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Appalachian Region – Antique Automobile Club of America donates proceeds to 3 deserving downtown organizations!

October 17, 2011

The Appalachian Region of AACA, captured the hearts of antique automobile enthusiast throughout the valleys of Bristol, TN/VA , August 12 — 13, 2011. Our local chapter of AACA, known as the Appalachian Region, hosted over 350 antique cars to Bristol for 2 full days of excitement, one in Historic Downtown Bristol specifically! Friday evening began with a picnic at Cumberland Square/Memorial Park in downtown, with music and park historians providing information about Bristol. Later in the evening, the entertainment at the Paramount Theater featured Ivan Parker, an accomplished male vocalist. Outside the theater, State Street was blocked and adjacent parking lots were made available to accommodate over 700 vehicles including local clubs and AACA member vehicles. Spectators crowded the streets with cameras flashing, admiring and reminiscing days gone by. Many organizations helped coordinate this event. To show appreciation, the Appalachian Region AACA would like to present checks in the amount of $1500.00 to The Paramount Center for the Arts, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance and Believe in Bristol.

The aim of the AACA is the perpetuation of the pioneer days of automobiling by furthering the interest in and preserving of antique automobiles, and the promotion of sportsmanship and of good fellowship among all AACA members. “We feel that by contributing to the growth of our downtown community, we are promoting the mission of sportsmanship and fellowship to the entire community! These 3 organizations are striving to make a difference in Bristol and we wish to recognize that!” said Ben Zandi, President of the Appalachian Region AACA.

“We appreciate all the promotion of our wonderful Historic Downtown for the regional meet. The event was well attended and gave downtown an opportunity to shine!” said Christina Blevins, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol.

For more information about AACA please contact Ben Zandi, bz@thetroutdale.com or visit http://www.aaca.org.