Hershey, PA (September 28, 2017) — The AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet Week & Flea Market is nearly upon us. It is a highly anticipated time of year in Hershey, PA with visitors coming from all over the world. With so much going on throughout the week, here are 10 ‘musts’ to see and do at the AACA Museum, Inc.
• Night at the Museum Live Auction & Gala
Our annual Night at The Museum Gala & Live Auction presented by PNC benefits both kids and cars this year. We’re partnered with Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital. We’ll also be honoring racing icon Bobby Rahal with our first ever Automotive Heritage Award as part of this elegant evening. We’re offering a special VIP reception along with our regular event this year and full details are available at NightAtTheMuseum.org or by calling us at 717-566-7100 ext. 101. Advance tickets are required. Please consider joining us on Wednesday, October 4!
• Tucker Torpedo “Launches”
This vehicle, built by Rob Ida Concepts brings the Tucker Torpedo design concept to life. The Tucker Torpedo includes a centrally positioned steering wheel, doors that wrap up into the roof, and front fenders that turn when the car is cornering. These are just a few of the distinguishing features you’ll be able to see when the Torpedo is on view. The Tucker Torpedo, which is a privately commissioned work, promises to create quite a stir as part of Night at The Museum. This will be the first public viewing of this work in progress. Learn about the inner workings from Rob Ida himself! It will remain on display in the Cammack Tucker Gallery through Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.
• Benton Harbor Gets Inducted into National Historic Vehicle Register
The Museum’s oldest vehicle, the 1895 Chicago Motor Company’s Benton Harbor, will be officially inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) during the Night at the Museum Gala & Live Auction. It was donated to the Museum by David and Janet Kolzow. The Benton Harbor is considered the country’s oldest documented surviving race car.
• “Dream Machines” & other Featured Art
Enjoy “Dream Machines”, an art exhibition by artist Lory Lockwood, on display through October 29. Lockwood and other automotive artists Bill Bravo and Dan Reed will be in attendance at Night at the Museum. Their works are available for purchase during the event and during Meet Week.
• Experience the Tucker Interactive
Tucker fans will also want to check a new permanent addition to our Cammack Tucker Exhibit – An interactive Tucker ’48 that showcases the functionality of the cyclops headlight. This one of a kind piece was also custom created by Rob Ida Concepts, built with grant funds from the Dauphin County Commissioners that was matched by the William J. Cammack Private Foundation. Visitors will soon be able to explore and enjoy these new exhibit features as we continue to develop this permanent exhibit area with the World’s largest collection of Tucker automobiles and related artifacts.
• See Tucker #1044
To complete your “Tucker experience” this Meet Week, see Tucker #1044 only on display during the Night at the Museum Live Auction & Gala.
• Caffeine Behind the Scenes
Presented by National Parts Depot, this is your chance to go “behind the scenes” inside our Garage! On Thursday & Friday, October 5 – 6 at 7:30 AM – 10 AM join us to see those treasures not currently on view in the Museum galleries. Donuts & Coffee will be served, while supplies last. Suggested donation: $10/$5 for Members.
• New HVA Vehicle Display
The 1933 Graham Blue Streak 8 Sedan, on loan from The NB Center, is the first Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) vehicle on display as a part of a new rotating exhibit. It will be on display until December 31. The Graham was inducted as #19 on the National Historic Vehicle Register this July. The exhibit will feature a variety of historically significant vehicles.
• A New Gallery
With the look and feel of a vintage automotive dealership, The Don Williams & Richie Clyne Gateway Showroom features rotating exhibits of marque clubs or similar groups to showcase interesting vehicles and memorabilia related to their club or organization. During Meet Week, enjoy a showcase of vehicles from the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS).
• Corvette Raffle
We’ll round out Meet Week on a high note – the raffle of a 2018 Corvette! The drawing will be held on the Meet field on Saturday, October 7 at 3 p.m. – less than 2 weeks away. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Stop at the Museum or at the Museum booth on the Meet field to get your ticket!
Meet week is your last chance to see these AACA Museum Inc. summer exhibits:
“Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasures that Survived Time” exploring the value of preservation vs. restoration of vehicles
“Camaro & Firebird 50th Anniversary” exhibit paying tribute to five decades of General Motors pony cars
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 5 & 6 – the AACA Museum will have extended hours, 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. So come early for Caffeine Behind the Scenes and stay late!
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 in 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. 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; the World’s largest and most prestigious permanent collection of Tucker Automobiles and related artifacts. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, 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 with extended operating hours on October 5 & 6 until 9:00 PM. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.