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Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

OK Durantonians. Several members would like to see us have a space at Hershey each year to "get the work out" and try to recruit new members. As many of you early members know the club was re-organized and first met there in 1998 after the passing of Jeff Gillis the previous club's Administrator. Many have suggested that we're missing out on new blood by not having a space there with at least a table, sun tent and our banner and some brochures. Usually these Hershey spaces are very very hard to get and are on a first come first serve basis, but are usually taken year after year by returning people who have had spaces for decades.
I've been told who to contact and have even possible been offered a space if we can't secure one there. NOW THE BIG QUESTION! If we can secure a space do I have any members either in the area or out that come to Hershey that would be willing to man the booth for a couple of hours a day. Of course the more volunteers, the less time. It would not have to be manned after hours but it would be good to have a club member there to answer questions. I would be willing to attend and take my turn, but do not want to man it everyday all 8 hours. Let me know your thoughts on this and if anyone is willing to help out. If you have never attended a Hershey event you don't know what your missing. I understand that the flea market spaces along are in the thousands and there are a multitude of events that you can go to. If you are in the car hobby it IS the place to be in October. Do you think we need a presense there and if so, who is willing to help out a bit?

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

A DMAC space or at least a shared one at the fall Hershey meet is long over due. A shared space would be every bit as good or maybe even better if there is another group we could share with. Most car marques have a space there and it's a great way to wave the flag. People do stop by for info as well as leave info on a special car or part they want to get rid of. Equally important, the space is a place for fellow members to meet and or stop in for a while and rest. If we get there this fall which we hope to do, we would help out with time and energy.

Where Are You From? Oro, Ontario, Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? yes

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

I hope this good idea will also apply for BArrie in september (I will be there in same time that national meet)

Where Are You From? Montreal Quebec

Do You own a car built by Durant? star 1926 coupe

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Mike:
About 10 or 15 years ago, Yates Milton and a friend of his had a booth at Hershey and they also had signs up mentioning the DMAC. That was the last time I was at Hershey. Too many other things going on in my life at that time of year. It would be a great idea if we can get it off the ground.
Yates could have some suggestions for us.

Gord

Where Are You From? Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 Frontenac built by Dominion Motors, Leaside

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Hi Gordon, I'm working on it as we speak. Will put in for a space to see if I can get one, I've also had a local restoration company there in Pennsylvania offer us a space if we can't get one. His company reserves 10 spaces and said he probably will be able to let us use one. Don't know where it is but has been going for over 30 years so probably has gotten a good spot by now. Also have had three possible volunteers to help out there, BUT I need some more so if you know of anybody that is going or will be in the area let me know. They don't have to come for the whole show or stay at the booth the whole day, we'll work out a schedule or have people give the volunteers a break. Hopefully I'll get some more volunteers and get the space. It's a great place to let the world know the DMAC is out there. Also many other fine car clubs always have a presence there.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

I think it is a great idea to pursue a space for the Hershey Swap Meet this fall! I will be able to help out for some of time there as I live in relatively close driving distance. It will be a great opportunity to have some interaction with club members and those interested in becoming members.

Where Are You From? Hyattsville Md

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

In 2012 I went to Hershey to find parts for my car, on the catalog of 9000 vendors there was only one Durant stand held by John Baraldi (menber of the club) why not to try to reunite to make a unique place.

Where Are You From? Montreal Quebec

Do You own a car built by Durant? star 1926 coupe

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Hi Henri;
I'm working on it. I've already made my hotel reservations and have 5 volunteers including myself for this. I'll send in the form when I get it next month and see if we can get one. If I register this way we will be listed in the catalog I think. If I can't get a space and we have to be lent one then we won't make the catalog but will still have a presence there. We'll see how it goes in the next couple months if we can pull this off.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Hi All,
Glad you remembered Gord...Thanks..
John Baraldi let the DMAC share a space he had acquired in the Chocolate Field.
This was in 1999. It started raining not too many hours after we set up. John who was on the first Board of Directors is, like myself in his 80's and a life member.
I really think the DMAC would benefit by having space or two where we could allow the club to be recognized and also allow possible sale of parts.
Really wished our Annual Meet was in the Spring and also a meet at Hershey in the Fall.
I am working on trying to get to Hershey this year but with my health you never know.
Doris, myself and our children(now in their 50's) started going to Hershey in the early 1960's. My how time flies.....
If I can make it to Hershey, count on me for at least 4 hours per day. I truly love the atmosphere..

Let's get it going.............

Yates

Where Are You From? Newport NC

Do You own a car built by Durant? 24 Flint

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

I received the request for Flea Market spaces today in the mail and will send it back out tomorrow to the AACA. I put in for two spaces, hopefully we will get them in a good spot, but wherever it is, we will make do. We still need members to volunteer to man the table/booth for some time periods. So if you think you will be at Hershey this year come by the booth and hang out for an hour or so to relieve those that are working there. (They might want to get out and shop some too) As soon as I hear we have the spaces for sure I will let everyone know.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

I will be in Hershey at the show and will be able to help out at the booth. I know someone who has three spots. He may be willing to let one go to us. I will ask him and let you know.

