The countdown begins! Set your sights on York, Pennsylvania, and the greatest gathering of Fairlanes, Torinos, Talladegas, Cyclones, Rancheros, XLs, GTs, and more, which will happen at the Wyndham Gardens York, 2000 Loucks Rd, York PA 17408, on July 7-8, 2017!
Seeing all the cars is grand, but here’s a little secret, it’s the people who come along with them that make attending our annual National Meet the very best. We are Fairlane Friendly, and many of the fun gatherings occur naturally over the days of our show as folks share a meal, memories, or enthusiasm for the projects they’ve just completed on their cars. We come in early, Wednesday or Thursday, to renew or make new acquaintances, participate in Friday events and meetings, and turn out bright and early on Saturday morning for the best show and shine of the year. We finish with a fun evening of awards and celebration at 7 pm on Saturday, and round out the event with fellowship on the showfield, with cars shining under the stars. What could be better? Having you there with your family, and car too, or even without if your project hasn’t been completed yet. Come and be inspired! Come and make friends, learn, share, enjoy. We are the Fairlane Club of America, come shine with us!
What you need to know for now:
We welcome all club cars, from roadworthy project to concours restoration, and all variations between. We appreciate drivers, modifieds, original unrestoreds, those restored to stock, race configured, you name it, and our members have them. To display your car you must be a Fairlane Club of America member, and we always welcome new members. Members are welcome to bring families or other guests. All club members register (whether bringing a car or not) and may fully participate and vote. Guests do not register or vote, but may accompany members to events.
Pre-register with the form provided in Fairlaner magazine (this helps our planning and provides you with a small discount toward your show shirt). These must reach the club office by June 20. Or, you may register onsite on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, or Saturday morning before 11 am.
Hotel Reservations may be made by calling 717-846-9500 or by using this link: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/pennsylvania/york/wyndham-garden-york/rooms-rates?&group_code=07036995FA&checkin_date=07/03/17&checkout_date=07/10/17.
Our special Fairlane Club rate is available to you from July 2-11 at $109+tax per night, 1-4 persons, King with sofa bed or 2 Queen beds. Our rate includes a continental breakfast each morning. Make your reservation soon before availability disappears, and for sure before June 5.
If the hotel reports being full, you may ask them to be put on their waiting list for a room. Meanwhile here are two of the closest hotels that have been recommended to us (0.9 miles) (we do not have a room block at either of these):
La Quinta 1405 Kenneth Rd, York, PA 17408 $115-$120 1-717-767-2400. (Newer of the two).
Best Western 1415 Kenneth Rd, York, PA 17408 (717) 767-6931 $110
Thursday: Setup begins at 9 am through 11 am in the Royalty Rooms. Show up and we’ll put you to work.
Friday events and Meetings: Royalty rooms open at 9 am.
Judges’ Meeting – 9:30 am First Capital room. For all interested in learning about or participating in judging, including those with cars in the Judged classes.
Mini-Meets Meeting – 10:15 am First Capital room. For all members interested in Mini-Meets, including current and potential hosts, and participants.
Line up (Noon) for caravan to cruise to Latimore Valley Fairgrounds and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) for Ford Fairlane Day (1-7 pm) Details in the Nov/Dec 2016 Fairlaner and on our website under July Events. Caravan departs approximately 12:20 pm.
Saturday Show Day includes: Showfield activity beginning at 8 am.
Judging of the Judged Classes, Unrestored Original, Concours, Youngblood, and Diamond in the Rough.
Royalty rooms open 8 am – Registration, Club Store, Raffles, Grocery Guess, Displays, Model Cars, Door Prizes, Local info, etc.
Model Car Contest – Register your model between 9-11 am, judging follows. Awards at 7 pm.
Photographs taken of show cars in the morning. For the best picture of your car, please close hood for photographer.
Swap space for FCA-car-related parts.
Voting commences for Participant Voted classes at 11 am and concludes at 2:30 pm. First votes counted beginning 1:30 pm.
Lunch Concession at the Showfield 11 am-1:30 pm (times approx.) Tables under the big tent.
Kids’ Hot Wheels Mini-Drags (Kids 12 and under, bring your favorite, fastest Hot Wheels car, or borrow a ‘loaner’) 3 pm, Ballroom of the Roses. (Each child must be accompanied by an adult.)
Awards Presentation program begins at 7 pm in the Ballroom of the Roses. Guest speakers, Media presentation, Awards, Door Prize and Raffle winners announced. Fun for all! (Helping hands to pack up at the close of the program will not be refused!)
Sunday morning opportunity for Christian Fellowship 7 am Royalty rooms, and farewells til next year in the parking lot.
Volunteers! The best way to get to know other club members is to serve in some capacity, and opportunities abound. Join the Club Store cadre selling show shirts, hats, polos, and all manner of club goodies. Or join the Registration team, welcoming and assisting members as they pick up their event info. Set-up and Breakdown teams, Plaque setters, Parking lot chalkers, Assistants to the Parking Czar, or to the Door Prize team. How about helpers for the Kids’ Mini-Drags or the Model Car table? Candid shot photographers, and Photog Assistant, Judges, Go-fers, Water carriers, we need YOU! So pitch in before you have a seat in the shade to enjoy the Fairlane parade. Many hands make quick work so all have time to enjoy the show. It’s your club, and this is how you can help it continue to get better each year. See info in the Jan/Feb Fairlaner magazine to sign up to volunteer.
