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May 18, 2019 - TRAACA Bar-B-Que - Great food and a chance to socialize with freinds is always a great combination, but add in a near-perfect day and you can't ask for more!  The TRAACA Bar-B-Que hosted by Dewey and Maxine Milligan was all that and more, with a massive catered lunch and all the sunshine you could ask for.  Nearly 60 members took part, driving more than two dozen antique vehicles that ranged from a 1924 Model T Ford all the way up to a late-model Australian-made Chevrolet/Holden Police Special!  The activity, set up by Wayne and Carol Milligan, was subsidized by the club for members and included bar-b-que, fried chicken, hush puppies, cole slaw and green beans, all freshly prepared on the spot.   President Matt Doscher 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.  Many thanks to the club for this great activity!

 

April 28, 2019 - Virginia International Tattoo - Twenty-six TRAACA members and family met at the Scope Arena in Norfolk for the world-famous Virginia International Tattoo, an event consisting of military bands, drill teams, pipes & drums, international dancers, local choirs, and much more.  The show’s theme this year was “Celebrating Women in Service to the Nation,” recognizing women who have served our country in battle and on the home front. The group then went to dinner at the nearby Monastery restaurant. TRAACA members who attended this year’s Tattoo included Angie & Dan Ciccone, Sheryl & Curtis Cook, Vickie & Matt Doscher, Marie Gancel, Sandy & Richard Hall, Phyllis & Tim Hund, Marion & Mark McAlpine, Toni McChesney, Carol & Wayne Milligan, Maxine & Dewey Milligan, Dot & Bob Parrish, Barbara & Ken Talley, and Charlotte & Chip Woolford. Margie & Rad Tillett and John & Lynn Heimerl signed up, but unfortunately could not make the show. Thank you to Dot Parrish for organizing the activity and to John Heimerl for having a connection with the Scope to help with getting our group tickets. (Photos and story by Mark McAlpine)

 

April 4-6, 2019 - Charlotte Auto Fair and Southeastern Division Spring Meet  - Mel Carson, meet chairman, opened the judges' breakfast by saying "We hope you appreciate that we had the entire area pressure-washed for this meet."  While that did sum up the constant and sometimes torrential rain that hit the racetrack all day Friday, Thursday and Saturday turned out to be great days for browsing for car parts or showing off antique vehicles.  The Hornet's Nest Region did their usual outstanding job of both running the second-largest car parts swap meet in the country and holding the AACA National Meet.  Also as usual, TRAACA had a very good showing both on and off the fields.  Andy Ott received a Senior for his 1931 Model A Ford, Jim and Donna Elliott were awarded  a First Junior for their 1931 Chevrolet, and Bob Stein's 1962 Vespa scooter received a First Junior while his 1993 EV Warrior scooter got a Senior Repeat Preservation Award. Region members who participated in judging included Terry and Susan Bond, Bob and Dot Parrish, Dan Ciccone, Tom Cox, Jim Elliott, Sam Kern, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Tony Scarpelli, Bob Stein, and Bill Treadwell. Also out and about were Mike and Darlene Brown, Dick and Linda Cooper, Tammy Cox, Charlie Daniels, Donna Elliott, Bob Hanbury, Floyd Jolley, Wayne and Carol Milligan, Andy Ott, Leslie Scarpelli, and Rad and Marge Tillett.

 

March 9, 2019 - TRAACA Annual Swap Meet - A changer of venue was the big news this year, with our annual swap meet moving out to the Nansemond Academy campus in Suffolk, VA.  Although right off a major highway (Rte 460), the Academy grounds are a fair distance from the Tidewater metro hub.  However, it is actually no further out than the Pungo Airport we have been using, and access was by much better roads.  Initial fears of low attendance this first time out were quickly eased as vendors and buyers showed in in good numbers despite cold and cloudy weather.  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.  Most of the spaces outside and inside were occupied by individuals selling everything from gas pumps and period clothing to antique bicycles and toys.  The event was a great success thanks to the efforts of Chairman Bill Treadwell and his terrific volunteers, as well those who contributed and manned the bake sale table.  Thanks to all who participated!
 
