Exploring Mobile through the 2022 Founders Tour
March 20-27 The 33rd Annual AACA Founders Tour, what an experience! The Deep South Region did a great job hosting the 33rd AACA Founders Tour. Debbie and I were able to attend and drove our 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V. We had a great time and met a lot of new friends from as far west as Colorado and east to North Carolina.
Several AACA officers attended including AACA President, Wayne Tuck and his wife, Denise. Paul worked hard on the daily routes, so we were sure to see all the best of the Mobile area. Ray, our tour chairman, was always on hand with his camera and together with Paul, the closing banquet was a bunch of fun!!!
All the DSR Founders Tour team really made the event hum. Our thanks to everyone. The dear Lord was kind to us with only one day of rain on Tuesday!
The rest of the week was beautiful and sunny. Everyone got a good start for the week at the welcome reception at the hotel. One could always count on Martha, Walt and Katherine to have the hospitality room well stocked and ready to answer questions. As always there were several mechanical failures and David Ladnier won the “worst hard luck” award for challenges with his car which included some poor soul who collided with his rear bumper!!!
A big thanks to Darrin Dahlenburg who was on site and on call to help get the afflicted cars rolling again quickly. As always Jim Henderson rolled out his “red carpet” with a wonderful welcome lunch at his museum.
The lovely Azalea Trail Maids were on hand for photo shoots with the guests and their cars! Jim also allowed the attendees to visit his beautiful farm outside of Mobile. I believe we all really appreciated his warm hospitality.
We had a bunch of fun and great donuts at the Bethel Baptist church and were surprised by the Wychoff Sheriff’s Department being on hand with some wonderful vintage police cars from back in the day. There were so many great photo-opps and the folks at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence really got a kick out the parade of cars.
On Saturday, we had a beautiful day the USS Alabama with entertainment provided by the Meridian Academy band followed by an onsite lunch in the hangar. Our thanks again to all the DSR staff and the AACA officers who worked to make this tour a big success!!! – Craig Henry
St Patty Day parade
March 19St. Patrick’s day celebration in Mobile is a big deal! The day would not be complete without David Ladniers 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible!
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2022
March 2-5 This was the Matthews family, as in Rod and Karen, 2nd annual visit to the Concours d’Elegance. Last year it was pushed back to May because of COVID but this year it was again in the usual month of March. I don’t know exactly where to begin but here we go.
We stayed at the same B&B as we did last year on the edge of the Fernandina Beach Historic District in the north end of the island. Built in 1856, a beautiful antebellum home full of history.
Saturday was Cars and Community, 450 open class vehicles from soup to nuts. Registration applications are reviewed and accepted. I would say is somewhat controlled. Sunday was a way different story, 215 concours level vehicles by invitation only and limited to pre-determined classes. Classes like a group of all 1932 Fords (90-year Celebration), almost a dozen Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts, and 10 NASCAR racers. Brumos Porsche was well represented and there was an any year “Red only” Ferrari class.
The most interesting Sunday class were the Davis Divans. Apparently, there are only 13 remaining in the world and Hagerty’s had assembled 5 of them there. Interesting history, look it up if you don’t know about them. The founder of the Davis Motor Company ole Gary Davis found his way to prison for several years as a result of how he did business.
On a final note, they had something they called “Ride and Drives”. It was a caravan of vintage cars. You got to pick a vehicle and drive it on a tour of the island. I grabbed onto the red 1967 400 ci GTO, fun.
Don’t know but this might just become an annual road trip!
Fat Tuesday Parade
March 1 The last day before Lent starts is packed full of fun, beads, throws and moon pies. Fat Tuesday is for the cars, floats and the revelry. Mark Magee drove Jim Henderson’s 1963 Cadillac. The 2005 Hertz Shelby was also used in the parade.
Joy of Life Parade
February 26 The Joy of Life Parade in Mobile rode on the last Saturday of Mardi Gras season. The Parade raises money for St. Jude. For several years David Ladienr has provided his 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 for the Grand Marshal and helps to raise over $2500 each year. Sasha Thatcher, Paul Dagenais and Charlotte Dahlenburg are on the board that helps plan 3 major events each year.
