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October 10-12, 2019 - HERSHEY! - The world's biggest antique vehicle event had an uncharacteristically warm and sunny start, with a perfect day Friday and only a couple of light sprinkles on show day (despite forecasts of sunny skies).  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 Wayne and Carol Milligan, Mickey and Toni McChesney, John and Lynne Heimerl, Richard and Sandy Hall, Tony and Leslie Scarpelli, , Bill Treadwell, Bob and Dot Parrish, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Bob Stein, 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. TRAACA vehicles receiving awards included  Bob Stein's 1962 Vespa 150 (Senior – 5G), Reggie Nash's 1930 Lincoln (Junior - 19A), Sam Kern's 1925 Franklin (Repeat Preservation - 19A), Larry Wickham's 1935 Ford (Repeat Preservation - 22B), Bill Treadwell's 1973 Oldsmobile (Repeat Preservation - 27J), and Jim Elliott's 1993 Camaro (Repeat Preservation – 34I). (Photos by Marty Sugermeyer and Bob Stein).


September 28, 2018 - 46th Annual Meet/Wings and Wheels Show  - Clear skies and very warm temperatures had people wondering about it being Autumn for our 46th Annual Meet.  Held once again at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, about 200 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.  There was also a display on Cars by the Decade, with representative vehicles that started with Reggie and Cindy Nash's original 1909 Rambler and carried oin up through a new Tesla!  Entries varied wildly from a stunning 1937 Cord to a one-off 1965 Ford Fairlane 'Ute', and included an ambulance, a Vespa motor scooter, and the TRAACA Bookmobile.  In addition to the shows, participants could choose from a number of other activities.  Children's programs included a Youth Judging program sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, as well as a Hot Wheels giveaway and pinewood derby racing.  The Military Aviation Museum also had a broad range of special displays and presentations, and had historic aircraft flying off and all all during the day.  Many thanks to co-chairs Barry Basnight and Marion McAlpine and Chief Judge Jim Elliott for putting together an outstanding event!  (CLICK HERE for a complete list of the Preserving the Past Awards.)


September 14, 2019 - Doumar's Drive-In  -  This visit to the famous Doumar's Drive In in Norfolk had an extra bonus - ice cream was subsidized by the club for all participating members.  Charlie and Sandy Dawson (1966 Mustang) and Bob Ward (1957 Thunderbird) were first on the scene, joined by Bob Stein (1986 Buick), Jerry Adams (1929 Chevrolet on its first run!), Barry Basnight (1969 Camaro), Sam Kern (1988 Chevrolet Truck), Bob Hanbury (1986 El Camino), Bill and Linda Treadwell (1973 Cutlass 442, and Harry and Tammy Park (1970 Chevelle).  Other members arriving in modern iron included Wayne and Carol Milligan, William and Douglas Grosz, and Travis and Kimberly Berry. 


August 17, 2019 - Twenty-Eighth Khedive Fun and Shine Auto Show - The Chesapeake Khedive Shriners’ 28th Annual “Fun-n-Shine” Car Show was held on Saturday, August 17th, 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: Shriner's Hospitals for Children around the country. TRAACA members at the show included Dick Eberle – 1930 Model A Ford, Harry Boone – 1940 Ford DeLuxe, Sam Kern – 1942 Ford Military Jeep, William and Douglas Grosz – 1947 Packard Super Clipper, Bob Hanbury – 1950 Willys Jeepster and 1986 Chevrolet El Camino, Ken Talley – 1955 Buick Century, Darlene Hooks – 1955 Ford Club Sedan, Keith Colonna – 1956 Lincoln Mark II, Al McVicker – 1957 Chevrolet Wagon, Tom Bottoni – 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood and 1962 Cadillac Coupe deVille, Boyd Shwartz – 1962 Volvo 122S, Neil and Marty Sugermeyer – 1965 Rambler Classic Convertible, Joe and Charline Geib – 1966 Avanti II, Cori and Paul Fuqua – 1977 MGB Roadster, and Fred Cole – 1984 Buick Riviera. Other TRAACA folks in attendance included Dan Ciccone, Bob and Dot Parrish, Mickey and Toni McChesney, Frank Lagana, Skip Patnode, Chip Woolford, and Bob Stein.