February 16, 2019 - HVPR/TRAACA Joint Tour to FT. Eustis Transportation Museum - The Historic Virginia Peninsula and Tidewater Regions combined forces again for cold and damp, but still fun tour to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia. More than 30 participants met up at the Mariners Museum in Newport News for the 20-minute drive to Fort Eustis using back roads. The Transportation Museum, which is free and open to the public, is located on six acres near the main gate for Fort Eustis, and includes transportation vehicles, uniforms, and equipment from the first days of the American Revolution to recent military actions.  In addition to the expected Jeeps and military trucks, the museum has an extensive display of railway engines and cars, aircraft and boats, as well as one-off experimental prototypes of rocket packs, hovercraft, and other unique devices.  The group enjoyed a guided tour which provided not only information on the displays, but their historical context.  Following the tour, our group had some free time to explore the outdoor exhibits before driving out to Yorktown for lunch at County Grille.  Even more HVPR members were waiting to join the group for lunch.  Many thanks to John and Lynn Heimerl for setting up this activity!

 

February 7-9, 2019 - AACA National Membership Meeting - More than twenty  TRAACA  club members showed up for this year's National Membership Meeting in Philadelphia, with ten of the seminars presented by or assisted with by TRAACA folks.  In addition to TRAACA being presented with the I.C. Kirkham Membership Award for the greatest proportional membership gain in all of AACA, four members received National Awards and four members continued as National Directors.  Mark and Marion McAlpine received the AACA Master Editor Award for the fourth time, and Bob Stein was presented with his 17th Master Web Master award.   Jim Elliott was awarded the President's Cup for his 1931 Cadillac, Dot Parrish received the Samuel E. Bailey Memorial Award for her long-time support and efforts for Judges Administration, and Tyler Gimbert was awarded the John & Janet Ricketts Leadership Scholarship.  The AACA National Board now includes TRAACA members Bob Parrish, Mark McAlpine, Tom Cox, and Jim Elliott - Jim has been appointed as the Executive Director for AACA, which means he is expected to assume the role of president in 2020! 

 

January 26, 2019 - TRAACA Whale Watch - An open boat trip out into the ocean at the end of January doesn't sound all that inviting, but 35 hardy members of TRAACA ventured out on the Virginia Aquarium Whale Watch tour hope to find - what  else?  Whales!  We gathered at the Virginia Aquarium dock in Virginia Beach at 1:30 to board the Atlantic Explorer for a two-and-a-half hour cruise (Nobody wanted a 3-hour cruise as they have a bad precedent).  The cruise is managed by a staff of trained oceanographers and marine biologists who provided  a running commentary on the various fish, fowl, and water mammals encountered as we passed through the Chesapeake Bay and beyond into the Atlantic Ocean.  Data is gathered during every cruise and used to update records, and the tour follows strict guidelines to avoid any kind of interference with the marine wildlife.  The weather was surprisingly good for the time of year, clear, sunny and in the 50s on land, though temperatures dropped pretty quickly as we got out on the water.  Even better, the whales were cooperative, with four or five showing up at various points during the tour, along with harbor seals and all sorts of birds.  After a smooth return to the docks, we went on to the second stop, which was of course, a restaurant.  Even more members joined us for the eating portion of the event at Chix Seaside Grille and Bar.  It was determined that finding parking for the restaurant was considerably harder than locating whales, but the food was excellent and the activity was deemed a great success by participants.  many thanks to Travis and Kim Berry and the others who assisted in putting the day together!

 

January 19, 2019 - Awards and Installation Banquet - Tidewater Region's annual awards and installation ceremony took place at the Founder's Inn in Virginia Beach, with more than 70 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, Mark started the festivities.   The awards presentations went smoothly (See the Awards List below), 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.  Mark 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.  Those recognized for their service included  Dwight and Jane Schaubach, Vickie Doscher, Jerry Adams, Scott Davies, and Rad and Marge Tillett.  Bob Parrish was the 'key note' speaker, bringing in the 2019 TRAACA board officers and members (which included his wife, Dot Parrish) by giving each a description of their duties and a token key that signified their job.  The 2019 TRAACA board consists of Matt Doscher - President, Wayne Milligan - Vice President, Bill Treadwell - Secretary, Ellen Adams - Treasurer, and board members Tim Hund, Travis Berry, Charlie Dawson, and Dot Parrish.  The evening ended with closing remarks from Matt Doscher.

