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July 27-29, 2018 - TRAACA Tour to Charlottesville - Fourteen members of the TRAACA journeyed to Charlottesville, VA to enjoy a weekend in Virginia wine country. Vickie Doscher planned a terrific sequence of activities for everyone starting with a visit on Friday afternoon to Cunningham Creek Winery in Palmyra, VA, where we learned about the operations of a craft vineyard and got to enjoy some delicious wine. After completing our drive to our hotel in Charlottesville, we enjoyed dinner at nearby Travinia Italian Kitchen, then went to the McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia where we were able to view Saturn and Venus through the observatory’s 26-inch refractor telescope. Saturday morning, after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, our group visited President Thomas Jefferson’s home—Monticello—for a behind the scenes tour of the private areas of house, then went to historic Michie Tavern for lunch. Saturday afternoon we visited Castle Hill Cidery in Keswick, Virginia, for a tour and tastings. The group returned to Charlottesville for dinner at nearby Burton’s Grill, then most of the group went on a ghost & history tour in historic downtown Charlottesville and stopped afterward for some delicious Italian gelato. Sunday morning most of the group traveled to Highland, the official residence of President James Monroe and his wife Elizabeth Kortright Monroe. After the tour the group had lunch at Moose’s by the Creek restaurant, then made their ways home separately. TRAACA members who participated were Jean & David Belton, Kim & Travis Berry, Linda & Dick Cooper (our West Virginia “chapter”), Vickie & Matt Doscher, Marion & Mark McAlpine, Carol & Wayne Milligan, and Linda & Bob Pellerin. Everyone had a great time and thank Vickie for planning the tour and making all the arrangements. (Story and photos by Mark and Marion McAlpine)

 

July 11-14, 2018 - AACA Eastern Spring Meet (Gettysburg, PA) - A small contingent of TRAACA members made the trek to Gettysburg, PA, for the 2018 AACA Eastern Spring Meet on 11-14 July 2018, and it was worth the trip. With over 500 cars on the show field on Saturday, it was a large meet. Some members drove up mid-week to visit Prueitt Restorations, the Don Bowman collection, and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing or enjoy some of the tours the Chesapeake Region AACA had set up for the meet. Others arrived later in the week to enter their antique vehicle in the show or to judge. (Some did both.) Every TRAACA member who entered a car in the show came home happy. Mike & Darlene Brown’s 1972 Ford LTD Brougham received its Repeat Preservation Award, as did Mark & Marion McAlpine’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396. This was Charlie & Sandy Dawsons first time entering a vehicle for judging at an AACA meet, and their 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 received its First Junior Award. Jim & Donna Elliott’s 1931 Cadillac 12-cylinder 370A received its Senior Award. Tony Scarpelli’s 1956 DeSoto Firedome received its Driver Participation Class (DPC) Certification, and Neil & Marty Sugermeyer’s 1965 Ramble Classic 770 received its Repeat DPC Certification. Mike Brown was recognized for achieving 10 Judging Credits and becoming an AACA Master Judge. Terry Bond, Mike Brown, Bill Coburn, Tom Cox, Jim Elliott, Sam Kern, Marion & Mark McAlpine, Bob Parrish, Tony Scarpelli, and Neil Sugermeyer judged at the meet; Terry Bond, Jim Elliott, and Marion & Mark McAlpine each presented Continuing Judges Education (CJE) lessons; and Dot Parrish worked judging administration. (Story and photos by Mark and Marion McAlpine)

 

June 15-16, 2018 - HVPR/TRAACA Endless Yard Sale - On Friday and Saturday, 15-16 June 2018, a small cadre of TRAACA and HVPR members journeyed to North Carolina to participate in the Route 301 Endless Yard Sale, an annual event where private individuals and business set up yard sales or open their businesses along over 100 miles of Route 301 between Weldon and Dunn, NC. Donna & Jim Elliott, Marion & Mark McAlpine, and Leslie & Tony Scarpelli got an early start on the great deals by driving to Selma, NC, then hitting the yard sales and shops on the way back to Rocky Mount, NC, where they had dinner and spent the night reenergizing before hitting the Endless Yard Sale again on Saturday. On Saturday morning, Kim & Travis Berry and Margie & Rad Tillett and their adult son Bren drove to Rocky Mount to begin their antiquing outing. All five cars worked their way north individually, making frequent stops at private yard sales, group yard sales at country fairgrounds and city parks, sometimes meeting up with each other at various spots, then congregated in Weldon, NC, to ravage Riverside Mill Antiques & Collectibles. After treasures and energy (and wallets) were exhausted, the group went to Ralph’s Barbecue in Weldon for some delicious Southern food. Everyone had a great time but agreed the best finds (for what they were looking for) were at the antique stores and auto repair shops—the yard sales mostly had clothing—so look for next year’s joint TRAACA and HVPR antique crawl to be along a more traditional route. (Story by Marion McAlpine.  Photos by Travis Berry, Donna Elliott, Marion & Mark McAlpine, and Leslie Scarpelli)

 

June 2, 2018 - AACA Grand National (Greensburg, PA) - Despite high probabilities of rain for the entire three-day event, the 2018 AACA Grand National meet held at the University of Pittsburgh's Greensburg Campus had almost all of the more than five hundred registered antique vehicles on the field.  All to the good, as the threatened precipitation held off and allowed a very full morning of judging some of the very best that AACA has to offer.  Naturally, that 'very best' included a large number of cars and people from Tidewater region. TRAACA vehicles going for various Grand National awards included Jim and Donna Elliott's 1903 Cadillac, Tim Hund's 1932 Auburn, Scott Davies' 1958 Corvette, Reggie and Cindi Nash's 1958 Cadillac, Jim Viller's 1950 Jeep CJ-3A, Wes Neil's and Nancy Soscia's 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Mark and Marion McAlpine's 1970 Chevelle SS, and Bill and Linda Treadwell's 1969 Camaro.  We also had quite a few folks who came just to judge, including Bob and Dot Parrish, Tom Cox, Terry Bond, Neil Sugermeyer, Richard and Linda Cooper, Bill Coburn, and Bob Stein.  Marty and Johnny Sugermeyer were on hand for morale support.  Almost all of our TRAACA folks came home with the awards they were after - congratulations to everyone!

