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16th Annual Old Car Festival -- McAllen


November 9,  2003


A cool and crisp fall morning greeted us as we arrived early to set up our vehicles at the Palmer Pavilion on the corner of Hackberry and McColl streets in McAllen. 




Over 280 vehicles showed up to display their rides at this event, organized and sponsored by members of the Rio Grande Valley region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).  The food and beverage concession was operated by the American Legion Post 37.  Barbeque lunches were prepared throughout the afternoon in the smokehouse.  Inside exhibitors filled the pavilion and the Valley Railroad club set up model trains for kids off all ages to enjoy.




A few motorcycles showed up as well as several new cars, which were met with distain from the old car enthusiasts.  Several of the old car enthusiasts did not approve of the newer models in the show.  If you were there and have an opinion about this, drop us an e-mail with your opinion and we will forward it to AACA.




Door prizes were awarded every half hour and a raffle was held at the end of the show.  The 50/50 pot was over $200.  A live remote was present all day from Oldies radio KQXX FM 105.5. 




Registration began at 7:00 am and closed at 11:00 am.  Admission was free, although it was preferred that those entering a car donate a canned good or other non-perishable food item that was given to the RGV Food Bank.  Admission to the public was also free and the word really got out as there was a steady stream of people flooding the park all day long.   A large American flag flown on top of a crane across from the entrance to the show.  There was a 1944 Sherman tank that was brought in on display as well.  The show ran from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.




The first 100 vehicles received a free t-shirt and all participants received a dash plaque.  For more information on next year’s event or to join AACA, contact Tom Pipkin at (956) 618-3844.

There were far more cars at the event to picture, these are just a small sampling.

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