Interview with Steve Moskowitz (Antique Automobile Club of America)
The Antique Automobile Club of America is one of the world’s foremost organizations for the promotion and preservation of antique vehicles. Established in 1931, the club now has members throughout the United States and more than 50 countries worldwide with over 400 regions and chapters.
Now celebrating their 80th year, Wikicollecting spoke to the club’s Executive Director Steve Moskowitz about his passion for the hobby and the AACA’s latest projects and developments.
How did you personally become involved in the club?
Through friends in the hobby.
What are the most important functions of the AACA?
15-18 annual national meets (car shows) and tours. National magazine that keeps the club glued together, judging program and its organization of the 400 regions and chapters. The club also operates the AACA Library & Research Center.
How has the AACA developed in recent years?
Increasingly the club is relying on electronic communication with a monthly e-newsletter and other communications including www.aaca.org, more professional national headquarters and staff.
Have you noticed any changes in the type of people the club attracts?
Not really, “car guys and car girls” are pretty much the same although I do believe more women are involved than ever before
What do you feel attracts your members to antique cars over more modern models?
The funny answer is “if you have to ask the question, you wouldn’t understand the answer’! Like a lot of collecting it is nostalgia and value. However, antique cars have far more character and uniqueness then modern cars and therefore the passion.
If any, which antique automobiles have you owned yourself?
I have owned a lot of cars (way too many and not enough!), mostly pre-war Oldsmobile’s and still have them ranging from 1903 to 1975.
Are there any that you still dream of driving one day?
I have been fortunate enough to drive all my dream cars but certainly not own them. 35 years in the hobby and a lot of great friends have given me the opportunity to experience some great automobiles. Of course I could never get enough of driving any vintage race car.
Are there any current AACA projects you’d like to tell people about?
AACA has the most comprehensive new award programs in the hobby. Tremendous awards for car owners, judges, editors, webmasters and volunteers. AACA is expanding its “original” class for cars that are un-restored. Also, AACA is involved in assisting The Elegance at Hershey, a new world class concours and hill climb.
With your experience, what advice would you offer to other antique car enthusiasts out there?
Join us! We are the oldest, largest and our magazine alone is worth the low price of membership. It affords the enthusiast connection to 60,000 other like minded folks, opportunity to join 250,000 people at our largest show in Hershey every October and huge restoration resources with our library and affiliated museum.