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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

SPECIAL INTEREST

participation

Durkin, Christian

1993 Ford Taurus Sho

SPECIAL AWARDS

Award

Sponsored By:

Presented to:

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)
May 6, 2017 - 15th Annual TRAACA Square Care Tour  - Twenty-five cars and more than fifty people showed up for our 15th Annual Square Car Tour - an annual drive where the oldest car leads the way, setting the pace for the rest of the participants.  Richard Hall and Terry Bond laid out the tour, which winds through back roads of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and parts of North Carolina without a single stop light.  We started off at the home of Ken and Barbara Talley in Chesapeake to socialize and enjoy donuts, coffee and hot chocolate.  Terry called a driver's meeting at 11 AM and passed out carefully prepared directions, and then took the lead in his 1914 Model T Ford.  Richard and Sandy Hall served as scouts in their 1973 MGB-GT, rolling just ahead of the group to watch for problems.  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 the Talley's 1928 Buick, Curtis and Sheryl's Cook's  1929 Model A Ford, Dan Ciccone and Tyer Gimbert in Dan's 1937 Packard, Bob Stein's 1937 Pontiac, Mickey and Toni McChesney's 1940 Oldsmobile, and Bill Wilcox's 1941 Lincoln Continental.  The longest distance driven was easily Rad and Marge Tillett, who brought their 1956 Ford Thunderbird all the way from Kitty Hawk, NC!  The first half of the tour went well, with a rest stop at Northwest River Park.  However, things got a little damper as we continued on.  Recent heavy rains have swollen rivers and canals in the area, and though Terry had done a check of roads just the day before, high water made several impassable.  Quick thinking by scouts Richard and Sandy adapted the tour quickly for most of these setbacks, but we finally met our match on Pungo Ferry Road.  A two-lane blacktop with no pull off and deep ditches on either side  made for an 'interesting' turnaround, especially for the older cars with no power steering and long wheelbases!  After a regroup and rethink, the tour wound its way back through known dry roads and finally ended up at our planned destination - Angie's Family Restaurant.  Despite the forced detours, we all had a great time.  The activity started and ended with good food, and no one broke down!  Thanks to Richard and Terry for yet another great Square Car Tour!

 

April 21-22, 2017 - 64th Annual Old Dominion Meet  - This year the 2017 ODMA Meet was hosted by the TRAACA. We held the Meet at the Founders Inn & Spa located in Virginia Beach, VA, on Friday-Saturday, April 21-22, 2017.  The show field was laid out on Friday morning in anticipation of the show on Saturday. The 64th ODMA Meet started with the opening of the Registration Desk, Silent Auction, and Trailer Parking on Friday at 12:00 PM. Dain King, AACA National Judging School instructor, taught a Special National Judging School on Friday afternoon, followed by an opportunity for participants to attend one of five Continuing Judges Education courses. Friday evening was the Ice Cream Social, held in the Founders Inn’s 2-story atrium area. It rained late Friday night and into early Saturday morning. Thankfully, the rain stopped by the time we started setting up for the show cars to arrive. Before entering the show field, participants drove by displays of a 1903 Cadillac, a pair of Duesenbergs (a 1929 & a 1930), and a 1935 Chrysler C2 Imperial Airflow, all owned by fellow TRAACA members. There were 147 vehicles registered for the meet, with 95 coming from TRAACA members. The Saturday night Awards Banquet was well attended with100 people signed up for the event. We were fortunate to have three current and past AACA Presidents at the meet: Terry Bond (2010), Tom Cox (2013 and 2017), and Bob Parrish (2016). Terry gave the invocation before dinner, Tom presented the awards to the participants, and Bob spoke during dinner about the history of ODMA. The 64th Old Dominion Meet is now complete. There were many people who volunteered to help with the meet, and without them there would not have been an ODMA Meet. The Meet Chairs included: Jerry Adams, Kim & Travis Berry, Terry & Susan Bond, Matt Doscher, Donna & Jim Elliott, Marie & John Gancel, Sandy & Richard Hall, Wes Neal, Dot Parrish, Bill Treadwell, and Jim Villers. Check out the video link here: https://youtu.be/HtiTDFPYfHk  (Story by Mark and Marion McAlpine).

