Welcome to the
Central Connecticut Region of the
Antique Automobile Club of America
Our Club Information and History
Welcome to a very active chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA): the Central Connecticut Region (CCR). Below is a brief history of the AACA, the CCR chapter, and our annual car show. The website also contains information about our upcoming activities, recent monthly President’s Messages and write-ups on some of our recent past activities, including photographs.
History – The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), founded in 1935, is the country’s largest and oldest historical society, with more than 60,000 members worldwide. The AACA holds meets, tours, and other activities nationwide and publishes Antique Automobiles, an outstanding magazine that is mailed bi-monthly to all members. They also have a Library and Research Center and staff to maintain relations with the several hundred regions worldwide. Membership in the national is required to join a region, as national also provides liability insurance for our events.
The Central Connecticut Region (CCR) was chartered in 1975 as a non-profit organization “dedicated to the search, preservation, and restoration of antique automobiles and related memorabilia. Monthly meetings are held year round and feature visits to automobile and related businesses or programs about cars, etc. (see below for a sample of businesses visited). Club functions also include an annual banquet, driving tours, picnic, Saturday garage tours, visits to museums, our annual Antique Car and Truck Show and our annual get-together at Hershey. We also publish a monthly newsletter to keep our members informed and involved with their club.
Members – we currently have approximately 80 members from a wide geographic area within the state. Many members are in the greater Hartford county area, with some members from Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland and New Haven counties. As we said before, you don’t have to own an old vehicle to join. Some of our members don’t have a car; others have numerous cars, motorcycles and/ or trucks. Within the member roster, we have 155 vehicles listed, which include such makes and models as Rolls Royce, Packard, Cord, Franklins, Graham, Willys, the Big 3 (Ford, GM and Chrysler), AMC, sports cars (foreign and domestic), muscle cars, trucks and some motorcycles. The years of these vehicles start in 1905 and go to 1990. Approximately 50% of the vehicles are in the 1920s and 1930s, while one-third are in the 1950s-1980. We just love cars (old and newer) and other vehicles (such as members with antique airplanes, boats, motorcycles, engines).
Meetings- Sites Visited – Part of the fun of joining our group is that we attempt to visit interesting vehicle related businesses. Some of these sites include Bundy Motors in Tolland, Boyd’s Boatyard in Canton, F-40 Motorsports (exotic cars), ERA Replica Automobiles (builder of Corbas), New England Air Museum, Twin Brooks Restoration, Dragone Classic Motor Cars, Mustangs Unlimited, Pratt & Whitney Engine Museum, Enfield Auto Restoration, Packard Motor Car Service, Manchester Motor Cars, Nizen Engine, Mark’s Auto Parts, Labco Welding, Airborn Coatings, and Blastech. In addition, we have visited several private automobile collections (one consisting of Rolls Royces) and visited members’ garages to view their latest projects. So if you are thinking of buying a car, restoring a car or need some repair information, our club members can help, through their vast years in the hobby. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Car Show – Our big event each year is our car show, which is generally held in June. We usually get approximately 300 show cars, trucks, motorcycles and fire engines, plus parts and food vendors. Our show is popular in that is a judged show, with three trophies in each of 22 classes. Our members are the judges and we hold a judging clinic before the meet and new members are generally assigned to judge with experienced members on the day of the show. After the show, we have a pizza party. The car show nets us money to hold future shows, fund some of our other events and allows us to make donation to various non-profit organizations. Some of the groups that we have contributed to in the past (voted on by the membership) include: AACA Library, American School for the Deaf, Children’s Home of Cromwell, Glastonbury Police Dept.-DARE Program, Glastonbury Police Explorers, MADD, Salvation Army, Shriner’s Children Burn Hospital, UCONN Children’s Fund, Klingberg Family Centers, and the Jimmy Fund. We try to donate a portion of our funds locally.
CCR/AACA - Current Officers, Board Members, Etc...
The Central Connecticut Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America was chartered on February 28, 1975 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the search, preservation and restoration of antique automobiles and related memorabilia.
VICE PRESIDENT ____________________________________________Jim Finnance
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(In addition to Club Officers)
John Rogers, Joel Pear, George Scheyd, Ray Yirga, Jack
Bob Hand, Dave Brooks, Ray Lichota, Nick Nesci, Jerry Olson
2017 COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
MEMBERSHIP __________________________________________________Ray Yirga
ANNUAL CAR & TRUCK MEET___________________________________Bob Hand
NEWSLETTER EDITOR _________________________________________Bob Hand
William E. Hall
Robert Kinghorn ________________________________________________1975
Robert Enders __________________________________________________1976
Steve Hart _____________________________________________________1977
Sal DiFabio ________________________________________________1980-1981
Jim Gagnon _____________________________________________________1987
Al Doner ___________________________________________________1990-1991
Lou Maglaty ____________________________________________________ 1992
Harold Sharon_______________________________________________ 1993-1994
George Scheyd _______________________________________________ 1995-1998
Robert Hand _____________________________________________________ 1999
Jack Eicholtzer ______________________________________________ 2000-2002
Travis Cook_________________________________________________ 2003-2004
Jack Mungovan______________________________________________ 2005-2007
Nick Nesci__________________________________________________2010 - 2013
Travis Cook_____________________________________________________2014 -