Welcome to the Suwannee River Region AACA

P O Box 7095 Lake City, FL 32056 Phone: 386-752-9116 or 386-397-4571 Email: gyrokoppters@yahoo.com AACA National: www.aaca.org The Suwannee River Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, is a family friendly organization, located in North Florida. We love old cars, good food and enjoy above average comradely 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 around 7:00 – 7:15 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:  

  Here it is March, and from here on in, we should have some beautiful weather. Wow just looking at the calendar for this month; there’s so much to do. Every weekend jam packed with car shows and cruise in’s. I personally want January and February behind me and look forward to March. I will say having to be home and off work with a torn meniscus in my knee didn’t keep me down entirely. The week before surgery about 11 of us traveled over to the Tallahassee Antique Auto Museum. I called ahead of time to make reservations for the club, but also to ask if they had a wheel chair on the property. They did and had it waiting for me when we got there. What a great way to motor around the two floors of cars. The Museum also has memorabilia, dolls, guns, piano’s,peddle cars and so much more. There is something for everyone to see. Actually I got a whole new prospective from our last visit two years ago. Being in the wheel chair and closer to the floor I saw features that I hadn’t really observed before like hood ornaments, the difference in the heights of the cars, grills, tires and whitewalls and so on.
My main goal this trip was to see the 1948 Tucker. “Why?” you ask. Well, several months ago I found a 12” metal car model of a 1948 Tucker in a gift shop and bought it. Now it’s proudly displayed in my home. So I wanted to learn more about the car. I knew the Museum had a 1948 Tucker and was told it was car number 1005. It was actually in the movie “Tucker” The Man and His Dream. Of course the car was originally Waltz Blue but was painted green for the movie. Only 51 of these cars were made and now there are 47 that survived. My model car is Maroon and I found out that is the same color that car number 1001 is. It’s now on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa. I was amazed at what these cars are worth now. The last one sold at Barrett Jackson in 2012 for 2.9 million. So my little car has to be worth something????
Now I was really anxious to see the real car. Way in the back of the huge showroom, parked right on the end, I found her. I was not disappointed. It was beautiful. So I made sure Ralph Towner took my picture beside the
Tucker. It really made my day. Our trip was a great one and so was lunch at a local spot, Ruby’s Diner. No matter how many times you visit this Museum you can’t see it all.
 On another note I did have to cancel my reservations to the National Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. They scheduled my surgery the same weekend of the trip. I was in such pain I just wanted to get it done and over with. But Ralph and Kelly didn’t forget me, they kept texting me and letting me know what I was missing including a picture of a Philly Cheese Steak they were having for lunch. The surgery is behind me and I’m on the road to recovery, I can look forward to the March outings.
 Please keep March 17th in mind and on your calendar for Antiques Arts & Collectibles. This year instead of being in July, the Stephen Foster State Park has changed the date to March. It’s always a great event and should even be better with cooler weather. There is always a lot to see and do. So please
register early, so you can get in FREE. Deadline is March 8th. So wear your green that day and Happy St. Patty’s Day.

Shirley McManus