The Elegance at Hershey June 12-14 A Weekend of Cars and Causes

The Elegance at Hershey to be Held June 12-14 A Weekend of Cars & Causes at The Hotel Hershey HERSHEY, PA – The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of a bygone era when the automobile stirred our imaginations and quickened our hearts. Today, people both young and old marvel at the extravagances of the automobiles of the past. From race cars to street cars that were not only about pure performance but also incorporated artistic design, a symphony of sound and sensory overload worthy of the finest wines. Cars were not just about transportation; they were a statement. The Elegance at Hershey will bring the finest of race cars and show quality collector cars of the pre-World War II and immediate post-World War II period together for a weekend celebrating the automobile. The Elegance at Hershey is so much more than a celebration, it is also about causes. Raising money for charity is the ultimate point of this event; JDRF, the AACA Museum, and AACA Library & Research Center will benefit. The festivities commence on Friday with The Grand Ascent, a vintage hill climb exhibition in the European tradition, where drivers pilot some of the finest historic race cars up the historic back road at the Hotel Hershey. The Grand Ascent appeals to enthusiasts and curious spectators alike. Sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA), the two-day hill climb event includes a sponsor/vendor area for marketing to participants and the general public. The Elegance Challenge – a 5K run – is a timed runners’ race up the challenging Grand Ascent hill climb course held Saturday. With a 7/10-mile steep uphill first leg, the race continues back to the start line area for a total of 5K. Sponsorship and entry fees benefit The Elegance at Hershey charities. In 2015 we initiate the Concorso Bizarro, a car show of “unusual” and just plain weird cars and other surprises that are sure to make the weekend even more spectacular. This will also be held on Saturday. Following the Grand Ascent on Saturday, there will be a gala themed night-time party and fun-filled celebration for the benefit of the charities. The event reaches its crescendo the following day, with the highlight of the weekend, The Elegance. Modeled after the finest concours in Europe and America, The Elegance is a genteel garden party featuring the world’s finest collector cars, arrayed around the classically manicured gardens of The Hotel Hershey®. Car owners, hotel guests, and those who appreciate automotive history, gather for a day of mutual admiration and relaxed camaraderie. Sprinkled among the fabulous and famous cars will be tents filled with art and other treasures. The Elegance at Hershey is currently seeking high-quality sponsors and vendors for its 2015 events. A wide range of vending and sponsorship opportunities exists. Vendors and business interested in sponsoring and exhibiting at The Elegance...

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Women’s Role in Automotive History

As part of our new late night hours on the first Thursday of every month, we will be having a special presentation in honor of Women’s History Month for March. Join us at the AACA Museum on March 5th at 7 PM for a presentation on “Women’s Role in Automotive History.” Presented by a Senior Museum Docent, learn about the various roles women played during the history of the automobile and how it affected the automotive world. Call us ahead to ensure you have a seat before the crowd arrives!...

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Students Win Automotive Technology Competition

Students From Ten Pennsylvania Schools Competed in 2015 Automotive Technology Competition held at the AACA Museum On February 19, 2015, students from a variety of schools across Pennsylvania competed in the PAA Automotive Technology Competition for scholarships and prizes. The winning school advances to the 2015 National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show. Participating schools and students: A.W. Beattie Career Center Markus Quince – Joe Trocki Butler County AVTS Charlie Cook – Tom Otto Central Westmoreland CTC Garrett Johnston – Levi Varney Erie County Technical School Cody Beers – Jeremiah Carlson Hazleton Area Career Center Devin Busher – Briana Stefanisko Susquehanna County CTC Richard Miller – Caleb Owens Tunkhannock High School Gary Musselman – Jesse Reinhardt Wallenpaupack Area High School Tony Litz – Nick Schroeder Williamsport Area High School David Covey Jr. – Zachary Shade York County School of Technology Matthew Arcieri – Ethan Johnson A team of two students from the ten top schools were selected for the competition through a written qualifying exam, in which a pool of 94 students from 18 schools participated. To prepare for the competition, students are currently training at new car dealerships in their areas. On competition day, the students faced a test of advanced automotive diagnostic skills on an assigned 2015 vehicle with predetermined defects. And the winners are . . . The York County School of Technology – Matthew Arcieri and Ethan Johnson – placed 3rd. Both students received $500 scholarships to the school of their choice and gifts and tools from industry sponsors. They worked with York Auto Group to prepare for the competition and their ‘bugged’ vehicle was donated by Bobby Rahal Toyota in Mechanicsburg. Susquehanna County CTC came in second place – Richard Miller and Caleb Owens. They both receive $1000 scholarships to the school of their choice and gifts and tools from industry sponsors. They worked with Montrose Motors to prepare and their ‘bugged’ vehicle was provided Hoffman Ford. The winning team was Wallenpaupack Area High School – Tony Litz and Nick Schroeder. They both receive $2,000 scholarships, gifts and tools from industry sponsors and an expense paid trip to New York City where they will compete in the national competition. They worked with Schwarz Dealership in Honesdale and their ‘bugged’ vehicle was provided by Jones Dealerships in Lancaster. About the PAA: The Pennsylvania Automotive Association represents the nearly 1,000 new car and truck dealers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It also provides its members with: legislative advocacy, regulatory and compliance assistance, title services, a charitable foundation, insurance, a dealer purchasing online store, and training. About the AACA Museum The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization,...

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