Paul and Cori Fuqua's 1931 Chevrolet, David and Faye Curl's 1931 Model A Ford, Tim Hund's 1936 Cord, Bob Stein's 1941 Packard, Doug and William Grosz's 1947 Packard, Ken and Barbara Talley's 1955 Buick, Tony Scarpelli's 1956 Chrysler, Bill Wilcox's and Robyn Burnham's 1956 Imperial, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici's 1956 DeSoto, Charles O'Dea's 1956 Oldsmobile, Keith Colonna's 1956 Lincoln Mark II, Bob Ward's 1957 Thunderbird, Bob and Dot Parrish's 1958 Chevrolet, Matt and Vickie Doscher's 1965 Mercury, Skip Patnode's 1967 Alfa Romeo, Scott Davies' and Holly Forester's 1969 MGB-GT, Bob Pellerin's 1969 MGB, Susan and Terry Bond's 1974 MGB-GT, Nick Smith's 1978 Corvette, Bill Coburns's 1985 Camaro, and Dan Ciccone's 1996 Rolls Royce.  We had a rest stop at Chesapeake's Northwest River park, and then rolled back to our starting point for a late lunch at Los Primos Mexican Grille.  Clear and sunny skies, brisk but bearable temperatures, and no breakdowns made this a great tour for everyone - thanks to Richard and Tim for putting it together!
 
November 18, 2021 - TRAACA Dinner Meeting and Annual Silent Auction - Nearly 60 members showed up for this year's Silent Auction and November Dinner Meeting, held at the Chesapeake Convention Center.  With items ranging from food baskets and knit shawls to antique license plates, new tools, and car parts, there was truly something for just about anyone to bid on.  All proceeds are earmarked for the AACA Building Fund and Library, providing a boost for TRAACA's already generous yearly donations.  Dinner was a sit-down affair with an upgraded Thanksgiving theme - turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes, and green beans, plus salad and dessert.  President Wayne Milligan announced next year's TRAACA officers and board members, Travis Berry provided information on the upcoming Christmas Lights Tour, and Marion McAlpine updated the club on plans for the 2022 AACA Grand National Meet being hosted by TRAACA.  It was a great night for bargains and socializing!

 

October 16, 2021 - TRAACA Chili Cookoff - While sunny skies and mid-80s temperatures are not exactly chilly weather, it turned out to be a perfect day for the TRAACA Chili Cookoff!  Seventy eight people with a couple of dozen antique vehicles arrived to sample ten different pots of chili and assorted side dishes and socialize in what has become our traditional October meeting.  President Wayne Milligan opened with a brief business meeting and announced the recommended slate of officers and board members for 2022.  Then Marion McAlpine provided an update on the 2022 AACA Grand National that our region will be hosting in May, showing off the dash plaque and posters designed by automobile personality Larry Printz.  Then it was on to the chili cookoff.  After all was said and eaten, the coveted Best in Bowl award went to Matt and Vivki Docher, with the Almost There award (2nd place) going to Marty and Neil Sugermeyer, and Barely Made It honors (3rd place) presented to Bill and Doug Grosz.  Between bites, club members got to socialize and enjoy looking over cars that ranged from a 1924 Model T Ford and a 1941 Packard all the way up to Corvettes and a Rolls Royce from the 1990s.  Many thanks to generous hosts Dewey and Maxine Milligan, and to Jerry Adams, who coordinated the Chili Cookoff activities.

 

