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CCCA Offices Open in Park Ridge, Illinois

The CCCA has relocated operations to Park Ridge Plaza business center following the recent flooding of its office. All club operations have been restored without major disruption. We are now located across the river in the popular suburb of Park Ridge in Chicago's Metropolitan area. The offices are conveniently located in Park Ridge's business and retail district in a building that features colonial architecture and beautiful landscaping. Park Ridge is home to many medical and trade associations – both national and international.

Phones and mail delivery are being forwarded to the CCCA Offices at 350 S Northwest Highway, Suite 300, Park Ridge, Illinois, 60068 while repairs are made to the Des Plaines building. We are working through the restoration process and have filed the claim with our insurance company. Salvage operations have already begun and we eagerly await authorization to begin demolition and reconstruction work.

I am happy to report there was no major loss of records or equipment as a result of the flood. All the thanks for our good fortune go to the good planning on the part of the entire office staff. I also want to thank everyone who has reached out to us and stepped forward to help during this difficult event.

Lastly, I want to remind you to look the great slate of Regional, National and Museum events we have ahead of us in 2013.

Best regards for a Classic Summer,
Jay Quail

Youngest Member

1933 Buick Longtime CCCA member, Al Legg, had a great idea.  He wanted to celebrate the birth of his first granddaughter by helping her become the YOUNGEST member ever of the Classic Car Club of America. How do you say? Well, Al first made sure his expecting daughter was a member by gifting her a membership into the club.  Next step was to wait in anticipation of the birth of his granddaughter by his daughter Anne Steinman and her husband Matt. 

On November 5, 2012, baby Kaelyn was welcomed into the world and quickly became the youngest member of the CCCA, ever.  Before her first steps, even before she has her driver’s license, she is a card carrying member of the CCCA. Her wheelbase was 20 1/2 inches long and over 8 lbs, blood type is Packard Blue. In the past few months she has lengthened to 25 inches long and 12lbs. She is seen here with her proud Grandfather ( Member AL Legg ). This is the first time Kaelyn experienced viewing her Packard 12. See looks forward to meeting all the existing members this year as well as all the new members like herself. She can't wait until Spring to experience her first ride and upcoming Classic Car events. By joining at such an early age, she hopes to encourage other Grandparents to sign their grandchildren to help continue this great hobby.

All of us here at the CCCA HQ are happy to report Mom and member are doing fine and we look forward to seeing them at their first event!  Congratulations to all involved!

Early CCCA History Captured on New England Region DVD

Can you imagine viewing several reels of 8 mm film taken as early as 1956 that has good footage of several Classic Car Club of America early events like Sky Top, Buck Hill Falls and two very early CARavans? Jack Cable, who is a member of the CCCA from this early time, has a very good friend Don Ineson who took this footage and allowed us to transfer it to digital format. Jack and Don are both members of the CCCA and the New England Region.   

A short clip based on the DVD is shown below.   

I contacted a company in Hudson, New York that specializes in converting film to digital format. They were able to correct the speed and get rid of much of the typical “flicker” usually found on 8 mm film. After that, the existing video was edited for content resulting in more than 35 minutes of usable footage. For those of you too young to know, these early films did not come with a sound track! We had great visual images but nothing to identify the people, places and cars shown in the video.  

In September of 2011 Karen and I along with Jack Cable and Bob & Alice Valpey traveled to Don and Ann Ineson's house in Bridgeton, Maine where we were able to play the DVD in slow motion and record their comments. It was great to be able to hear them talk about the year, make and model of the cars shown along with the owners at that time. Don, Ann and Jack all appear in the DVD. Those comments were then turned into a script which was recorded with the video portion. We actually have much more information about cars than we were able to mention, mostly because some of the cars are shown only briefly. I plan eventually to develop a history to go with the video with further information about each car that we can identify.  

There is a brief segment about Sky Top. It was so cold that the film would not fully expose. A couple of trips to Buck Hill Falls are shown with a lot of footage of the drive under the portico. The Michigan CARavan of 1960 and the Milwaukee CARavan of 1957 are also shown. In addition, there is some footage of early New England car meets including a trip to Saugus Iron Works and the annual corn roast at Jack Cable’s parents’ farm in Connecticut. 

