Night at the Museum presented by RM Auctions to Kick-Off Fall Meet Week
HERSHEY, Pa (9/23/11) – Attention, automobile enthusiasts! The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Club, Library and Museum along with RM Auctions have again joined forces to host the 5th annual Night at the Museum event celebrating The Motoring Hobby, on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. This eagerly awaited evening will feature friends and fellowship among enthusiasts as you enjoy an evening of fine cars, food, beverages, entertainment and more. Night at the Museum is a fitting kick-off to this year’s AACA Eastern Division Hershey Fall Meet. This year during the fall meet, officials are expecting 1,250 antique cars and 9,000 flea-market spaces, as well as about 1,000 cars for sale in the car corral making Hershey a must visit destination for all automotive enthusiasts from October 5-8th.
Guests visiting the AACA Museum will enjoy “Leading the Pack: 100 Years of Indy 500 Pace Cars,” a special exhibit showcasing 23 automobiles including Pace cars, Race cars and Pace Car replicas. Also, guests will be treated to a 1929 Stearns Knight Deluxe-H-8-90 Cab-Roadster, which is on special loan to the museum from October 2-7, 2011. This “one of one” luxury automobile features an eight-cylinder engine that is capable of speeds up to 110 miles per hour. This is a special Hershey Week addition to the five other Sterns Knights that are part of the Museum collection. As always, guests will enjoy a cruise through time featuring vehicles from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s.
Entertainment for Night at the Museum will be provided by two live acts: rhythm & blues band Jazz Me and professional pianist Katie Rudolph. Automotive art displays will feature prominent artists: Dan McCrary, Dan Reed, David Snyder, Randy Owens, Tony Sikorski and Mark Watts. These artists offer a variety of styles and formats and their art pieces will be available for viewing during Night at the Museum and throughout Meet Week. Artists will also be on site to talk with visitors and some will be working on new creations right here throughout the week. Last but not least, Strolling models wearing fashions from Mary Eileen’s and M.E. Too, boutique shops for women in Hershey, will be strolling throughout Night at the Museum showcasing the latest fashions.
Car Guy Jonathan Klinger and the 1930 Ford Model A will make their way to the AACA Museum during the Night at the Museum event as a conclusion to his year-long trek. Klinger has driven the Model A every day for a year, tracking his progress via a blog at http://www.365DaysOfA.com. Jonathan will arrive here at the Museum between 6:15 and 6:30 pm to conclude his tour and will be on hand for photos and to talk with guests throughout the evening.
The night will also include a silent auction with a unique assortment of items and opportunities up for bidding. Highlights include: Your vehicle on the cover of Antique Automobile magazine; Original artwork provided by each of the evening’s featured artists; Your vehicle on a turntable in the main lobby of the AACA Museum; Overnight accommodations at the Arizona Biltmore and complimentary admission and bidder registration for the RM Auction January 2012; A custom-framed photo of the RMS Titanic and framed movie poster from Titanic personally signed by Mr. Al Giddings.
Tickets for The Night at the Museum event are $125 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (717) 566-7100 ext. 113 or by visiting www.NightatTheMuseum.org. Additional information including a complete list of silent auction items, artist bios and other Meet Week festivities can also be found on the website.
Following an unprecedented 100% sell-through in 2010, RM Auctions again returns to Hershey Lodge for their annual Hershey sale, October 6th & 7th. The multi-day sale will lift the gavel on a magnificent roster of 115 motor cars along with a select range of memorabilia. Headlining this year’s offering is the world’s oldest running motor car, a historic 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout. Commissioned by French entrepreneur, Count de Dion, and named ‘La Marquise’ after his mother, the historic 1884 De Dion boasts an impressive provenance. It was a participant in the first automobile race in 1887, clocking a top speed of 37 mph on the straights; and, a double award-winner at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A fully functioning car, it recently successfully completed four London to Brighton runs in the UK where it was always the first car away as the oldest entry. (Est. $2,000,000 - $2,500,000). For additional details and featured vehicles for the RM sale visit www.rmauctions.com or telephone 1-519-352-4575.
About RM Auctions
RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top concours events. For further information, visit www.rmauctions.com.
About the AACA
The Antique Automobile Club of America is an international organization with members in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries, with over 400 AACA Regions and Chapters. Formed in 1935, the aim of the AACA is the perpetuation of the pioneer days of motoring by furthering the interest in and preserving of antique automobiles, and the promotion of sportsmanship and of good fellowship among all AACA members. Today, the AACA is the largest club in the world dedicated to furthering interest in, and preservation of, antique automobiles and their history. For more information on the AACA organization and events visit: www.aaca.org. The AACA Library & Research Center, one of the world’s largest free automotive public libraries is also an integral part of the organization and can be reached through the club’s website as well.
About the AACA Museum
The Antique Auto Museum at Hershey, a member of the Smithsonian Institute Affiliations Program, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1900’s – 1970’s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s newest and largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $10, seniors age 61 and older $9, juniors age 4-12 $7, children age 3 and under are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will offer extended public hours on October 6 & 7th along with a variety of food and beverages for sale to Meet Week visitors. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.aacamuseum.org.