Museum Updates

by Howard Freedman

October 21, 2016

Following our Board meeting at the Hershey Hotel on October 5 and spending two more days at the swap meet, Al Kroemer and I spent three days with our executive director, Carol Vogt, at our museum.

There is so much to do as part of our new entry construction and fortunately Katie's daughter Candace and Lee Barthel came over one day to help us with some of the details to make it work for our guests.

Automatic entry doors will make access in and out so much easier and new display space for our mascot collection and other artifacts were discussed along with new lighting in our main gallery. Of course, with a great new entry we will upgrade our landscaping and through the generosity of one of the CCCA regions, we will install several lovely benches in our garden areas, for guests to take a rest.

We settled on our theme for our 2017 EXPERIENCE June 2 - 4. Come join us with your Full Classics® and classic sports, touring and roadsters. Dress to the period of your car! Of course, lots more detail will be forthcoming as the date gets closer.

In the meantime, have a healthy, happy and wonderful Holiday season with your families.

July 1, 2016

Another wonderful Experience is in the history book now; our 30th anniversary believe it or not and we celebrated with good weather, a wonderful country tour on Friday, our biannual Grand Classic on Saturday and of course our Experience on Sunday celebrating the more than 3,000 wonderful club cars that have achieved Senior status.

Friday night we had our dinner within the Gilmore visitor center to take full advantage of a presentation by our Experience Grand Marshall, Bill Warner from Amelia Island, with a "show and tell" about his several trips to Cuba searching out classic cars and their remains.

Our Saturday gala dinner at the Radisson was highlighted by our master of ceremonies David Charvet enthralling the diners with his magic in both personality and mystics followed by our auctioneer for the night, none other than Bill Parfet who did a masterful job of helping the crowd support our museum.

Weather was good for the Experience and awards were in typical drive by fashion with many owners knowing how much we appreciate their participation.

Now for the newest news; we are about to start construction of our new entry into our building, one of the highlights being an automatic beautiful entry door. Just imagine - no doors to pull and additional bright and cheerful display area for our collections.

Mark your calendars for our Experience next year. Yes I know we are a long way off and lots will happen between now and the weekend of June 3-4, 2017 but plan to see us at our 31st Experience.

March 3, 2016

As we ramp up for our 30th annual Experience June 3 - 5, 2016, we look forward to celebrating the more than 3,000 Classic Car Club of America Senior cars; those that have achieved their high ranking status through the hard work and love of you, their owners.

We hope you will help make this 30th Anniversary most memorable by bringing your Senior cars to us for that weekend. As usual, we will have a country tour on Friday with a BBQ dinner on the Museum grounds. Then on Saturday we will host a Grand Classic© followed by our traditional awards banquet at the Radisson Hotel and on Sunday our Experience will host your fine Senior cars with appropriate judging and awards followed by a supper on the Museum grounds.

Join with us; see the five new cars that were gifted to us last year; see the construction of our new entry and have a wonderful weekend party with us all.

August 9, 2015

Your Museum is moving along at warp speed with several of us there in early August. First of all, let us introduce our new Executive Director, Carol Vogt with whom we spent quality time. Carol and her husband live in Hickory Corners and she comes to us with extensive experience in public relations and development. Bringing her into the fold with daily activities, membership activities and the Experience will help with her understanding of who we are and what we do.

We are pleased to report that our HVAC system is working superbly. Monday was hot and humid but inside our building the temperature was below 80 and the humidity was nonextant. Thanks so much to Lee and Floy Barthel for engineering and making this major improvement happen.

We have a number of projects in the works; adding an elevator for wheelchair access to our second floor gallery, a major enhancement to our mascot cabinet and artifacts display and of course our new entry to give our guests a much more inviting access to our ever growing Classic collection. We have two new additions inbound now: a 1933 Cadillac from the Steig family and a 1931 L-29 Cord, courtesy of Mark Hyman.

We have set our 2016 Experience for the weekend of June 3 - 5 to include a country tour on Friday, a Grand Classic on Saturday and our Experience on Sunday honoring all CCCA SENIOR / PREMIER CARS. Our goal is 250 cars on the field on Sunday - so be ready.