Category Archives: Past Events/Thank Yous

2016 Spring Tour

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On April 16th, GRAACA members got the chance to get out for a little spring fun. This year’s tour took us through some beautiful parts of Cumberland County as well as the orchards of Adams and Franklin Counties

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The day began at the American Legion Post #674 in Mount Holly Springs for some doughnuts and coffee before heading out.

 

 

 

 

One of the many wonders the museum offers

One of the many wonders the museum offers

The first stop was Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum, an absolute “must see” roadside attraction offering candy and fresh roasted peanuts (of course!) in addition to the estimated 12,000 elephants on display. The museum also lays claim to the East Coast’s largest collection of Pez dispensers.

 

 

 

After another scenic drive, we got to stretch our legs at the PA Forest Fire Museum in Caledonia State Park. Afterwards, it was onto Solomon’s Lutheran Church for an absolutely fabulous homemade buffet!

Many thanks go to Millie Skelly for planning the wonderful trip. Everyone enjoyed a lovely day, and we got to see many new faces! We hope all felt welcome and will join us again, soon.

We also want to thank the American Legion, Mr. Ed’s, Caledonia State Park, the lovely ladies at Solomon’s Lutheran Church, and everyone else who came out and helped make this tour a success.

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Golden Quill Award

Congratulations are in order to John Sayler and the Gas Buggy Gazette for being presented with a “Golden Quill Award” for 2015 from Old Cars Weekly. This makes 2 years in a row!

Our newsletter and John are listed on page 20 of the Old Cars Weekly for May 5, 2016.  Way to go John! You do phenomenal work, and we all greatly appreciate it.

Sundaes on Satur(Sun)day

It was a big celebration for everyone!

It was a big celebration for everyone!

Well, after facing cancellation due to our obligatory annual blizzard, the Sundaes on Saturday event was successfully rescheduled for Sunday, January 31st.

Held at a new location this year at the Mt. Holly Springs Church of God, our host Pat Shaffer also had some exciting new surprises in store. Apart from the delicious sundaes, to help chase the winter blues away, Pat decided to treat the even like a giant birthday party for everyone, complete with cupcakes. Attendees even got the chance to take part in a game of “pin the hood ornament on the car” as well as a raffle.

 

 

Wonderful hats

Wonderful hats

Members were asked to wear a hat, and there were some fantastic examples! Everything from antiques and high fashion, to homemade favorites and the stupendously silly.

All in all, everyone had a wonderful time. Many thanks should be given to Pat, as well as to all who helped out with the set-up, clean-up, or who brought a raffle item. Now we have only to wait to see what’s in store for us next year!

 

Val Green and Pat Shaffer hard at work in the kitchen

Val Green and Pat Shaffer hard at work in the kitchen

Extra yummy snacks

Extra yummy snacks

Raffle prizes

Raffle prizes

Sundaes and cupcakes

Sundaes and cupcakes

A great turn out

A great turn out

Pin the hood ornament on the Buick made by Christina King

Gettysburg Region’s Annual Dinner 2016

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On Saturday, February 6th, the GRAACA held its annual meeting for the installation of officers at the Mechanicsburg Club in Mechanicsburg, PA. We had an excellent turn-out! Everyone who attended got to enjoy some social time as well as a lovely buffet dinner after  a few opening statements by our host, Ed Rogers, outgoing President Howard King, and the Executive Director of the AACA Museum Mark Lizewskie who was kind enough to join us.

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Outgoing President Howard King was awarded a plague with a picture of his Chevy

During the evening, Ron Green was inducted as our new President with Annette Yost being named Vice President after having served on the Board. Also, Pat Shaffer was officially named Secretary while Jim Yemzow appointed to Treasurer. In addition, Bill Sangrey graciously took over the position of Historian for Ken Myers who has done such an excellent job documenting the club’s events over the years. We are grateful to both Ken and Bill for their support. It should also be mentioned that region member and proprietor of Midway Self Storage Don Group graciously provided the use of a storage unit for Bill, as the new historian, to use for the club’s archives. Ken is also an outgoing Board member, alongside Ed Rogers and for that we owe another round of thanks. Yet at the same time, new Board Members were welcomed Saturday: Bob and Martha Channell, Jerry Sheely, and Dan Yost.

Ed and Linda Becker with their Outstanding Service Award

Ed and Linda Becker with their Outstanding Service Award

This year’s winners of the Outstanding Service Award went to Ed and Linda Becker! They have done so much for this club, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

It should also be mentioned that Don Group, region member and proprietor of Midway Self Storage and Car Wash in Carlisle, graciously provided the use of a storage unit for Bill Sangrey, as the new historian, to use for the club’s archives. Thanks Don.