 

April 15, 2017 - Tour the to the Museum of the Albemarle  - TRAACA members awoke Saturday morning, April 15, 2017, to overcast skies and light rain.  However, the rain stopped and the sun made its appearance later in the morning, just in time for the group to gather at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center in South Mills, NC.  Members participating included John and Lynn Heimerl, Matt and Vickie Doscher, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Bob and Susan Woolfitt, Dewey and Maxine Milligan, Mickey McChesney, James and Becky Woodall, Chris Harris-Evans and Candace, Bob and Ginger Watson, Rick Overbaugh and Karen Kern, Frank Lagana, Bob Wilcox and Robyn, Skip Patnode, Ken and Barbara Talley, Jere Avenson, Terry and Sue Bond, Bill and Linda Treadwell, and Wayne and Carol Milligan.  From the Welcome Center, the group headed south to the Museum of the Albemarle on the Elizabeth City waterfront.  At the Museum, we were greeted by a Museum Educator who provided an overview of the Museum which showcases the rich history of the Albemarle Region.  The Club Board had previously approved providing a donation to the Museum and a check for $100.00 was presented.  The group then toured the Museum at our own pace with the Educator nearby to add context to exhibits and answer any questions.  After a leisurely tour of the Museum, as is often the case, the TRAACA group began to focus on food and lunch quickly became the agenda.  Small groups made their way across Water Street for lunch at Grouper’s Waterfront Restaurant; a relatively small seafood restaurant that provided a quaint and intimate setting for the group to dine.  After lunch, many in the group began heading North on their way home or off to tackle their weekend chores while some remained in Elizabeth City to take in the local sites and historic architecture along the river. Though the weather looked less than ideal early in the morning, the group did not encounter more than an occasional sprinkle with most of the day sunny with Carolina blue skies.  The Museum was gracious and offered an interesting collection of Northeast North Carolina artefacts.  Lunch was tasty, reasonably priced, and timely with pleasant staff.  The result, thirty-two members with 15 antique automobiles enjoyed a pleasant Saturday morning road-trip. (Story by Wayne Milligan.  Photos by Mark and Marion McAlpine)

 

April 5-8, 2017 - Charlotte Auto Fair and Southeastern Division AACA National Spring Meet - With high wings, torrential rain, and hail forecast for the Tidewater area, heading down to Charlotte looked like either a risky trip or rats deserting the ship.  Happily, the weather better for those who stayed home, while the Charlotte crowd endured much cooler temperatures and winds that blew over displays and sent tents airborne.   TRAACA participation was down a bit this year, but we had some high-profile members on hand.  The most prominent were, of course, AACA National President and First Lady Tom and Tammy Cox, who were out hoofing it through the vendor fields Thursday. Other folks braving the windy weather winds included Bob Parrish, Neil Sugermeyer, Jim and Donna Elliott, Terry and Sue Bond, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Matt and Vickie Doscher, Rad Tillett, and Bob Stein, with Tyler Gimbert and Dan Ciccone set up as vendors.  Show day featured the debut of Jim Viller's just-completed 190 SL convertible and Reggie and Cindi Nash's 1958 Cadillac Eldorado convertible receiving  First Juniors, the Doscher's 1989 Mercury Marquis getting an Original HPOF award, Bob Stein's 1989 Buick Reatta getting certified as HPOF, and a repeat preservation for Jim and Donna Elliott's 1978 Corvette.  Despite a light showing in other areas, Tidewater had a great turnout for support of the actual meet.  Mark and Marion McAlpine and Dot Parrish received awards for 50th Judging credits, and Tammy Cox received her award for 25 judging credits.  Additional region members who participated in judging included Jeff Locke, the Doschers, the Bonds, Bob Parrish, Neil Sugermeyer, and Bob Stein.

 

March 18, 2017 - Abacus Racing Machine Shop and Bill Thumel Collection Tour - Fifty-five TRAACA members rolled out early on a rainy Saturday morning for a private tour of Abacus Racing, a local automotive machine and restoration shop that specializes in sports and exotic cars.  Owned by member Bill Thumel, Abacus has facilities for complete machining and rebuilding of engines and transmissions, as well as body and chassis repair and rebuild.  Cars in the shop ranged from a 1956 Chevrolet 3/4 ton pickup to a couple of Ferraris, with several of Bill's personal race cars also on hand.  Donuts and coffee were provided at the start of the shop tour, which had to be divided into groups to accommodate the large number of participants.  Abacus personnel were on hand in each area to explain their specific shop's function, and also talk about some of the vehicles.  When we finished up at Abacus, it was back into our cars and off to view Bill's personal collection down at the Beach.  Housed down near the oceanfront, the collection features a beautiful assortment of sports and exotic cars, as well as a couple of American classics.   A 1959 DeSoto shared space with a genuine 1966 Shelby Cobra, the Austin Healy 100 prototype, Sunbeam Tigers, an MGC-GT, and a Lola racing car that Bill started up with ear-splitting results.  Towards the end of the tour, lunch arrived in the form of Firehouse subs, chips, cookies, and drinks.  The activity was fully subsidized by the club, so participants enjoyed the day for free!  TRAACA President Mark McAlpine presented Bill with a certificate of appreciation as a token of thanks for his outstanding hospitality.  Thank to Bill Thumel, his crew, and the TRAACA activities folks for a great outing!