 

May 19, 2018 - TRAACA Club Picnic - Cloudy skies and occasional hard rain might detour some clubs from a weekend activity, but not TRAACA folks!  (At least when there is free food on the line.) With seventy-two members signed up to attend a club picnic hosted by Dewey and Maxine Milligan and catered by Southland, the actual number attending was... seventy-THREE! The activity, set up by Wayne and Carol Milligan, was completely subsidized by the club for members.  The menu included bar-b-que, fried chicken, hush puppies, cole slaw and green beans, all freshly prepared on the spot.  Afterwards there were cookies and brownies for dessert.  In addition to most of the 'usual crowd, the event drew some long-distance members as well - Al and Sharon Mercer came all the way from Saint Charles, Missouri! The inclement weather did not keep antique cars away, either, with Riley Best driving the oldest iron - his 1953 Pontiac 'Tin Woody' and ten other antiques in the parking areas.  As the only club officer present, Charlie Dawson ran a very brief business meeting to make the monthly meeting official.  However, most of the meeting was spent doing what we love most - eating and visiting with fellow members, with some tire kicking outside when the rain let up.  Many thanks to the club for this great activity!

 

May 5, 2018 - 17th Annual Square Car Tour - Twenty-three cars and more than forty people showed up for our Annual Square Car Tour - a drive where the oldest car leads the way, setting the pace for the rest of the participants. Matt and Vickie Doscher laid out the tour, which wound through back roads of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach with hardly a single stop light. We started off at Matt and Vickie's home in Chesapeake to socialize and enjoy donuts and coffee. Tires were kicked, lies were swapped, and we all ogled Jeff Locke's less-than-24-hour-old purchase - a Rolls Royce!  Matt called a driver's meeting at 10:30 AM to go over carefully prepared directions.  Then he took point with Vickie in their 1965 Mercury Comet convertible, just ahead of Terry Bond and passenger Mark McAlpine in Terry's 1914 Model T Ford. The rest of the participants followed in rough chronological order of the vehicles they were driving, with 'modern iron' brining up the rear. Pre-war vehicles included Ken and Barbara Talley's 1929 Buick, Billy Stutz and son in their 1929 Model A Ford, Bob and Dot Parrish in their 1931 Chevrolet Sport Coupe, Bob Stein and Dan Ciccone in Bob's 1937 Pontiac, Mickey and Toni McChesney's 1940 Oldsmobile, and Jere Avenson's 1941 Packard Deluxe. Despite predictions of rain earlier in the week, the weather could not have been more perfect.  Warm and mostly sunny, with temperatures in the upper 70s as opposed to the previous day's 90 degrees! Matt kept the pace comfortable for the oldest of the cars, allowing for a leisurely drive.  We had a rest stop at Munden Point Park in Virginia Beach, then rolled through more beautiful countryside before making our final stop for lunch at the excellent Blue Pete's Restaurant in Pungo.  You couldn't ask for a better old car activity - it started and ended with good food, and no one broke down! Thanks to Matt and Vickie Doscher for a great Square Car Tour!

 

April 14, 2018 - Lantern Asia Display - More than 30 TRAACA members took advantage of one of our few real Spring Days  to participate in dinner and a walking tour of the Norfolk Botanical Garden's Lantern Asia display. The group met for dinner (of course) at the Azalea Inn, taking up most of the restaurant's side room.  Tim and Phyllis Hund had their 1955 Packard Carribean convertible in the parking lot, along with  Bill and Linda Treadwell's 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442.  After dinner, the group drove over to the Botanical Gardens and enjoyed a  mile-long walk around internally-lit works of art highlighting traditional Asian themes of nature, wildlife, architecture and ancient folklore. Many thanks to the activities committee for putting together another great activity - and also providing perfect weather for it! (Images by Hilary Pavlidis and Bob Stein)

 

April 4-7, 2018 - Charlotte Auto Fair and Southeastern Division AACA National Spring Meet - In its never-ending quest to be more like Hershey, this year's Charlotte Auto Fair and Eastern Division Spring Meet provided a mix of weather that started off with shirtsleeve sunny days and ended with cold and drizzle.  Two days of beautiful blue skies allowed plenty of browsing through the flea market fields, but things turns dark and wet for the car show on Saturday.  Despite the unpleasant weather, Tidewater had a good showing both on the field and in the judge's ranks.  Starting with AACA Vice President of Judging Jim Elliott's 1993 Camaro Pace Car, the region was represented by Andy Ott's freshly restored 1930 Model A Pickup Truck, Bill and Linda Treadwell's 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442, Fred Cole's 1978 Honda CB750F competition motorcycle, Jeff Locke's 1964 Solex Moped, and Bob Stein's 1993 EV Warrior Electric Moped.  Participants in judging included Bill Treadwell, Terry Bond, Neil Sugermeyer, Bob and Dot Parrish, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Tony Scarpelli, Jim and Donna Elliott, Jeff Locke, Tom Cox (who also received a milestone judging award), and Bob Stein.  Also spotted in and around the show field were Richard and Linda Cooper and Gordon Garnett (who had his Lincoln Town Car in the corral).  Participants got to see the debut of the AACA Library's freshly restored Bookmobile, which was on display in the AACA main information tent for the entire show. Show results will be added when they are released.

