Sunshine Region AACA History


In the 70s, an advertisement was placed in the Sarasota Herald Tribune for

anyone who would be interested in starting an antique car club. No one at the 

first meeting can remember when it took place but it was in the home of Duaine and Joyce Fethers.


On September 15, 1973, at 10 am, a meeting was held to start a new chapter of the AACA. As recorded in the first set of minutes, the temporary officers elected were:    

 

  •    President: Duaine Fethers      

  •    Vice-President: Dwight Winkler      

  •    Secretary & Treasurer: Joyce Fethers

  •    Directors:  Gary Fether, Robert Palmer, Bill Storms 


On the application for the SUNSHINE CHAPTER, dated October 4, 1973, the sponsor was the Royal Palm Region of Port Charlotte, Florida.  


The Cars of Yesteryear Museum on US 41 in Sarasota, Florida was stated to be the headquarters.  The names for the chapter were offered: Sunshine Chapter, Saramana Chapter, Tri State Chapter.


The application for the SUNSHINE REGION was dated January 25, 1975. It is interesting to note that the first regular meeting at the bank on Stickney Point Road was on October 11, 1974. On this application it was simply listed that the headquarters was located in Sarasota, Florida. The charter for the SUNSHINE REGION of the AACA was dated February 28, 1975.


The following members were listed on the application:            

  • Duaine Fethers

  • Joyce Fethers                      

  • Robert Palmer                      

  • Florian Mack          

  • Floyd Fowler                      

  • Evelyn Fowler                      

  • I. A. Hodgdon                        

  • Lester Hartlieb                                                          

  • Carleton Smith                    

  • Walter Belham 

  • John Horton


(Gordon Langeneger, our historian, gathered this information for our club members)