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:

March was sure a busy month. Wonderful events, great cars and met up with many friends. We started our month with the Chili Cookoff and Car Show at the American Legion and in between the lightning bolts they still had a great event.  Our own Sherm and Rhonda Stanley took several awards home. The Fort White show was also the same day. It was really raining at this one, but still when you have a good cause like Cystic Fibrosis the people came. They braved the weather
with 74 cars, and raised $11,000. What a fantastic event. The following weekend we had, Santa Fe College, Circle “R” Ranch tractor and car show and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where Jack Wells won the Amelia Island trophy for motorcycles, with his Brough Superior SS 100. Can you believe it; three great shows in one weekend & all in different directions.

Then after months of planning, March 16, Antique Arts & Collectibles at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. A cool day and no rain, we couldn’t have asked for more. 71 beautiful cars were lined up on the grassy thoroughfare and I couldn’t have been more pleased.  Our club pulled together and worked so hard and I was so proud.  From the Haggerty Youth Judging contest, to our pancake breakfast, to the registration, to selling 50/50 tickets, to getting and helping with Door Prizes, to cleaning up and breaking down the tents, you all are so amazing. Thank you for making this event so special.

Everything went so smooth. SRRAACA sponsored the Car Show and we had Trophies for the Top Ten Winners. Best of Show winner was Charlie Taylor who won with his 1941 Business Man Coupe. What a beauty. It was his first show and first trophy and he was thrilled. We also enjoyed “Sweet Harmony” who did a wonderful job singing the 40’s & 50’s songs. 

Of everything that went on that day the Military Opening Ceremony was my favorite. Just watching the Hamilton County High School ROTC present the Colors and Moody Air Force Base having a 13 flag folding ceremony was enough to make you stand proud. But the presentation of the Flag to the WWll Veterans brought tears to many eyes. Down on one knee in front of the Veterans and laying the flag in WWll Veteran Roger Higman’s lap was a very priceless moment. 

I want to thank Dale Condy who made and donated the box for the Flag. Dale you really touched some hearts with your gift. I also want to thank Robert H. Jenkins VA Domiciliary for bringing out the Veterans.

This was our first time trying the Haggerty Insurance Youth Judging and Ralph, Sherm & Rhonda stepped up and walked 14 children through the process. The kids were from our club and also from 2 different Scout troops, Troop 91 and Troop 85 from Lake City. Haggerty Insurance gave them hats, shirts, score cards, lanyards, and pens and off they went one by one to judge the cars. Three winners were picked and given Red, White and Blue Ribbons. The kids had a wonderful time and so did the parents watching. Such a great program to get the kids interested in cars and hopefully one day join a club like ours.

There are a lot more good times to come. Keep watching the calendar
and the newsletter and oh by the way, “I hope you all have a Blessed

Shirley McManus