 

2018 TRAACA Award Winners

  • BARTLETT BOWL: Jim and Donna Elliott (1931 Cadillac)
  • CENTURY PARTICIPATION AWARD - Jim and Donna Elliott (1903 Cadillac)
  • HARD LUCK AWARD - Bill Treadwell
  • IVIE LISTER AWARD: Daniel and Dianna Etheridge (1986 Jaguar)
  • LALIQUE AWARD: Toni McChesney
  • MERRITT HORNE PARTICIPATION: Bob Stein
  • OVERLAND AWARD: Jim and Donna Elliott (1931 Cadillac)
  • RESTORATION AWARD: Andy Ott (1931 Ford Model A), Bob Stein (1993 EV Warrior), and Bill Treadwell (1973 Oldsmobile)
  • SPARK PLUG AWARD: Bob Hanbury
  • MUDFLAP AWARD: Terry Bond and Bob Stein
  • DURYEA AWARD - Jim Elliott and Terry Bond
  • PRESIDENT'S AWARD: Ellen and Jerry Adams
  • 25-YEAR MEMBERS: Jeff Howie and Scott and Cathy Miller.
  • 40-YEAR MEMBERS: Riley Best (46 years), Joe & Jack Burroughs (47 years), Craig & Cheryl Casper (46 years), Harold & Evy Eacker (47 years), Richard & Sandy Hall (47 years), Frank Lagana (48 years), Red and Zelda Lang (40 years), Pat Locke (42 years), Al & Sharon Mercer (49 years), Dewey and Maxine Milligan (40 years), Ed & Diane Monroe (47 years), Mary Lou Olson (43 years), Rad & Margie Tillett (49 years), Harold Via (59 years), and  Robert Ward (45 years)
December 9, 2018 - TRAACA Annual Holiday Brunch - 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 even a few antique vehicles braved chilly, rainy weather for the great food and company.  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 2018 with a look back at the hobby and then a review in his 'Annual Christmas Letter.'  It was an excellent end to 2018 - thanks to all those who made it possible!

 

November 17-18, 2018 - Coastal Virginia Auto Show AACA Display - More than a dozen TRAACA cars participated in the Fourth Annual Coastal Virginia Auto Show, held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  National Director and TRAACA long-time member Tom Cox was a featured speaker on Saturday, and a number of the member's cars were grouped in the center for a special AACA display. Volunteers manned an AACA information table for the duration of the show, handing out Antique Automobile magazines and registration forms.  Members with vehicles in the show included Sam Kern with his 1925 Franklin (2nd Vintage pre-1940), Ken and Barbara Talley with their 1929 Buick (1st place Vintage pre-1940), Bob Stein with his 1951 Studebaker (Survivor Award), James Carnforth with his 1955 Pontiac (1st Vintage post-1940), Scott Davies with his 1958 Corvette (Best Vintage Corvette), Matt and Vickie Doscher with their 1965 Comet (2nd Vintage post-1940), Charlie Dawson with his 1966 El Camino (Best in Show) and 1968 Camaro (Top 40), Skip Patnode with his 1967 Alfa Romeo, Bill and Linda Treadwell with their 1969 Camaro (Top 40) and 1973 Oldsmobile, Joe Gentile with his 1970 AMX, and Joe and Charline Geib with their 2004 Crossfire (Best Vintage Mopar).  Also on hand were Mark and Marion McAlpine, Bill Coburn, Mickey McChesney, Dick Chipchak, Charlie Daniels, Ron Pack, John Heimerl, Matt Gresalfi, and Terry Bond.

 

November 9-10, 2018 - ODMA 2018 Fall Tour - The Roanoke Valley Region AACA hosted the Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA) 2018 Fall Tour this past Friday and Saturday, 9-10 November 2018. (For those unfamiliar with the ODMA, it's a non-geographic region of the AACA comprised of 14 of the 17 AACA regions in Virginia—don’t know why the other three regions don't belong.) Sixty-five AACA members registered for the event, including 18 TRAACA members. 2018 ODMA Fall Tour Chairman Ron Vanderpool planned and organized a fantastic tour highlighting the beauty and some of the many interesting attractions of the Roanoke Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Most tour participants, especially those from out of the area, arrived on Friday evening and enjoyed socializing in the hospitality suite at the host hotel. After breakfast on Saturday morning, we drove up to the top of Mill Mountain to see the Mill Mountain Star (aka the Roanoke Star, the world's largest man-made illuminated star) and view the scenic Roanoke Valley below us. After that we headed to the National D-Day Memorial (fitting for a tour on Veterans Day weekend) in nearby Bedford, VA. Following our guided tour of the D-Day Memorial, we drove to National Parks Service Peaks of Otter Lodge for a delicious lunch. After lunch, we visited the Taubman Museum to view its special exhibit "Drive! Iconic American Cars & Motorcycles." We ended the day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation to view its impressive collection of rail, air, transit, and automotive-related transportation exhibits, including its eclectic selection of antique vehicles (including a rare 1923 Piedmont Model 4-30 Touring Car produced in nearby Lynchburg, VA) and a special display—"The Star Cars of Hollywood." After a fried-chicken buffet dinner at the museum and entertainment by a local steel drum band, we returned to the host hotel, tired but happy after a fun day. Kudus to Tour Chairman Ron Vanderpool and the entire Roanoke Valley Region for being such great hosts and providing the participants such a great weekend! Enjoy the photos—they don't begin to capture what we saw and enjoyed. The following TRAACA members participated in the ODMA’s 2018 Fall Tour: Jere & Carol Avenson, Dick & Linda Cooper, Tom Cox, Matt & Vickie Doscher, Bill Grosz, Doug Grosz, Richard & Sandy Hall, John & Lynn Heimerl, Mark & Marion McAlpine, Skip Patnode, and Ken & Barbara Talley.  (Story & photos by Mark McAlpine)

