This lovely display was in the lobby of the Sheraton
February 11 -13
Celebrating its 80th year, the Annual Meeting of the AACA was once again held in Philadelphia at the Sheraton Hotel, and what a celebration it was!
For anyone who’s never been to one of our national meetings, attendees get to enjoy various seminars, a trade show, an auction, and of course it’s all topped off with the closing Awards Banquet on Saturday night. Not to mention the optional bus tour or Philly, judging schools, a First Lady’s Breakfast, youth program, President’s Dinner… there’s so much going on it’s impossible to get bored. The hardest thing to do is find a minute to sit down. Even though it’s easy to be exhausted by the end of it, I promise you, you will never regret the experience.
The GRAACA proudly banner hung in the hotel lobby.
This year was particularly exciting. Our own GRAACA member Don Barlup stepped down as AACA President to make way for the newly elected Bob Parrish of the Tidewater region, which means we will quickly be putting Don to work again (ha ha).
The AACA Library booth.
Also, the AACA Library and Research Center announced its new fundraising initiative to raise money for a Kinograph Film Scanner. As of right now, the library has over 300 films dating as far back as the 1920s which need to be preserved. The Kinograph will allow these films to be digitized and made available to the public (for more info. please see the library’s website).
In addition, a panel discussion was held on Friday with the stars and producer of the TV show “The Appraisers.” For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, this is a new show the Velocity channel featuring Executive VP of the AACA Tom Cox, Head Librarian of the AACA Library Chris Ritter, and Ben Nef of Motorcars West.
Complimentary pastries and doughnuts were provided each morning to get everyone prepped for the day ahead.
Overall, the meeting was, without a doubt, a huge success. Thank you to all GRACCA members who represented our region: President Ron Green and his wife Valerie, Annette and Daniel Yost, Pat Shaffer, Jim Yemzow, John Sayler, Howard and Christina King, Jerry Black, Bill Sangrey, Bob and Dottie Shultz, Don and Carol Barlup, and Carl Davis. If there’s anyone I forgot, let me know. I hope to see you all (and hopefully some new faces, too) next year!
Plenty of options for showing your AACA pride.
1935 Cadillac at the trade show to celebrate 80 years!
More photos will be posted to our Facebook page.
~Angelica Yost, Website Manager