 

March 11, 2017 - TRAACA Annual Swap Meet - We're pleased to report the annual swap meet was a tremendous success.  We ended up with a chilly day but plenty of sunshine.  The field was loaded with more vendors than we've had previously.  The inside also offered a number of vendors with everything from early 1900s to Model T, sports car and high performance.  There was an excellent selection of collectible model cars, tools and garage equipment as well as car parts and collectibles from petromobilia to books and literature.   Many buys were seen with their arms filled and at least one little red wagon rolled by full of parts acquired from just a single vendor.  Outside there was a range of complete cars for sale to parts, gas pumps, signs, and just about anything related to collector vehicles.  Club member Bob Hanbury provided us with a great selection of breakfast treats and snack items during the day including some fantastic hot chocolate in addition to the mandatory coffee in both regular and hi-test versions. As usual, the Tidewater Region bake sale was also a big success.  Outside, we had arranged for a BBQ food truck and long before lunchtime you could smell it cooking. It takes a good crew of volunteers to pull it all together, and without trying to list names and surely forget someone, all who had a part in this event deserve an evening warming up at their favorite restaurant or by the fireplace at home.  From those working in advance to get permits, registering vendors, working with the museum and braving stiff-cold winds Friday laying out the field, to those who arrived before sun-up to help point our early arrivals in the right direction, and especially those who stayed to help clean up and put tables and chairs away, thank you thank you thank you!   Special thanks of course must go to the wonderful Museum Volunteers who were there moving their precious planes out of the hanger long before we began setting out tables for vendors. Neil Sugermeyer and I have run this event since it's inception more than 20 years ago and we're officially "retired" and will be simply vendors next year, but we're please to turn the reins over with a big success to follow-up on. This has been a great start to the new season for Tidewater Region and as we kick-off the springtime here I can't imaging it starting with anything as fun as the annual Swap Meet! (Story and photos by Terry Bond)

 

February 18, 2017 - ODMA Planning Meeting and Garage Tour - Less than a week after the rigors of traveling to Philadelphia and the AACA National Membership Meeting, Jim and Donna Elliott graciously hosted the planning meeting for the Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA) show coming up this April 21st.  There was a full crowd of representatives of AACA regions and chapters from all over Virginia.  The event began with boxed lunches from Arby's that had been pre-ordered, along with finger desserts brought by club members.  Then ODMA president Budd Lacy opened the meeting to cover the ODMA meet, this year hosted by Tidewater Region.  The meeting covered finances, recruitment of volunteers, and other topics such as trailer parking and advertisement.  Following the meeting, participants had the opportunity to view the Elliott's excellent collection of vehicles, ranging from a 1903 Cadillac to actual Camaro, Corvette, and Firebird Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars.  There was also a great collection of antique vehicles outside, including Al Becker's magnificent 1929 Packard Phaeton and Tony Scarpelli's 1956 Chrysler New Yorker. It was a perfect day, with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s, which Jim noted they had requested special for the event.  Nice to know he has that kind of connections - looks like Terry Bond has passed along the 'Weather Guru' title to Jim!

 

February 9-11, 2017 - AACA National Membership Meeting - This was a banner year for Tidewater Region at the AACA National Membership Meeting in Philadelphia.  More than 35 club members showed up for the event,  with at least six of the activities presented by or assisted with by TRAACA folks.  A near-record number of participants had an un-bearably good time at Dot's First Lady's Breakfast, which focused on her teddy bear collection and featured a living, full-sized, tuxedoed  bear  that distributed gifts to the tables.   Seven members received National Awards, two members were appointed as National Directors, and outgoing National President and TRAACA members Bob and Dot Parrish turned the gavel over to incoming National President and TRAACA members Tom and Tammy Cox. Mark and Marion McAlpine received the AACA Master Editor Award for the second time, and Bob Stein received his 17th consecutive Master Web Master Award.   Holly Forrester received a special award in recognition of her tremendous success promoting new memberships with the military outreach program, and a National AACA Vehicle Award was presented to Tim Hund for his 1935 Auburn 851.  However, the highlight of the weekend was having the 35+ member strong blue and red 'Fruit Salad' kick off the AACA Membership Meeting on Saturday with a formal 'Nerd Glasses' salute, donning black frame Harry Potter spectacles on command to celebrate our own man of vision, Tom Cox. (Photos by Bob Stein and Marion McAlpine)

 

