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The Tidewater Region AACA can trace its roots back to the mid 1950s, when the antique automobile hobby was just beginning in this area. About a half-dozen local old car enthusiasts frequently gathered at Thomas Moody's Mobil gas station on Virginia Beach Blvd. to work on their cars together and just chat about the hobby in general.
The group had long been participating in events sponsored by the AACA, already 20 years old. In 1955, they decided to form the Tidewater Region. The charter was received in November of 1955, with Merritt Horne (whose 1939 Packard 120 Coupe is shown below at a 1968 AACA event) signing up in December of that year as the first 'new' member. Harrell Forrest joined soon afterwards. As a side note, Thomas Moody's 1931 Chevrolet and 1922 Model T Ford are still in the club today.
|Over the years, the
Tidewater Region AACA has grown into a large and active organization with
over 300 members. We hosted our first AACA National Meetthe Southeastern
Spring Meeton June 11-13, 1976, in Norfolk, VA. We followed up with
additional National Meets in 1984, 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2015 (the
Southeastern Spring Meet on June 15-17, 1984 in Norfolk; the Special Fall
Meet on September 5-7, 1996, in Chesapeake; the 2006 Eastern Spring Meet on
May 11-13, 2006, in Virginia Beach; and the Eastern Spring Meet on April 30
May 2, 2015 in Virginia Beach). We also hosted the 2000 Founders Tour in
Williamsburg and southeastern Virginia. Were looking forward to hosting the
2022 Grand Nationals on May 19-21 in Virginia Beach.
Tidewater Region hosts an annual meet which is judged using AACA National guidelines. We also have monthly dinner meetings, as well as a variety of activities ranging from afternoon jaunts to antique shops or museums to weekend overnight tours on scenic back roads. Special activities have included a bus tour to the Biltmore, a boat ride to see dolphins, and a bus tour to Washington DC. The TRAACA is a family-oriented club that strives to have events and activities for everyone.
The TRAACA has become one of the most highly regarded regions in all of AACA. Take advantage of our rich and varied past by joining and becoming a part of TRAACA's future!