 

March 10, 2018 - TRAACA Annual Swap Meet - After several years of decent weather in march, the annual Swap Meet finally got a less than ideal day at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo.  The morning started out dry, if cloudy, and a decent turnout of both vendors and and customers showed up for the first big local collector car event of the year.  Most of the spaces outside and inside were occupied by individuals selling everything from a mid-1940s Crosley convertible to gas pumps and period clothing.  The car corral offered a good choice as well, including a 2001 Thunderbird, a 1958 Oldsmobile Holiday, a 1953 MG TD, and a 1991 Lincoln Town Car.  Late morning began to get damp, however, sprinkles sending folks into the hangar at first, but then convincing the outside vendors to start packing up.  Despite the abbreviated activity, the vent was a success thanks to the efforts Chairman Bill Treadwell and his terrific volunteers, as well those who contributed and manned the bake sale table.  Thanks to all who participated!

 

February 24, 2018 - HVPR/TRAACA White Rabbit Special - What can get more than 40 old car enthusiasts out on a February evening?  How about a great dinner and an evening with a six-foot tall pooka?  The Historic Virginia Peninsula   and Tidewater regions combined forces for dinner at Smithfield Station and 'Harvey' at the Smithfield Little Theater.  Starting off with dinner (of course), participants could select from a special inclusive dinner deal that offered appetizers such as bacon-wrapped scallops and oysters Rockefeller, entrees with crab cakes, fish, chicken, steak, or even salads, and fudge cake or bread pudding for dessert.  Following the meal, the group made its way to the Smithfield Little Theater for a well-reviewed performance of Mary Chase's 'Harvey'.  Both the meal and the show were excellent, and member Ron Pack even got integrated into the show.  Thanks to the activity committee for helping put together a great evening out!

 

February 8-10, 2018 - AACA National Membership Meeting - More than two dozen  TRAACA  club members showed up for this year's National Membership Meeting in Philadelphia, with four of the seminars presented by or assisted with by TRAACA folks.  Three members received National Awards and four members started or continued as National Directors.  Outgoing National President and TRAACA members Tom and Tammy Cox ended a second term. Mark and Marion McAlpine received the AACA Master Editor Award for the third time, and Bob Stein announced the Webmaster awards. Scott Davies received the National Corvette Award for his fantastic restoration of the 1958 Corvette roadster his brother Bob bought new, and sold to Scott in the early 1960s.  As usual, the trips up and back included stops at Jimmy's Family Restaurant in Bridgeville, where Bill Wilcox discovered that they were not lying when they advertised a 'jumbo' cinnamon bun! (Photos by Bob Stein and Sue Bond)

 

January 21, 2018 - Impromptu Fun Run - Matt Doscher took a look at the forecast earlier this week and decided to set up a fun run to take advantage of some long-missing warm temperatures and sunny skies.  He set up a great afternoon drive through the back roads of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach  on Monday and put out the word.  Nearly a dozen antique cars and close to two dozen members showed up for the start at Noon in the Farm Fresh parking lot off Mount Pleasant Road in Chesapeake.  The oldest cars on the run were also the most impressive - Jere Avenson's 1941 Packard Deluxe 110 and William and Doug Grosz's 1947 Super Eight.  After an hour of easy cruising, the group ended up at Pungp Pizza for lunch.  It was a great way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon!

 

January 20, 2018 - Awards and Installation Banquet - Tidewater Region's annual awards and installation ceremony took place at the Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport, with more than 60 members participating.  This event honors members who have excelled in the hobby and also installs the incoming board of directors and new board members.  President Mark McAlpine opened ceremonies with general announcements, followed by a blessing by Terry Bond.  After everyone enjoyed a buffet dinner that featured Chicken Marsala, Citrus Salmon, and a roast beef carving station, Mark started the festivities.   The awards presentations went smoothly, with a brief aside for co=editors Mark and Marion McAlpine to present frames covers of the MudFlap to members whose cars were on the cover that month.  Jim also gave  special recognition to TRAACA members who are receiving national honors at Philadelphia in February, as well as special awards to TRAACA members for service to the club.  Bob Parrish did a sweet job of bringing in the 2018 TRAACA board officers and members by giving each a description of their duties and a candy bar that signified their job.  It was noted that Bob pocketed one of the bars himself  - claiming a 'Payday' for missing Treasurer Charlie Dawson.  The 2018 TRAACA board consists of Mark McAlpine - President, Matt Doscher - Vice President, Vickie Doscher - Secretary, Charlie Dawson - Treasurer, and board members Jerry Adams, Scott Davies, Tim Hund and Travis Berry.  The evening ended with closing remarks from Mark McAlpine.

