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:

As I looked around the circle at the Sugar Camp Ranch and the American Legion car show’s last month, I realized how much more there is to a car club then just going to win a trophy. Of course we all love hearing our names called to come forward to win an award and I’d be the first to admit that I love that thrill, but there is so much more.  I did a lot of listening at both of these events, and among the fact that we were all glad to see each other, it’s amazing what
you hear.  From “I know exactly where to get that part”, to “did you see that car in Cruise News?” or “did you see the Article in the AACA Magazine?” Surrounded by men for most of those days, it was so good to hear the laughter and comradery.  Most of us only see each other at our monthly meeting, so when it’s a local car show we are there. 

Sugar Camp Ranch in Ft. White, was the first time they had a Car Show, and what beautiful grounds to have it. They did a great job. I don’t think I’ll ever forget Gwen Rainwater hugging the LAW DOG.  The American Legion was next and you just never know who you might meet up with.  My husband Bill was standing by his Jeep when a man came up to him who has 9 forward control or cab over Jeeps and tons of Jeep parts.  Well, for the next hour Bill was mesmerized by this man’s story.  They became instant buddies along with exchanging phone numbers.  The man had not seen a Jeep pick-up like Bill’s for a long time.  He loved it, and of course Bill was beaming.  I guess what I’m getting at is when you can, bring your chair and sit around our circle and listen to the stories or tell some yourself.

As always, The American Legion put on a great Car Show with the best Bar-B-Q. The cars there were all winners and could have all won trophies.  Don’t miss out on these event’s; it’s a great time with great friends.  I know I’m repeating some of this but you have the opportunity, just days away, to do just that, the Blackberry Festival June 8, in Jasper and we have the (not to be missed) tour of Raymond Cheshire grounds and new speed shop Sunday June 9th from 2-4; then Gondoliers for dinner. Don’t forget the VA Domiciliary on June 13 from 10-12, then lunch with the Veterans. Then June 22, the Pancake Breakfast 8-10 at Cannon Creek Airpark.  Summer is here so shine up your car and come out to all the wonderful events we have in store.

Happy Father’s Day!

Shirley McManus