Professional Car Society celebrating 40th anniversary

2016 PCS Intl.Meet logo w.53 Henney PackardThie Professional Car Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016 as the old car hobby’s premier advocate for authentically preserved and presented funeral vehicles and ambulances. A record turnout is anticipated for the 2016 International Meet that’s being co-hosted by the PCS Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Tri-State and Henney Chapters in Gettysburg, Pa. from Aug.15-20.

The itinerary and fees are fully detailed on the official PCS website at www.TheProfessionalCarSociety.org, which also offers a downloadable registration form and a dedicated link for reserving rooms at the Wyndham Gateway Center headquarters hotel.  Accommodation-seekers can also phone the Wyndham directly at (717) 339-0020 and mention the Professional Car Society, while Meet Chair John Ehmer can be reached for general queries at (412) 969-7240 or vintagemotors811@yahoo.com

“We have hit a home run with this historic town,” Ehmer says of Gettysburg. “There’s so much to do within a 15-minute drive of our host hotel, even the full slate of tours we’ve spent two years planning won’t get to everything worth seeing and doing.” 

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The official schedule will feature area antique shops and funeral homes on Monday, August 15; an August 16 Maryland bus tour touting the Pry House Field Hospital Museum at Antietam and the National Fire Heritage Center in Emmitsburg; a guided Gettysburg Battlefield tour on Wednesday; the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, Pa. on Thursday; and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farm on Friday followed by an evening cruise-in.    

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Concours D’Elegance

The Professional Car Society’s formal Concours D’Elegance will be Saturday, Aug. 20. Ambulances, limousines, flower cars, “first call” coaches, hearses and hearse/ambulance “combinations” will be occupying the Gateway Center’s “high ground” in full view of passing Lincoln Highway motorists.  Funeral vehicles must be shown empty without coffins, cobwebs, skeletons or other morbid miscellany.  Saturday evening’s Awards Banquet at the Wyndham will feature a keynote speech by veteran coachbuilder Michael Kellerman, after which a dignified lights-only show by the ambulances’ roof and fender beacons will conclude the Gettysburg 2016 festivities and spur anticipation for future PCS International Meets that have already been scheduled for the Lebanon, Missouri Ozarks in 2017; Detroit in 2018; the South Dakota Black Hills in 2019; the Upstate New York Adirondacks in 2020; and eastern Ohio in 2021.    

40th Anniversary International Meet
Gettysburg, Pa.
Mon. – Sat., August 15th – 20th, 2016
Official Headquarters Hotel: Wyndham Gateway Center, (717) 339-0020
Itinerary/registration Info:  www.TheProfessionalCarSociety.org or contact
John Ehmer, (412) 969-7240 or vintagemotors811@yahoo.com

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