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!
Saturday, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
These tours are about the cars and friendship. We experienced a lot of both on this tour.
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!
After lunch, we continued on Routes 655 and 22 to The Swigart Museum, the oldest car museum in the United States. They have a wonderful collection and Pat Swigart and her crew were fantastic tour guides. There is a special story behind each car. The collection rotates, so you won’t see the same cars the next time you visit.
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.
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.
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.
On March 8th, the GRAACA held its annual Covered Dish Dinner at the East Berlin Community Center in East Berlin, PA. We had a pretty good turnout and pretty excellent food as members brought their favorite main dishes and desserts to share.
This year, hosts Ron and Val Green reintroduced “Hobby Time” and what a hit it was! Ten members showed off their collections or presented examples of their work, offering us all a glimpse into the private lives of antique car enthusiasts that, shockingly, don’t always revolve around just engines and tires. The presenters for the day included:
Ed Rogers – Harness racing
Terry Mitchell – Challenge Coins
Ron Green – “Weird Stuff”* (A Pontiac power steering demonstrator used by dealers)
Howard King – Antique firearms from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars
Karl Krouch – Hubcap wrenches
Buzz Geist – Miniature decoys
Herb Wessel – Woodworking (Spinning wheel)
Faye Thieret – Cat pins
Tom Elledge – Woodworking (Chests)
Alan Maybee – Model Corvettes
To everyone who presented, thank you! It was a delightfully enlightening experience on so many levels.
We should also thank new members, Karen and Greg Wantz from Westminster, MD for coming out to this, their first event. Welcome to our family, and we hope to see you again, soon.
*This is the title Ron gave to his own collection.
Dear GRAACA Members,
This year, Howard and I attended the AACA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Although we’ve been several times before and always had an enjoyable time, this year was particularly memorable and we are both extremely proud of our region.
For starters, honored member and past Gettysburg Region President Don Barlup was inducted as our National AACA President for 2015. Don has worked so hard and done so much over the years for our region and the AACA. He is an exemplary leader deserving of this great opportunity. Howard and I were so happy for him as we witnessed the gavel being passed over. I know we all wish Don and his lovely wife Carol the best for the year ahead.
We also want to congratulate John Sayler for earning the Master Editor Award for all his hard work on The Gas Buggy Gazette. We were sad John couldn’t make it to Philly to receive the award in person, but proud that our newsletter was recognized.
Another great thing happened while at the meeting, and as a grandmother you’ll forgive me for bragging. My granddaughter Angelica Yost received a National Service Award for her volunteer work at the AACA Library, and is now serving on the Library Committee. Angelica is also the manager for our club’s website which won an Award of Distinction for 2014.
Lastly, I have to say I was incredibly pleased to bump into so many region members during that weekend. Vice President Ron Green was there, along with Jerry Black, and Jim Yemzow. I caught up with Bob and Dottie Shultz and Pat Shaffer on Friday night when we all helped out with the auction, which was a great success. I’m glad you all were there representing our club. Thank you, and thank you to anyone I might have missed. It was very busy those two days, and I’m sorry if I forgot to mention you!
Our region members really went above and beyond. Congratulations to all for doing such a fantastic job in 2014. I’m sure 2015 will be even better!
Chris King, wife of GRAACA President Howard King
On February 7th, the GRAACA held its Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers for 2015 at the Mechanicsburg Club in (where else?) Mechanicsburg, PA. The evening began with a brief message from President Howard King and Vice President Ron Green. GRAACA Trustee and 2015 AACA President Don Barlup delivered a short but heartfelt invocation before everyone dived into a delicious buffet style meal which included carved sirloin, chicken masala, and of course, a delightful assortment of cakes for dessert.
After dinner, Don Barlup presided over the installation of officers. In previous years, the installation has involved some fairly elaborate and humorous antics–our club has never had much tolerance for stuffy ceremonial fuss. This year, however, Don decided to do something a bit more intimate and lasting. First, he brought forth a wooden cut-out of an antique car with the GRAACA logo on it which he happened to find at a meet. Next, he invited all the old and new officers and board members to line up. One by one, all of the attending club members proceeded down the line to thank each officer for his/her service with handshakes, and sometimes hugs. At the end, every member and officer signed the cut-out which is to be placed on display in the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing!
In attendance that evening were several special guests. AACA Executive Director Steve Moskowitz and AACA Museum Director Mark Lizewskie came out to show their support for our region and offered a few words about what is going on in regards to the museum and AACA National events. We are truly grateful to them for all they do and were very pleased that they could join us.*
The final “business” portion of the evening’s events was marked by the presentation of the Outstanding Service Award for 2014. This award is given every year to two members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the club. These members do not hold office, but rather work behind the scenes. This year’s recipients were Ken and Nancy Schaffer. Over the years, Ken and Nancy have done a lot for the GRAACA including managing the White Elephant Table at the Latimore Valley show and organizing our events calendar. For all they’ve done and continue to do, we are sincerely thankful.
The night ended with a hilarious performance by stand-up comedian Seth Knorr. Seth was a finalist at the 2014 Clean Comedy Challenge and is host of the shows put on by the Clean and Funny Comedy Tour. I highly recommend that you check him out on his website.
Many thanks should be given to everyone who helped make this year’s Annual Dinner such a success, particularly Ron and Valerie Green who organized everything from booking a venue to designing the programs. Not many people realize all the hard work that goes into putting on an event of this magnitude. It will be hard a hard act to follow next year, but we will see what the future holds!
