Detroit Underdogs to Take Center Stage at AACA Museum this Summer

May 2, 2017 (Hershey, PA). The AACA Museum is set to bring some under-appreciated collector vehicles to center stage with the new Detroit Underdogs Exhibit that will run from May 13 through August 27, 2017.

Readers of Hemmings Classic Car magazine are very familiar with the column “Detroit Underdogs,” which focuses attention on the often overlooked, under-appreciated and easily attainable cars we fondly recall from our youth. Conceived by Executive Editor Richard Lentinello and columnist Milton Stern, this series of articles feature cars that were very popular in their day but have lost their luster through the passage of time such as the Ford Granada, Buick Apollo, and Rambler American. The AACA Museum is excited to collaborate with Milton Stern and Hemmings in bringing this exhibit to life here in Hershey, PA for everyone to enjoy.

The Detroit Underdogs exhibit, like the column, will shine a light on the cars that were the bread and butter of the American car market and have emerged as “underdogs” in the classic car market, examples of which include: post-war Plymouths, Packard 200s and the last of the large Mercurys. These cars are great choices for those seeking an understanding of the automobile’s role in history as well as those wishing to enter the old car hobby in an affordable way. Featured vehicles on view in the gallery will include a 1970 Ford Maverick 2- door coupe and a 1981 AMC Concord 2-door sedan. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy reading a variety of “Detroit Underdogs” columns in addition to enjoying the vehicles displayed.

The Museum welcomes columnist Milton Stern as guest curator for this exhibit. A native of Newport News, Virginia, and a Christopher Newport University graduate, Milton Stern has made his home in the DC Metro region for the past 20 years. He has been a writer since many of the cars he highlights were introduced and a car guy his entire life. A history and trivia buff, Milton enjoys relaying obscure facts about underappreciated cars to anyone who will listen.  The AACA Museum would also like to acknowledge and thank Hemmings Executive Editor, Richard Lentinello, for his help and cooperation for what will prove to be an informative and interesting exhibit!
Other featured exhibits this summer will include Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasurers that Survived Time focused on the fact that vehicles are only original once and will share some interesting stories in the life of these cars and motorcycles. Camaro & Firebird 50th Anniversary exhibit will showcase examples of these iconic American vehicles as they celebrate a 50-year milestone this year. Celebrate all three exhibits at our preview party being held on Friday, May 12th from 6-9PM here at the AACA Museum. Museum remarks will convey interesting information about the new exhibits including special speaker Milton Stern who will speak on the “Detroit Underdogs” column. Enjoy an evening of interesting conversation, meet some of the owners of these amazing vehicles from all three exhibits along with other museum highlights.


Guitarmaggedon ZL1

photo credit: Pat Roell

YouTube celebrity GuitarmageddonZL1 will be here with his brand new 2017 ZL1 helping us celebrate 50 years of Camaros & Firebirds.


The Art of the Car by Bob PauldingPhotographer Bob Paulding will be on site signing copies of his amazing book – The Art of the Car. This fine art photo cocktail table book consists of 8 chapters ranging from the front to rear of many vehicles with the forward written by John Davis, host and producer of TV’s MotorWeek. Copies of the book will be available for purchase via the Museum Retail store that evening. Advance reservations are required and the cost is $20 per person ($10 for AACA and AACA Museum Members).