October 6-9, 2021 - HERSHEY! - After a hard-felt absence last year, the world's biggest antique car swap meet was back for 2021.  This was a bigger event than usual for AACA, with the grand opening of our new National Headquarters Building located next to the show field held on Wednesday (Oct. 6th).  Region members could point out the Tidewater Region meeting room with pride, though only the male members could see the bathroom fixture sponsored by Dan Ciccone.  Although cloudy, weather cooperated for the entire activity, with mild temperatures and none of the wet stuff falling. Attendance for the flea market was notably down due to Covid restrictions that kept foreign nationals from the activities.  That did not stop TRAACA members from having a great time and finding some excellent deals.  Long-time attendees like Tom Cox, Terry Bond, and Neil Sugermeyer started their buying early in the week, and even those who really weren't planning to buy anything discovered deals they couldn't pass up.  TRAACA members were also set up to sell:  Terry and Sue Bond, Neil and Marty Sugermeyer, Bob Powell, Pat Locke, and Riley Best all had vendor spaces.  Even more members could be spotted around the flea market looking for deals, including Al and Sharon Mercer, Paul Atkinson, Tim Hund, James and Becky Woodall, Jack and Hilary Pavlidis, Dan Ciccone, Sam Kern, Bill Coburn, Bill Treadwell, Rad and Marge Tillett, Mickey and Toni McChesney, Jim and Donna Elliott, Richard and Sandy Hall, Jerry Adams, Andrew Sitar, Ken Talley, Harry and Tammy Park, Bob Stein, Reggie Nash, Barry Basnight, Craig Casper, Scott Davies, David Curl, Bob and Dot Parrish, and Tammy Cox.  We even got a visit from PA members Bob and Pam Bond! This year's Eastern Division Fall Meet had over 1200 vehicles registered, and was the last Saturday show to be held - next year the event slips back a day with the show on Friday to allow Hershey Park to be open for normal business over the weekend. The region was well represented on the field: Ken Talley brought his 1929 Buick, the Parks had their 1970 Chevelle, Bob Stein had his 1993 EV Warrior, and Dennis Sobota displayed his 1964 Chevrolet Malibu convertible.  However, judging was where the Region's presence was really felt:  Al Mercer was presented with his 50-year membership pin by TRAACA members and  former AACA presidents Tom Cox, Bob Parrish, and Terry Bond, and show judges included Neil Sugermeyer, Terry and Sue Bond, Bob and Dot Parrish, Al Mercer, Sam Kern, Bill Coburn, Bob Stein, Bill Treadwell, James Woodall, and of course, AACA National President and First Lady James and Donna Elliott.

 

October 2, 2021 - Atlantic Shores Third Annual Cruise-In - Atlantic Shores Retirement Community held their 3rd annual cruise-in today and they announced it as a record turnout. The Tidewater Region had a good contingent of it’s members present for the event. The weather could not have been any better. Free box lunches were enjoyed by all participants. A live band provided nice music. Awards were presented at 1PM. Best Theme Award went to Melanie Kordis and her 1930 Model A Ford “Lady Lilli”. Fan Favorite Award went to a 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Best in Show Award went to Nick Smith and his 1951 MG TD The cruise-in concluded with a nice parade through the community. Members participating included David and Faye Curl (1930 Model A Ford), Melanie Kordis (1930 Model A Ford Roadster), Paul Fuqua (1931 Chevrolet Independence AE Coupe), Bill Wilcox and Robyn Burnham (1941 Lincoln Continental), Nick Smith (1951 MG TD), Jere and Carol Avenson (1954 Packard Patrician), Keith Colonna (1956 Lincoln MK II), Riley Best (1964 Plymouth Valiant), Vickie and Matt Doscher (1965 Mercury Comet Caliente), James and Becky Woodall (1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone), Skip Patnode (1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto), Bill Treadwell (1969 Chevrolet Camaro), Harry Park (1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS), and Fred Cole (1972 Cadillac Coupe DeVille). (Story and photos by Vickie Doscher).

 

