1950 - 2020
GENESEE VALLEY ANTIQUE CAR SOCIETY -- A SHORT HISTORY --
October 1, 1950 was a date that marked an end and a beginning. It was the end of just a casual interest on the part of isolated individuals and the start of a concerted group of hobbyists dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of antique cars. Warren Perrins, an avid enthusiast of many years, and Founding Member, convened the first meeting of the "Genesee Valley Antique Car Society." There were 20 founding members. In 1958 the Genesee Valley Antique Car Society, Inc. (GVACS) affiliated with the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). Today we are one of 400 Regions and Chapters chartered by AACA.
The GVACS emblem was designed by Fred German, Founding Member and Dean Reynolds, Charter Member.
The Brass Lamp, our Region's monthly newsletter, has been in circulation since 1951. It has been recognized several times by AACA as a quality publication.
GVACS is a very active AACA Region. There are indoor meetings and dinners during the winter months. In the summer months we love to drive and show our cars. We are often invited to display our cars at adult residences, local schools and agencies in the area. We hold member-organized tours, picnics, visits to museums, wineries, and other venues. Members also participate in local parades and cruise-ins.
GVACS has hosted two AACA Glidden Tours, an AACA Divisional Founders Tour, two AACA National Spring Meets and a Grand National Meet. In 2018, the Wayne Drumlins Region (AACA), GVACS, and the Rochester Region of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) co-hosted the AACA Reliability Tour.
GVACS members have received national awards for their vehicles shown competitively in AACA meets as well as special AACA awards. They have been invited to display their vehicles in museums, participate in Concours d'Elegance shows and have held AACA offices including AACA President.
Members of the Genesee Valley Antique Car Society are proud of their accommplishments in perpetuating this great hobby that brought us together in the first place. As we travel into the future, we look forward to continuing our efforts through the restoration, preservation and most importantly, the enjoyment of antique vehicles.