February 4, 2017 - Scouting Merit Badge Training - Part of the club's interests are tied to preserving and prolonging the old car hobby, which means sparking automotive interests in younger generations.  One of the ways TRAACA encourages inertest in old cars is providing training sessions for the Boy Scouts of America Automotive Maintenance merit badge.  Working in coordination with the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, club members bring vehicles and expertise to share with groups of Scouts from as far away as Richmond and parts of North Carolina.  Topics include familiarization with vehicle controls and instruments, how to check fluid levels in the engine compartment, how to safely change a tire, and overviews of braking, electrical, and cooling systems.  This session was done for BSA Troop 36 out of Carrolton, Virginia, and was coordinated by Sam Kern.  Other participating members included Jim Villers with his 1967 Mercedes 230 SL, Bob Parrish with his 1978 Corvette, Bill Treadwell with his 1969 Camaro SS, and Bob Stein with his 1989 Buick Reatta.  Thanks to Sam and the others who helped promote the hobby to a new generation!

 

January 28, 2017 - Impromptu January Fun Run - Given the cold and dreary weather we have had most of this winter, the opportunity of a sunny and dry Saturday was too good to be ignored.  Matt Doscher sent out an inquiry Monday to see if there was any interest in a back roads drive and had more than 25 folks signed up by Wednesday!  We met at what has become a 'standard' starting point for many TRAACA event - the Farm Fresh parking lot at Centerville Turnpike and Mount Pleasant Road in Chesapeake.  Pre-war vehicles on the tour included Dave and Faye Curl's 1931 Model A Sport Coupe, Dana and Debbie Meadows' 1937 Imperial, Bob Stein's 1937 Pontiac, and Mickey McChesney's 1940 Oldsmobile.  Post-war cars started with Jere and Carol Avenson's 1954 Packard and continued all the way up to modern iron.  The group left about 10:30 AM and took a leisurely 25-mile run through familiar back roads in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, ending at Pungo Pizza for an excellent lunch.  The activity was a chance to let our old cars stretch their legs, not to mention giving the drivers a chance to do what we do best: socialize and eat!  Thanks to Matt and Vickie Doscher for pulling this all together, and thanks to all the folks who braved the chilly weather for a fun drive!
 
January 21, 2017 - 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 Jim Villers opened ceremonies with general announcements, followed by a blessing by Vice President Mark McAlpine.  After everyone enjoyed a buffet dinner that featured Chicken Marsala, Citrus Salmon, and a roast beef carving station, Jim started the festivities.  Bob Parrish came up first and gave a short talk on places he had been during his year as National AACA President - including in-sanity and in-competence.  He also provided an update on AACA national activities. The awards presentations went smoothly, with a brief aside for Marion McAlpine to present frames covers of the MudFlap to members whose cars were on the cover that month. Two new awards were added this year:  The Duryea Award recognizes the TRAACA member who has made the greatest contribution to AACA National, and the Hard Luck Award, presented to the TRAACA member who had the worst problems going to or from an AACA or TRAACA event or activity (The Hard Luck award is actually a revived award).  Jim also gave  special recognition to TRAACA members who are receiving national honors at Phildaelphia in February.  Bob Parrish took over to install the 2017 TRAACA officers and board members, reviving the club's old tradition of the 'puzzle pieces.'  Each officer and board member inserted a piece of a puzzle that created the TRAACA logo.  The 2016 TRAACA board consists of Mark McAlpine - President, Matt Doscher - Vice President, Vickie Doscher - Secretary, Charlie Daniels - Treasurer, and board members Wayne Milligan, Hilary Pavlidis, Jerry Adams, and Bill Treadwell.  The evening ended with closing remarks by new President Mark McAlpine.

 

2016 TRAACA Award Winners

  • CENTURY AWARD: Mark Gresalfi (1917 Metz) and Andy Ott (1917 Ford Model T and 1917 Studebaker Touring)
  • CENTURY PARTICIPATION: Jim Elliott (1903 Cadillac)
  • HOLMES – OVERLAND AWARD: Jim Elliott (1903 Cadillac)
  • PRESIDENT'S AWARD: Skip Patnode
  • RESTORATION AWARD: John Heimerl (1970 AMX) and Jim Villers (1950 Jeep CJ3A)
  • MUDFLAP AWARD: Terry Bond, Bob Stein
  • BARTLETT BOWL: Jim Elliott
  • MERRITT HORNE PARTICIPATION: Mickeya nd Toni McChesney
  • IVIE LISTER AWARD: Susan and Terry Bond
  • SPARKPLUG AWARD: Bob Pellerin
  • LALIQUE AWARD: Bill Wilcox
  • BEAULIEU CUP: • Jim Elliott (1903 Cadillac)
  • DURYEA AWARD - Bob Parrish
  • HARD LUCK AWARD - Sam Kern
  • 25-Year Members: Bob and JoAnn Green

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