September 25, 2021 - Tidewater Region 47th  Annual Meet - After last year's COVID cancellation of what had promised to be a spectacular show headed by Paul Fuqua, changing restrictions and requirements had it looking like yet another year would go by without an Annual Meet.  However, thanks to the generosity of Paul Atkinson and Eggleston Corporation, the Region was able to hold a very successful show today at Eggleston's Corporate headquarters building in Norfolk. With 62 vehicles entered, this show was quite different from TRAACA events over the past decade. Our usual 'Wings and Wheels' at Pungo airport was replaced with a low-key affair that did away with class judging and was set up only for unmodified antiques, with no 'Mods and Rods' secondary show.  Meet Registrar Jerry Adams and Ellen Adams did a masterful job of guiding Meet Chair Bob Stein through the complex process of setting up the show, and the Eggleston staff assisted with planning, preparation, and promotion. Even the weather cooperated, with clear sunny skies, pleasant temperatures, and a nice breeze.  This year's event had an unusually high percentage of British cars, with eight MGs, five Rolls-Royces, and two Jaguars!  Standouts on the field included Al Becker's 1929 Packard Dual-Cowl Phaeton, Jerry Adams' 1930 Chevrolet Huckster, Tim Hund's 1941 Packard convertible, Tony Scarpelli's 1956 Chrysler New Yorker, Alan and Laurel  Swenson's 1958 Morris Minor, Pete Koch's 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix, and Larry Goughan's 1970 'Plum Crazy' Dodge Challenger R/T.  Our awards this year were also somewhat different, with a Best of Show, Most Original for three different periods, oldest car on the field, youngest and oldest owners, and furthest driven, plus the Merritt Horne Award.  The Merritt Horne Award was presented to Bruce Sedel for his rescued and restored 1956 Studebaker Parkview Station Wagon.  The trophy for Furthest Driven was presented to Rad and Marge Tillett, who drove their 1956 Thunderbird 72 miles from Kitty Hawk!  Oldest Owner (who was willing to put down his age) was Joe Geib and his 1986 Chevrolet El Camino, while Youngest Owner at the show was Hilary Pavlidis with her 1967 Mercury Cougar.  The Oldest Vehicle Award turned out to also be a kind of 'Hard Luck' honor for Terry Bond, who trailered his immaculate 1914 Ford Model T Touring to the event only to have it refuse to start.  The 'Most Original' and 'Best of Show' categories were judged by a team made up of Former AACA National Presidents Bob Parrish and Terry Bond, and long-time AACA National Judge Neil Sugermeyer.  The Most Original Pre-1955 honor went to Paul Fuqua for his 1931 Chevrolet Independence AE Coupe.  Debbie Nolen's 1957 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle received the nod for Most Original vehicle 1955-1975.  And the 1996 Rolls Royce Silver Spur of Dan Ciccone was selected as the Most Original 1976-1996.  Finally, Best of Show honors went to Herbert Mumford for his incredible 1967 Corvette Stingray coupe.  Many thanks to the volunteers from TRAACA and Eggleston who helped make the event such a success, and special thanks to Jerry and Ellen Adams and Paul Atkinson for their amazing support. (Photos by Marty Sugermeyer, Doug Grosz,  and Bob Stein)

 

September 18, 2021 - Richmond Region Annual Meet - The Richmond Region had its usual spectacular show and swap meet at Saint Joseph's Villa with great weather and plenty of participation.  With features such as 'Hero Vehicle' displays of historic fire and police vehicles, antique car rides, and plenty of vendors with old car parts, there was something for everyone to enjoy.  TRAACA members on the field included Al Becker and his 1929 Packard Dual-Cowl Phaeton, Tony Scarpelli with his 1956 Chrysler New Yorker, Alan and Laurel Swenson with their 1958 Morris Minor convertible, Keith Colonna in his 1959 Lincoln Capri, Bill Treadwell and his 1973 Oldsmobile 4-4-2, and Sam Kern with his 1988 Chevrolet Dually, as well as Reggie Nash who had a number of his antique vehicles on display and was also giving rides in his 1922 Nash 697.  You could also find Pat Locke in the swap meet, and Reggie, Sam, Bill, and Bob Stein all volunteered as judges.  Debbie Nolan and the Richmond Region put on a  terrific event! (Photos by Bob Stein and Wally Hunt)

 