Chris Ritter, Head Librarian for the AACA Library and Research Center, was unable to make it due to illness. Many people expressed concern, so I just wanted to say that I’ve spoken to him since then, and he is feeling much better.
Our first event of 2015 and what a success!
On Sunday, January 18th ours members met at the East Berlin Community Center around 2:00 p.m. Pat Shaffer and Jim Yemzow took over as hosts this year and we owe them many thanks. In previous years, Tom and Becky Zinn have hosted this annual event, though they still provided advice and support as the reigns were handed over. We are truly grateful for all that they’ve done and continue to do for this club.
Everyone who attended got to enjoy delicious sundaes with a wide array of toppings while reviewing slideshows of our many 2014 GRAACA events graciously provided by our Historian Ken Myers. Vice President Ron Green also played a slideshow of photos and advertisements for Amphicars. Afterwards, door-prizes supplied by members were raffled off. There were many surprises as Pat introduced a few “Mystery Prizes.”
The day concluded with a brief Board Meeting. Just a reminder that any and all members are welcome to attend these meetings. There’s nothing secret about them! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the club, feel free to bring them up. Or just drop in on one to see how things “get done.”
The next event will be the GRAACA Annual Meeting and Induction Ceremony on February 7th. Hope to see you there!
Today, October 18th, proved to be a perfect day for our annual Fall Foliage Tour. A few gray clouds but overall sunny with a brisk autumn chill in the air set the scene for a pleasant drive through farm and apple country of Cumberland and Adams Counties.
Our day began bright and early around 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 262 in Biglerville, PA. This is the second time Post 262 has played host as a coffee and doughnut stop for one of our tours, and we thank them heartily. After getting our directions and a good dose of caffeine, we set out at 9:30 at a leisurely pace along moderately quiet back roads. The tour, carefully organized by John and Janet Wolfe, and Marlin and Brenda Wood, stretched for approximately 50 miles and lasted about 2 hours. In addition to breathtaking scenery, we passed by some interesting landmarks such as the historic Russell Tavern which housed George Washington in 1794 during the Whiskey Rebellion.
Our drive ended with a buffet meal of chicken and lasagna at Green Ridge Village Retirement Center. In addition to good food, everyone got a chance to show off their cars to the residents who voted on their favorite automobiles. Winners received trophies. We also would like to thank everyone at Green Ridge Village for their wonderful hospitality.
With over 30 cars and almost 60 members in attendance, it’s safe to call this yet another successful tour. We all look forward to next year and invite everyone to join in. Remember, you don’t need to be a GRAACA member to come, all you need is to register and bring your antique car.
Something a bit different this time…
On Sunday, September 14th the Church of God in Mt. Holly Springs, PA hosted an antique car show and social. The show was free and open to the public. Thanks to the efforts of Pastor Reese and our own Gettysburg Region club members Jim Yemzow and Pat Shaffer, all who attended were heartily welcomed and got to enjoy ice cream and hot dogs under the pavilion in addition to, as always, good conversation and camaraderie. On the whole it was a much enjoyed relaxing day spent with good company and old cars.
This is our first post on this site regarding a local antique car event not officially sponsored by the GRAACA. If you know of any antique automobile related events going on in the Maryland/Pennsylvania area and would like to spread the word through our site, feel free to contact the webmaster directly or simply leave a comment below. Our members would love to hear about it!
Saturday, August 9th marked our annual GRAACA Summer Tour for 2014. Our hosts, Jim Yemzow and Pat Schaffer, told us that they had something new in store for us, and they didn’t fail to surprise. Our day began around 10:30 AM when we all met up at Marty’s Auto Sales in Carlisle, PA. We had such a great turn-out for this event that we nearly filled up the lot, so we heartily thank Marty and his daughter for being so gracious.
From Marty’s, we headed over, parade style, to the U.S. Army War College. Pat and Jim had ready for us a full spread and we stuffed ourselves with homemade foods, locally raised chickens, and lots of other delicious delights. Pat’s macaroni salad was such a hit that she kindly provided everyone with her own recipe which can be found here.
After lunch, Matthew March from the Cumberland County Historical Society gave a highly informative and interactive talk about the history of the Carlisle Indian School. After his presentation which actually took us from the days of Christopher Columbus to the present day, Matthew led us on a walking tour of the original school so we could get a better visual understanding of the school’s importance. Thanks to Matthew’s in depth knowledge and enthusiasm, everyone walked away with something to talk about and perhaps ponder.
Around 3:00 PM, we left Carlisle Barracks to finish our day at Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located about a mile up the road. There we were met with great excitement from the community and residents for seeing all our antique cars. Nancy Hahn, Claremont’s activities coordinator, truly out did herself organizing everything. Everyone got to enjoy ice-cream, snow cones, a live DJ, and even films of automobile advertisements from the 1950s. I won’t forget to mention that there was also an informal car show judged by all attendees as well as a fun quiz. For anyone who missed the Q&A, here it is with the correct answers:
How many car manufactures were there in the U.S. in 1916?
Where was the first wood-paved race track in PA?
When was the first Indy 500?
What was the MPG of the Stanley Steamer?
1 gallon of WATER per mile
Many thanks go out, once again, to all who helped make this year’s Summer Tour a success, especially Jim and Pat. We had such a wonderful turn out, and everyone truly enjoyed themselves. All we have to do now is wait patiently (or impatiently) for the next great event!