Featured Vehicle of the Month
Warren Wubker’s 1956 Continental Mark II
Warren saw, on the internet, that a 1956 Continental Mark II was going to be auctioned off in Billings Montana. He Flew to Montana and bought the car, without even having an inspection(“Brave Man”). Warren was going to drive the car from Billings to Big Sky Montana, where he had a home. As soon as he got on the highway, a chrome trim ring from one of his headlights flew off the car. Warren stopped and walked back to where he saw the trim ring in the middle of the road. Before he could retrieve it, a semi-truck drove over it and smashed it.
Warren did some research, on the internet, and found a restoration business in Tampa, Florida that looked reputable. He shipped the car from Montana to Florida, to start the restoration process. He visited the restoration house, in Tampa, and was impressed on the size and number of buildings that they had. There were nice cars, in a show room, that were supposedly restored by them. The restoration seemed to be taking longer than was anticipated and after about 2 years, while at his home in Montana, Warren got a call from the Sheriff’s department. The Sheriff indicated that the business was being foreclosed and all of its assets were being auctioned off. He would need to come in and claim his car or it would be auctioned off, with everything else. Warren flew back to Florida and with a friend drove over with a trailer and spent an entire day looking for all the parts they could find. Parts were scattered everywhere through-out the facility. In the end, they were able to find most of the parts except for the radiator and the original documentation. As it turned out, the nice cars that were in the showroom came from Mecum auctions and not cars that they had restored.
Warren found a restoration business in Rockledge Florida, and transported the car and parts to them. They also had a large multiple building facility and looked prosperous. Warren also noted that they had several high end cars in different stages of restoration, which gave him a sense of stability and skill. It took them an additional 2 years to finish the restoration. The car has a 386 ci 4bbl – 285 hp @4000 rpm engine. The transmission is an automatic 3-speed Turbo-Drive. The original purchase price was $10,400(a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado cost $6600). Currently, there are only 700 road worthy examples out of 2550 cars manufactured. The car came standard with every luxury feature and also included the only option that was available, air conditioning. The car has won several prestigious awards including:
1. William Clay Ford Award for the best Continental in the country
2. AACA Grand National First
3. Chip Foose Award, Disney Car Masters
4. Lincoln Continental Owners Club – Senior Primary First(100 of 100 points)
5. Best of Class:
Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance
Lake Mirror Concours d”Elegance
Winter Park Concours d’Elegance
Part of Warren’s collection in front of replica of his home town main street
Attention All Members
Due to Covid-19, the Florida Region AACA Board of Directors has approved the following two motions.
1. All 2020 members will be considered as paid-in-full for 2021. Dues payable to National AACA will be determined by National.
2. All 2020 existing Officers and Board Members will be retained for one more year through 2021.
Checkout our new Projects page
We have added a new section to our website. This new section is called Projects and will highlight our members projects. The first project will be
We would like to showcase your project. Whether it is a restoration or an interesting upgrade, please contact Larry Mills at [email protected]
New Addition to our References page
We have added a new link to our References page. AmericanAutoEmblems.com showcases the nameplates, emblems and logos displayed on American auto vehicles from the introduction of the horseless carriage up to about 1950. This is a treasure trove of interesting information. A must read for anyone who is interested in automotive history. Click on our References link and enjoy.
Request for Submittals
We would like to showcase our members cars each month. If you would like to see your car with a little background story, on this page, please email some pictures and a background story to Larry Mills at [email protected]
Next Club Meeting
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
Park Meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, November 16th
Message from Don Allen
Florida Region, AACA
November Meeting, Monday, Nov 16, 3:30 PM
Hi Florida Region Members,
As you have read in the recent Running Board, the church will not let us meet there. Mickey and I felt it was high time we have a meeting and so I have made the arrangements and hope that lots of you will come.
We are going to be meeting at Magnolia Park,which is between Ocoee and Apopka, just west of the toll road 429, across from Lake Apopka. I will give directions at the end of this letter. It is a beautiful park and I have reserved pavilion #2. There are rest room facilities. There will be ice water and cookies. We recommend that everyone wear a mask and practice social distancing. We will be outside, under cover, but wide open, so it will be very safe. We also recommend that you bring folding chairs because the pavilions have concrete tables and benches and they get hard quickly. We also would encourage you to drive an old car if you have one. We are meeting at this time so you will be able to get home before dark. Since we last met on March 9th, we hope that a lot of you will be anxious to get out and see you Florida Region friends.
If you use toll road 429, get off at exit #29 and go south. Within about a ¼ mile you will come to South Binion Rd. which is state route 437. Turn right on S. Binion and it is less than a ½ mile to the park which is on the right, Lake Apopka will be on the left. As you enter the park, turn right and start around the loop that circles a little pond. You will pass pavilion #1 and then the rest rooms. Next is pavilion #2 and that is ours. They are all marked. There will be enough parking spots, but you may have to walk a short distance to get to the pavilion. I don’t think they want you to park on the grass, but I will find out and send you another message about that. The park address is 2929 S. Binion Rd, Apopka 32703. The park office phone number is 407-886-4231
We hope you will come, have fun, and feel safe. If you have any questions, call me at 863-604-3148.