 

2017 TRAACA Award Winners

  • DURYEA AWARD - Tom Cox (2017 AACA President)
  • OVERLAND AWARD: Tim Hund (1932 Auburn 8-100A)
  • PRESIDENT'S AWARD: Jim Villers
  • RESTORATION AWARD: Scott Davies (1958 Corvette) and Jim Villers (1958 Mercedes Benz 190SL)
  • MUDFLAP AWARD: Terry Bond, Bob Parrish
  • BARTLETT BOWL: Jim and Donna Elliott
  • MERRITT HORNE PARTICIPATION: Bill and Linda Treadwell
  • IVIE LISTER AWARD: Mark Strang
  • SPARKPLUG AWARD: Marion McAlpine
  • LALIQUE AWARD: Bob Roughton Jr.
  • BEAULIEU CUP: • Scott Davies (1958 Corvette)
  • HARD LUCK AWARD - Bill Treadwell
  • 25-YEAR MEMBERS: John and Mary Ann Blair, Alexander Nazaruk, Bob and Linda Pellerin.
  • 40-YEAR MEMBERS: Riley Best (45 years), Joe & Jack Burroughs (46 years), Craig & Cheryl Casper (45 years), Harold & Evy Eacker (46 years), Richard & Sandy Hall (46 years), Frank Lagana (47 years), Jeff & Pat Locke (41 years), Al & Sharon Mercer (48 years), Ed & Diane Monroe (46 years), Gerard & Mary Lou Olson (42 years), Rad & Margie Tillett (40 years), Harold Via (58 years), and  Robert Ward (44 years)
January 13, 2018 - Chrysler Museum and Freemason Abbey - Nearly forty members rolled out early Saturday morning to meet at Norfolk's Chrysler Museum of Art. Although the world-class facility generally has amazing displays on hand, the particular draw this time was a display of glassware by René Lalique, a French craftsman whose Art Deco works included magnificent hood ornaments that graced elegant vehicles from the 1920s and 1930s.  There was also a new display celebrating NASA Langley's 100th anniversary, with displays from some of the earliest aircraft experiments to the latest in distant galaxy research.  There was even some history in the parking lot, with Bob Stein's 1937 Pontiac and Bob and Dot Parrish's 1977 Corvette out for the activity.  Following the museum tour, the group went on the Freemason Abbey for lunch, enjoying a special group menu that included a variety of sandwiches, crab quiche, and bar-b-que.  It was a great way to shake off winter doldrums and stay warm.  Many thanks to the activity committee for a great event!

 

December 10, 2017 - TRAACA Holiday Event - This year's annual holiday season activity brought us back to the elegant buffet brunch at the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach.  More than eighty members and nearly two dozen antique vehicles showed up for the great food and company.  All that was missing was electricity - the club lost power fifteen minutes before our function was to start, after having been without power most of the previous day.  However, unlike two functions that had to cancel out the previous day, we were able to soldier on thanks to gas stoves in the kitchen and walls of glass windows with a sunny day.   After a social hour and a few brief words of introduction by President Mark McAlpine, the group started in on the brunch buffet, which included two omelet bars,  standing prime rib, shrimp, salads, fruit, desserts, and more.  A very brief business meeting got announcements out of the way, and then Terry Bond provided a terrific recap of the Tidewater Region's activities in 2017 in the form of a 'Letter to Santa Claus."   It was an excellent end to 2017 - thanks to all those who made it possible!

 

December 5, 2017 – Dinner and Holiday Lights - More than forty TRAACA members took advantage of mid-sixties temperatures and clear skies to enjoy a ride through the Norfolk Botanical Garden's Holiday Light display.  We started off with dinner at Azalea Inn, a local family restaurant with great pizza and prime rib.  After dinner, the group followed Bob and Susan Woolfitt in their 1956 Packard over to the Botanical Gardens for the tour.  There are over a million lights in the display, which took two months for crews to set up.  Scenes range from fire-breathing dragons and waterfalls of light to scenes of Santa taking off from an aircraft carrier and a gingerbread house.  The group had a great time - thanks to the activity committee for setting things up!

 

November 18-19, 2017 – Coastal Virginia Auto Show - Although it is an open commercial event, the Coastal Virginia Auto Show held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center had a lot of TRAACA and other AACA folks participating.  One of the featured guests was TRAACA member and AACA National President Tom Cox, who brought his amazingly original 1947 Nash all the way from Roanoke!  Other region members and friends with vehicles in the show included Harry Boone, Jim Elliott, Charlie Dawson, Charlie Daniels, Bill Treadwell, Bob Stein, Bill Thumel, Mickey McChesney, Tommy and Debbie Nolan from Richmond, Joe and Jack Burroughs, Joe and Charlene Geib, John and Lynn Heimerl (we'll forgive him for bringing a hot rod), Fred Cole, and Wally Hunt from Fredericksburg.  Spectators included Bob Parrish, Scott Davies, and Mark and Marion McAlpine. Awards went to Joe and Charlene Geib's 1966 Avanti, Bob Stein's 1949 MG TC, Bill Thumel's 1959 Austin-Healey, and Wally Hunt's 1924 Model T Ford.

 

November 16, 2017 – TRAACA Silent Auction! - Our most popular dinner meeting is always the Silent Auction, and this year was no exception.  The Holiday Inn banquet room was bursting at the seams Thursday night with tables covered with donated treasures and one of the largest crowds ever.  Although it is technically a fund raiser for the club, the Silent Auction is also a great time to socialize, with more people congregating to chat than look at the items.  However, it is also a great time to find true bargains - as the old saying goes, one person's junk...  Some of the standout items of this year's auction were a 1957 Monogram Cessna 180 model kit (unbuilt) in the original box, lifetime alignments from Cavalier Garage, and TWO 1965 Mustang dashboard alarm clock and weather station combos!  Given the proximity to Thanksgiving, the dinner buffet included turkey, ham, dressing, and a variety of desserts.  The Silent Auction was a great success both financially and fun-wise - thanks to those who made it possible!

