Antique Automobile Club of America
The Antique Automobile Club of America is the country’s oldest and largest automotive historical society. A Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, it is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and maintenance of automobiles and automotive history. Founded in Philadelphia in 1935, its membership has grown to over 60,000 members from all parts of the world. The AACA holds country-wide competitive and noncompetitive meets and events. These are on a divisional basis offering a program within the reach of everyone. Tours and activities relating to the hobby are sponsored, including the AAA Revival Glidden Tour”, Founders Tour, Nickel Tour, Reliability Tour, Sentimental Tour and Divisional Tours. The annual meeting features seminars, trade show and a year end culminating awards banquet.
The AACA is proud of its relationship with the many historical organizations devoted to similar objectives the world over. The Club, through its national office, publications, and membership, aids individuals, museums, libraries, historians and collectors dedicated to the preservation of automotive history.
Motor vehicles of all types, 25 years old and older are grouped for competitive purposes into many classes according to age and mechanical features. AACA has a comprehensive judging system that allows members to earn significant awards for their vehicles. AACA also recognizes original cars, Historic Preservation of Original Features (HPOF) and unmodified 25 year and older vehicles that are driven, Drivers Participation (DPC) and have not obtained a First Junior award within our judging system. The club recognizes classes of motorcycles and documented race cars as well. Further details can be found in our judging manual which is available online at www.aaca.org.
Your dues automatically include membership in the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. Your current year membership card entitles you to free admission and if you hold a joint membership, your spouse as well. The AACA Museum was incorporated in 1993 and was completed in 2003 after a massive fund raising campaign. The facility encompasses 71,000 square feet and houses approximately 100 collector vehicles. A gift shop, educational programs and a regular change of exhibits are to be found at the museum. Visit www.aacamuseum.org or call 717-534-7100.
AACA’s official publication ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE is the country’s foremost automotive historical magazine. Amply illustrated, it is distributed bi-monthly to all members. It contains many fine historical articles, tour accounts, technical articles on restoration and other material. In addition, it carries brief items ,’n Club news, meets and classified advertising. Advertisers may obtain a rate card from Antique Automobile Club of America, National Headquarters, 501 W. Governor Road, P.O. Box 417, Hershey, PA 17033.
Regions and Chapters
There are approximately 400 hundred regions and chapters chartered by the Antique Automobile Club of America in the United States and Canada. Regions and their chapters are administered in an autonomous manner holding their own meetings, collecting local dues and conducting runs, meets and other events under the direction of their respective elected officers. Membership in the national Antique Automobile Club of America is a prerequisite to joining a region or chapter.
AACA Library & Research Center
Your dues automatically include membership in AACA’s Library & Research Center. Incorporated in 1981, the Center provides historical research concerning the origins of and the development of motorized vehicles of all types. The center will assist hobbyist in the restoration and preservation of their antique vehicles. The Center employs a full-time staff to better serve the membership. Photocopying (including color) services are available through the Research Center at nominal fees. Members qualify for limited free research. Further benefits are also available. Please check www.aaca.org for a current list of discounts and incentives.