Antique Automobile Club show Aug. 24-26

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will hold its 2006 Central Division Fall National Judged Meet in Rockford Aug. 24-26. It will be the first time AACA has held a National Meet in this area.

The Meet will be organized and hosted by the local AACA Blackhawk Region Club. With more than 60,000 members, AACA is the largest antique vehicle club in America.

A vehicle must be at least 25 years old and owned by an AACA member to be eligible for the Meet. It must be motorized (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.) and driven onto the show field to qualify for judging.

Vehicles win prestigious awards that recognize both the original authenticity and quality of restored vehicles. Other recognitions are awarded for unrestored original vehicles, those driven to the Meet and for continued preservation of senior level vehicles.

Many rare and unique vehicles will be transported to the Meet in trailers to protect the expensive restorations. They will include models from the very early 1900s, pre-WWII classics from the 1920s and ’30s, perennial favorites from the ’50s and ’60s, muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s, and many other pristine vehicles through 1981 models.

Local, regional and members from more than 750 miles away will be in attendance and stay at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center and the Rockford area for the three-day Meet. Several tours are planned to acquaint attendees with tourist attractions in the area.

More than 250 outstanding and unique vehicles are expected, which will be displayed Saturday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elliott Golf Course Practice Field on Lyford Road, south of the Clock Tower Resort. The public will be invited and encouraged to view the cars at no charge. At 1 p.m., a special youth program will be held to educate young people about antique vehicles and encourage them to enjoy participation in the collector vehicle hobby.

Local residents with original collector vehicles who wish to have them judged at the event must be members of the national AACA organization for 2006. Membership includes a bimonthly magazine and the opportunity to participate in unique tours and judged meets around the country. Join via the Internet at or call 717-534-1910 to request a membership application.

Many national AACA members also join a local club, such as the local Blackhawk Region, which is hosting the Meet (call 815-275-4292), e-mail or visit the local Web site at for more information).

From the Aug. 23-29, 2006, issue

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