Where Are You From? Staten Island NY

Do You own a car built by Durant? ( 3 ) 1923 Star Touring cars

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Hello Mike. Some thoughts about fall Hershey. If a spot could be secured I would be willing to bring my small vintage airstream to set up as a base of operations. also, if we could arrange an additional driver and tow vehicle ( i can supply a car trailer) I would be willing to bring my 31 roadster as a display vehicle. I think its a great idea to shine a new light on the Durant brand. Kenn

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Thanks so much Ken for the offer and we will see what we can do. I sent of the request for two spaces somewhere on the fields and will see if they give me the spaces. Two should be enough to have a table & chairs and have a car displayed. That would be great to show and would get people to stop. You'd have to put a NOT FOR SALE sign though . If I can't get the two spaces someone has offered to let us have one of their spaces that they usually get, but it would be just one space and probably not enough room for everything. Sometime in the next month or two they will send me a confirmation and package about the spaces. I'll keep everyone posted.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

I was gone over the weekend, but when I got back this morning the Hershey Registration forms were int he mail. Looks like the DMAC is going to Hershey this fall! I will register for two spaces there. Not sure where they will put us, but anyplace is a good start. More to follow as time gets close.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

An update on the DMAC having a presence at Hershey this year. I have sent a check for two spaces as I spoke about above. Sometime this month I should get the package in with what spaces and where we have it. I have some members who have volunteered to help out at our space and one member who volunteered to bring a car for display, and that's a great idea. I've designed and will have printed a tri-fold brochure about our club with a membership application inside and will bring some of the old Partners for us to hand out to good prospective members. Now I need to locate if possible a pop up ten, table and make sure we have some chairs there. The pop up tent we need is the type that people use at car shows, flea markets and art/craft shows. One brand I know is EZ up I believe. Anyone in the area have one we could borrow for that weekend. also a good size portable table, maybe a fold up would be good. I also will need our club Banner that someone has. Please let me know who and were it is. Maybe Don A. do you have it for September?

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Mike:
I have the banner for the Canadian group. I believe that there were five printed and we were given one to save the customs etc that would be involved in sending the banner back and forth across the border through customs.
I was given to understand that each chapter or region was given one so that they could use it for events. Perhaps Frank can shed some light on this.
I will have our banner at Orillia for Don.

Gord

Where Are You From? Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 Frontenac built by Dominion Motors, Leaside

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Mike....

I made a banner for each chapter. I have the East Coast one. I will get it to you before Hershey......

Frank ---

Where Are You From? hookstown pa

Do You own a car built by Durant? Sraes Durants DeVauz

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

I received the confirmation package from the AACA Hershey Region today confirming the DMAC will have two spaces in the Chocolate field which appears to be in a good spot. These spaces will be CE 44 & 45.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Now that we have the spaces at Hershey confirmed, I need members who will be attending or can attend to help man the area. I will have a tent, chairs, table and cooler with water there, Brochures and old issues of the Partner will be available to give out to prospective members. We will not be able to sell any of our club merchandise this time due to sales tax rules. I need other members, some of you who have already volunteered to help me out make plans and help me out. I don't want to be the only one there Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 to 5:00. So if you haven't made your plans, then please do, even if you can give me a couple of hours during your shopping and parts hunting would be appreciated. Hopefully we'll get some new members out of it. See you at Hershey in the Chocolate Field South!

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

mike will be at Hershey for 3 days will stop in to help TOM & KAREN

Where Are You From? pa

Do You own a car built by Durant? yes

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Thank you so much Tom & Karen. It will be great to see you. I posted the spots we'll be at and I will be setting up on Tuesday and be there through Saturday afternoon. All Durantonians and prospective Durantonians are welcome to come by and see us. Hopefully we'll get some new members out of it!

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Mike:
I plan to be at the Hershey swap meet for a full day but am not sure which day yet. I will stop by early on that day and see when a good time would be to help out at the booth. Do you have plans for sign up sheets to man the booth on these days? Let us know.

Where Are You From? Hyattsville Md

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Hi Steve;
I don't really have any sign up sheets, but so far I have Tom & Karen, Gary , Don & Birgit, Ed, and others. So any time would be helpful, even for an hour just to give me a break for awhile. Of course any and all members who are at Hershey are welcome to take a load off, get some water or soft drinks and hang out for awhile. When we get closer, I'll let everyone know my cell phone number so they can reach me there. I'll set up on Tuesday and be there from Wednesday through Saturday. See you all there!

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Leaving early in the morning for Hershey and the DMAC booth there and will be there for the rest of the week. Remember anyone visiting Hershey, please stop by. We'll have a seat and water/soft drinks waiting. Remember, South Chocolate section CE 44 & 45. Look for the big red tent. See you all there.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

Hi Mike: enjoyed Hershey hope all was well at your house when you got home.

Where Are You From? Pa

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Hershey Fall Meet and the DMAC

A big thank you goes out to President Mike for planning, organizing and getting the ball rolling on the DMAC space at Hershey last week. A lot of work, a flight in and out, hotel, meals etc. etc for nearly a week and that really adds up these days. And to top it off, Mike came to the meet with the uncertainty of a looming hurricane Matthew bearing down around his home!

Thanks goes out to Gary Kauffman too for helping Mike with the set up and take down of the tent, chauffeuring, and to both of them for being on hand there pretty well constantly every day throughout the week.

I think it's good to wave the flag as a marque, have a spot where members can drop in and relax and chat and also to promote DMAC to others. The weather this year was just outstanding and made for a most enjoyable meet.

I hope the group sees the merit in making this an annual event. Thanks Mike for taking the lead on this to get it off the ground and Gary for all your help too.

Where Are You From? Oro, Ontario, Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1925 Star F Touring

 

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