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Hershey is here! Giant AACA show starts today


The Antique Automobile Club of America presents five simple reasons to attend its 64th annual Eastern Division Fall Meet, being held today through Saturday in Hershey, Pennsylvania: 

1. It’s the largest antique car show in the world.

2. Free admission.

3. Antique race car driving.

4. Over 9,000 flea-market spaces.

5. The largest collection of antique cars and parts for sale in one location.

All excellent reasons for heading out to Hershey for the massive car show, swap meet, vintage-car sale, etc., that reigns as the single-biggest such event on the planet and an annual must for collector car folks everywhere. 

“Going to Hershey?” is the most-asked question among auto hobbyists this time of year.

The Hershey meet is a mammoth event

Held on the grounds of Hershey Park and the adjacent Giant Center, Hershey attracts nearly 300,000 visitors every year, according to the organizers, who emphasize that this is a family event with something for everyone.

For more information, visit the event website.

Oregon Festival reclaims glory

After a one-year absence because of losing its venue and key sponsor, the Oregon Festival of Cars has been restarted to booming success, with lots of great cars and plenty of spectators at its mid-September show, the organizing committee reports. 

The re-established festival was held at its new site at the Deschutes Historical Museum in downtown Bend and it “turned out to be one of the best Festivals ever!” the committee said in an email to supporters.

A Jaguar Mk II at the Oregon Festival | Scheyenne Tunick

“The proximity to downtown Bend made for a large number of enthusiastic spectators, including a number of collector car owners who said they would definitely be joining us next year,” according to the email. “The museum staff were enthusiastic about the scene, which exceeded all their expectations. We gave them the biggest Saturday they have ever had.”

Planning is under way for next year’s Oregon Festival, to be held on the museum grounds September 14, 2019.

Porsche show honors man who brought them to US

The second year of Driven To America, a premier East Coast show for air-cooled Porsches, will be held Sunday, October 14, at the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, New York, this time marking the German brand’s 70th anniversary and honoring visionary New York car dealer and enthusiast Max Hoffman, who introduced Porsche – as well as other European marques – to the United States.

“Driven To America signifies the moment in history when Maximilian Edwin Hoffman made a deal with Ferdinand (Ferry) Porsche to import the air-cooled sports cars to America in 1951,” according to an event news release. “The manufacturing of the air-cooled Porsche ended with the model 993 in 1998.

“Driven To America celebrates the history of the air-cooled Porsche along with the man responsible for introducing the Marque to America.”

HersheyMore than 2,000 spectators and hundreds of Porsches from all over the U.S. attended the inaugural Driven To America show in 2017. Although the event celebrates the air-cooled models, there will also be a special VIP showcase of later water-cooled cars.

Special displays honoring Hoffman include a Hoffman Circle of Legends showcasing the iconic automobiles that he played a significant role in creating and importing to the US, a historic Hoffman photo gallery and a life-size backdrop of the Hoffman Motors showroom. 

For more information about the exclusive event, visit its website.

 Goodguys launch event in Kentucky 

Goodguys Rod and Custom Association hosts its inaugural Kentucky Nationals on October 12-14 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, bringing the nationwide showcase of premier street rods, classics, muscle cars, trucks and customs to a new venue.

More than 1,500 vehicles through 1987 are expected at the sprawling show, which also includes Goodguys AutoCross racing, vendor and manufacturer exhibits, swap meet, road tours, parties, awards and special events.

Goodguys, which holds 19 rod-and-custom shows across the nation from spring to fall, comes back the following week for its 25th annual Southeastern Nationals, held October 19-20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

For more information about Goodguys events, visit the association website.

A Volkswagen 21-window microbus trundles through at Pomona | Pomona Swap Meet

Back to Pomona

Southern California’s famed Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show, featuring more than 2,400 swap-meet spaces filled with hard-to-find parts, takes place October 14 at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona. 

As well as the giant swap meet, there will be thousands of original and restored collector cars on display and for sale. 

While you’re there, take the opportunity to visit the world-famous NHRA Motorsports Museum, which stands adjacent to the show space. 

For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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