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AACA Eastern Fall Nationals - Fletch's USA Road Trip - Part 3: Classic Restos - Series 42

By Shannons - Published on 06 December 2019

Fletch returns to Hershey Pennsylvania for the AACA Eastern Fall Nationals. 

The event originated in 1955 and is held in October each year on the parking lots of Hershey Park and the Giant Centre. 

Hershey is considered one of the largest antique automobile shows and swap meet markets in the USA. There are 1,500 show cars on the field, attracting visitors from all over the USA and the world. Some of the most unusual cars and parts can be found at Hershey.

If you love antique cars, Hershey is the place to be. 

Fletch starts the episode with a show stopper. Take a step back in time with Paul's yellow 1928 Packard 443. Initially purchased in California, the car then moved around the country, before Paul discovered it in 2016. The unique car has mainly been left as found, complete with rust, but was resurrected to run and drive. The caravan Paul has on the back of the Packard is jaw-dropping, a 1930 Curtiss Aero Camper, created by aviator Glenn Curtiss. The classic car and van configuration is deemed the only one in the world, and this was the first time it has been filmed.

Moving through the paddock, Fletch comes across a car you don't see every day, a 1969 Road Runner, matching numbers, original 426 Hemi, restored to Concours condition. The car features incredible horsepower for its time. Owner Rod describes the hemispherical head valve covers as 'magic'.

Next up is Linda with her flawless 1956 Dodge Custom Royal. Restored by her husband, the car features all the extras including electric windows and seats and power steering. The mid-'50s was fascinating for Mopar, with some outlandish rocket inspired cars. 

It's time for some grandeur as Fletch chats to George about his 1933 Packard. These cars were the choice of royalty. Prior to the depression, they had 98% of the world's luxury car market. The car in 1933 was twice the cost of the average new home. There were only 90 built, and there are only approximately seven left in the world. George took four years to complete the restoration. 

Finally, Fletch features Patrick and his uncles Franklin. They discuss the unique air-cooling technology the car features.