AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

                    Recent Event Photographs

2016  Antique Car Show - Baltimore Museum of Industry

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On Sunday August 21st, the Chesapeake Region, AACA held its annual antique car show at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, located on Key Highway in south Baltimore.

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With an ominous weather forecast of likely heavy rain and strong winds throughout the day, the turnout was predictably smaller than usual. The pavilion, however assured shelter for everyone from the predicted downpours.

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With rain on the way, drivers made sure they had their convertible tops up and their windows tightly sealed.

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We were happy to welcome not only the brave Chesapeake Region members who tempted the weather, but also several non-members who heard about the show on local media and brought out their antique vehicles.

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Providing a bright, "sunny", welcoming smile to everyone, as well as information on the Museum and upcoming events, was BMI Program Director Melinda Cane.

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Members who brought their own chairs formed a circle around the Rubys, for some always-lively conversation.

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Members and non-members alike relaxed under the shelter of the pavilion, getting to know one another and exchanging stories.

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The rare 1986 Pontiac 2+2 of Gary and Paula.

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Phil and Shelly's 1963 Ford Thunderbird.

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Mike's 1965 Chevrolet Corvair.

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Bob's 1965 Buick Riviera.

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Gladys' 1960 Karmann Ghia.

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The sky ovehead was filled with threatening clouds... and then came the predicted heavy rain.

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Our pampered, highly-polished antique cars, however, took the wet weather in stride.

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As soon as the first rain shower stopped, Bill got out his towel and got busy carefully drying off his 1954 DeSoto... shortly before another downpour negated all his effort.

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The Baltimore Museum of Industry is located on prime Inner Harbor waterfront property, overlooking the downtown skyline, providing an excellent venue for our annual antique car shows.

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Docked at the Museum pier, awaiting eventual restoration and public display is the S.T. Baltimore, one of many steam powered tug boats that serviced the port of Baltimore.

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As the clouds thickened, and the rain approached, many visitors ventured inside the Museum and explored the amazing displays of Baltimore's industry of the past.

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One current display: Then and Now, gives visitors a vision of Baltimore sights from the past... and how those same scenes appear today.

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A great little display of early electrical devices brings back memories for those who lived that era.

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And speaking of memories, if you grew up listening to radio shows -- and then experienced the revolutionary introduction of TELEVISION -- you'll get a thrill looking over the display of these early consumer products.

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An AM radio brought you the day's breaking news and the special enjoyment of LISTENING to the adventures of Baby Snooks, The Great Gildersleeve, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Shadow, Suspense, the Aldrich Family, The Bickersons and many others.

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Early television sets such as this small-screen 1947 Motorola gave you the in-home opportunity to SEE shows such as Howdy Doody, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Texaco Starr Theatre ...as well as endless daytime hours of "test pattern" to help with the picture adjustment of your new-fangled device.

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Baltimore's industrial history is not just "mechanical" and "electrical" in nature. One newer Baltimore "industry" is the substantial number of computer game developers in the area.

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A new display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry recognizes that important contribution and provides visitors with an interactive experience.

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Traditionally we have the hosts of our antique car shows select their favorite vehicle for the Sponsor's Choice Award. Our host, Melinda, chose the 1939 Ford Coupe of member Ken Stevenson. Congratulations Ken!

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Here's a photo of Ken's award winning 1939 Ford Coupe.

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Our group today, small but mighty in enthusiasm and daring, gather for the traditional group photo. Our sincere thanks go out to Program Director, Melinda and the Baltimore Museum of Industry for hosting our event.