August 3, 2019 - Doumar's Drive-In Run -  Always a popular destination, the famous Doumar's Drive In in Norfolk played host to more than 30 TRAACA members and families as we drove our antique vehicles to the home of the world's first ice cream cone machine (1905).  While no one opted for curb-side service, there was plenty of activity inside and out as other customers admired the classics on display.  Cars on display included Tim and Phyllis Hund's 1935 Auburn 851, Ken and Jessica Packard's 1937 Packard 120, Keith Colonna's 1955 Lincoln Capri, Alfonso and Patrizia Ludovici's 1956 DeSoto FireFlight, Matt and Vickie Doscher's 1965 Mercury Caliente, Wes Neal's 1966 Mustang convertible, Wayne and Carol Milligan's 1968 Ford LTD, Bob and Dot Parrish's 1978 Corvette, Mickey and Toni McChesney's 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88, and Bob Stein's 1986 Buick Electra.


July 13, 2019 - TRAACA Tour of Fort Wool -  This month's TRAACA activity was a three-hour tour - but not on the S.S. Minnow with Gilligan.  Our intrepid seafarers braved the waters of the Hampton Roads harbor in the Miss Hampton II for a tour of Fort Wool.  Located at the entrance to the Hampton Roads Harbor, Fort Wool (originally named Fort Calhoun) was constructed following the War of 1812 to protect Hampton Roads from the British and other would-be invaders of the era. Its position also denied access to the James River—a vital Union advantage during the Civil War. Presidents Andrew Jackson and John Tyler both used Fort Wool as a summer retreat during their presidencies. Fort Wool is both a state and national historic landmark.  The TRAACA group visited  historic Fort Wool for a 45-minute, narrated, walking tour on the island, which is only accessible by boat. This was followed by a harbor tour of the Norfolk Naval Base waterfront. Many thanks to Ken Talley for organizing this great activity! (Photos by Marty Sugermeyer)


