Upcoming Events for 2014
(Please note: Contents subject to change)
10 Tuesday - Annual First Capital AACA Christmas Party - 6:30pm at Carolina Colours.Cost is $25. CLICK HERE to view official invitation. Please bring your unwrapped toy for Toys-For-Tots if you haven't already provided one. Thank you!!
The First Capital 2014 Events Calendar is here! CLICK HERE to see it now. Happy New Year!!!
17-18 Friday-Saturday - NC Regional Business Meeting, Burlington, NC
21 Tuesday - First Capital Chapter monthly meeting at the Golden Corral – 6:00 PM.
Special Guest Speaks During August Meeting At Golden Corral
Tom Braaten, Director of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport and Immediate Past Chair of the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, gave an informative and entertaining talk on the positive effects on tourism and the economic impact of the First Capital car shows held in downtown New Bern. At times hilarious, at times deeply heartfelt, Tom explained that the efforts of the First Capital Antique Automobile Club are vital to drawing visitors to the area and building a positive impression of the New Bern community.
Look what's new in town!
1st Cap member Bob Reid managed to find his heart’s desire in Washington state......a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe. With a great amount of faith, and no pre-purchase inspection, Bob jumped on the opportunity and soon found himself in the chaos of finding a car hauler up to the task. After a bit of scrambling the little jewel was on the road to its new home in New Bern. Amazingly enough, the old car proved to be better than advertised with a perfect interior and fabric top cover. As expected, Bob immediately got involved in elevating the machine's level of perfection. Look for the old '30 out and about and on local tours real soon. Congrats Bob!
Fossil Feasible Car Show In Aurora - Saturday, May 25th
Fred Wagner, Tom Smith, and Richard Farrow pose at the Fossil Feasible car show Saturday May 25. Along with Marshal Van Winkle, they made the trek to Aurora to take part in all the activities. Great weather with cool temperatures made for a pleasant day. The event was very well attended. Kids enjoyed seeking fossils in the mounds of dirt provided on the grounds.
23rd Annual AACA Antique Automobile Show A Big Success!
First Capital AACA enjoyed its 23rd Annual Antique Auto Show in downtown New Bern on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Hundreds turned out to see nearly 100 classic cars lining Middle Street. Aside from a mid-afternoon rain storm, a good time was had by all. Below are the top award winners of the show:
Mayor's Trophy * Best of Show (Shown Above)
1936 Rolls Royce 25/30
Owner: Tom Wright - Sneads Ferry
Vintage * Best of Show
1928 Ford Model A Special Coupe
Owner: Larry Rucker - New Bern
Sport Cars * Best of Show
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
Owner : Joe Alcoke - New Bern
Classics * Best of Show
1950 Willys Jeepster
Owner : Tom Smith - New Bern
First Capital attends Regional Show at Mikes Farm in Beulaville
Saturday April 27th members of the First Capital chapter set off to Mikes Farm in Beulaville, NC for the Regional Meet. Marshall Van Winkle, Zach and his wife Cheryl, Fred and wife Annette Wagner, Charles Wells and Barbara, along with Richard Farrow. A great venue and great food. The weather cooperated, with great skies and cool temps. Everybody came home with some hardware (ie: trophies), hospitality was great, and the regional host did a wonderful job.
2013 Officers Installed
New officers were installed during the annual chapter Christmas party. Richard Farrow succeeds past president Zach Simons and Kenneth Rowe replaces Charles Wells as VP. The treasurer, Michael Wilson, and secretary, John Bennett, will continue in those positions from last year. The executive board members Marilyn Hauser and Ben Watford will remain on the board for another term. Zach Simons will move in to the Ex Officio spot.
|President Richard Farrow||Vice President Kenneth Rowe|
|To see the rest of the officers, click here.|
New Bern Antique Automobile club
shows support for local charities
First Capital Chapter president Richard Farrow (in Santa hat), assisted by Fred Wagner, delivers food and toys to Captain Ray Morton of the New Bern Salvation Army. The food and toys were donated by the members of the First Capital Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America and they were delivered in Richard Farrow’s 1928 Ford Convertible Pick-up truck. Earlier, the truck made a stop at the Religious Community Services Food Pantry and delivered a similar load of groceries.