 

November 3, 2018 - TRAACA Movie Night! - Member Bob Hanbury once again opened the doors of Special Events to host another TRAACA Movie Date Night, providing the entire event as a gift to the club.  He and his staff provided a great evening of entertainment and Baseball stadium food in honor of the night's film - 'The Babe' with John Goodman, with nearly 100 TRAACA members and guests in attendance.  However, in between the food and movie came something new - horse racing!  The first event was a series of six 'races' with model horses moving up a track based on the roll of a dice.  Participants used game tickets to 'bet' on a horse for each race, with a single prize winner selected by ticket draw from all those who chose the winning horse.  This was strictly a fund raiser with all proceeds going towards the new AACA National Building Fund, and the final total exceeded the goal of $500.  Then it was on to 'live' horse racing.  Bob Hanbury had mentioned several times that the horses were ill tempered and smelled bad.  That was because the 'horses' in question turned out to be volunteers from the car club astride inflatable horse that had to be bounced from one side of the warehouse to the other. Several of the 'horses' had difficulties during the race, and it was suggested that they should be sent to the glue factory.  The guy jockeys were (in order of finish) Matt Doscher, Bob Stein, David Pellerin, and Mickey McChesney.  The gal jockeys (also in order) were Kaylen Adams, Vickie Doscher, Chris Hunt, and Darlene Hooks.  After giving all of the participants 'Best Jockey' certificates and a Hot Wheels car, everyone settled in for the movie.  Fresh popcorn and peanuts were available throughout the night, along with sodas and bottled water. Many thanks to Bob Hanbury and his dedicated crew for a great evening!

 

October 20, 2018 - TRAACA Chili Cookoff - The end of October brings many things - including our favorite form of Chili weather - steaming crock pots of chili, cornbread, chicken, macaroni and cheese, brownies, cakes, and all sorts of other good things to eat. Generously hosted again by Dewey and Maxine Milligan, our 2018 Chili Cookoff turned out to be one of the largest ever, with 13 different chili entries and more than 50 members attending.  Despite damp and drizzly weather, we had some antique vehicles on display.  Ken and Barbara Talley brought their 1939 Mercury, Sam Kern drove his 1942 Ford 'jeep', Bruce Sedel had his 1949 Packard sedan, Bob Ward drove his 1962 Chevrolet, Richard and Sandy Hall came in their 1973 MGB-GT,  Bob Stein drove his 1986 Nissan Laurel, Frank Lagana drove his 1990 Ranger, and Matt and Vickie Doscher had their 1991 Mercury Marquis.   After a brief business meeting and a big THANK YOU from President Mark McAlpine to our hosts, unofficial club chaplain 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 had three award winners.  Sandy Dawson won the third place "Barely Made It Award.'  Second place went to a non-club member - Dewey and Maxine's neighbor Kevin Gaudet received the second place 'Almost There Award.  And finally, Carol Milligan repeated last year's win 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 11-13, 2018 - HERSHEY! - The world's biggest antique vehicle event got off to a soggy start with rain pouring down the first day, but clearing Friday for a clear, if breezy, day of wandering through thousands of parts vendors.  There were plenty of TRAACA folks and friends about, working in official capacities as well as buying and selling.  Seen in and around the various fields were Mickey and Toni McChesney, Doug and William Grosz, John and Lynne Heimerl, Richard and Sandy Hall, Tony Scarpelli, Pennsylvania members Bob and Sue Bond, Bill Treadwell, Bob and Dot Parrish, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Al and Sharon Mercer, Larry Wickham, Bob Stein, Scott Davies, Barry Basnight, Bill Coburn, Tom and Tammy Cox, Jim and Becky Woodall, Rad and Marge Tillett, Jim and Donna Elliott, Sam Kern, Reggie Nash, Dan Ciccone, Travis and Kimberly Berry, and Jerry Adams. Terry Bond scored a major find, locating a rare set of automotive buttons in the original box from the early 1900s. Saturday dawned cold and wet, but that did not phase the many region members who participated in Class Judging, including VP of Class Judging Jim Elliott.  Awards included a Senior for Bob Stein's 1993 EV Warrior, Repeat Preservation for Reggie Nash's 1904 Rambler, HPOF for John and Lynne Heimerl's 1946 Cushman, Junior award for Sam Kern's 1942 Ford 'jeep' and a DPC for his 1988 Chevy pickup, Senior award for Bill Treadwell's 1973 Oldsmobile 442, Preservation award for Jim and Donna Elliott's 1993 Chevrolet, Repeat Preservation for Al Mercer's 1922 Mercer, Repeat Preservation for Larry Wickham's 1935 Ford, and a Senior award for Charlie Dawson's 1968 Chevrolet.

