Retro Cars

American Car Show (AACI)


I heard about AACI (American Auto Club International) car show in June that was happening at a local venue here in Northampton, Billing Aquadrome.

With the economy struggling and the constantly rising price of fuel, American V8’s are a rare sight over here so I thought  I’d swing by and take a look, although the weather wasn’t looking all that great.

The show had a good mix or cars and a selection of trade stands, on site Radio AACI, free entertainment in the Marquee and Bar, camping was available and Sunday was show and shine.

Unfortunately the rain started mid afternoon so we left early but it was a good day with some great cars.

The turnout was good despite the weather with a range of old and new cars.

Corvettes had their own paddock which housed a selection of ‘vettes from across the years. I was surprised how small the C1 & C2 Corvettes are.

Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams were out in force and were strengthened by the trans Am club.

I’ve always been a huge fan of the second generation ‘70’s Trans Am from the first time I saw the film Smokey and the Bandit.

There were several Chevy’s including a matte black ’55 which made me think of the film Two Lane Blacktop (great film if you haven’t seen it) and a stunning orange ’57.

Someone must have had some kind of meltdown when they came up with the concept for that crazy lifted Hummer with the biggest wheels I’ve seen on a road car.

For me, the star(s) of the show were the orange General Lee Chargers. I grew up on a diet of Dukes of Hazzard and just love the car. One of these was complete with a crate of moonshine which I can assure you was real!

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