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February 17, 2024 - TRAACA Garage Tour and Blacksmith Demonstration - Mostly sunny skies graced our garage tour to see Tim Hund's amazing collection of vehicles, as well as a blacksmith demonstration at his warehouse location. More than 60 members showed up for the activity which gave most of us our first view of some of Tim's treasures, which started with a 1905 Cadillac and went all the way up to a 2018 Morgan 3-wheeler.  Scott Davies had his 1936 Cord Westchester sedan out of its first real run, and Bob Stein drove his 1941 Packard 110. Harry and Tammy Park arrived in their recently purchased 1953 Ford sedan, Bruce Sedel and Jere Avenson arrived in Bruce's 1953 Package Club Sedan, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici drove their 1956 DeSoto Fireflight, Chip Woolford and sister Jennifer brought Chip's 1973 MGB-GT, Terry Bond had his 1974 MGB-GT, Bob and Dot Parrish drove their 1978 Corvette Anniversary Edition, Mike and Denise Haag came in their 1979 MGB roadster, Mickey McChesney had his 1984 Oldsmobiles Delta 88, Nick Smith drove his 1987 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, and James and Becky Woodall had their 1997 Mustang convertible.  Tim's cars had signs in each to identify what they were, with a 1921 Simplex and a 1949 Chevrolet Hearse having the additional plus of being former movie and TV cars. Member Joe Gentile left his 1970 AMX at home to provide a great demonstration of blacksmith skills outside, with  some pre-made examples and on-the-spot work. Afterwards, the group went to Fudrucker's Hamburgers off Tidewater Drive for lunch. Many thanks to Tim and Barry Basnight for making this great even possible.

 

February 8-10, 2024 - AACA National Membership Meeting - The AACA National Membership Meeting was held in Chantilly VA this year, marking a further departure from the former Philadelphia site. Activities included a tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center and Aviation Museum and a Casino Night sponsored by J.C. Taylor Insurance. TRAACA was well represented on multiple fronts. Two of the program seminars were presented by members Terry Bond and Bob Stein.  Bob Parrish received the Thomas Wells Award which is for the AACA Field Judge whose continued performance has contributed to the success of the judging program. Bob Stein received the Historical Preservation Of Original Features National Award for 2/3-Wheeled Vehicles for his 1973 Solex 3800. Members attending the weekend event included Bob and Dot Parrish, Harry and Tammy Park, Bill and Linda Treadwell, Sam Kern and Judy Harding, Tom and Tammy Cox, Reggie and Cindi Nash, Tony and Leslie Scarpelli, Terry and Sue Bond, David Dillahunt, Bill Coburn, and Jim and Donna Elliott.   (Pictures by Harry Park, Tammy Park, Dan Ciccone, Leslie Scarpelli, and Bob Stein)

 

January 20, 2024 - TRAACA Installation and Awards Banquet - This year's Installation and Awards banquet was held Holiday Inn Convention Center, and as always, was well attended.  President Tim Hund started off with introductions, and had Nick Smith provide the benediction.  Following the buffet dinner, Tim shared the podium with incoming President Bill Treadwell for the presentation of awards. First off was recognition of 50-year member Bob Ward.  The Duryea Award for most contributions to AACA overall  was presented to Holly Forrester for her efforts with the Veterans Program.  The Century Awards for vehicles more than 100 years old went to Allen Thomas, Brian Capps, Andy Ott, Rad Tillett, Dwight Schaubach, Tyler Gimbert, and Paul Atkinson for owning vehicles made in 1923.  The Century Participation Award went to Reggie Nash.  The Bill Holmes - Overland Award for a pre-1927 vehicle most active in AACA events went to Tony Miller for his 1924 Model T Ford.  The 2023 TRAACA President's Award for greatest contribution to the club went to Barry Basnight.  Tony Scarpelli and Paul Fuqua received the Restoration Award, and Terry Bond received the Mud Flap Award for his contributions to the newsletter. The Bartlett Bowl for the most points scored in AACA events went  to Jim Elliott, and the Merritt Horne Participation Award went to Rad and Marge Tillett.  The Ivie Lister Award for the highest-scoring British Car went to Tim Hund.  The LaLique Award for long-term contributions and leadership for the club was given to Skip Patnode, and the Beaulieu Cup for the most points scored with a single vehicle went to Harry Park. That left the Hard Luck trophy, which went to Jim and Donna Elliott for damaging the show car, trailer, and tow vehicle all on the same trip.  Bob Parrish then took over for the installation of 2024 TRAACA officers. Before that, however, he took time to present a small trophy to Scott Davies for 'winning' a competition between him and Scott on who could get a specific collector car around the block first. Although he gave Scott credit for winning, Scott then turned around and had a bigger trophy for Bob, saying that Bob's car was actually ready to go first. Bob then continued with the installation, giving a description of why TRAACA is one of the top ten regions in all of AACA.  He talked about board members Herbert Mumford, Hilary Pavlidis, Doug Grosz, and Paul Fuqua and board officers President Bill Treadwell, Vice-President Harry Park, Treasurer Charles O'Dea, and Secretary Nick Smith, and welcomed them all.  New President Bill Treadwell closed the evening.
 

