28th annual AACA Venice (Florida) region car show

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Hood ornament: 1956 Chevrolet Nomad
1975 Lincoln Continental reflected in finish of 1965 Mercury Marauder X-100 | Larry Edsall photos
1975 Lincoln Continental reflected in finish of 1965 Mercury Marauder X-100 | Larry Edsall photos

The gigantic AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet takes place later this week in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but that event is only the tip of the Antique Automobile Club of America iceberg. The club, founded in Philadelphia in 1935, has regional groups across the country.

Among them is the Venice (Florida) region, which staged its 28th annual collector car show Sunday with so many cars that they spilled out of Centennial Park and onto a couple of adjacent streets in the historic downtown area of the island city on the Gulf Coast.

The Venice regional club stages driving tours, has a “Breakfast at the Beach” and other activities, and raises money for college scholarships. In June, it presented seven $1,000 scholarships to seniors graduating from Venice High School.

Photos by Larry Edsall

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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