 

November 4, 2017 -'American Graffiti' Movie Night -  More than a hundred people showed up to enjoy free dinner and a movie hosted by member Bob Hanbury at his amazing activity facility in Portsmouth.  In addition to the featured viewing of the film classic  'American Graffiti,' Bob provided a steel drummer and a magician for additional entertainment.  Dinner included bar-b-que, fried chicken, hotdogs, and a great variety of side dishes all prepared on-site by Bob's capable staff.  Mark and Marion McAlpine set up an American Graffiti trivia challenge game just before the movie, where participants had to test their memories.  Popcorn and drinks were available all during the movie, and Bob even sent folks home with leftovers from the dinner banquet.  It was a tremendous evening, all due to the generosity and hard work of Bob Hanbury and his staff.

 

October 28, 2017 -The TRAACA Annual Chili Cookoff! -  The end of October brings many things - including our favorite form of Chili weather - warm and sunny skies!  In this case, the October chili arrived in crock pots, along with fried chicken, deviled eggs, cornbread, brownies, cakes, and all sorts of other good things to eat. Generously hosted again by Dewey and Maxine Milligan, our 2017 Chili Cookoff was one of the largest ever, with 11 different chili entries and more than 50 members attending.  As usual, there was a great variety of antique cars driven to the event that ranged from a Model A ford sedan and a 1937 Imperial, a magnificent 1947 Packard limousine and perfectly restored 1958 Corvette, all the way up to a 1967 Cobra replica and a 1985 Ford Crown Victoria.  After a brief business meeting and a big THANK YOU from President Mark McAlpine to our hosts, now-walker-free Terry Bond gave a blessing and the masses swarmed the food tables in our usual friendly free-for-all.   It was a tough competition, but in the end we have four award winners.  William Grosz and Vickie Doscher tied for the third place "Barely Made It Award.'  Event organizer Jerry Adams received the Second Place 'Almost There Award.  And finally, Carol Milligan earned top honors and was presented with the coveted 'Best in Bowl' first place award.  As always, this was a fun activity, and we thank everyone who helped make it possible.

 

October 5-7, 2017 – Hershey! -  Sunny skies and unusually warm weather made this year's Hershey a surprisingly comfortable place to be - a couple of scattered showers late Thursday and a very fine sprinkle Saturday were the only issues with an otherwise great weekend.  The world's biggest antique car event drew out plenty of TRAACA members as vendors, show participants, judges, and spectators.  Although prices were typically high, some bargains could be found.  A 1953 Packard 200 in very nice driver condition could be yours for $5600, and there was even the requisite 'barn find' car with the odd 'bonus' of being obscured by decades of dirt and dust.  TRAACA member and National President Tom Cox was out front to hand dash plaques to nearly 2000 Eastern Division Fall Meet participants.  Other TRAACA folks on hand included Mark and Marion McAlpine, Matt and Vickie Doscher, Wayne and Carol Milligan, Bob and Dot Parrish, Terry and Susan Bond, Wes Neal, Bob and Pam Bond, Mickey and Toni McChesney, Scott Davies, Holly Forester, Sam Kern, Richard and Sandy Hall, Tony Scarpelli, Bob Hanbury, Rad and Marge Tillett, Bill Coburn, Bob Stein, Pat and Jeff Locke, Tim Hund, and Bruce Sedel.  (Photos by Wes Neal and Bob Stein)

 

September 30, 2017 – Walking Tour of Fort Monroe -  More than a dozen members showed up early Saturday morning at the Ocean View McDonald's for a a tour of historic Fort Monroe.  The group caravanned over to Ft. Monroe, where they started with a  guided walking tour of the historic military facility.  After the guided tour, members were free to explore the Casemate Museum and other parts of Ft. Monroe on their own, gathering back for a short drive to the Deadrise Restaurant.  It was a beautiful day to be out - thanks to Wayne Milligan and the other members of the Activities Committee for putting this event together!  (Photos by Vickie Doscher)

 

September 23, 2017 – 44th Annual Meet/Wings and Wheels Show -  Our 44th Annual Meet at the Military Aviation Museum was one of the biggest ever thanks to warm, sunny weather.  About  200 classic, special interest, and modified vehicles rolled out for our biggest event of the year, including a 1929 Packard Dual-Cowl Phaeton, a WWII Jeep complete with machine gun, a display celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cougar, Camaro, and Firebird, and a display of vintage fire trucks.  As usual, vehicles began showing up well before the advertised 8 AM kickoff, but show chairman Tony Scarpelli and his crew had stations manned and ready.  Show class judging and special award results are listed below, and you can get a 'virtual' look at our show below. Nearly 400 photos include every show vehicle, plus activities and awards!  And even better, we have a great brid's-eye view of the show provided by Michael Blankenship: https://youtu.be/hzorH1Y5PhM

 

 

AACA CLASS AWARDS

CLASS

AWARD

RECIPIENT

VEHICLE

4c

1st

Shea, Jerry

1959 Volkswagen Cabrio

4c

1st

Fisher, Sharon

1960 Volkswagen Bug

4c

AACA

Nolen, Debbie

1969 Volkswagen Beetle

18b

AACA

Talley, Ken

1929 Buick Master

19a

1st

Becker, Al

1929 Packard 645

19a

AACA

Kern, Sam

1925 Franklin 11-A

20a

1st

Cook, Curtis

1930 Oakland

20d

AACA

Lawrence, Kit

1937 Dodge Wagon

20f

1st

Avenson, Jere

1941 Packard 110 Deluxe

21b

1st

Stutz, William

1929 Ford Model A Tudor

21e

AACA

Cutright, Larry & Jane

1933 Ford 3 Window Coupe

21f

1st

Eacker, Harold & Evelyn

1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe

21g

1st

Boone, Harry

1940 Ford Deluxe

21g

2nd

Burroughs, Jack

1939 Ford 91-A

21g

1st

Walker, Ron

1940 Ford Tudor

21h

1st

Snell, Willie H.