 

 

 

Rebel Heart Irish Dancers

Rebel Heart Irish Dancers

Finally, the evening ended with a riveting performance by the Rebel Heart Irish Dancers. The dance troupe is truly talented, and we highly recommend that you check out their website: www.rebelheartirishdancers.com.

 

 

 

 

Once again, thank you to all who helped make the night a success, especially Ed Rogers for organizing everything. A full list of incoming and outgoing officers will be found in the next Gas Buggy Gazette.

Some of the new 2016 officers

Some of the new 2016 officers

Best dressed! Karl and Mary Krouch wore period garb.

Best dressed! Karl and Mary Krouch wore period garb.

80th Annual Meeting in Philly

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This lovely display was in the lobby of the Sheraton

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Plenty of options for showing your AACA pride.

1935 Cadillac at the trade show to celebrate 80 years!

1935 Cadillac at the trade show to celebrate 80 years!

 

 

 

 

 

More photos will be posted to our Facebook page.

~Angelica Yost, Website Manager

 

Summer Tour 2015

This year, the GRAACA combined its Summer Tour and Fall Tour into one event, and what a hit!

Some fought the rain and proudly drove their antique

Some fought the rain and proudly drove their antique

On Saturday, September 12th, 58 antique car lovers (what a crowd!) met up bright and early at 8:30 in the morning for coffee and donuts at the American Legion Post 262 in Biglerville, PA. Regrettably, the weather was a bit uncooperative and rained off and on. Still, some people still braved it and drove their antiques. Event coordinator this year was Annette Yost, who worked hard along with her father and GRAACA President Howard King to devise an appropriate scenic route towards the day’s destinations, made sure everyone got their set of directions before setting out at around 9:45.

 

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Entrance to Linganore Winecellars

From the American Legion, everyone made their way along some beautiful back roads from Pennsylvania into Maryland, eventually coming to the lovely Linganore Winecellars, the largest estate winery and vineyard in Maryland. Attendees got to go on a tour of the winery and visit the new Red Shedman Farm Brewery located on the grounds. A few also opted to taste-test the available and delicious wines, beers, and even ciders.

 

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A spacious garage to keep everyone dry

After the tours and tastings were through, everyone then made the short trek over to Taylorsville and the home of Annette & Dan Yost and Howard & Christina King for lunch. Despite the scattered showers, our hosts were well prepared, having converted their garage into a temporary dining hall. It was a real treat getting to see all of the King and Yost collection, as well as Howard’s current projects.

 

 

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Great company, and great food to match.

Lunch included fried chicken and pulled pork among other delights and was provided by Kountry Kafe and Katering in Westminster, MD. Many thanks go out to them, Linganore, the American Legion, Annette Yost, and everyone else who helped make the day a success!

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Annette and Dan Yost. Click on a photo to see an enlarged version. To see more, visit our Facebook page!

Latimore Valley 2015

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I should probably begin this post with a small personal message and offer my sincerest apologies for not writing about this exciting event sooner! As most of you in the club know, I’ve packed up and moved to Alabama where I’ll be studying for my master’s degree, so the past few months have been rather hectic. Not to worry, though! I haven’t forgotten about my beloved Gettysburg Region. So, here’s a little note reminding everyone who was there what a fantastic time we had at our annual show back in June. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you missed out, but here’s a taste of what to expect next year…

100_3105 Our annual car show and flea market was held once again at Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on June 13th. What a lovely day, too. Much better than last year (it had rained so hard the day before, we thought we’d have to show boats instead of cars) and as a result, we had a great turnout!

 

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Also at the show was the York Springs Lions Club serving fries and delicious sundaes. And EMMR offered their services as throughout the day a free shuttle ran from the fairgrounds to the museum. They even put on display some of the autos in their collection for all to see!

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Shuttle and racing autos courtesy of EMMR

Shuttle and racing autos courtesy of EMMR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, many thanks are due to all who helped make this year a success! For more pictures of our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and attendees, please visit our Facebook page and look under the “Photos” tab for a full album.  See you there next year!

Our pavilion

Our pavilion

Some of our flea market vendors

Some of our flea market vendors

 

“Golden Quill” Award

Congratulations to our newsletter editor John Sayler and to all who helped contribute to our club’s publication. This year, The Gas Buggy Gazette won a “Golden Quill Award” in the medium size division from Old Cars Weekly. This is the first time our newsletter has been entered. Not too shabby!

