2013 AACA SE Fall Meet

I attended the AACA SE Fall Meet in Cleveland, TN on Saturday September 21. When we arrived for Judge's Breakfast, it was lightly raining. The National Guard was there and monitoring the weather and word was there was to be winds about 1 pm. Therefore they moved judging up to 10:30 am. About 10 am I went out to locate the classes my dad's team and my team were judging. I got soaked. The  wind kicked up and it poured for I'm guessing about 20 minutes. The rain  let up some and the winds clammed down by 10:30 but things were still very messy to be judging in. Judge's administration out out word to judge the vehicles and then tell the owner they were free to secure their car back in their trailer.

With judging moved up, releasing cars after judging them, by the time I got my team's water logged paperwork through administration, there were very few cars sitting in the rain on the show field, therefore I don't have any photos from the show field.

by David Devine

2013 SE Divisional Tour - Wednesday

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Wednesday started out raining during breakfast but by the time we were to hit the raod it had stopped. Today we were going to spend most of it on the blue ridge parkway. We had our coffee break at the Bevard Little Theater. Then we headed out on really winding roads eventually ending up on the parkway. We stopped at a couple of the first overlooks but then it became foggy as we continued to the Pisgah Inn. We stopped there for our box lunch (or could take it along at eat at one of the overlooks). By this time the fog was coming in pretty good. As we headed on back down off the parkway the fog turned to rain which was light but continued the rest of the afternoon. The group I was traveling with stopped at the Looking Glass Waterfalls for a few minutes. Our average speed most all morning has only been about 30-35 MHP due to all the twists. I think I saw the taillights of the car behind me going around a couple of the curves. Finally we reached Hendersonville where we stopped to check out the town. Andrea and I got a shake & a sundae at an old drugstore/soda fountain and checked out Mast General Store before heading back to the hotel. 

 

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Wednesday evening was the closing dinner of which consisted of roast beef (which was fall apart in your mouth excellent), chicken, potatoes, Ceaser salad, green beans and red velvet or carrot cake.

The hard luck award went to a couple that didn't even arrive with their car. This couple headed to the tour and at about 90 miles stopped for gas and found the tongue was breaking the welds attaching it to the trailer. They unloaded the car and took the trailer home and came on in the modern iron. Then the folks they were riding with ended up having car troubles. The other hard luck stories included leaking oil sending unit, a bad voltage regulator, and a host region member leading a group getting lost in Asheville.

The longest distance award went to former GVACS members Maureen and Don Bohne of Crosby, TX. 

At the Driver's meeting on Sunday and then at the Ice cream social on Tuesday they asked for the oldest and youngest drivers to report to one of the tour committee ladies. During the Ice cream social I did because at that point it looked like I at 47, was probably the youngest. I found out there was someone else that was 47 but a month older. After all that fussing about getting the names of the oldest and youngest drivers, at the dinner they didn't give a oldest/youngest driver, just a Youngest Registered Participant which was Hulon McCraw's grandson, Zane McCraw at age 5, and an Oldest Participant which Don Bonhe almost got but after some age/birth month debate the other guy was deemed older as he had not had his birthday yet this year making him 8 months older than Don.

2013 SE Divisional Tour - Tuesday

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Tuesday route took on winding mountain roads again. Our first stop was  Green River Plantation. There were ducks and geese there to greet us as we had our coffee break. Then we went up to  the house fore the tour. There was no photography allowed in the house. The owner purchased the plantation in 1987 in a run down state and has restored and refurnished the house. There is only one piece original (looked to be a huge wardrobe) to the house and that was because nobody bought it on the auction and it would be near impossible to get it out. There are also some horseshoe prints in the flooring. The Union army had stored their horses in the house so the rebels wouldn't steal them. 

We continued on to the Bennett Classic Car Museum in Forest City, NC. This area is also known as "Little Detroit" as at one time it had over 100 used car dealerships, along with the new car dealers and a lot of bodyshops. The Automotive industry was the number job market in the area, out doing the textile industry. 

After looked through the museum, we continued on to the Carolina Event & Conference center where we had our lunch stop. 

After lunch we continued on to Lake Lure were some of us took the boat tour around the lake. Others went to Chimney Rock. Some folks did both. My group only did the boat tour. We got to see the area were they did filming for "Dirty Dancing", "My Fellow Americans", "A Breed Apart", "Firestarter" and "Thunder Road". The 1992 film  "The Last of the Mohicans" contains scenes from Chimney Rock. From the lake we could also see the 2006 HGTV Dream Home which was won by someone handicapped and the house wasn't handicapped accessible. So he sold it back to the developer who went bankrupt before it was sold. Rumor is someone recently purchased it. We then headed back to the host hotel.

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2013 SE Divisional Tour - Monday

Sunday was the day everyone was arriving and that evening we had a driver's meeting where we had some cake while getting information about the tour.

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Monday, August 19 -The Tour officially begins!!


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Just a quick update from the tour. Today we started out with a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway, turning off at the south end of the closed section where there is a huge crack down the middle of the road. Turning onto a winding mountain road, we continued on to Zebulon Vance's Birthplace. After touring the Birthplace and having our coffee break, we headed back the way we came for about 12 miles, seeing a baby black bear (wasn't fast enough with a camera) then stopping at the Folk Art Center on the Parkway. They don't allow photography in there so that you can copy artist designs. We then continued about another 2 miles to the Parkway Visitor Center where they show about how the parkway was built. Found out it was done in 10 to 12 mile stretch contracts. backtracking our backtrack, we got of the parkway about a mile from where the road is closed this time. Following another winding road, we ended up in Asheville, NC where we parked in a parking  garage, then you could explore on foot or by trolley. We took the trolley ride a for about 2 hours around Asheville, while the operator told us  the history and interesting tidbits, like where Sandra Bullock stayed during the filming of a movie. After the tour, we got a bite to eat and headed back to the host hotel. The route was to be a scenic route, but we took major roads & interstate. At 6:30 pm, the South Carolina Region served Papa John's cheese and pepperoni pizzas for supper. There were also a lot of desserts to finish up your meal. 

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Genesse Brewery show

GVACS was well represented in the Genese BrewHouse, Beers and Gears Event on Saturday, August 17, 2013. While all kinds of cars and eras were represented, it was GVACS vehicles that captured the hearts of the judges!

Jerry and Marlene Kier's 1938 Studebaker Pick-up won the award for " Best Exterior Detail"

Ed and Bonnie Franko's 1938 Packard limousine won the "BrewHouse Special" Award  

Frank Pipitone, showing Nelson Thorpe's 1920 Plymouth Woody, won two awards--the "Fan Favorite" and "Best of Show" 

   
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