1946 Ford 2dr Sedan

22b

1st

Rowland, Johnny

1934 Ford Pickup

22b

1st

Gresalfi, Matthew

1937 Dodge Md15 Pick Up

22b

AACA

Wickham, Larry

1935 Ford Pickup

22g

3rd

Horton, Chris

1967 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup

22i

1st

Thompson, Duncan M. (Pete)

1972 Ford/ M.U.T.T. M151a2

25a

2nd

Fisher, Eddie

1960 Triumph Tr3

25a

1st

Bond, Susan

1948 Mg Tc

25a

AACA

Villers, Jim

1958 Mercedes Benz 190sl

25b

3RD

Hazlett, Allen

1966 Mgb Roadster

25b

2nd

Smith, Patrick

1963 Mg Mgb

25b

1st

Meadows, Dana

1966 Triumph Tr 4a

25b

2nd

Smith, Patrick

1966 Mg Mgb

25d

1st

Hennessey, Dennis

1977 Mg Mgb

25d

3rd

Ford, David

1972 Mg Mgb

25d

2nd

Garris, Gary

1975 Jensen-Healey

25D

2ND

Stutz, William

1971 Mgb

25e

1ST

Hall, Richard & Sandy

1973 Mgbgt Gt

26a

1st

Grosz, William

1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper 8

26c

2ND

Smith, Jonathan

1951 Desoto Deluxe

26d

2nd

Clarke, William H.

1952 Hudson Hornet

26d

1st

Flanders, Jimmy

1953 Buick Special

27b

AACA

Scarpelli, Anthony

1956 Chrysler New Yorker

27C

1ST

Leurmann, Frank

1958 Mercedes

27e

2ND

Ward, Bob & Jane

1963 Chevrolet Impala Ss

27e

2ND

Roberts, Glenn & Sandra

1963 Buick Riviera

27e

AACA

Haring, Ellen & John

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air

27f

2ND

Sugermeyer, Neil & Marty

1965 Amc Rambler 770 Classic

27f

3RD

Swartz, Boyd

1964 Volvo 122s

27h

1st

Milligan, Wayne

1968 Ford Ltd

27h

2nd

Smith, Jonathan

1968 Chrylser 300

27j

AACA

Brown, Mike

1972 Ford Ltd

27l

1st

Smith, Jonathan

1976 Chrysler New Yorker

27l

2nd

Heath, Billy

1976 Ford Maverick

27m

AACA

Parrish, Bob

1978 Ford Thunderbird

27n

AACA

Elliott, Jim

1980 Pontiac Trans Am

27p

1st

Cole, Frederick

1984 Buick Riviera T-Type

27q

1st

Stein, Bob

1986 Nissan Laurel

27q

1st

Etheridge, Daniel

1986 Jaguar Xjs

27r

1st

Barnard, Daniel

1989 Lincoln Town  Car

27s

1st

Garris, Gary

1991 Pontiac Trans-Am

30a

1ST

Taylor, Jimmy

1955 Chevrolet Corvette

30a

AACA

Davies, Scott

1958 Chevrolet Corvette

30b

1ST

Mccullough, Larry

1964 Chevrolet Corvette

30b

AACA

Watson, John

Corvette

30c

AACA

Houck, Eugene T.

1971 Chevrolet Corvette

30e

1st

Bunch, Rory

1991 Chevrolet Corvette Zr1

30e

AACA

Garris, Gary

1987 Chevrolet Corvette

31

1st

Overton, Cindy

1956 Ford Thunderbird

31

1st

Clifton, Joseph

1955 Ford Thunderbird

33

1st

Wyatt, John

1957 Chevrolet Belair

34a

2nd

Dawson, Sandy

1966 Ford Mustang

34a

2nd

Heath, Billy

1966 Ford Mustang

34a

AACA

Doscher, Matt & Vickie

1965 Ford Mustang

34g

AACA

Treadwell, Bill & Linda

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

34E

2nd

Kickhofel, George

1965 Ford Mustang

36a

1st

Nolen, Tommy

1962 Pontiac Grand Prix

36b

1st

Dawson, Charlie

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

36b

AACA

Street, Robert & Ann

1962 Chevrolet Impala Ss

36f

3rd

Waller, Violet K.

