30th Annual AMCRC National Convention Coverage
By Brad Busque
For Select Pictures from the event click here.
On Thursday, July 25th, Ramblers from as far away as
was "club day" with members from each chapter parking together.
The 4 Season Ramblers provided a DJ and music for the event. The Marlin
chapter took the opportunity to hold a Marlin show, and awarded
trophies at the end of the day. The AMCRC meeting convened at 5:00
sharp. The meeting started off with a
brief introduction of our past President, Frank Wrenick, Potomac
President Harley Smith and out newest chapter President from France,
Jean Luis Hewitt. We were then treated to a short history of
AMCRC, a health status of the club (we're doing good) and health status
of our chapters. We then had an explanation of how money is
awarded to chapters based on chapter size & AMCRC member ratio. The
members attending were treated to a preview of the NEW AMCRC National
trophies, which have been a year in with works by AMCRC member Tony
Cucchi. The new trophies were a big hit, to say the least.
Full coverage of the meeting will be in the August Rambler Reader.
After the meeting we were off to our Ice Cream Social at Colonel Custard frozen dessert who provided a ice cream sundae buffet. After hanging with the colonel for a while and having our fill bottomless sundaes it was time to head back to the Host Hotel to turn in for the night, or better yet hang with friends for a while in the parking lot of the hotel.
Saturday turned out to be a perfect show day. Low Humidity, with lots of sunshine. There were truly some great cars found on the show field, with over 160 Rambler family cars registered for the show. We had a great variety with 5 Mets, lots of Nashes, Ramblers, Marlins, Javelins, Amxs, AMCs, Ambassadors, convertibles (the single largest group) and Eagles. We had two all day DJs who provided oldies music, trivia, prizes and classic AMC radio ads for all to enjoy. There where games and activites for the young set, I think everyone had a great time.
That evening found us in the Host Banquet room for a
Social Hour followed by our meal. After
dinner the entertainment was kicked off by a version of Family Feud
that pitted AMCRC chapters against each other, competing for car
related prizes. Next up were the awards,
hosted by Brian Yacino, and presented by Cindy Patterson and children of the 4 Season Rambler Club. Brain was very entertaining,
has a good wit, and great personality, making the awards presentations very
between awards we had an auction hosted by auctioneer extordinair, our
very own Jay Henry. Up for grabs this year was a beautiful
Rambler quilt donated and hand made by Jay's wife Kathy, the last
remaining complete set (10 cars) of 1/75th Weidia Nash and Ramblers, a
beautiful Rambler picture book donated/created by Rebecca Malarky and
framed Eagle patches donated by the Lynch family. All in all a
great national convention.