September 11, 2021 - Driving Tour - When the planned activity cancelled out due to Covid concerns with barely a week to go, planners Matt and Vickie Doscher scrambled to put together a driving tour as a replacement - and what a great tour it was!  Fifteen TRAACA vintage cars and more than double that in membership showed up in the Kroger parking lot at Centerville and Mount Pleasant in Chesapeake.  With vehicles ranging from Ken Talley's 1939 Mercury to Dan Ciccone's 1996 Rolls Royce, there was something for everyone to enjoy.  The weather was perfect, clear and sunny with moderate temperatures and a slight breeze. Despite covering scenic areas of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and North Carolina, Matt and Vickie managed to set up a tour with only one stoplight and a popular destination - Blue Pete's Restaurant in Pungo.  Participants included Ken Talley with passengers Bill and Robyn Wilcox, James and Phillis Carnforth with their 1949 Chevrolet, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici (fresh from Rome) in their 1956 DeSoto, Keith Colonna with his 1956 Lincoln Mark II, Boyd Schwartz in his 1962 Volvo 122S, President and First Lady Wayne and Carol Milligan in their 1968 Ford LTD, Rick Flora in his 1969 MGB roadster, Charles O'Dea with his 1969 Mustang, Doug and Bill Grosz driving Nick Smith's 1978 Thunderbird, Nick Smith in his 1978 Corvette, Dewey and Maxine Milligan in their 1985 Ford Crown Victoria, Bob Stein and Chip Woolford in Bob's 1986 Buick Electra, Matt and Vickie's 1991 Mercury, and Dan Ciccone, Tyler Gimbert and a guest in Dan's Rolls. We were joined at the restaurant by Mickey and Toni McChesney and their 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88. Many thanks to the Doschers for a great tour!

 

September 4, 2021 - Doumar's Diner - We moved up the regular Doumar's gathering to allow for our driving activity next weekend.  Being a holiday weekend, attendance was more limited than usual, but we had two very special participants - Dana and Debbie Meadows!  Although passing through on the way to North Carolina, they took time to swing by and visit at Doumar's.  Also in attendance were Jere and Carol Avenson with their 1954 Packard Patrician, Larry Goughan in his 1971 Dodge Charger, and Bob Stein with his 1988 Celebrity Station Wagon, as well as Jerry Adams, Travis and Kimberly Berry, and Bob and Dot Parrish. The next Doumar's Outing will be the 9th of October.

 

August 29, 2021 – TRAACA Tour to the USS Wisconsin and Naval Museum - Approaching the bow of the Wisconsin, you get a feeling of awesome power. We went aboard at about 14:30. After learning about the guns out on the main deck, we saw many of the features of the living and working areas of the ship. We had gone down and climbed several ladders. Dick Chipjack, TRAACA member and Wisconsin docent, told us about the structures, workings, and fighting capabilities of this amazing vessel. He included many interesting and some funny events that happened on the Wisconsin during her active-duty years, including Marie Osmond taking off on her own to the boiler rooms to make sure that even the guys in those steamy spaces got some entertainment (When she came back after singing in 130-degree boiler rooms, her makeup was running off!). We finished our tour with the Naval Museum before heading to dinner at the Grain restaurant a block away from the harbor on Main Street. Participants included Wayne and Carol Milligan, Neil and Marty Sugermeyer, Jerry and Ellen Adams, Travis and Kimberly Berry, Fred Cole, and Dick Chipchak. Many thanks to Ellen Adams for coordinating the activity! (Story and photos by Marty Sugermeyer).

 

August 21, 2021 - Khedive Autos Fun and Shine Show - Even with the threat of rain and various Covid restrictions still present, the 2021 Khedive show held in Chesapeake was a busy event with plenty of TRAACA folks participating and checking vehicles out. Members on the field included Paul Fuqua with his 1931 Chevrolet, Ken Talley with his 1939 Mercury, Bruce Sedel and his 1958 Ford, Tom and Dawn Bottoni with their 1959 and 1962 Cadillacs, Bob Ward with his 1963 Impala, Riley Best with his 1964 Valiant, Boyd Swartz with his 1964 Volvo, Bill Treadwell and his 1969 Camaro, Fred Cole showing his brother's 1970 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide FL, and Sam Kern with his 1988 Chevrolet Dually.  Skip Patnode was one of the organizers, and Mickey McChesney and Murray Goodwin were set up in the flea market, along with Bob Parrish manning a TRAACA tent.  Seen wandering the show grounds were Dan Ciccone, Tyler Gimbert, Richard and Sandy Hall, John and Marie Gancel, Dot Parrish, Julie Hobbs, Toni McChesney, Scott Davies, and Bob Stein.  More than 200 vehicles showed up for the activity - thanks to the Khedive Temple for a great summer event! 