1970 Buick Gran Sport

36g

1st

Cook, Don

1970 Chevrolet Nova

36g

AACA

Mcalpine, Mark & Marion

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Ss 396

36j

1st

Gentile, Joe

1970 Amc Amx

38

1st

Maguire, Tim

1950 Chevrolet Highlander

38

AACA

Villers, Jim

1950 Willys Cj-3a

DPC

AACA

Doscher, Matt & Vickie

1965 Mercury Comet

DPC

AACA

Nolen, Debbie

1965 Fiat 500

DPC

AACA

Pavlidis, Hilary

1967 Mercury Cougar

DPC

AACA

Lagana, Frank

1990 Ford Ranger Pick Up

DPC

AACA

Patnode, Skip

1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto

HPOF

AACA

Coburn, Bill

1985 Chevrolet Camaro

HPOF

AACA

Parrish, Bob

1978 Chevrolet Corvette

HPOF ORG

AACA

Hunt, Wally & Liz

1947 Willys Overland Cj2a

HPOF ORG

AACA

Locke, Jeff

1966 Solex Moped

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1993 Ford Taurus Sho

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Best Pre-War Ford

Smithfield Station

Ron Walker - 1940 Ford

Best British Car

Abacus Racing

Dennis Hennessey - 1977 MGB

Best MOPAR

Hall Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Tony Scarpelli -1956  Chrysler

Best Jeep

Wes Neal

Jim Villers - 1950 Willys

Best Chevrolet

Cavalier Garage

Robert Street - 1962 Chevrolet

Best Corvette

Royal Silver

Scott Davies - 1958 Corvette

Best General Motors Car

Schaubach Companies Of Virginia

Mark and Marion McAlpine - 1969 Chevrolet

Best Orphan Car

Dr. Motorworx

Joe Gentile - 1970 AMX

Best German Car

Gerolsteiner Water

Debbie Nolen - 1969 VW

Best Foreign Car

Checkered Flag

Debbie Nolen - 1965 Fiat

Best Classic Car

Ciccone Classic Appraisals

Al Becker - 1929 Packard

Best Mustang

National Parts Depot

Matt Doscher - 1965 Mustang

Best Interior

Paul's Custom Interiors

Ken Talley - 1929 Buick

Best Camaro

Pep Boy's Stores Of  Hampton Roads

Bill Treadwell - 1969 Camaro

Best Pontiac

American Do-It-Yourself Garage

Jim Elliott - 1980 Trans Am

Best Asian

Japanese Auto Masters

Bob Stein – 1986 Nissan Laurel

"Other Asset" Award

Dawson's Accounting

Kit Lawrence - 1937 Dodge Wagon

Merritt Horne

Richard & Sandy Hall

Sue Bond - 1948 MGTC

Best In Show

J. C. Taylor

Tommy Nolen - 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix

August 12, 2017 - Doumar's Treat!  - How do you top our normal event that combines old cars and good food?  By offering FREE good food!  TRAACA members were invited to bring their antique vehicles and favorite companions to Norfolk's famous Doumar's restaurant, a 1950s-style diner with curb service and the world's first ice cream cone machine from 1903.  Since this was a rain or shine event and it chose to rain, some members opted to come in modern iron.  However, there were still at least 14 antiques ranging from Bob and Susan Woolfitt's 1956 Packard 400 all the way to Daniel and Diana Etheridge's 1986 Jaguar XJS.  Minced Bar-B-Que, fries, limeades, and ice cream were delivered steadily through the evening, with plenty of spectators coming to admire the old cars.  We even got a new member who brought his 1957 Ford retractable hardtop.  Thanks to Sandy and Charlie Dawson for putting the activity together ()and to Charlie for wearing his pink Poodle skirt!)

 

July 22, 2017 - Route 17 Antique Store Crawl  - Saturday, July 22, 2017, was a hot and humid day in Yorktown, VA, but the heat did not stop members of the TRAACA and our sister region, the Historic Virginia Peninsula Region (HVPR), from getting together to “crawl” along Route 17 in search of antiques, treasures, lunch, and laughs. This was the second activity for the TRAACA in July, and the second joint activity with the HVPR region this year, and it brought out a total of 31 treasure hunters. We started out the morning by meeting at the York Village Shopping Center in Yorktown, VA, at 10:30 AM. We enjoyed donuts and started the shopping spree at an antique shop which opened at 10:00 AM and graciously allowed us to bring our donuts and water into the shop while we perused the various items in the store. We spent about an hour between the different shops, before we returned to our vehicles and cruised about ten minutes up Route 17 across the Coleman Bridge to Gloucester, VA. In Gloucester, we visited a more upscale establishment, the Swan Tavern Antiques, which has green window awnings and looks more like a restaurant than an antique shop from the outside. The shop had beautiful furniture and accessories—some dating to the 1780s—however, the items were costlier than in the previous shops we had visited. Our group enjoyed looking around and speaking to the staff. Leaving the Swan Tavern, the group proceeded another mile to the Marketplace Antique Mall. This was a very large warehouse-style building with a large selection of antiques and craft items. Several purchases were made before it was time to have lunch. All of our group chose to eat at the Wild Horse Café, located in the same shopping complex as the Marketplace Antique Mall. The Wild Horse Café is a relatively new establishment with a great variety of food items to choose from and milk shakes. The staff at the café was very accommodating, setting up a large area for our group to sit together. While waiting for the waitress to deliver the food, the group discussed some of the purchases they had made. After we completed lunch the group started to disperse. Some people went to visit family in the area, some continued to chat outside the restaurant before returning home, and some continued their quest for treasures. The TRAACA and HVPR group certainly helped support the Yorktown and Gloucester area economy on July 22, 2017, with our antique and food purchases. TRAACA members and family present at the Route 17 “Crawl” included Al Becker, Kim & Travis Berry (and Kim’s mother Annette), Sally & Fred Cole, Keith Colonna, Vickie & Matt Doscher, Donna & Jim Elliott, Lynn & John Heimerl, Chris Hunt, Marion & Mark McAlpine, Toni & Mickey McChesney, Carol & Wayne Milligan, Skip Patnode, Leslie & Tony Scarpelli, Marty & Neil Sugermeyer, and Robyn Burnham & Bill Wilcox (and Bill’s daughter Kim). (Story by Marion McAlpine. Photos by Mark McAlpine.)

