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17th Annual Old Car Festival -- McAllen


November 14,  2004








The rain came down and made a wet and soggy mess on the days leading up to this year's Old Car Festival.  The Rio Grande Valley region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) once again planned on hosting their annual event on a Fall Sunday afternoon, but the weather just did not seem like it was going to cooperate.  The show's planning committee had made arrangements and reserved the facility for the day prior as well so that the vendors and the "early birds" could set up the day before and be ready for the event.  However all day Saturday it drizzled and was quite chilly and certainly did not look like it was going to be a good day for a car show the following day.  We tried even late into the evening when it seemed there was a break in the clouds to dry the parking lot and push the standing water away to help dry it out, but the light rain kept coming.  Very early on Sunday morning the drizzle had stopped but it still was very overcast and the humidity level was horrible.  We still weren't sure if there was going to be rain or sun or what, but the club's president, Tom Pipkin said "rain or shine, the show will go on."  So, we headed on over and started getting prepared for what might or might not happen that day.  As it turned out, the day cleared up nicely and the show went on.  Due to the poor conditions and questions as to whether it was going to still be held or not, the turn out was lower than expected, but still about 200 cars turned out to be displayed for others to see and enjoy. 










The admission to this event is free.  Free to register cars, Free for spectators to enter to observe, and Free to walk about and give your opinion on what you like and what you don't like.  We have again asked for feedback from those of you who attended this years event as to the things you liked and the things you didn't.  Once again we have received comments from many of you that are disgusted with the new cars that are being allowed in an event that is even named "OLD" Car Fest.  First, keep in mind that RGV OldCars is not the host of this event and we do not make these decisions, your comments are appreciated and we will see to it that the club hears your critiques and praises. 










Speaking of RGV OldCars, we were on hand helping again with parking duties and security and offered free water to the public.  We received a good number of new persons who signed up to received our weekly email reminders and passed out alot of flyers via our posting board of upcoming events and cars for sale.  The event was again held at the Palmer Pavilion on the corner of Hackberry and McColl streets in McAllen. The food and beverage concession was again 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. Door prizes were awarded every half hour and a raffle was held at the end of the show.   A live remote was present from Oldies radio KQXX FM 105.5 as well as an indoor D.J. who played tunes all day long. 










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.  The show ran from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  The first 150 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.










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