Hershey, PA October Car Show

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 9th Nov 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/26i29sih/
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A short evaluation and recommendation of the October car show in Hershey, PA.

Some background on the Hershey Auto Show

The Hershey auto show in Hershey, PA is actually titled the "Antique Automobile Club of America Regional Fall Meet." It occurs during the first full week of October every year, and has been continually held every year since 1955. This last year, they were over 9000 spaces for vendors, and 1500 show cars.

The Show's Origin

The idea for the show originated in the spring of 1955. The original meet was October 8th to 9th in 1955 in the rain-soaked area of the Hershey field. The rain resulted in ¼ of those cars which registered to come not showing up. Despite the rain, vendors, thinking this the perfect opportunity, set up outside the stadium, hoping to display parts for sale. This led to the flea market, which is a huge part of the show today. After several years, the vendors were invited inside the stadium area.

A bit more history

The American Antique Car Association’s 25th anniversary was in 1960. Just five years after the first show in Hershey, 891 cars were registered for the show there, and it was announced that that was the largest gathering of old cars anywhere on the planet. The 1965 show brought in approximately 35,000 visitors, with over 1000 cars registered for display. The show had outgrown its previous location, the stadium, so judging was moved to a nearby field. The show was destined to grow in spite of several obstacles –floods, years when muddy conditions made for a miserable event, and the 3 Mile Island catastrophe. These scarcely slowed down the faithful attendees of this event. As the years went by, more and more display areas were to accommodate the many vehicles on display, and the vendors selling parts for antique automobiles.
Eventually, the perennial problem with mud was attacked with 600 tons of stone. In the mid-seventies, many foreign visitors came to see and appreciate the show, coming from 13 different foreign countries. The event, first planned in the living room of a family home in 1955, now requires 75 different committees and 750 volunteers annually. There are also many other events associated with the Auto Show. While all this has become a huge undertaking, all those involved describe this as a labor of love, and barring unforeseen circumstances, they would never forsake this event.

Anything and Everything

Every imaginable foreign-made and American made car was there to behold, ranging from the early 1900's to more recent models. There was one area devoted exclusively to cars for sale by their owners, while another area was strictly for proud owners displaying their cars. Many British-made autos were there, alongside many American-made cars. Allards, Austins, MG's - even a 4 door MG, perhaps mid 1930's or 1940's! Packards, Studebakers, Kaisers, Crosleys and many other brands of automobiles, which had long ceased to be manufactured, were there for the viewing. Duesenbergs, REO's, Cords, and others from the 1920's and 1930's which were long and elegant, with V12 and V16 engines were on hand.
If you happen to be one who is rebuilding or restoring an antique vehicle, the thousands of vendors there will in all likelihood be a good source for those parts you may be having trouble locating.
If you are one who never ceases to enjoy seeing vintage, classic cars, a trip to the Hershey Auto Show would be well worth your time, and an experience which you'd not soon forget. This might be one for your bucket list, if you appreciate the beauty of the older, well-kept automobile.

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Antique Cars, Classic Cars, Collector Cars

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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