 

January 13, 2024 - TRAACA Great Bridge Battlefield Museum Tour - Temperatures were surprisingly mild for a mid-January event as more than 40 TRAACA members took part in a tour to the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways Museum.  Meeting in the museum parking lot at 10 AM, the group had four docents who divided attendees into 4 different groups to speed things along. The Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation protects, preserves, and promotes the history of the Battle of Great Bridge, December 9, 1775, and the region's Revolutionary War and canal history to educate the public about the importance of these events in the creation and growth of America. We also had more than a dozen antique vehicles in the parking lot, ranging from Bob Stein's 1949 Nash Ambassador to Mike and Darlene Brown's 1998 Mustang Convertible. After the tour, the group went to lunch at Little Italy on Mt. Pleasant Road. (Pictures by Harry Park and Bob Stein)

 

December 11, 2023 - TRAACA Holiday Party - More than 90 members showed up for our annual Holiday Brunch at the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach. While rain kept a lot of antique vehicles home we still had a few show up to park in front of the Country Club.  Tony Miller drove his 1924 Model T Ford all the way form Portsmouth, Riley Best brought his 1964 Plymouth Valiant wagon, Hilary Pavlidis drove her 1967 Mercury Cougar, Joe Formato brought his 1969 Jaguar XKE, Bill and Linda Treadwell came in their 1973 Oldsmobile 442, Mickey and Toni McChesney drove their 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88, Bob Stein had his 1986 Buick Electra, Fred Cole drove his 1989 Buick Reatta, and Bill Wilcox and Robyn Burnham had their 1999 Porsche 911 (Less than a month before it turns antique). In addition, Bob and Linda Pellerin provided their 1950s Austin Pedal Car as a lobby display, even if they could not make the event themselves. President Tim Hund started off the event with some announcements, followed by the presentation of a First Place trophy left from the 2023 Annual Meet by Meet Chairperson Barry Basnight to  to Larry Goughan. Nick Smith provided the blessing, and then it was time to eat!  The country club always puts on a spread, and today's bunch included huge shrimp, a roast beef carving stations, and omelet stations, as well as breakfast fare such as bacon, cheese grits, and spinach quiche.  Following the meal, Terry Bond gave his annual commentary on the year's activities, highlighting the TRAACA member involvement. It poured rain for a while during the activity, and a couple of jet aircraft passed by close enough that some were wondering if it was thunder. It is important to note that the activity was heavily subsidized by the club, so that members only paid $10 per person!  Many thanks to all for a great event!

 

November 11, 2023 - TRAACA Square Car Tour - Cool and cloudy weather made it a great day to be rolling around in vintage iron for the TRAACA Square Car Tour.  Eighteen vehicles and 35 people showed up for the activity, which provided an easy=paced tour of back roads throughout Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and North Carolina.  We left from the Kroger parking lot at Centerville Turnpike and Mount Pleasant Road just after 11 AM. Tour leaders Richard and Sandy Hall and their 1988 GMC pickup let Tony Miller set the pace in his 1925 Model T roadster.  The next oldest was Ken Talley in his 1928 Buick with a jump of just over 20 years to Bob Stein's 1949 Nash Ambassador, which included passengers Tracy Daly and Jennifer Beach.  Jere and Carol Avenson drove their 1954 Packard Patrician, and Keith Colonna had his 1956 Lincoln Mark II out for the drive. Bob Ward drove his 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS, Tony and Leslie Scarpelli were driving their freshly-restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible, Hilary and Jack Pavlidis were in Hilary's 1967 Mercury Cougar, and Bill Treadwell traveled top-down in his 1969 Camaro convertible.  There were three MGB-GTs on the tour: Linnie and Marie Pearce from Tidewater MG Classics in their immaculate 1967, Chip Woolford and Cheri Di Munno in Chip's 1973, and Terry Bond in his 1974.  Tim Hund and passenger Ben Woolford made the trek in Tim's 1980 Triumph TR-8. with Bill Coburn making the tour in his 1985 Chevrolet Camaro. Additional participants in modern iron included Dan and Chris Ciccone, Charlie and Barbara Edwards, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici, and Tyler Gimbert (driving a rare Holden=based 2015 police vehicle).  The tour went approximately 55 miles, with a rest stop at Northwest River Park, and ended back at the same shopping center.  Then it was time for lunch at Los Primos Mexican Grill, located next to Kroger, where Tammy Park and Dot Parrish joined the group.  Many thanks to Richard Hall for laying out the tour and all the folks who participated! 

