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2017 Annual Meeting


The 2017 CCCA Annual Meeting – March 29 – April 2, 2017

With 2017 underway, now is the perfect time to start planning the year’s events. The first official CCCA event is the 2017 Annual Meeting, scheduled March 29 through April 2, 2017. We’ll be out west in Reno, Nevada also known as “the Biggest Little City in the World”. Your committee has orchestrated four fun-filled (and car-filled) days that you won’t want to miss.

Nevada is the Silver State and its rich history includes mining, railroads and even boating (around Lake Tahoe), elements of which we’ll learn about, interspersed with fabulous automobiles, of course. Weather wise, the “Farmer’s Almanac” reports that the average March daytime high temperature in Reno is a pleasant 57 degrees and total precipitation is .86 inches for the month of March. That sounds like a welcome relief for members traveling from Michigan, Ohio and some of the northeastern states. You are encouraged to bring your Classic, not only for display and judging on Saturday, but also to drive to some of our destination earlier in the week.

Our host hotel is the Peppermill Resort. This is a Four Diamond AAA awarded-hotel with all the amenities you could expect. It will serve as our central point for socializing with fellow CCCA members, conducting official Club business and of course, the display and judging of our Classic Cars. The room rates are very reasonable, roughly $120 per night.

Tahoe Maritime MuseumThe fun begins Wednesday, March 29 with an early bird bus tour to Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Maritime History Museum followed by lunch at Gar Woods Grill & Pier, a wooden boat-themed restaurant. Event registration will be open that day along with the Hospitality Suite. Dinner is on your own Wednesday night and there are eleven restaurants to choose from in the Peppermill Hotel alone.

Thursday, March 30 begins with our traditional Annual Membership meeting, followed by a CCCA Board of Directors meeting and the Museum Trustees meeting. We’ll enjoy a buffet lunch at the hotel before exploring some of the local “wild west”. First up is the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Then we’ll split into two groups, alternating between two great car collections. There’s the Ted Bacon collection in Minden which features about 100 cars, many of them original and unrestored dating from the 1915 to 1925 era. Ted Bacon passed away in 2010 but the collection is maintained by his son Ned. The other collection is that of Bill and Doreen Ramsden. Their beautiful 1932 Packard 903 Convertible Victoria was featured on the cover of the July 2016 Bulletin and there are a number of equally interesting cars in their collection, along with examples of steam engines and tractors.

David Walley’s Restaurant & SaloonFood and drink that evening will be enjoyed at a favorite of Mark Twain’s (and one other notable CCCA figure), the famous David Walley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Genoa. Drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres and music will make for a great backdrop to an evening of mingling with CCCA friends.

Friday starts with the balance of our Club business needs covering Regional Relations, Editors, Educational Foundation and Museum membership meetings. After lunch, we will board motor coaches to see what is truly one of the most spectacular automobile collections in the world. Robert Lee devoted a portion of his life to the acquisition, restoration and display of some of the most desirable automotive creations ever built. Bob passed away in January 2016 but his wife Anne Brockinton-Lee carries on his passion for things automotive and graciously welcomes us to enjoy this collection. This is a very special opportunity to view a collection that is rarely open to groups. Ranging from antiques through one-off Classics to remarkable customs from the postwar era, there is something here for every automotive enthusiast. The collection is particular well represented by Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Ferrari. This promises to be a strong attraction and attendance is limited to the first 200 who register. Anne, always the perfect hostess, will provide light hors d’oeuvres and drinks in part of the facility. Please note that cameras and photography are not allowed in the collection.

National Automobile MuseumFrom there, we travel to another historic collection, the National Automobile Museum. The origins of this museum lie in the Harrah Automobile Collection and covers the full scope of the history of the automobile. Here too, are a number of historically–significant cars displayed in a museum setting. Dinner that evening takes place at the Museum and this is the opportunity for our Regions to shine as we present Regional awards that evening.

Back at the hotel, cars slated for display and judging on Saturday can be put into place in the hotel ballroom Friday afternoon. Our thorough CCCA judging will require two stages of judging: operational checks will be carried out when the cars are brought into the hotel with the final static judging conducted Saturday morning in traditional Grand Classic-style evaluation.

In preparation for that judging, the judges and tabulators breakfast takes place Saturday morning. With cars displayed inside the hotel ballroom and a buffet lunch has been planned within that same location—another great opportunity to enjoy the cars and car people.

Saturday evening caps this memorable event with the awards banquet at which the Warshawsky Award for the best Classic at the Annual Meeting will be revealed, along with special service awards presented to those members who contribute to making this Club as good as it is.

So there you have it—four days packed with history, scenery, great cars and great car people. The registration forms for this once-in-lifetime event can be found here, don’t wait to fill them out. Remember, the Brockinton-Lee collection is limited to the first 200 registrants. While Reno is a gambling town, don’t gamble by waiting to complete this registration—do it now! You can also register online here.

Questions? Just call Toni or Cece at CCCA headquarters: (847) 390-0443.

Flying to Reno? Here are the airlines that serve that city (airport code RNO): Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue, Solaris, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Make your hotel reservations directly with the Peppermill Hotel. Be sure to mention the CCCA event for the specially negotiated room rates.