Welcome to the Suwannee River Region AACA

P O Box 7095, Lake City, FL 32056, Phone: 386-365-9643 Email: wilshirav@aol.com.

The Suwannee River Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (www.aaca.org), is a family friendly organization, located in North Florida. We love old cars, good food and enjoy above average comradery with each other. Our members are involved in local, state and national events. Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the El Potro Restaurant on US 90 across the street from the Lake City Mall and start at 7 PM. We cover necessary business, but the meetings are always light, interesting and involve all members and guests. If you have an interest in old cars, please consider joining us. For more information, contact: Ralph Towner, Oil Can Editor at 386-397-4571.

A message from our President:

This has been the best January weather in North Florida that I can remember. When you have 80 degrees in the winter, I’ll take that every time. Perfect weather for car show’s and cruise ins. I just wish there were more in this area. But I’m working on that and hopefully this year we can have some additional shows that we can sponsor. Ralph, Bill and I have met with the Wellborn Community Association about helping this year with a car display for the Blueberry Festival in June. I also met with Guardian Ad Litem about displaying our cars at their upcoming event
“Community Awareness Fair” in Live Oak on Feb 22. I also spoke to Lynn Sweet who heads up the new cruise-in at the Dairy Queen in Live Oak. They have just changed their times from evenings to 2-5pm on the 3rd Sat of the month. There is an empty lot (two lots down from Dairy Queen… which Dairy Queen owns) that they are meeting. So, let’s think about that one too. She also has a couple of shows coming up soon.

March 21, we have our car show at “Antique Arts & Collectibles” at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center in White Springs. With that being said I need about 8 or 9 more kids between the ages of 8 and 15 for the Hagerty Youth Judging Program. It was a big success last year and I know it will be this year too. These events require lots of help from the members, so please let me know if you can help us. I know you all have ideas about where we can visit or display our cars so keep thinking and bring them up at the meetings. The beginning of the month we went to the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast in Wellborn and we had about 27 members come out. Breakfast is always so good and you can’t beat the price.  We kind of switched days around this month, we were scheduled to take down our Christmas display at Stephen Foster but at the last minute I found out about the Collectors Day event in Gainesville, so we headed there. MaryBeth, Roy, Steve, Ralph, Alex, Kelly and Bill and I had a great day. There were quite a few cars on display and the Collections inside were incredible. Everything and anything you could think of. It’s amazing what people collect and how passionate they are about their collections. Oh yea,
just like we are with our cars. My favorite had to be the Native American flutes that were handmade by the collector. Beautifully made and the sound was incredible. Sal’s is always a great cruise-in, but of course being January, the weather turned cold on us. Going from 80 to 30 is a bit much for me. I know Spring is just around the corner.  Let’s make this an outstanding year for the club.

Thank you all for being a part of our Region and a bigger part of AACA.
Happy Valentine’s Day!