1st Capital Christmas Party a Big Success!
|Tuesday, December the 11th was the night of our 2012 Christmas Party. While it was wet and drizzly outside, it was warm and cozy inside the Emerald Clubhouse. As the members streamed in and greeted each other, others were milling about having hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. As much as I hate to play “dress up,” I have to admit we did look really nice …at least once a year! After a bit, the servers started bringing out our dinner. The beef tenderloin was as perfect as any I’ve ever had and the meal portions were generous as well. I can only imagine the folks that requested the salmon were just as pleased.|
|After we had finished our meal with coffee and dessert there was a very brief business meeting where the new president, Richard Farrow, was installed. Richard thanked everybody for their support and said, “We will have a good time this year. “ The other officers will remain in place. With that, the meeting was adjourned and we played a “musical chairs” game where the chairs were replaced with Christmas ornaments. Ann Holzberger provided the musical chair music in the form of Christmas carols. Everybody had fun comparing their prizes. Many thanks to all the people that worked so hard, behind the scenes, to make the evening so enjoyable.|
New River Meet 2012
It was a great day for a car show! The air was cool and dry, Saturday morning, making for a very pleasant drive to Jacksonville. The traffic was light and we were there in no time. The show was well attended with about sixty entrants. It was a diverse field with everything from military vehicles to a Rolls Royce drophead. There was a steady flow of people that came out to see the cars. It was good to see families with "little ones" so excited to see our cars. Maybe someday they will be AACA members.
From New Bern, we had Jon Heytota, Marshall Van Winkle, John Bennett and Ken Rowe showing their cars.
Tour to the Muscadine Festival and Liberty Hall in Kenansville
|Saturday morning a group of us headed for Kenansville and the Muscadine Festival. Starting in Bridgeton, we drove through Cove City, Trenton, Comfort, Eagles Nest, Beulaville, and lastly Kenansville. The trip was without incident ..unless losing a hub cap counts as an incident. Otherwise, our old cars made the trip with ease. The group included Marshall Van Winkle (fresh from knee surgery), Rich Farrow, John Bennett, Tom and Elaine Smith, Bob and Margaret Whitley, Zach and Cheryl Simons, Lloyd and Jane Moore, Fred and Annette Wagner and Lou and Ann Holzberger. Special thanks to Lou and Ann for putting the trip together. They took care of the details so all we needed to do was have fun. During a rest stop in Trenton, everyone received a bag of Halloween treats to enjoy along the way. The cookies Ann made were awesome!|
|As we arrived at the Muscadine Festival, the rain showed up too. It stuck around about as long as we did. We quickly figured out what we needed to do to begin sampling the wines provided by approximately 25 different wineries. There was a huge number of wines to sample as each winery had about ten different wines on display. All of the wines were based on the Muscadine grape that grows well in this area. Besides the wine, there were a number of food vendors to choose from. While all this was going on, the Band of Oz provided plenty of beach music. I can see why they are so popular. I would say the festival turnout was very good in spite of the damp conditions.|
Next, we all loaded up and headed for Liberty Hall, the historic home of Thomas Kenan. The house has been faithfully restored and it contains much of the original furniture and appointments from its early days. Our guide was very knowledgeable and she took the time to answer all of our questions.Thanks again to Ann and Lou Holzberger for all the work they did to make the trip so memorable, including the Halloween treats.
Craven County Community College Student
Awarded $1000 AACA Scholarship
Local chapter president Zach Simons (left) congratulates Stephen Perry on being awarded the Marshall Van Winkle Auto Technology Scholarship for 2012/2013. Each year the First Capital Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America selects a deserving student for this scholarship. Stephen is a student at Craven Community College, Vice President of the student body and a member of the campus Automobile Club. He is majoring in Automotive Systems Technology. Upon graduation, Steve plans to apply his training and experience in the local automotive business environment.
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