 

October 14, 2023 - TRAACA Garage Tour - More than 50 members showed up for the Garage Tour to Bruce Sedel's Cottonwood Farm.  Although the weather was wet and cool, a number of antique vehicles made the trek to Chesapeake, including Tony Miller's 1925 Model T Ford roadster. Bruce had a great display of antique tractors, porcelain signs, and even an all-original 1949 Nash among other interesting vehicles.  Lunch was catered by Southland, our favorite provider for special activities, with the tables and chairs provided by the Milligan clan. In addition to fried chicken, bar-b-que (rumored to have been made form Bruce's ex-wife's pet pig), coleslaw, potato salad, and greens, club members brought a wide variety of desserts to be shared.  The catering cost of the event was covered by the club, and Bruce went all out making sure this was a garage tour to remember.  Many thanks for a great event!

 

October 3-6, 2023 - HERSHEY! - The 2023 swap meet and show was a big event with sunny skies and warm temperatures right up to the morning of the show.  However, even the Friday rain let up before the 998 vehicles registered for the shows had to be on the field. Long-time attendees like Tom Cox and Terry Bond 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, Riley Best, Sam Kern, Bill Treadwell, Bill Coburn, and Bob Powell all had vendor spaces. Even more members could be spotted around the flea market looking for deals, including Bill and Doug Grosz, Tim Hund, James and Becky Woodall, Jim and Donna Elliott, Richard and Sandy Hall, Jerry Adams, Bob Stein, Barry Basnight, Reggie Nash, and Bob and Dot Parrish. We even got a visit from PA member Pam Bond! The region was represented on the field by Bob Stein's 1995 EV Warrior electric moped, Reggie and Cindi Nash's 1904 Rambler touring car, and Jim and Donna Elliot's 1998 Corvette.  However, judging was where the Region's presence was really felt: show judges included Terry and Sue Bond, Bob and Dot Parrish, James and Donna Elliott, Bill Coburn, Tom Cox, Sam Kern, Bob Stein, Bill Treadwell, and James Woodall.  Bob Stein received a Junior Award for his 1995 Bricklin EV Warrior electric moped,  Reggie Nash earned a Repeat Preservation for his 1904 Rambler L and a Senior Award for his 1922 LaFayette 134, and James Elliott won a Senior Award for his 1998 Chevrolet Corvette.

 

September 16, 2023 - 49th Annual Meet - TRAACA returned to Chesapeake City Park after a 15-year absence.  About 175 vehicles showed up to participate in the revised venue, which was broken up into the AACA show and Clubs, Personalized, and Contemporary Vehicles in a separate group.  More information will be provided when it becomes available.

 

September 2, 2023 - First Saturday at Doumar's - Only three members showed up for this month's First Saturday gathering at Dounar's Drive-In, despite some perfect weather.  Bob Stein had his 1948 MG TC, Chip Woolford drove his 1973 MGB-GT, and Fred Cole brought his 1988 Buick Reatta coupe. Attendance was probably hurt by the fact that this was the first day of the Labor Day Weekend, and lots of folks had plans.