 

October 6, 2018 - Atlantic Shores Car Display - TRAACA had a great turnout for the Atlantic Shores Retirement Community Antique Car Display in Virginia Beach.  Out of 31 vehicles present, at least a dozen belonged to our members.  Matt and Vickie Doscher helped arrange the event, and had their 1965 Mercury Comet convertible out.  Mickey and Toni McChesney drove their 1940 Oldsmobile, Bob Stein had is 1949 MG TC, James and Becky Woodall had their 1966 Mercury Marauder convertible and 1988 Ford Bronco II, Fred Cole had his 1989 Buick Reatta, Wes Neal drove his 19666 Mustang convertible, Sue Bond had her 1948 MG TC, Ken and Barbara Talley drove their 1955 Buick Century, and Bill Treadwell had his 1973 Oldsmobile 4-4-2.  Atlantic Shores provided food, drinks, places to sit, and even had a $500 People's Choice award that went to the McChesney's Oldsmobile!  (Photos by Wes Neal and Bob Stein)

 

September 22, 2018 - 45th Annual Meet/Wings and Wheels Show  - Although we escaped the brunt of Hurricane Florence last week, things were still dicey for the show with all roads to the airport closed due to flooding as late as Thursday!  Happily the weather and tides relented, and we had dry roads and clear skies for our 45th Annual Meet.  Held once again at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, about 150 classic and collectible vehicles took part in the dual-venue show.  Unmodified vehicles were featured in our Preserving the Past show, with antique but modified vehicles showcased in our Rods and Mods show.  Entries varied wildly from a stunning 1930 Packard Eight  roadster to U.S. Postal Jeep with tandem V-8-engines, and included an ambulance, a Vespa motor scooter, a monster 4x4 pickup truck, and the Scooby-Doo Mystery Van.  In addition to the shows, participants could choose from a number of activities.  Terry Bond presented a seminar on Model T Fords, and children's programs included a Youth Judging program sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, as well as a Hot Wheel giveaway sponsored by Mattel.  The Military Aviation Museum also had a braod range of special displays and presentations.  There was a program on the world's first flying Dehaviland Mosquito since World War II that included actual flights of the restored aircraft, plus a special display from the Charles Shultz Collection featuring Snoopy and the Red Baron.  Many thanks to co-chairs Barry Basnight and Marion McAlpine for putting together an outstanding event!  (Award results will be posted as soon as they are received.)

 

September 8, 2018 - Hermitage/Hunter Tour  - Local history was the focus of our TRAACA activity as we visited two local landmarks.  Although the threat of rain limited antique vehicles to just Terry and Sue Bond's 1974 MGB-GT and Bob Stein's 1986 Nissan Laurel, nearly twenty members came out for the event.  We started off at the Hermitage Museum, former home of William and Florence Sloane and now home to a collection of over 5,000 works of art.  The structure itself was interesting, starting life as a 5-room summer home, built up into a 42-room mansion, and eventually restructured to be a public museum.  From there we moved on to Hunter House in downtown Norfolk, a museum dedicated to late nineteenth-century Victorian arts and styles.  Furnished and decorated to represent the house's appearance about 1900, many of the works of art and items of furniture are original.  And as always, we followed up with lunch at Freemason Abbey, an excellent restaurant just a block away from Hunter House.  Many thanks to Travis and Kimberly Berry for setting up this activity!

