Hershey, PA (September 26, 2018) — The AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet Week is nearly upon us – October 10-13, 2018. It is a highly anticipated time of year in Hershey, PA with visitors coming from all over the world with a passion for the automotive hobby. With so much going on throughout the week, it can be hard to fit everything into your busy schedule. Here are the top ‘MUSTS’ to see and do things here at the AACA Museum, Inc:
- Night at the Museum Gala & Live Auction
Join us in celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Tucker and honoring this year’s AACA Museum, Inc. Automotive Heritage Award recipient, Gale Halderman, designer of the original Mustang. All guests will be treated to a choice of cocktail receptions followed by an elegant served dinner, awards presentation, and live auction. Guests choosing to attend the VIP reception will have exclusive time with Mr. Halderman in a more personal setting. Those selecting the regular reception will enjoy cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres in our main gallery among dozens of fabulous vehicles. Advance tickets are required for this event, visit NightAtTheMuseum.org for more details and ticketing. Event proceeds benefit AACA Museum, Inc. and Homeland Hospice.
Mustangs of all generations are the current featured exhibit theme which will be drawing to a close on October 14th. If you haven’t been to the Museum to see some very rare and unique Mustangs, don’t miss this last chance! There are more than two dozen vehicles on view including the 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car, a T-5 European Export Fastback, a Saleen prototype, Boss Mustangs, Shelby’s, GT 350s and many more! We tell the story of how Mustangs evolved over the years into a hugely successful nameplate and cultural icon. Thank you to our exhibit sponsor National Parts Depot (NPD).
Members of the International Thunderbird Club have been gracious to share a rotating display of Thunderbirds in our Williams-Clyne gallery. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall we’ve had the opportunity to share a wide variety of years, colors and body styles. The last trio of the year is currently on view.
This is the car that started it all for John DeLorean and sparked the imaginations of millions with its iconic role in the “Back to the Future” movie series. It is on view alongside a standard production DeLorean allowing visitors to see where it began and where it evolved to over the course of production.
Our Cammack Tucker gallery is the center of the Tucker Universe with 3 Tucker automobiles on permanent view – #1001 the first production Tucker, Tucker #1026 the sole survivor with automatic transmission and #1022 Mr. Cammack’ s first Tucker. The Factory test chassis, experimental engines, and a variety of other artifacts round out this expansive collection. The Tucker interactive vehicle lets you get behind the wheel of a Tucker and test the cyclops headlight. New on view is a fiberglass movie Tucker used in the making of “Tucker, The Man and His Dream” movie, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. This Tucker Movie Car is part of the Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) collection which joined the AACA Museum, Inc. family in late 2017. We welcome our new TACA members who will be visiting Hershey this fall. There’s no better place to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of these historic vehicles then right here at the AACA Museum, Inc.
- Art & Automobiles
As you wander the galleries, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of automotive art. We’re welcoming a few artists in residence during meet week sharing current art pieces available for purchase, discussing custom commissions, and more. The artists on view will be Dan Reed, Bill Bravo, and Jerry Keefer. Each artist has a unique style and attention to detail in their work.
- Go Behind the Scenes
As our featured exhibits change, many of our permanent collection vehicles are shifted off the floor for periods of time while others are placed on view. We’re allowing visitors the opportunity to visit our “Garage” and see 50-70 amazing vehicles that are not currently on view in the main museum. Behind the scenes tours will occur throughout meet week and should be scheduled upon your arrival at the Museum. Our ticket counter staff can advise you of the next available opening. Tours have a limited capacity and an additional fee of $10 per person.
We also offer a similar opportunity on Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12 with “Caffeine Behind The Scenes” our version of cars and coffee allowing you to enjoy the collection vehicles while you sip on some coffee and enjoy a donut along with the company of fellow enthusiasts. No reservation is required, just join us from 7:30 – 10:00 AM on either of these two dates. Thank you to our sponsor National Parts Depot for helping us to be able to provide this opportunity.
HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage. This rotating display shares a different historically significant vehicle every few months. Currently on view is the 1985 Modena Spyder, better known as the “Ferrari” from the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie. This vehicle was added to the National Historic Register in April of 2018 and will be on view through the end of October.
- Pennsylvania College of Technology – Members 1st Gallery Exhibit
Teaching the next generation the skills of restoration and automotive technology is essential to preserving the automotive hobby. We’re proud to share the work of students in this program and highlight this curriculum as an educational option for those seeking this as a career path. See a recent restoration by students and some tools used in the trade.
In today’s digital world, we’ve become accustomed to getting where we’re headed by pulling up MapQuest or Google Maps on our phone or by using a GPS system to guides us to our destination; however, that hasn’t always been the case. Since the advent of automobiles, motorists have needed to know how to get to their destination, and for many decades they relied on paper maps. Maps were given away by local gas stations, tourist bureaus, chambers of commerce, and many other businesses as a form of advertising to get customers to visit their attraction or business location. Learn more about this interesting collecting topic and see a display of early maps assembled in conjunction with the Road Map Collectors Association.
We’ll round out Meet Week on a high note – the raffle of a 2019 Corvette or $35,000! The drawing will be held right here in the AACA Museum, Inc. lobby on Saturday, October 13 at 3:00 PM – Winners need not be present to win. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Stop at the Museum or at the Museum booth on the Meet field to get your ticket! There will also be a 2nd prize of $3,000 and a 3rd prize of $1,000. Thanks to Klick-Lewis for assisting us with this year’s raffle car.
Special AACA Museum, Inc. Meet Week hours:
- Wednesday, October 4 – the AACA Museum will be closing @ noon to be able to set up for our annual Night at the Museum event that will begin at 5:00 PM.
- Thursday & Friday, October 11 & 12 – the Museum will have extended hours until 9:00 PM. So come early for Caffeine Behind the Scenes at 7:30 AM or stay late!
- All other dates – we will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Don’t forget to pack your Membership Card! AACA and AACA Museum, Inc. members receive free admission with a current membership card.
About the AACA Museum, Inc.
The AACA Museum Inc., a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses, and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s on a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums and is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2018. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The AACA Museum, Inc. is home to the Cammack Tucker Collection; along with being the home of the Tucker Automobile Club of America. The Museum holds the World’s largest and most prestigious permanent collection of Tucker Automobiles and related artifacts. We’re proud to have been recently recognized by Road & Track as one of the top 12 automobile museums in the country. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12.50, seniors age 61 and older $11.50, juniors age 4-12 $9.50, children age 3 and under, AACA Museum, Inc. Members and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The AACA Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.