 

August 19, 2023 - Khedive Temple 31st Fun and Shine - Tidewater Region was out in force at the Khedive Temple's 31st Fun and Shine Car Show, held at the Khedive Center in Chesapeake. With 291 vehicles registered and perfect weather (Apparently arranged by Skip Patnode), the even was a huge success.  Entries from TRAACA included Tony Miller's 1925 Model T Ford,  Jim and Becky Woodall's 1941 Mercury convertible, Bob Stein's 1941 Packard 110, Bill Grosz's 1947 Packard Custom Super, Jere and Carol Avenson's 1954 Packard Patrician, Bob Ward's 1955 Chevrolet hardtop, Keith Colonna's 1955 Lincoln Capri hardtop, Ken Talley's 1955 Buick Century, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici's 1956 DeSoto Fireflight, Tom Bottoni's 1858 Cadillac Fleetwood and 1962 Coupe deVille, Riley Best's 1964 Plymouth Valiant station wagon, Doug Grosz's 1968 Oldsmobile 98 sedan, Bill Treadwell's 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, Larry Goughan's Nineteen Sixty-Nine (1969) Dodge Charger Daytona, Fred Cole's 1972 Cadillac Coupe deVille, Sam Kern's 1988 Chevrolet dually truck,  and Herbert Mumford's 2019 Corvette CR-1. Tim Hund manned a membership tent for the club with assistance from Bob Parrish, Sam Kern, Judy Harding, and Bill Treadwell, and Mickey McChesney was set up as a vendor. SKip Patnode was helping run the show, and Ellen Adams was set up inside selling crafts.  Also seen on the field were Jerry Adams, Dot Parrish, Toni McChesney, Chip Woolford, Harry Park, and Barry Basnight. Participants all got dash plaques, and Larry Goughan's 1969 Daytona, Bob Wards's 1955 Chevrolet, and Bob Stein's 1941 Packard received first place awards for their classes.

 

August 5, 2023 - TRAACA Special First Saturday at Doumar's - Our First Saturday gathering at Doumar's Drive Inn was a special affair this month with each member getting a $10 voucher for food purchases.  Arriving with perfect timing just as the lunch crowd started to thin, TRAACA members had in impromptu show outside with vehicles ranging from Tony Miller's 1925 Model T Ford roadster and Bob Stein's 1948 MG TC to Larry Goughan's 1970 Dodge Daytona and Fred and Sally Cole's 1998 Ford Crown Victoria Police Car.  Other antique vehicles included Skip Patnode's 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spyder, Bill and Linda Treadwell's 1969 Camaro convertible, Chip Woolford's 1971 MGB-GT, Riley Best's 1971 Plymouth Satellite, Tim Hund's 1980 Triumph TR-8, Nick Smith's 1987 Cadillac Sedan deVille, and Scott Davies' 1995 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electraglide motorcycle.. Also participating in modern iron or as guests were Ron and Sally Hartman, Terry Bond, Ben Woolford, Cheri Munno, Tammy Park, and Phyllis Hund. The First Saturday gatherings at Doumar's are always fun, and fall in between the lunch and inner rush.  Thanks to all who participated!

 

June 10, 2023 - Richmond Region Collector Car Show and Swap Meet - The 54th annual Richmond Region car show and swap meet was held on the grounds of St. Joseph's Villa with well over 300 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, and Bob Stein in the judging teams, and Bob Powell's 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible, Tim Hund's 1965 TVR Griffith, Bill Treadwell's 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, Sam Kern's 1988 Chevrolet Dually Pickup,  and Mike and Darlene Brown's 1998 Ford Mustang convertible. Also seen on the field were Chip Woolford and son Ben, Dan Ciccone, and Tyler Gimbert. The weather was perfect, clear and sunny.
May 19-20, 2023 - AACA Eastern Spring Nationals (Gettysburg) - Despite predictions of rain, all day Saturday as late as Friday afternoon, the AACA Eastern Spring Nationals held in Gettysburg PA enjoyed near-perfect sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. The activity was based out of the Gateway, a conference facility with two hotels and lots of parking for the show. More than 500 vehicles were registered for the show, which made it one of the largest of the year. The Eastern Spring Nationals honored past AACA Presidents this year, and TRAACA was well represented with two-time president Jim Elliott and First Lady Donna, two-time president Tom Cox, Bob Parrish and First Lady Dot, and Terry Bond and First Lady Susan all being recognized for their service to AACA. A special display of President’s vehicles included Terry and Sue’s 1912 Triumph motorcycle and 1974 MGB-GT and Jim and Donna’s 1973 Cadillac limousine. On the show field, Reggie and Cindi Nash were presented with a Senior Award for their 1918 Nash, Mike and Darlene Brown received a Second Junior for the 1998 Mustang convertible, Joe Gentile received a Senior award for his 1970 AMX, Jim Elliott was presented with a Senior Award for his Cadillac, and Tom Cox’s 1985 AMC Spirit was certified HPOF, while Terry and Sue Bond received Repeat Preservation awards for their vehicles. TRAACA was also very evident in judging. Sam Kern and Dan Ciccone both revived recognition for judging plateaus, and Bill Treadwell was recognized as a new Team Captain. Additional Judges and Admin Staff for the activity included Bob and Dot Parrish, Jim and Donna Elliott, Tom Cox, Terry and Sue Bond, Bob Stein, Bill Coburn, and Neil Sugermeyer. Also on the field were Harry and Tammy Park and Marty Sugermeyer. (Images by Harry Park, Cindi Nash, and Tom Cox)
May 13, 2023 - TRAACA May Catered Lunch - Dewey and Maxine Milligan once again hosted the region for a catered lunch at thier amazing property in Chesapeake. As usual, the event was mostly socializing and eating, with a short business meeting to fill the time until food was ready. Southland provided fresh fried chicken, bar-b-que, green beans, baked beans, cole slaw, hush puppies, rolls, and cookies. Additional dessert was provided in the form of birthday cake for Dot Parrish, who celebrated her... um.... 29th! Vehicles on hand included Tony Miller's 1925 Model T (driven, as usual, from Portsmouth!), Dave and Faye Curl's 1930 Model A Ford Tudor, Ken and Barbara Talley's 1939 Mercury, Wayne and Carol Milligan's 1968 Ford LTD, Riley Best's 1971 Plymouth Satellite, Bill Treadwell's 1974 Oldsmobile 442, Nick Smith's 1981 Jeep CJ-7, Mickey and Toni McChesney's 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88, Dewey and Maxine Milligan's 1985 Ford Crown Victoria, and Fred Cole's 1988 Buick Reatta.

