I found myself in a quaint little southern town called New Bern, North Carolina for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Southeastern Fall meet. New Bern was a fantastic setting for this event, giving a grand background for all of the automobiles that showed on Saturday. The AACA went above and beyond with many of the streets in downtown New Bern being closed for this event. There was a wide array of excellent vehicles, where there was something there for everyone. There were many restored, and original vehicles at this event. Some of the original vehicles would have fooled you as restorations from their condition.
Needless to say there were plenty of Sting-rays to pick from, sporting an array of options and engines.
Ford attendance was strong at this event with a myriad of Fords from every generation to be seen.
There was also a wide array of muscle at this event. So much so, that it was difficult to pick a favorite. But I was particularly fond of the GTO Judge.
There were several Brass era automobiles to see as well. Most of them being clean enough to eat off. The word “perfection” comes to mind when looking at many of these Brass era cars.
Now one of our favorite categories is HPOF “Historical Preservation of Original Features.” Check out these awesome survivors!!
This 1929 Woodie Ford “T” is in original condition with only minimal work to maintain its condition. This lovely Woodie is from Hawaii.
Here is a beautiful 1956 Chrysler New Yorker. Do you think this car is restored, or do you think it is a survivor?
This New Yorker is a survivor, having covered less than 13,000 miles and has always lived in doors. This car hasn’t been seen in the public eye for a few years according to the current owner. Being a native California car, this beauty was also owned by a famous musician. I’ll give you a hint, the current owners call this New Yorker “Karen,” as in Karen Carpenter. (Also note the cool record player.)
Richard Carpenter acquired the car for his sister in the 1970’s from the original owner who had taken meticulous notes on everything he had ever done to the car. Here is a letter inviting Richard Carpenter and “his” 1956 New Yorker to the San Buenaventura Concours d’Elegance in 1978.
No car show would be complete without a few oddballs in the mix!
New Bern, North Carolina has a strong AACA chapter, where there are some really amazing automobiles there to be seen. This big AACA event is a onetime event, but the local AACA chapter puts on a regular fall car show with some very impressive cars. Also if any of you are Pepsi fans, New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi, where you can go the original pharmacy it was created in and drink some of the fine soda to “cure” your ailments. Over all this was a fantastic event, with a wealth of automobiles and knowledge. The AACA even had a Ford Model “T” they disassembled and re-assembled in an intersection!
What was your favorite car from this event? Are you into restorations or preservations? The preservation car field was extensive and surprising, but then again, some of the restorations there were as close to perfect as one can hope for. I love going to any car event at Carlisle Pennsylvania, but what is one of your favorite car events you attend, and where?