AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

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   2018 AACA Eastern Spring Meet - Events Saturday 07/14/18 :

        Vehicle Show Field Assembly / Judging & Evening Awards Banquet

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Up early on Saturday, Show Day, car owners made final preparations for the judging to begin at 11:00 am.

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Car bodies were being shined up, and wheels cleaned up, as the sun rose.

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Tommy Nolen's exquisite 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix glistened in the early-morning sunlight.

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Our parking crew was up and out at their various Show Field parking location assignments by 7:00 am to assist in the parking of the 500-plus expected vehicles.

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Once parked in their assigned locations, owners raised their car hoods and trunk lids and performed final cleanups and preparations for judging.

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Some vehicles, such as the 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix, had been pre-approved for parking overnight in their assigned spot, easing the Saturday morning rush.

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A slight shine on the tires enhanced the beauty of the Grand Prix's 8-lug wheels.

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Class 36A was "All Pontiac."

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Alone in Class 35A was John Fisher's large 1959 Lincoln, here being uncovered in preparation for judging.

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Meet participants arrived from a wide variety of States: Virginia...

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New Jersey...

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Massachusetts...

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South Carolina...

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Pennsylvania...

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Michigan...

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...and of course many vehicles from Maryland - home of the 2018 Eastern Spring Meet host: Chesapeake Region.

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Chevrolet was well-represented with many models, such as this Camaro convertible.

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The Show Field encircled the vast hotel complex.

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At 11:00 am the judges began their evaluations.

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The Class 35A 1959 Lincoln got some serious attention from the judges.

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Underhood components were studied.

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The Judges were everywhere...

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... in one form or another!

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This beautiful blue Pontiac convertible was a real standout in Class 36A.

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The C4 Corvettes were all "hoods up" awaiting judging.

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And undrneath those massive hoods...

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...rested their easily-accessible V-8s.

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Many Ford Thunderbirds were lined up ready for judging.

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Chesapeake Region President Paula Ruby displayed her 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible for judging.

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Earlier series Corvettes...

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... and the earliest series displayed.

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Wayne Kieffer's well-preserved example of the downsizing era by General Motors: a 1980 Buick Skylark.

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Seldom seen at the antique car shows, vehicles such as this are important documentation of our American automotive history, and a welcome sight at the National AACA Meet.

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American-made vehicles had become massive, such as Robert Natale's big 1973 Buick Riviera.

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Oldsmobile was represented with this late 1960s front-wheel drive Toronado.

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Influential in driving the downsizing of large Americal vehicles were the small vehicles being imported from Europe and Japan.

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Participation in the Meet by vehicles such as this 1967 Opel Kadett are important, welcome reminders of the evolution of our American vehicle marketplace.

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The market for large American vehicles, however, dates way back.

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These HPOF Class mid-1920s Duesenbergs are a prime example.

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As competion sharpened, unfortunately many famous vehicle marques succomed to consolidation and bankrupcy. Luckily collectors, such as the owner of this Studebaker, preserve the history and display their vehicles for all to enjoy.

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A mid 1950s Lincoln.

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"Ask the man who owns one" - a nice 1950s Packard convertible.

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Many vehicles were displayed in the HPOF Class: Historic Preservation of Original Features.

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A classic motorcycle on display.

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On display near the hotel entrance.

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The big engine draws attention.

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Classy, classic transportation... one with wire wheels.

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Looking out over the Show Field.

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Checking out the interior.

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Stepping back in time.

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Friends and acquaintances meet up at these Meets.

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A Brass-era car manufacturer producing cars from 1909 to 1912, the EMF name apparently originated from the first letter of the last names of the three founders.

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Checking out the engine.

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Just one section of the large Show Field area.

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Antique truck collecting is quite popular.

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Upon completion of their morning Show Field parking duties, Tom and Al take a well-deserved break for lunch.

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Invited vendors set up their facilities for food and drink sales.

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The 1988 Ferrari of Chesapeake Region member Doug Ehmann.

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Upon judging, the windshield identification cards received a confirming "JUDGED" sticker.

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A colorful assortment of vehicles.

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Looking over the engine.

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Chesapeake Region member Henry Chaudron's 1955 Pontiac Starchief.

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Chesapeake Region Activities Director Phil Hack's 1947 Chevrolet Fleetwood "Woodie"

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A 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible, with the then-optional "sweep spear" moulding.

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A 1950s Buick "Woodie" wagon, with the now-standard "sweep spear" design feature.

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Antique military vehicles were also on display.

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Packard Motor Car Company was a leading supplier of heavy duty trucks for the Allied forces in World War I.

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Packards for Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I.

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Chesapeake Region members Jerry and Helen showed their 1961 Cadillac Sedan DeVille.

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Here they enjoy a shady spot under the trees, out of the hot sun of this perfect-weather Show Day.

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And so, after a long day in the hot sun, the Meet Judges submitted their vehicle evaluations to be tabulated for the presentation of awards at the evening Awards Banquet.