FCA National Meet, July 7-8, 2017, York, Pennsylvania (An FCA Member Event, and we always welcome new members!)
Friday, July 7, Activities
Judges’ meeting for those who have judged in the past or would like to do so in the future, and for those with cars entered in the Concours or Original classes.
Mini-Meets meeting for all who host or are considering hosting an FCA Mini-Meet in the future. This is a great time for an exchange of information between hosts, to learn about setting up an FCA Mini-Meet, or to meet up with your favorite Mini-Meet host and offer your assistance to aid an existing show.
Both of these meetings offer members opportunities to become more involved in the Members Helping Members mission of our club.
Noon: (time approximate). Line up for caravan cruise to Latimore Valley Fairgrounds and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) for Ford Fairlane Day (1-7 pm). There will be an area for our Club cars to park together inside the 1/2 mile dirt track (restored to its 1930’s appearance), during this part of the York US30 Heritage Days celebration of drag racing history. Special interest drag racing vehicles displayed; there’s also an area with picnic tables, restrooms, and some vendors.
Organizers of this event along with Al Joniec, Ford 428 Cobra Jet driver and winner of the 1968 NHRA Winternationals, will award Best of Class awards in several FCA car classes at 4 pm.
EMMR is a museum housing 24,000 square feet of motor racing cars, artifacts, memorabilia, video displays, a race-themed gift shop, plus an extensive library, located on the same property as the track/show field (free shuttle service between the track and the museum provided). For further info about the EMMR and York US30 Heritage Days check out http://www.yorknostalgia.com/index_enter.html.
Latimore Valley Fairgrounds is approximately 18 miles from our hotel. We expect most will enjoy cruising in their Fairlanes, Torinos, and Merc cousins as we caravan over, but for those who will need to trailer their cars, onsite trailer parking is available at the track.
Saturday, July 8, FCA National Car Show!
8 – 4 pm. A full day of fun, FCA fellowship, and enjoyment with lots of car show and trailer parking and a lunch concession all right at our host hotel. Our evening Awards program will begin at 7 pm. More info on our Saturday schedule next time.
Make those reservations!
Reserve at Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Rd, York, PA 17404, by requesting the Fairlane Club of America rate of $109 per night, for 1-4 persons, two Queen beds or King and sofa bed (includes a Continental breakfast buffet for each person in your room). Recently fully renovated (including the addition of an elevator), the Wyndham Garden is ready for your call at 717-846-9500. Or, use the e-booking tool to reserve online. http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/pennsylvania/york/wyndham-garden-york/rooms-rates?&group_code=07036995FA&checkin_date=07/03/17&checkout_date=07/10/17.
Our special rate is available between 7/2 - 7/11/2017. Reserve before June 5, 2017.
Lots to do in this beautiful area of the country; for more info check out Explore York at http://www.yorkpa.org/. Bring the family and we’ll look forward to seeing you in York!
FCA National Meet 2017!
Make Your Plans!
We’re going to York, Pennsylvania, in 2017! Our show dates are set for July 7-8. We’ll be at the same physical location, 2000 Loucks Rd, York, PA 17404, that we’ve been to before, but the hotel is now the Wyndham Garden York. Fully renovated (including the addition of an elevator), the Wyndham Garden is ready for your call. Our FCA special room rate is $109 per night, 1-4 persons, two Queen beds or King and sofa bed, and includes a Continental breakfast buffet for each person in your room.
Reservations may be made now by calling 717-846-9500 and requesting the Fairlane Club of America rate. Our special rate is available between 7/2 - 7/11/2017. Reserve as soon as possible to secure your room type; reservations must be made before June 5, 2017. To reserve online, use the e-booking tool: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/pennsylvania/york/wyndham-garden-york/rooms-rates?&group_code=07036995FA&checkin_date=07/03/17&checkout_date=07/10/17.
Saturday, 8 am til 4 pm, is show day right at the hotel with awards at 7 pm that evening. Plus, we’ll have a new trip for Friday, July 7, to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. More info will follow as it becomes available. For Pre-Registration information, see the January-February 2017 edition of Fairlaner magazine.
This is a FCA Member event. You must be a current member of the Fairlane Club of America to enter, and we always welcome New Members! Members, your spouse or other non-participating guests are welcome to join you without charge. Note: Only the club member registers and is able to vote. Your family is invited to attend with you. Additional happenings: Kid’s Mini-Drags, Ladies Choice voting, Lunch Concession on the Showfield (Saturday only), National Grocery and Penny Guesses, and Raffles.
You’ll want to include some time for pre-show day activities in your planning if possible. This beautiful area of the country offers much to see and do, from abundant Factory Tours (including Harley-Davidson, and various potato chip, pretzel, and chocolate J factories) to historic sites (the Gettysburg Battlefield is only 45 minutes from our showfield). Find more info at Explore York: http://www.yorkpa.org/.
Grab your calendar and save the dates for renewing old friendships and making new ones around our Fairlanes and Torinos, Cyclones and Montegos at our 2017 National Meet in York, Pennsylvania!