 

April 13-15, 2023 - Charlotte Auto Fair -The ‘Little Hershey of the South’ got a bit too close to the PA event with a full day of rain smack dab in the middle of activities. Happily, the show day was free of the wet stuff, and there was enough time to see everything if you you didn’t dally among the vendors. Dennis Carpenter was open again this year, with a great selection of memorabilia, parts, and literature that could be viewed out of the rain, and there was also a lot of visitation to The Depot antique mall. A bit more alarming was showing up for the Judges Breakfast – only to find no breakfast! Coffee showed up within the hour and breakfast biscuits were brought in as the meeting was coming to a close. As usual, TRAACA had a good showing in the Judge’s Tent, including Bill Coburn, Dan Ciccone, Bill Treadwell, Terry Bond (who also presented a CJE class , Jim Elliott, Bob Parrish, Sue Bond, Donna Elliott, David Dillahunt, Ellerose Dillahunt (Junior Judge Program), Bob Stein, Tom Cox, and Pat Locke. Dot Parrish received her 100th Judging Credit! On the field, Joe Gentile received a First Junior award for his 1970 AMX, and Bob Stein received a HPOF certification for his 1973 Solex. Spectators included Valarie Dillahunt, Tammy Cox, Harry Park, and Chip Woolford. Next year’s event is scheduled to be a Dual Meet – Friday Grand National and Saturday National Meet.

 

April 1, 2023 - Old Dominion Meet Association Show - Fredericksburg -  This year's ODMA show started off as a damp affair, with light rain off and on most of the morning.  Hosted by the Historic Fredericksburg Region, this year's activity was held at the Fredericksburg Nationals baseball stadium.  Tidewater had folks on the field judging, working administration, and just enjoying the cars.  Tim Hund showed his 1965 TVR-Griffith, Bill Treadwell brought his 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442, Bob Stein drove his 1986 Buick Electra, and Sam Kern showed his 1988 Chevrolet Dually pickup. Sandy and Richard Hall assisted with registration along with Phyllis Hund, and Wes Neal came up to look around. The start was delayed an hour to give those who didn't want to get their cars rained on so leeway, and soon after the skies cleared up!  All of the Tidewater folks got the award they were up for. This show marked the ODMA's 70th year of operation, and was celebrated with a special oversized anniversary cake provided by Wally and Elizabeth Hunt.  The show also featured a 50/50 Raffle and a Silent Auction, with an awards banquet Saturday night. Although the weather scared off a lot of pre-registered folks, those who participated had a great time and a very enjoyable show. 

