by Ann Gover
A Great Year
What a year! Three Rivers Car Club and the Eden Cruise are still reeling from all the activities that were lined up throughout 2012. Our annual spring meet which was hosted by Three Rivers Car Club in April at our very own Shiloh Airport, located in Stoneville NC not only were there antique vehicles of all makes and models, there was an antique World War II trainer and an experimental plane which were all a real treat for the on lookers to see. There were Radio Control planes that looked as if they were the size of the full size planes that were on display. The local ASPCA put on a dog show, which was very amusing; our own Sheriff Sam Page of Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department took part in this display of dogs of all breeds and colors.
Memories of days gone by, with all the vehicles and planes it was a day to remember. It was a beautiful spring day with a cool breeze and lots of sunshine. Three Rivers car club, The Eden Cruise and Shiloh Airport are planning another car show for April 2013 called Wings & Wheels. This show will be opened to the public.
The Eden Cruise has been really busy with the cruise date for the second Saturday in the month starting in May and running through October and will continue with this same date for 2013. The Eden Cruise is very involved with our community: there is the Snack Pack Program, the Relay for Life and the Kenny Harter Scholarship Awards. These check donations are written in the month of January to the above recipients and we are so proud to be able to help and make a contribution to these programs. The Eden Cruise gets together with sponsors and makes presentations to each one about hoe The Eden Cruise operates it takes a lot of work to put The Eden Cruise together and the day of the first cruise is amazing. The show is full of friends, family and new folks to talk to. The vehicles are grand, all types, antiques, hot rods, rat rods, trucks, motorcycles and others that I’m not sure what they are called. They are all beautiful and each has its own story. The colors, from the newest to the oldest vehicle and the proud owners make us happy that we can give a great day of fun and fellowship to our community.
Throughout the summer months there were threats of rain and rain outs but all in all The Eden Cruise was a great success. We as members are very proud to be working together to keep Three Rivers Car Club and The Eden Cruise, united and strong where friends work together in unity and fun. We are looking forward to 2013 with the open show at Shiloh Airport scheduled for April 13th and The Eden Cruise starting up the second Saturday of May and each month through October. Everyone is invited to come out and join in on the fun, bring your family and friends, we will have a grand old time.
Wings & Wheels
Hosted by Three Rivers Car Club of AACA
And Rockingham County Shiloh Airport
Car show & Air Show
There will be seven special awards
Top 100 Car & Truck Trophies to be given away
April 13, 2013
At Rockingham County Shiloh Airport
2691 Settle Bridge Road off of NC 135/311, Stoneville, NC 27048
Contact Paul Gover for more information 336-573-3551
What Expertise Comes From New Club Membership?
By David R. Reynolds
When I was asked to write an article for this magazine; my first thought was – In what facet of the car club world am I an expert? In afl ash my mind replied – none. But wait a minute, I guess my only expertise is that I know what it is like to be a new member. As such maybe I can impart a few bits of knowledge that can help folks like me who are new to the AACA.
Please let me digress just a bit about my “accidental” affiliation with the AACA. My awareness of AACA began in 2007 when I visited the museum in Hershey. I wanted to attend the Import/Kit Car Nationals in Carlisle, Pa. that year. To get my wife to accompany me I had to bribe her with the promise of a “side trip” to Hershey and Amish country. She “Googled” all the attractions in the area and found the AACA museum. While not an avid car person herself, she does appreciate classic cars and has many good car related memories (don’t take that in the wrong way, Honey!). We were quite impressed to say the least with our visit to the museum. I have never seen so many antique vehicles in my life and all in such pristine condition. Little did I ever think that I would ever become a member of such a storied organization. Well the trip was a whopping success for both of us.
While I was engaged in one of my daily exercise walks, a neighbor of several years asked me if I would like to attend a meeting of his car club. He knew that I was a car guy into kit cars and had a’68 Olds Toronado. I didn’t realize that the club was affiliated with the AACA. but I was curious about the club chapter that he described. I joined the chapter after attending this first meeting because of the friendly, open atmosphere created by the members.
To understand why I became a member of the AACA (and an expert at being new), one must know something of my background and the environment that I grew up in. There were several factors that made me a “car guy.” As far back as I can remember
The Three Rivers chapter has enjoyed a busy year of car shows, cruise ins, fellowship and community involvement. The chapter is growing in members and participation. The chapter united throughout the year celebrating many accomplishments as well as up-lifting each other through many hard personal times. Many new members are beginning the process of preparing their cars to AACA standards while others are continuing to maintain their cars condition receiving preservation awards. Our club is a diverse club with Pontiac lovers, Buick lovers, Ford lovers and just car lovers. Our members are blessed with wonderful automobiles they enjoy sharing with others through shows and cruise in’s. Many members’automobiles have been recognized throughout the 2012 year for various well deserving reasons. Members Ed & Anita Jobe received a RedBird preservation and a First Junior. Members Tina & Terry Hopper received a National DPC award and their third DPC repeat award. Members David & Cheryl Merricks participated and completed the Bandit Run from Texarkana to Atlanta a 2485 mile trip.David & Cheryl also received the class Champion award in the Special Edition stock class at the Trans Am National as well as best of show at the Tarheel Tigers BOPC show. Members Jerry & Joan Bodden have been busy this year with their cars. Their 1963 Buick Riviera received three separate Driver Participation Awards throughout the year at AACA shows as well as one at the Buick Club of America National Meet, and was also shown at
The Eden Cruise
Three Rivers Chapter of AACA will be hosting the Eden Cruise for the 2nd year!!
With humble beginnings and a big idea the monthly cruise was created to provide a fun atmosphere where everyone could enjoy automobiles of all type as well as help support the local community. The year would not have been possible without the financial support from business sponsors, support of Eden’s tourism department, many dedicated workers and guidance from the Lord. While the rain cancelled the September event, all other cruise dates were blessed with good weather and a good turn out. The excitement from old cars, new cars, modified cars and original cars filled the streets of downtown Washington Street. Event DJ Ronnie Overby provided an atmosphere of the old times with cruising music and car related songs. Local businesses were gracious enough to provide door prizes for cruises which were given away at every cruise. Cars and motorcycles from as far away as Richmond Va. traveled to share in the fun.