If you would like a copy of this DVD, “Car Touring 1956-1965”, it is available from the New England Region for $25, shipping included. Please send a $25 check payable to NER-CCCA to Garth Story, 30 Highfield Drive, Lee, MA  01238.

America On Wheels Museum Unveils New 6 Month Exhibit Featuring American Classics of the 1930s

Allentown, PA – American Classics of the 1930s will be the next exhibit to pull into the West Gallery at America On Wheels Museum. This exhibit will open to the public November 9th and will showcase 9 beautiful, world class vehicles from the 1930s.

1933 Buick1937 Chrysler

Two of the vehicles are from the Richard H. Driehaus Collection at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage. This includes a 1937 812 Cord and 1937 Chrysler Imperial Convertible.

“We have secured an outstanding array of vehicles for the exhibit. The cars of the 1930's not only saw a leap forward in technical design but the styling was distinctive and imaginative” says museums Executive Director, Linda Merkel. 

Other vehicles include:

1932 Auburn model 8-100 speedster; 1932 Lincoln model 244B KB Coupe of which only 23 were produced; 1930 Franklin Series 147 Sport Runabout with a spirit of St. Louis hood ornament; 1931 Cadillac V-12 Fleetwood Roadster of which only 91 were produced, some locally in Fleetwood, PA;1930 Packard 740 Sport Phaeton with a blue and orange color combination and which the owner takes on the road frequently; 1933 Buick 33-88C Convertible Phaeton of which 124 were produced; 1936 Pierce Arrow V-12 Coupe

The community is welcome to view this exhibit on the 2nd floor of the museum until April 2013.

The history of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York, will also be showcased beginning November 23rd for visitors of all ages as the museum is an institution for lifelong learners. The fair was themed. 

It was divided into different zones, including transportation. The museum will also incorporate this into their Annual Moonlight Memories Gala being held November 30th.  Guests will enjoy a silent auction, hearty hors d' oeuvres, dinner stations and a specialty cocktail as well as take in the new 1930s vehicles. Entertainment will be provided by Miller & Co. Hits of the Golden Age of Radio featuring Nancy Desiderio, JAN Sisters, violin & piano.

Tickets for this evening event can be purchased by calling the museum at 610-432-4200 x22. Proceeds will benefit Museum educational programs and changing exhibits.

Currently on exhibit in the museum’s Automotive Art Gallery are the pieces of Carl Renner, a 1950s GM Dream Car Creator, in the Museum’s Automotive Art Gallery. This exhibit includes 3 large (94x70) and 21 smaller pieces. These will eventually be permanently housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

America On Wheels Museum is located at 5 North Front Street Allentown.

Admission: $8 adults/ $6 seniors/ $4 students (6-16)/ 5 & under and members FREE. Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday noon-5pm. Children 6-16, free on Sundays until November 18 and seniors FREE the first Thursday of every month. Call 610.432.4200 x16 for information or visit

Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance

On the third Sunday in August, approximately 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto the eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach Concour d’Elegance is one of the most competitive events in the automotive world. Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours has grown into the top-ranking collector car show in the world. People from all over the world come to compete in or simply enjoy the event. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best earn well-deserved recognition and awards.


Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance – Best of Show

The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance Best of Show Award goes to CCCA Member Paul & Judy Andrews from Texas, with their 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo!

Margaret Dunning Wins CCCA Trophy at Pebble Beach

Margaret Dunning won the 2012 Classic Car Club of America Trophy, presented by Joe and Angela Cantore of Chicago, at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance. Ms. Dunning, 102 years young, stole the attention of everyone in attendance as she bantered with the MC and Jay Leno about her car. Margaret then got behind the wheel of her 1930 Packard, navigated the crowds as she drove the car up onto the awards stand, picked up her award and then drove off. Not an easy feat for even the most skilled driver. Ms. Dunning's car also has the honor of being the very first ever to be awarded 100 points at a CCCA Grand Classic. Margaret is a true Classic.


Click here for The New York Times article on Ms. Dunning at the 2012 Pebble Beach. Concours d'Elegance

Click here for a video of Margaret Dunning at the 2012 Keels & Wheels Concours.

Click here for The New York Times video, Two Classics, One Car.





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