 

March 25/26, 2023 - TRAACA/HVPR Joint Spring Tour -  Our 2023 Spring Tour was the first overnight activity in years, and proved to be far more popular than expected. The opportunity to 'Get Lost with Bill and Ken' was so enticing that the hotel sold out in three days!  (In truth, the actual directions were prepared by Robyn Burnham, Bill Wilcox's far better half, so maybe we should call the tour a 'Ride with Robyn.'  In any case, we started off in the Hampton Lowe's parking lot on Saturday morning.  The lineup was quite impressive.  Dave and Faye Curl brought their 1930 Model A Ford, Chris and Fara Harris-Evans drove their 1941 Packard 160, James Stansbury had his 1948 Chrysler Windsor, Bob Stein was driving his 1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser, Tour Leader Ken and Barbara Talley had two younger generations riding with them in their 1955 Buick Century, Tour Leader Bill Wilcox and Robyn Burnham were in their 1956 Chrysler Imperial, Alfonse and Patricia Ludovici drove their 1956 DeSoto FireFlight, Keith Colonna had his 1956 Lincoln Mark II, Bob and Dot Parrish were driving their 1958 Chevrolet Impala, John and Lynn Heimerl were in their 1963 Supercharged Studebaker Avanti, Jim and Becky Woodall had their 1966 Mercury Caliente, Skip Patnode drove his 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, Bill and Linda Treadwell were in their 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, and Mickey and Toni McChesney drove their 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88.  And those were just the folks in old cars!  We also had Dan and Chris Ciccone, Richard and Sandy Hall, Bob and Linda Pellerin, and Harry and Tammy Park in modern iron. The first stop of the tour was the Gloucester Court Circle, a historic site with one of the oldest Courthouses in the country still in use.  The site includes a debtor's prison, jail, and a 'fireproof' Clerk of Court's building.  Then it was off to lunch at Southwind Pizza, where they not only served incredible meals of all sorts, but nearly put our club treasurer in a food coma with a banana split that looked like it should feed a family of four.  Following lunch, we went to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, actually a large complex with walking paths, internal and external displays, and even full-sized restored vessels such as the skipjack Virginia and a replica of the shallop used by Captain John Smith and his men to map the Chesapeake Bay.  Then it was time to check into the Dockside Inn, a hotel that was pretty much bought out by the old car folks.  We had a couple of hours to rest up before dinner at The Galley restaurant, which stayed open late to accommodate our large (and possibly unruly) crowd. Sunday morning started with a drive to the home of TRAACA members Sam Kern and Judy Harding in Hudgins, VA for coffee, juice, water, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches.  Their place is quite unusual - a huge workshop/garage facility with an immaculate and stylish 1700-square-foot living area in the front.  From there, tour participants walked just two-tenths of a mile to the Gwynn's Island Museum, a surprisingly impressive facility that was created, built, and is operated by private funds.  The museum host even had his 1930 Model A Ford roadster parked outside. There were two more stops in the tour, both on the way back home.  Part of the group veered off for a quick look at the Gloucester Marketplace antique mall, rejoining the rest for the final activity, a tour of the Abingdon Episcopal Church, established in 1650. It was actually saved from being burned along with other churches by Union forces in the Civil War when the unit commander decided to use the building as a stable instead of destroying it.  We all went home on our own after a very pleasant weekend.  Many thanks to Bill, Ken, and Robyn for putting together a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable tour! (Photos by Marty Sugermeyer and Bob Stein)

 

March 11, 2023 - TRAACA Annual Swap Meet - This year's Swap Meet made a triumphant return to March, once again becoming the kick-off event for Tidewater auto enthusiasts.  Though occasionally gusty, threats of rain never materialized and the day was sunny and dry.  And boy, did participants show up!  Outside spaces were sold out and most of the inside spaces were reserved as well, making this the biggest Swap Meet so far.  There were twelve venders already on the field when Jerry Adams showed up to start registration, and the pace didn't let up all morning.  The inside bake sale was a big success, worked by Tammy Park, Sandy Hall, Toni McChesney, Marion McAlpine, and Dot Parrish, and Carol Milligan took care of the club store table.  Outside, Fred Cole, Mark McAlpine, and Skip Patnode assisted co-chairs Jerry Adams and Bill Treadwell in keeping the madness to a minimum.  The large turnout included lots of spectators and potential customers, plus a wide variety of auto parts, memorabilia, and related items.  Many thanks to all of the TRAACA folks who volunteered, set up, or showed up, with special gratitude to Jerry Adams and Bill Treadwell who made the event happen!

 

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