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Club History

In 1973 a small group of antique car enthusiasts got together and organized a car club in Paris. The original group of eight consisted of four couples, including the club's first president, David Schleppi and his wife, John & Bonnie Powers, Steve & Kay Gray, and Dr. & Mrs. James Clifford. The Grays are the only original members left in the Club. The group called itself the Red River Valley Honkers and was organized as a chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

The  AACA is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The AACA (www.aaca.org ) is the country's oldest and largest automotive historical society. Founded in Philadelphia in 1935, its membership has grown to over 70,000 members from all parts of the country. Automobiles that are 25 years or older qualify as an antique/classic car.

The local club converted to an AACA Region in the 90's, hosting a national AACA meet in Paris in 1998.

Like today's members, these first Honkers enjoyed getting together to talk about cars, share restoration tips, and
just drive.

In the beginning, the club met in the members homes, but over the years the meeting places have changed many times to accommodate the club's growth, meeting at various community rooms and restaurants over the club's years of existence.

Today there are 62 Honkers meeting at the First Christian Church fellowship hall the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.

In most gatherings you will see the guys under someone's hood while the ladies enjoy the social time with their peers.

The Red River Valley Honkers Car Club is one of those groups dedicated to preserving old cars for their enjoyment as well as the public's.

Most appreciate and remember that America's love affair with the automobile dates back to the early part of the last century, the time when life was simpler and so were the cars.

Most of the early day cars did not have the luxuries we now take for granted such as power steering and brakes, air conditioning, high powered sound systems and gps navigation systems.

Many strive to keep the cars as original as possible but will add the necessary safety equipment and colorful paint jobs.

Most of these classic cars were very distinctive and could be recognized as they cruised by, unlike cars of today.


Mission Statement

Red River Valley Honkers Region of the

Antique Automobile Club of America

The purpose of the Red River Valley Honkers Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America is to further interest in the preservation of antique and classic motor vehicles and their history, to offer activities that provides service and support to the community and its needs, and to support the mutual interests of our club members and supplement the activities of the Antique Automobile Club of America.


 
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