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AACA’s restored bookmobile featured at massive Hershey car meet


The population of Hershey, Pennsylvania, is about 15,000, but as many as 250,000 people invade the Chocolate City each October for the world’s largest antique auto show and flea market, AKA the AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet, which officially begins Wednesday. 

But some would say the event actually begins 90 miles to the east at 11 a.m. Monday with the Bonhams auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in nearby Philadelphia, or at least with the AACA Library & Research Center yard sale Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Hershey.

Once the meet officially begins, the library will have a temporary home at Chocolate Field C3G 5-9, where you can see the AACA’s new bookmobile.

The bookmobile is a recently restored 1955 Chevrolet 3600 originally used as a bookmobile by the Anderson County library system in South Carolina, where it provided mobile loans from 1956 until 1991. The bookmobile then went into storage. Car collectors Tom Gibson and Dave Bowman bought the building and its contents the early 2000s. When the AACA Library announced its desire for a bookmobile, the now-dilapidated Chevy was donated and just a few months ago its 7-year restoration process was completed. 

The bookmobile will spend the winter in the America On Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, then will go on tour to various car events in 2019.

Not only will the AACA Museum have its temporary home at Chocolate Field C3H 5-7, C31 5-7, but stages its “Night at the Museum” event Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring the 70th anniversary of the Tucker and the presentation of the Automotive Heritage Award to Gale Halderman, designer of the original Ford Mustang. 

During Hershey Car Week activities, museum also offers special access to the more than 50 vehicles housed in its “storage garage” on October 11-12 from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Packard museum showcases Corvettes

“Corvettes of the Valley” is a new exhibit that runs through April 14, 2019 at the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. The showcase features cars from each of the Corvette’s seven generations. 

The exhibit also celebrates this history and safe-driving promotions of Corvette owner clubs based in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys and is being staged with support from both the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau and the National Corvette Museum.

King of the Heap returns

Speaking of Corvettes, you don’t have to have one to enter the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park’s “King of the Heap” winter racing series, which begins the first Saturday of December at Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The series is open to vehicles which cost $1,000 or less and are driven by four-person teams, each driver competing in auto-x, relay, track and drag racing events. For details, visit the special website.

Infiniti concepts visit the Petersen

Bookmobile, AACA’s restored bookmobile featured at massive Hershey car meet, ClassicCars.com Journal
Infiniti Prototype 9 and Prototype 10 on display in Los Angeles | Petersen museum photo

If you didn’t get to see the retro-racing styled Infiniti Prototype 9 or Prototype 10 during Monterey Car Week, they are on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles through October 31. 

Firebird III joins America on Wheels exhibit

Bookmobile, AACA’s restored bookmobile featured at massive Hershey car meet, ClassicCars.com Journal
Firebird III was the last in a series of futuristic cars from General Motors in the 1950s | GM photo

Speaking of concept vehicles, General Motors’ famed Firebird III, a 1958 concept, has joined the “Fabulous Fins” exhibit at America On Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The car will be on display at least through the end of this year.

Seal Cove museum needs a lift

“Save Our Mechanics’ Backs!” is the theme for a fund-raising effort by the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine to install a car lift to ease the work of volunteer mechanics as they keep the museum’s cars in running order for shows, visitor rides and other events. 

Museum supporter Julius Ridolfi has pledged $2,000 if the museum can match it with $2,000 in other contributions by October 19. Contributions can be made through the museum’s Facebook page or by sending a check to the museum at P.O. Box 106, Seal Cove MI 04674.

Owls Head seeks auction donations

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine is accepting donations for its annaul Great Fall Auction scheduled for October 22. Items to be sold range from antiques to art, furniture to tools, jewelry to vacation packages and, yes, even vehicles.

Special events this weekend

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will fete Wolfgang Porsche at its 24th annual gala, scheduled for October 5.

The British Motor Museum will use its social media feeds to present “Archive Live!” throughout the day on October 5. The interactive feeds not only will go behind the scenes at the museum’s own archives, but will help visitors understand how to preserve their own family documents and photographs.

Nick Mittica of Air Products presents a program on “Hydrogen Powered Vehicles” October 6 from 11 a.m. until noon at America On Wheels in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento stages CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue on October 6.

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts a book signing October 6 featuring Matt Avery and Copo: Camaro, Chevelle & Nova.

Mark your calendar

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia stages its annual “Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia” auction with Bonhams with bidding beginning at 11 a.m. on October 8. 

The Beaulieu museum in England continues its annual Autumn Lecture Series on October 12 with Steve Waddingham, historian at Aston Martin Lagonda, talking about “Aston Martin: A History.”

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine hosts a Cars & Coffee featuring “early Fords” on October 13 from 9 a.m. until noon and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. joins with the Wendell Gilly Museum for a class on carving hood ornaments in the style of Rene Lalique’s Faucon (falcon).

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts a book signing October 13 featuring True Tales from Burbank, by Wesley Clark and Michael McDaniel.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gala scheduled for October 14. In addition to dinner and silent and live auctions, the evening will feature music by Franc d’Ambrosio of Phantom of the Opera fame.

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia celebrates Enzo Ferrari on October 13, Italian Heritage Day, with a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, 1925 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport, 1954 Ferrari 375 MM and 1958 Ferrari 250 TR taking part in Demo Day at 11 a.m. Then, at 2 p.m., the museum offers an in-depth conversation and book signing at 2 p.m. on October 13 with Luca Dal Monte, author of Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automotive Empire. 

The Great Fall Auction will be held October 21 at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine.

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia offers the world premiere of Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds, the first comprehensive film about the marque and its history, to be shown at 7 p.m. on October 23. The event includes a conversation and discussion featuring producer Philip Selkirk and director Luca Dal Monte, a former Maserati director of marketing and public relations.

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia plans “An Evening with Hurley Haywood” featuring the sports car racer on October 26.

From October 27 to November 4, the British Motor Museum invites children to serve as junior detectives to find the “Missing Plans” and to learn how to do secret car designs in invisible ink. The adventures begin daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.

Trunk-or-Treat events are scheduled for October 20 at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, and for October 28 at America On Wheels in Allentown, Pennsylvania (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). 

The British Motor Museum hosts the “Large Model Aircraft Show” on October 28 with more than 100 large static radio-controlled aircraft on display.

On October 31, the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia presents its 11th Spirit of Competition award to Roger Penske on an evening that will feature Amelia Island concours founder Bill Warner as master of ceremonies.

The LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, hosts a Sock Hop on November 3 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The 11th annual “Vets’n Vettes” event runs November 8-10 at the National Corvette Museum and its NCM Motorsports Park. The program includes laps around the track, road tours and participation in the Bowling Green (Kentucky) Veterans Day Parade. Registration closes October 23.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, hosts a Corvette Racing Weekend on November 9-10 with driving events, a dinner featuring racers Doug Fehan and Tommy Milner and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, and other activities.

America On Wheels’ 11th annual Moonlight Memories gala in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is scheduled for December 1 from 6 until 10 p.m.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email [email protected].

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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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