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Das Awkscht Fescht

Aug 5 Aug 7

Fri & Sat – 6 am-10:30 pm;  Sun – 6 am-4:30 pm

1955 Flajole Forerunner

Join us at Macungie Memorial Park in Macungie, PA, for this year’s Das Awkscht Fest! Das Awkscht Fescht is one of the country’s largest antique and classic car shows offering three fun-packed days in the great outdoors. It’s a perfect way for families to celebrate summer, and summer 2022 marks the 59th annual Fescht. Join us, cruise through the show’s 42 acres, and enjoy the great things classic summers are made of.

Admission includes all events, shows, and entertainment. The AACA Museum, Inc. is proud to have our 1955 Flajole Forerunner (check out the Flajole story here) included in the featured car area this year. Also, our display features a 1964 Chevy Chevy II.

We would love to see lots of our Museum family members at the Fescht! Find out more.

  • Come one day or multiple days
  • Show Cars enter at Gate #1 after 7:30 am each morning
  • Admission:  $9 – Adult;  FREE for age 15 & under
  • Antique & Classic Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles
  • Arts, Crafts & Antiques
  • Kids’ Entertainment & Activities
  • Flea Market & Car Corral Sale Area
  • Toy Shows & Sale
  • Beer Garden
  • Bingo
  • Fireworks

About Bill Flajole and the 1955 Flajole Forerunner

Bill Flajole (pronounced “Flay-joel”) began his automobile design career at Chrysler in 1933 right out of high school and later moved to General Motors, Murray Corporation, and Ford, where he worked with Bob Gregorie on the design of Edsel Ford’s original Continental. He designed a small Sportster, the Nash NXI, which eventually became the famous little Metropolitan. Like many other designers of the early 50s, he was fascinated by the Jaguar XK120 and began sketching his own ideas as applied to the XK’s 102″ wheelbase, six-cylinder dual overhead camshaft engine, and low-slung chassis. The Forerunner is the embodiment of those ideas. Created in fiberglass in Flajole’s own studio with tall fenders, dropped hood, a wide grille integrated with the bumpers, and an innovative retractable roof that slid down to hide under a dramatically sloping fastback rear deck, its final iteration included an innovative translucent roof panel and had dramatic recessed cove panels behind the wheels, design features which foreshadowed Corvette’s adoption of them in 1956. The interior incorporates supportive aircraft-type seats with head restraints years before other designers appreciated the value of supportive seats in minimizing accident injuries. Bill Flajole used it for his personal transportation until the early 1970s. It was restored in its present dramatic livery of metallic purple with white coves and matching white and purple leather upholstery with chrome wire wheels and was proudly displayed in the Blackhawk Museum for many years thereafter. Bill Flajole’s daughter has recently added period photos of her dad and his staff designing and building the Forerunner to its documentation, adding to the historical record of one of the truly distinctive, dramatic, unique, and trend-setting automobiles of the postwar era.

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