February is the Perfect Time for a Chili Cook-off
February 24 Our meeting in February started with a chili and soup cook-off. Just about every member brought something to enter into the contest. Everybody was given a ticket at the door for voting. This would have been a fair way to handle the taste testing but in the interest of raising funds for the club we sold tickets. You could “Stack the Deck” if you wanted to. In the end Paul Dagenais won the contest and the club won as well by raising $93.
Dracula, Nicholas, Ray and Al Share the Big Screen
February I got a call looking for Model T Fords to make a movie with Nicholas Cage. I asked for details and let them know I was interested. They wanted to have four Model T’s for four days. I rounded up Al Manning, Herb Purcell, Phil Purcell, Gator Gould and their T’s. The five of us were going to head off to the movies but we had to get a covid test and FedEx our results. We had to take a test everyday before going in.
We thought this was going to be a little thing but when we got there, there were 200 to 300 people working. Our part in the movie was filmed from 1 pm to around 5 am in the morning. Sometimes 16 to 18 hours.
As many of you know I like to take photos, but I was stopped. (I did get some) There were places you could take pictures.
There were 18 Model T’s on site. Some days you might sit all day and not use your car at all. While they were not using your car you could walk around anywhere on site.
One good thing is if your car broke and was not used you still got paid and they paid very well.
One scene my car was in, I drove through a rainstorm. They set up a rainstorm and I drove my car through it seven times. We all were dressed like the 1920s. This Company bought three city blocks and set up in Chalmett, LA just out of New Orleans. – Ray Harper
Our First AACA Annual Convention in Gettysburg, PA
February 10-13 The Henry’s were fortunate to attend the 86th Antique Automobile Club of America’s Annual Convention on February 10-13 in Gettysburg, PA. We were honored and surprised that our old 1934 Packard Twelve Club Sedan was nominated for a national award.
On Thursday we joined Charlotte and Darrin Dahlenburg along with Kelly Adams, VP of Publications, for a tour of the new AACA headquarters ideally located in Hershey at 800 Hershey Park Dr, Hershey, PA. It was quite apparent that the AACA staff worked very hard with designers to establish a very attractive and fully functional facility directly adjacent to the Hershey show grounds.
The new headquarters houses the new library containing the largest compilation of automotive documentation available in the world. Steve Moskowitz, CEO and the AACA staff have done an excellent job and every member of AACA who has a chance to visit the new headquarters should certainly do so. As one enters the building one will see multiple fine classic cars in the lobby as well as multiple show cases displaying numerous awards and trophies. Visitors can also easily see the fine board room and Steve’s office as well adjacent to the lobby.
During the meeting several vendors displayed their wares, and we would estimate at least 200 members were in attendance. The meeting agenda also included educational seminars as well as a judging class.
Of course, on Friday evening the Pinewood Derby races were fun for all, and Charlotte’s car won an award for its unique design!
On Saturday we attended the business meeting which included the presentation of some key awards and a round table discussion for member to suggest ways to improve the club and how to attract new members. On Saturday evening the awards banquet began with a reception that was even attended by a past President of the United States of America. See if you recognize him from our photos with him.
After an excellent surf and turf dinner multiple board members were recognized for their service as well as some of whom accepted new roles within the club. Our current 2021 President Jim Elliott passed the gavel to our new incoming 2022 President Wayne Tuck.
The club bestowed over 80 outstanding awards with wonderful photos and histories about each winning car.
Of course, the Deep South Region was proud of Charlotte Dahlenburg’s Master Webmaster award. Congratulations Charlotte!!!!
First Mardi Gras Parade of the Season
Saturday, January 29 The Krewe de la Dauphine Parade on Dauphin Island. My granddaughter Sydney Marie and her friends had a blast I believe we had many club members drive the parade route. Man it was cold cold – Larry Nelson
Members cars in the parade: Larry Nelson 74 Volkswagon Convertible, Robert Salter 67 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible, 64 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible David Ladnier, Toyota Prius Leslie and Janice
January 8, 2022 We gathered at Felix’s Fish Camp parking lot to bring back the annual David’s Catfish House Cruise. We had 4 antiques show up and the rest of us drove our modern cars. It was a brisk day and we enjoyed see each other for the first club event of the year.
We drove together, with David Ladnier in the lead, to David Catfish House in Spanish Fort. The service was awesome and the food was very good. If you missed this event we will see you next year for our next annual Cruise. – Charlotte