June 15, 2019 - TRAACA Square Car Tour - Nineteen antique vehicles 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. Originally scheduled for May, bad weather forced a change to mid-June, and we benefited from perfect weather - lots of sunshine, no humidity, and mid-70s.  Charlie Dawson laid out the tour, which wound through back roads of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and North Carolina with hardly a single stop light. We started off at the Pungo Sports Bar with breakfast available. Tires were kicked and lies were swapped until Charlie called a driver's meeting at 9:30 AM to go over directions. He took point with wife Sandy in a 'modern' yellow Thunderbird, just ahead of Terry Bond in his 1914 Model T Ford. The rest of the participants followed in rough chronological order of the vehicles they were driving, with more modern iron bringing up the rear. The antique vehicles included Bob Good's 1929 Model A Ford, Bob Ward's 1930 Model A Ford, David and Faye Curl's 1931 Model A Ford, Bill Wilcox's 1932 Packard (Sophie), Jere and Carol Avenson's 1941 Packard Deluxe, Sam Kern's 1942 Ford military GP, Bob Hanbury's 1948 Ford restorod convertible, Wes Neal's 1949 Willys Jeepster, Alfonso Ludovici's 1956 Desoto, Keith Colonna's 1955 Lincoln, Wes Neal's 1962 Jeep Station Wagon,  Matt and Vickie Doscher's 1965 Comet convertible, Bill and Linda Treadwell's 1969 Camaro convertible, Sue Bond's 1974 MGB-GT, Bob and Dot Parrish's 1978 Thunderbird, Bob Stein's 1978 MGB-GT, Fred Cole's 1984 Buick Riviera, and Dewey and Maxine Milligan's 1985 Ford Crown Victoria, Charlie kept the pace comfortable for the oldest of the cars, allowing for a leisurely drive. We had a rest stop at the Blackwater Trading Post in Virginia Beach, then rolled through more beautiful countryside before making our final stop for lunch at Pearl's Restaurant in Knotts Island. Thanks to Charlie and Sandy for a great Square Car Tour!
June 7-8, 2019 - ODMA 66th Annual Meet - (Newport News VA) - The Old Dominion Meet Association is a non-geographical chapter of AACA that serves as a gathering point for all of the AACA regions and chapters in Virginia.  Each year a different region or chapter sponsors the annual meet, and this year our neighbors at the Historical Virginia Peninsula Region (HVPR) stepped forward as the hosts. There is a lot of crossover membership between our clubs, so it was no surprise that many of the movers and shakers for HVPR are also part of our region.  Meet Chairman Tony Scarpelli did his usual great job, with lots of help from Jim and Donna Elliott.  TRAACA stalwarts Richard and Sandy Hall handled registration, with assistance from Toni McChesney, Dot Parrish, and Leslie Scarpelli.  Despite cloudy skies and a lingering threat of rain nearly 90 vehicles came out for the show, which was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and ECPI parking lots in the Newport News City Center.  TRAACA had an excellent showing, with entries ranging from Tim Hund's magnificent 1921 Locomobile Type 48 Tourer to Matt and Vickie Doscher's 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis.  Jim Elliott had his 1949 Chevrolet Good Humor Ice Cream Truck fully stocked, and passed out ice cream bars in exchange for donations to the new AACA headquarters and library building fund. Other TRAACA folks on hand included Frank Lagana, Pat Locke, Dan Ciccone, Bob Parrish, Mickey McChesney, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Bill and Linda Treadwell, Jim and Becky Woodall, Harry and Tammy Park Jr., Wes Neal, Riley Best, Bill Coburn, Bob Stein, Pete Koch, Sam Kern, Douglas and William Grosz, Neil and Marty Sugermeyer, Gordon Garnett, Richard Overbaugh, Karen Kern, Ken Talley, Tom Norris as DJ, Missy Hespenhide, Al Becker, Fred Cole, Chris Hunt, Keith Colonna, Barry Basnight, Tom Allan, Darlene Hooks, Robert Hyatt, Mason Gamage, and Mark Strang. Our participation earned us the coveted Old Dominion Trophy again this year, the 21st time the club has been awarded the honor! HVPR won the Edgar & Walser Rohr Trophy as the region with the largest percentage of members participating in the meet, regardless of region size. Best of Show went to Harry Park's 1970 Chevelle.


May 31 - June 1, 2019 - AACA GRAND NATIONAL (Auburn, IN) - Although The AACA Grand National is always a special event, this year's version was in a league of its own.  Combining three separate car shows, a flea market, car corral, and major antique vehicle auction all in the the same location, you had to work hard to be bored at the 2019 Grand National in Auburn Indiana.  Weather forecasters had called for rain Thursday and Saturday, but other than a brief shower during the night on Saturday, the entire event enjoyed moderate temperatures and sunny skies with pleasant breezes.  The first show for the weekend was the AACA Zenith award, which goes to the one antique vehicle selected by special committee as representing the very best restoration for the year.  This year's recipient was a 1930 Buick roadster.  The next show proved to bit somewhat disappointing - the National Meet for the Rolls Royce Owner's Club only had seven vehicles show, and all but one were post 1990.  However, that failing was more that made up for by the 386 participants in the AACA Grand National.  Rather unusually, there were no TRAACA members going for a Grand National this year - there were plenty of club members taking part, though.  Judges included Tom Cox, Bob and Dot Parrish, Jim Elliott, Terry and Sue Bond, Al Mercer, Dan Ciccone, Bill Coburn, Mark and Marion McAlpine, Neil Sugermeyer, and Jim Bob Stein.  Also out and about were Ken Talley, Bill Wilcox, Marty Sugermeyer (with Johnny), and Sharon Mercer, as well as Region friends Debbie and Tommy Nolan and Franklin Gage (Happy Birthday!).


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
  • 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.


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