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:

Fall is just around the corner; at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Maybe in September it will be cooler???  August was actually a great month for our club; plenty to do and see. We  tarted the month going to the Wellborn Community Center for breakfast, and what a great breakfast it was. I reserved a table ahead of time for 24 people. To my surprise we ended up with 33 and quite a few cars too. They could not have been nicer.  My hat goes off to all the Volunteers who work so hard to put on that breakfast. Looks like we will be putting this out-
ing on our calendar next month as well.

What is a Car Club? You will know why I’m saying this in a minute… We headed to Don Garlits Museum’s in Ocala August 17. Unfortunately it was pouring rain the whole way down there, so we only ended up with 14 people going. The rain had stopped by the time we got there, so we had a great time touring both museums. I don’t think you can ever tour those museums too many times. Most of us went to Sonny’s for lunch and then headed home (you guessed it) in the
pouring down rain.  As great a day as we had, we came back to where we started only to have one of our member’s cars not starting. Our member was having some trouble before he left and decided to car pool with Bill and I and Marybeth. I dropped Bill and Marybeth off at home to care for our dogs and went with him to see about his car. When we got there several of our
members were waiting for us to make sure his car would start. As I watched him trying to start it with no luck, I felt really amazed. Here they were all hovering around this car, underneath it, and under the hood in the rain. All of them trying to figure out what was wrong, and to make sure he was ok and had a way to get home if needed. Well, they got it running, but it would not stay running. Just so happened that Gwen Rainwater was one of those waiting; and being
our member’s insurance agent, she made several calls and got him a tow truck. Her husband Don made sure he got home safe and sound. This whole incident really touched
my heart.  This is absolutely what this club is all about, being there for each other and helping where needed. You never know when you will break down and it’s wonderful to know that
the club will be there to help. I came home that day feeling so lucky to be associated with so many great people. So “Thank you” to all that helped. 

We also went to Sal’s Italian Deli Cruise-in on the third Tuesday and had a great turnout of 27 with lots of cars too.  Sal’s has such a great parking lot for us, plenty of room, and always great Italian food.

Don’t forget our Progressive Mystery Dinner Cruise is coming up Sept. 28. This is pretty much an all-day event starting at 12pm at Hearthstone Gardens in Wellborn. The only thing we ask you to bring is a chair, bug spray, sunblock if you need it (as everything is outside) and wear comfortable clothes and of course your appetite. I do hope everyone signs up for this one. This is for all of you and we have worked really hard to have you enjoy it. This is limited to club members only. So make sure you sign up if you have not already done so. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 15.

Our next meeting is September 5th, hope to see you there.