Annual AACA fall fling in Hershey is still the place to be
Story and photos by Angelo Van Bogart
Most hobbyists will agree the best way to close out the show season in the northern reaches of America is at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Division National Fall Meet in Hershey, Pa. It’s a long name for a car show and flea market, but it takes much longer to walk the event over its four days than it does to say the name.
The geographic location of the event leads many to simply call it “Hershey,” and it’s as sweet as the candy made adjacent to the parking lot where the event is held. There are 9,000 flea market spaces, about 1,000 vehicles in the car corral and another 1,200 vehicles in the Saturday-only AACA-judged show. This year, vendors, car sellers and show car owners gathered from Oct. 8-11; with spectators, the overall number of attendees was estimated to be 250,000 souls.
The meet is notorious for rain, but the rain clouds avoided Hershey during the big swap days — Wednesday to Friday. Water finally dropped on the show field on Saturday. Many empty spaces in the show field abounded in the brass-era section and even a bit in the row home to Classic cars, but the unrestored, postwar and driver-participation vehicle display areas provided plenty of eye candy.
Cars and trucks of all types gather in Hershey, but the show’s storied past going back to 1955 means its foundation is in prewar cars and parts. As such, Hershey is the best place to find brass era cars as well as Classics, but as the accompanying pictures show, Hershey is home to every type of car and part imaginable —regardless of its flavor.