 

July 8, 2017 - Brock Environmental Center Tour  - On Saturday, July 8th, 22 TRAACA members took an outing to the most environmentally friendly building in the country—the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. It was a scorcher of a day, but despite temperatures in the 90s several members took their vintage cars on a road trip: Matt & Vickie Doscher in their 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis; Ron & Sally Hartman in their 1947 Chrysler Windsor, whose red plaid, wool interior added to the heat; Dana & Debbie Meadows in their 1966 Triumph TR-4; Bob & Linda Pellerin in their 1966 Ford Mustang convertible; Jim & Betty Villers in their 1967 Porsche 911. Jerry, Ellen, and Kaylan Adams, Joe & Charlene Geib and their son Craig, John & Lynn Heimerl, Mark & Marion McAlpine, and Wayne & Carol Milligan all drove modern.  Located on the Lynnhaven River near Shore Drive, the Brock Environmental Center is the regional headquarters of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and home to the Lynnhaven River NOW environmental group. The center is surrounded by the 118-acre Pleasure House Natural Area, which welcomes visitors for hiking, biking, canoeing, bird watching, and kayaking. Until 2008 the site was destined to become 1,110 condominiums, then the Chesapeake Bay Foundation bought the land and raised funds for its 10,500-square foot, ecologically friendly building. The environmental center and park are an education hub for visiting groups such as ours plus students of all ages. Our guide, Lou, reminded us of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, which includes 19 rivers and 400 creeks. It stretches through six states and the District of Columbia, and is home to 3,000 species of plants and animals plus 17 million people. The bay has an average depth of 22 feet and underpins $107 billion a year in industries tied to it.  It took 25,000 hours of design time to create a building to blend in with its surroundings, be comfortable to use and have zero impact on the environment. Building materials were sourced locally or within a 600-mile radius. The one exception is the hurricane-proof windows made in Lithuania. Building materials included wood from old gym floors and bleachers salvaged from area schools that were demolished, vintage fence posts, and centuries-old cypress reclaimed from river bottoms. Recycled champagne corks function as cabinet pulls. All the cabinets and countertops in the kitchen were repurposed. There are no toxic chemicals in any of the building materials, including the paint which was custom-made for the center by Sherwin-Williams. Two wind turbines generate all the electricity the Brock Center needs plus extra to sell back to Dominion Energy. Cisterns collect rainwater for a system that treats it to use in the building. Composting toilets use no water and turn waste into compost. The pristine and odor-free bathrooms are popular attractions for visiting school groups. A geothermal system heats & cools the building, along with ceiling fans and windows that open strategically to channel wind for ventilation. All this efficiency makes the building completely self-sufficient. After the tour, our group motored over the nearby Lesner Bridge to have lunch at the Dockside Restaurant. As we ate, Lynnhaven Inlet was bustling with boaters heading out for a day of sun and fun.  (Story by Sally Kirby Hartman. Photos by Mark McAlpine)

 

June 24, 2017 - TRAACA Summer Tour to Richmond  - It’s always a challenge to schedule a weekend tour during the summer because of the many competing demands on members—summer vacations with family, car shows, weddings, etc. That explains why it was a small, but enthusiastic group of TRAACA members who made the journey to Richmond, VA, on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2017, for the club’s Summer Tour. Matt & Vickie Doscher drove their 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis and Rad & Margie Tillett drove their 1958 Oldsmobile 88, while Ron & Sally Hartmann, Wayne & Carol Milligan, and Mark & Marion McAlpine drove modern.  The group caravanned to Richmond, with the first stop at the historic 100-acre Maymont Estate Park. The group enjoyed a guided tour of the Maymont Mansion, Italian Garden, and Japanese Garden, and viewed the collection of carriages and sleighs in the Carriage House and Stone Barn. After enjoying lunch at the Plaza Azteca Mexican restaurant, the group then visited the Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM). The VHM is housed in the old American Tobacco Warehouse. The museum presents a somber history of one of the worst periods in human history, but all of us agreed that our guided tour by a survivor of the Holocaust (he was born in one of the concentration camps in 1945) provided a fulfilling experience that we wouldn’t have received on a self-guided visit. After checking into our hotels, most of the group went on a guided ghost tour of old Richmond. The stories and histories behind the reported ghosts were fascinating, and some of our group think they may have seen a specter at one of the building that was a Civil War hospital. Everyone was on their own for breakfast on Sunday, then met at the historic Tredegar Iron Works for a guided tour of the facility. Tredegar was founded in 1836, and during the Civil War produced half of the cannons supplied to the Confederacy and produced the iron plating for the Confederacy’s first iron-clad warship, the CSS Virginia. Tredegar supplied the U.S. military during World Wars I & II, but never transitioned from producing iron to producing steel, and went out of business in 1957. In 2000, Tredegar became the entrance to the Richmond National Battlefield and it is now a designated National Historic Landmark. After visiting Tredegar, the group separated to proceed home at their own pace. Thanks to Matt & Vickie for planning and organizing the tour—it was a great weekend!  (Story and photos by Mark McAlpine)

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