 

August 17, 2021 - Happy Birthday, George! - George Gurnee, that is, a long-time very active member of TRAACA who has had serious health issues the past year.  Besides turning 95 today, George is also the clubs sole remaining World War II veteran. Since George and wife Sheila are unable to get out, Mickey and Toni McChesney arranged a drive-by of antique cars to let them know their friends in the club were thinking of them.  Participants included The McChesneys in their 1940 Oldsmobile Series 90, Bob Stein with his 1941 Packard 110, Jere and Carol Avenson in their 1954 Packard Patrician, Skip Patnode driving his 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, John and Marie Gancel in their 1968 Chevrolet Caprice, Scott Davies and Holly Forester in Holly's 1969 MGB-GT, Riley Best in his 1971 Plymouth Satellite, Bill Treadwell in his 1973 Oldsmobile 4-4-2, Dan Ciccone driving his 1984 Rolls Royce, and Sam Kern with his 1988 Chevrolet Dually, .

 

August 14, 2021 - Doumar's Diner Driveout! - Our summer monthly gathering was small for August, but still brought some fine old cars and even finer company.  The threat of a thunderstorm and oppressive heat did not help, but we had a good time anyway.  Present were Bob Stein (1949 MG TC), Fred Cole (1989 Buick Reatta), F. Mason Gamage Jr. (1991 Jaguar), TRAACA President and First Lady Wayne and Carol Milligan, Vice President (and Second Lady?) Tim and Phyllis Hund, and Jerry Adams.  We also had a guest (neighbor of Mason) with an immaculate 1992 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser - yes, we encouraged him to check us out!  Next month's Doumar's Outing has been moved up to September 4th to accommodate the TRAACA Cape Henry Lighthouse Tour scheduled for September 11th.

 

July 24, 2021 - TRAACA SWAP MEET! - Another victim of COVID might have been our 2021 Swap Meet - however, the planners kept a watchful eye open and were able to reschedule the event for today from the original date in March.  Despite the time of year, the weather was amazingly good and just cloudy enough to keep the heat down.  Our hosts at the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy provided the terrific location, and our Swap Meet team accomplished one of the best activities we have had there.  Outside spaces were pretty much sold out, and we had plenty of indoor spaces filled as well.  Plus the TRAACA bake sale with all sorts of goodies.  Venders were set up with a wide variety of car parts and memorabilia that ranged from Ford Model T Parts to high-end turbocharger kits, and included antique bicycles and exotic pedal cars.  The registration effort was handled by Jerry Adams and his amazing team of volunteers that included Ellen Adams, Mark McAlpine, Bill Treadwell, and Fred Cole.  Members set up outside included John Heimerl and Tom Norris, Sam Kern, Dan Ciccone and Tyler Gimbert, Riley Best, and Mickey McChesney.  Inside, you could find Neil and Marty Sugermeyer, Dennis Sobota, and Pat Locke, with the TRAACA bake sale crew of Tammy Park, Sandy Hall, Toni McChesney, and Marion McAlpine, and TRAACA First Lady  Carol Milligan and Kimberly Berry taking care of the club store and membership table.  Of course, you have to have customers to have a successful flea market, and mixed in among the many folks there to spend money were Dewey and Maxine Milligan, James and Becky Woodall, Travis Berry, Tony Scarpelli, Charlie Daniels, Andrew Sitar, Tom Allen, Jody Dudley, Paul Fuqua and son John, Matt Gresalfi, Richard Hall, Bob Ward, Chris Hunt, and Barry Basnight.  And of course, TRAACA President Wayne Milligan was on hand to provide moral support and lend a hand where needed.  Many thanks to all of the dedicated club members who made this rescheduled swap meet a great success! And apologies to anyone who was accidentally left out!
 

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