 

August 25, 2018 - Doumar's Ice Cream Social!  - How do you top our normal event that combines old cars and good food?  By offering FREE ICE CREAM!  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.  More than fifty TRAACA folks with family and friends descended on the already-busy landmark, creating a challenge to find parking places and seating inside.  The first nice weekend weather in quite a while drew out some beautiful vehicles, including a 1931 Model A Ford, 1934 Packard V-12, 1937 Packard 120, 1941 Packard, 1941 Lincoln Continental, 1947 Pontiac Woody Wagon, 1949 MG TC, and a host of cars from the 1950s and 1960s!

 

August 18, 2018 - Twenty-Seventh Khedive Fun and Shine Auto Show - The Chesapeake Khedive Shriners’ 27th Annual “Fun-n-Shine” Car Show was held on Saturday, August 18th, at the Khedive Shrine in Chesapeake, VA. This is always a popular show for TRAACA members because of the great selection of vehicles on the show field, the associated swap meet and craft show, and the good cause it supports: Shriners Hospitals for Children around the country. TRAACA members at the show included Jerry Adams, Barry Basnight; Fred Cole (and his brother-in-law Richard Arnt) with his 1989 Buick Reatta; Charlie & Sandy Dawson with their 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28; Paul Fuqua with this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28; John & Marie Gancel with their 1968 Chevrolet Biscayne; Tyler Gimbert; Bill Grosz and Doug Grosz with Bill’s 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Eight; Bob Hanbury with his 1948 Ford street rod and 1950 Willys Jeepster; new member Floyd Jolley and his grandson (Floyd drove Bob Hanbury’s Jeepster); Sam Kern manning the membership tent with his 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck; Frank Lagana; Mark & Marion McAlpine; Mickey & Toni McChesney with Mickey manning his swap meet table; Tom Norris selling vintage license plates in the swap meet; Ron Pack; Bob & Dot Parrish; Skip Patnode helped park cars and judge, and with his 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto on the show field; Andrew & Brittany Sitar; Dennis Sobota with his 2005 Chevrolet SSR; Boyd Swartz with his 1964 Volvo 122S; Ken & Barbara Talley parting with some of their treasures in the swap meet; Bill Treadwell with his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible; and Bob Ward with his 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS.  (Article and photos by Mark and Marion McAlpine).

 

AACA CLASS AWARDS

CLASS

AWARD

RECIPIENT

VEHICLE

4b

1st

Ricky Gent

1970 Austin Mini

4c

AACA

Nolen, Debbie

1969 Volkswagen Beetle

5c

1st

Bill Parks

1948 Triumph Tiger 100

5f

AACA

John Heimerl

1946 Cushman Model 54

5g

AACA

Nolen, Debbie

1966 Vespa 150

18b

1st

Nancy Krehbiel

1929 Chevrolet International Phaeton

18b

AACA

Talley, Ken

1929 Buick Master

19a

1st

Becker, Al

1929 Packard 745 Roadster

19a

AACA

Kern, Sam

1925 Franklin 11-A

20a

1st

Jim Elliott

1931 Chevrolet Roadster

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

Parrish, Bob

1978 Corvette

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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 11, 2018 - TRAACA/HVPR at the Virginia War Museum - This month’s TRAACA activity was a joint venture with our friends from the Historic Virginia Peninsula Region (HVPR). Eighteen TRAACA members (7 of which also belong to the HVPR), 3 HVPR members, and several guests enjoyed a self-guided tour of the Virginia War Museum. The Virginia War Museum was founded in 1923 by American Legion Post #25 as the American Legion Memorial Museum of Virginia. Many of the artifacts in its early collection came from WWI veterans. This early collection would eventually expand to include artifacts from WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. The museum’s artifact collection from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Spanish-American War came from private donations. After our tour we took a short drive over to the Crab Shack for lunch. The restaurant is situated adjacent to the James River Bridge and offers scenic views of the James River and Huntington Park. TRAACA members in attendance included Jere Avenson and his friend Walt Hooks, Al Becker, Matt & Vickie Doscher, Jim & Donna Elliott, Joe & Charline Geib, Doug Grosz, Mark & Marion McAlpine, Skip Patnode, Tony & Leslie Scarpelli, and Ken & Barbara Talley. Al, Jim & Donna, Mark & Marion, and Tony & Leslie also belong to the HVPR. (Tony is the President of the HVPR and Donna is its Activities Coordinator.) Other HVPR members on the tour included Jim Cross, Jonathan Smith, and Tom Murphy, plus several guests. (Story and photo by Matt and Vickie Doscher)

 

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 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!

 

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