The weather was good for most of the 2009 AACA Fall Meet at Hershey, PA and I enjoyed seeing many historic and interesting cars. Hotel rooms were available but harder to find and more expensive close to the show. I personally think it is worth paying more to stay close to the meet because you will be among car people and there is often a great car show in the hotel parking lot.
Seeing antique cars on the road and in parking lots is great! I even found a car I had never heard off before in the parking lot of my hotel. It was a 1913 H. A. Myers built in Syracuse, NY. Unfortunately I did not meet the owner. If any of you know anything about Myers cars please let me know via a comment.
I attended the auction at the Hershey Lodge because there are always many very interesting and rare cars there and you can get close to them and take pictures. Among the highlights was a 1958 Imperial Ghia Limousine, which had come from a museum in Ohio. It was one of only 31 such cars built in 1958 and had a nice original interior but needed a paint upgrade to be in show condition. In general sales appeared to be brisk at the auction and with many cars selling at no reserve there were bargains to be had.
Saturday, the day of the show, started out cloudy but by 10AM the sun was out and there was good weather for the rest of the day. The show field was neither muddy nor dusty which meant it was just perfect. The isles were very crowded with spectators, more than I can remember seeing in past years. All of the more interesting cars had huge crowds around them constantly. This made it nearly impossible to get good pictures until the cars started leaving the show field. A moving car tends to make people get out of the way.
Coming and going from the show field I walked through the car coral which also had lots of coach built classics and a few one of a kind cars. The car coral at Hershey is like a big free car museum where you can get up close to the cars and take pictures. It is full of very interesting and historic cars and just a cut above the car corrals at other events I have attended.
If you like old cars you should definitely go to the AACA Fall Meet at Hershey sometime. There is nothing quite like it and you might just see some cars that you never even heard of before. Unlike Carlisle admission is free. It is probably some of the best free entertainment in the world.3 Comments 3 Responses to “2009 AACA Fall Hershey Meet”