If you can imagine spending a warm summer day perusing a show field awash in pristine examples of coveted collectible cars, trucks, and motorcycles, then you know just what spectators and participants were treated to at the 2018 Antique Automobile Club of America Grand National Meet. The University of Pittsburgh’s (Pitt) Greensburg campus provided the bucolic setting, and the Western Pennsylvania Region AACA hosted the event with its president John Ross Kuhns III serving as the Grand National Chairman.
Jack and Suz Steczak both owned 1968 Camaros decades ago and they wanted to revisit those halcyon days with a First-Gen F-body, so they bought this Fathom Green 325-hp, four-speed 1969 Camaro SS 396 with a green vinyl top and interior back in 2008. It was restored over eight-years and the Steczaks are proud of the fact that they still drive their SS 396 regularly, and it’s never trailered.
Beginning on May 31st and running through June 2nd, the meet offered several tours of local points-of-interest and a few social gatherings, but it culminated with the car show on the final day. To participate in the Grand National, each vehicle must have already achieved AACA Senior status, thus these cream-of-the-crop examples were there to earn Grand National awards in various categories
Having owned it since 1974, Eric Madoushek’s 1970 AMX was his first car. He describes its journey to show quality as “ongoing.” Apparently, it has been going in the right direction, as it earned its First Grand National.
James Salak said that the third generation Chargers are his favorites and he owns three of them. He purchased this 1971 383-powered Plum Crazy Super Bee in 2009 and started its restoration in 2010. Since its completion in 2013, he has enjoyed driving and showing it.
The Zenith award judging and presentation, which recognizes the best restoration among vehicles selected at National events over the last year, was also held at the AACA Grand Nationals. A separate article with details regarding the award and this year’s winner, the 1935 Packard 1204 Super 8 of Gregory and Cheri Haack, has already been posted to the Hemmings Daily.
Bob Dunbar and his fiancé Nancy were blown away when they saw this Carousel Red 1969 Ram Air III 400 GTO Judge at the local dealer. Bob bought the new Pontiac and they took it on their honeymoon and enjoyed it for a few more years before placing it in storage. The matching-numbers, 43,000-mile Judge was treated to a concours restoration in 2013 and was featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines.
Larry Reeb dreamed of owning a 1969 Hurst/Olds, but when he returned from Viet Nam in 1969, he knew that college and marriage had to come first. He later purchased a 1973 H/O new, which he drove for a few years. Finally, in 2013 Larry got the opportunity to buy this 1969 Hurst/Olds, which he has since restored.
Though coverage of the 2018 AACA Grand Nationals will be published in the September 2018 issue of Hemmings Motor News and will include a wider model year span of vehicles, there still wasn’t enough space to include many photos. To that end, an additional sampling of 1960s to 1980s cars is provided here.