Antique Automobile Club of America Plans Show of Classics

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), Vanderbilt Cup Region, will present its annual show of classic cars on Sunday, August 20, from 11:00 to 4:00, on the Great Lawn of the Vanderbilt Mansion. The mansion is located on the Eagle’s Nest estate of William K. Vanderbilt II, the home of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

1954 Packard Caribbean
Photo by Wayne Hedlund

The AACA will display dozens of classics, and owners of any car at least 25 years old are welcome to register their vehicle for the show. For information or to register a car, call 631-423-6526.

Visitors need only to pay general museum admission at the door: $7 adults, $6 seniors (62 years and older) and students with ID, $3 children 12 and under. There is no additional charge to attend the car show. The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y.

(Note: General admission includes estate-grounds access to the Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Habitat Room, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a Mansion tour or a Planetarium show, add $6 per ticket. For Living History tour, add $8 per person.)

The Vanderbilt Museum has honored Mr. Vanderbilt’s automotive legacy by hosting classic-car shows on its grounds for more than three decades.

Mr. Vanderbilt, a pioneer race driver who competed in Europe, brought auto racing to the United States. He inaugurated the famous Vanderbilt Cup Races in 1904. That same year, he set a new land-speed record of 92.3 miles per hour in a Mercedes at a course in Florida. He also spurred the development of the American auto industry and built the prototype for the first toll road, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway on Long Island.

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