The William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum Meet

The 49th Swigart Museum Meet, Sponsored by the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum and the Allegheny Mountain Region, AACA was held on the weekend of Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, 2018.

For weeks we had been having rain, rain and more rain. The weather forecast for the weekend of August 10 & 11 was, you guessed it, rain. We repeatedly heard, "I would like to bring my car but I don't take it out in the rain".

Friday, August 10 there was no change in the weather. We had sprinkles off and on all day. But, we got things set up anyway. There were scattered folks coming in and registering, some with antiques, some just to offer their sentiments.

Museum Park

Many Makes and Models Represented

Great Basket Raffle and Fun Times

The Ice Cream Social was held with about 30 people coming to enjoy the frozen treat, which was melting due to the hot weather. But the Swigart Meet "Family" was arriving from different parts of the state and greeting everyone as if they had just seen them a week before.

The fellows set up the Allegheny Mountain tent in hopes that Saturday's rain would prevent too much wetness to the items that would be displayed.

Saturday arrived with heavy clouds. The Kars and Koffee group was getting lined up for the morning. The car show cars started to arrive. Then this strange thing came from up above and shown bright and yellow. Yes, the sun. The temperature was pleasant and the party started. We ended with about 40 cars, not nearly what we have had in the past but a great group .

Board members and friends supplied us with some great baskets for the Basket Raffle. There were door prizes given away every half hour. A lot of tourists and locals stopped to see the cars and talk a while. At lunch, John Barley and his team supplied us with hot dogs, hamburgers, bar-b-que and sausages. There is always plenty to eat. The baskets were awarded at 3:00 P.M. with groans from those that really wanted one particular basket and didn't get it.

After a brief time to go and get freshened up, we went to the Standing Stone Golf Club for a delicious Turkey and Ham dinner with all the "fixins".

After dinner Matt Price who is the Executive Director of the Huntingdon County Visitor's Bureau gave us a very interesting slide show and talk on the Old Lake and the building of the New one. Most of us have been on the lake at some time or another but to learn that there are towns under that great area of water was something to marvel.

The People's Choice Award was given at this time and it went to the beautiful red 1955 Ford Thunderbird belonging to John and Susan Rumpf.

Once again we had to say good-bye and a reminder to all to circle the dates for next year's show.

A big Thank you goes out to Marge Cutright and Betty Boozel for another great weekend.

Written By Patricia B. Swigart

A Sunny Day After All

Car Owners Staged Their Beauties Just Right

John and Susan Rumpf 1955 Thunderbird Sport

This Year's People's Choice Award

The 49th Swigart Meet People's Choice went to John and Susan Rumpf for their 1955 Thunderbird.

This first generation Ford Thunderbird is a two-seat convertible produced by Ford for the 1955 to 1957 model years, the first two-seat Ford since 1938.It went on sale October 22, 1954 as a 1955 model, and sold briskly; 3,500 orders were placed in the first 10 days of sales.

While only 10,000 were planned, 16,155 of the 1955 year were sold. It remained the only two-seat convertible Thunderbird until the 11th-generation was unveiled in 2002.

Congratulations John and Susan Rumpf

Watch our video of some of the cars at The Swigart Meet

The Officers, Board of Directors, and staff of The William E. Swigart, Jr. Antique Automobile Museum gratefully acknowledge and thank all persons and organizations which helped to make the 49th Swigart Museum Meet a success. We appreciate your generosity and support.

The Allegheny Mountain Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) was founded on February 2, 1951 by William E. Swigart, Jr.

The 50th Swigart Meet is Saturday August 10, 2019


William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum

12031 William Penn Highway (Physical)
PO Box 214 (Mailing)
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814.643.0885 - Telephone
814.643.2857 - Fax
Business Office 814.643.2024

Daily Hours:

The Museum is open daily, May 26th through October 31st.
    Sunday: 10:00a until 5:00p
    Monday: 10:00a until 5:00p
    Tuesday: 10:00a until 5:00p
    Wednesday: 10:00a until 5:00p
    Thursday: 10:00a until 5:00p
    Friday: 10:00a until 5:00p
    Saturday: 9:00a until 5:00p
    * Weekends only after Oct. 14th

The 2019 Swigart Meet will be held August 10th, 2019

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