Ladies’ Day 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASaturday, May 16th marked our annual Ladies’ Day event at the Gettysburg Outlets, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The news stations all called for rain, but from our arrival at 10 a.m. until our final departure long after 3 p.m. it was nothing but blue skies! Which was fantastic as everyone could drive their antiques and shop carefree.

 

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This year, once again, we had a prime location right at the main entrance. All who attended received a free reusable shopping back filled with coupons to the local store courtesy of the Outlets. The people working in administration certainly treated us well and were very helpful.

 

The Farmers Market

The Farmers Market

In addition to spending money at the various shops, showing off the cars, and catching up with friends or even making new ones, we also got to enjoy the seasonal farmers’ market which currently takes place every Saturday in the heart of the outlet center. Vendors were selling everything from flowers to local produce and even seafood fresh off the boat.

 

 

Door prizes and refreshments

Door prizes and refreshments

Halfway through the day, our hostess Annette Yost held a drawing for free door prizes. Julia Marsh won a lovely flower planter and Earl Hanshaw received a handy bucket full of automotive cleaning supplies. Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

We had  a great turnout!

We had a great turnout!

A very special thanks goes to Annette for organizing the days events. Along with the thoughtful door  prizes, she made sure to provide a tent for all to gather under and enjoy some homemade muffins.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Overnight Spring Tour ’15

Article and photos courtesy of Annette Yost

The 2015 Gettysburg Region Spring Tour was the first overnight tour in many years. Thanks to Ron and Val Green, it went off without a hitch, and was met with lots of enthusiasm.

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Pres. Howard King and V. Pres. Ron Green at the Gulf Station

 

Friday morning, we met at the Silver Spring Diner in Mechanicsburg and were joined by 25 other cars and 50 people. We used the new PA turnpike to head west, and our first stop was at the Gulf Station off the Fort Littleton exit.

 

 

 

 

Sliding Hill Tunnel entrance

Sliding Hill Tunnel entrance

From there, we followed back roads to find the old turnpike and tunnels which were abandoned in 1968. The scenery was beautiful, and our flashlights came in handy inside the tunnels. It is amazing how much is left and yet how much is going back to nature. The Sliding Hill tunnel, stretching for 1.25 miles, remains intact and is quite cool and dry on a warm day.

Everyone had fun exploring.

Everyone had fun exploring.

 

 

These tours are about the cars and friendship. We experienced a lot of both on this tour.

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After the tunnel visit, we were off to find lunch. Emigh’s Service Station and General Store in Saltillo, PA provided a great lunch. The gals that run it are friendly and efficient. A few of us even made use of the service station and car wash. We couldn’t have asked for a better lunch stop. It was tight parking for 25 vehicles, but we all fit, and the locals still were able to get gas. Thank you Emigh’s!

 

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Come evening, we were off to find our hotel. The Comfort Inn in Huntington welcomed us with open arms.

Once we unpacked, we headed over to Hoss’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in town. We had a good meal and lots of camaraderie as we took the opportunity to talk about the day, thank Ron and Val, and to go over plans for the following morning. With our bellies full, it was back to the Comfort Inn for a good night’s sleep.

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A small group of us woke extra early on Saturday to do the optional Scenic Overlook excursion. We set out at 7:30 to see Raystown Lake and Dam from the Henderson and Redenour Overlooks. It was exceptionally beautiful as the sun rose and the fog lifted. Ron was a wealth of information and fulfilled his duty as tour director beautifully.

Next, we had breakfast back at the hotel. A special “thank you” goes out to the lady stocking the buffet. She did a really great job.

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Then, of course, it was time to rally the troops a drive just a short distance to the Isett Acres Museum. Mr. Isett was even there in person to help us park! This museum is a must see no matter what your interests are: toys, housewares, glass, tools, radios, furniture, firearms, crockery, etc. We had a great time looking at all the artifacts while remembering our mothers and grandmothers. We even saw some things we still use in our homes. We spent about two hours there–no long enough–and then went on a country drive through the mountains. Gorgeous scenery and lots of old cars tucked away in barns and weeds, trying to hide from us.

We stopped in the town of Spring Run and had lunch at the Path Valley Family Restaurant. Friendly people, good service and good food. After that, it was stunning scenery all the way back to Carlisle.

What a great weekend! Friends, old and new, looking out for each other and enjoying good times. A great big thanks to Ron and Val, once again, for all their hard work in planning such a wonderful outing!

To see more photos from the tour, please visit our Facebook page.