History of the AACA
Deep East Texas Region
The roots of the Deep East Texas Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America really began in the latter part of 1973 when the Nacogdoches Antique Automobile Club was formed with Gary Wallace as the first president. The club was active until 1988 when its members ceased to meet.
In May of 1994 the original members of the NAAC resurrected the old club with the election of Dr. Wendall Spreadbury as president. In 1997 the club members decided to affiliate with a national collector car club, the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Filing of the petition for an AACA Charter required a set of bylaws, a list of officers, and at least fifteen signatures of individuals who were members of the AACA. Our application was approved in October 1997.
The geographic region that the DETR encompasses is bordered on the north by Interstate Highway 20, on the east by the state of Louisiana, on the south by the city of Livingston, TX, and on the west by the cities of Palestine and Crockett, TX. The objectives of the club are to preserve and restore antique automobiles, to serve as an accurate source of historical and technical information, and to plan events of historic and educational value to antique car owners.
On September 4, 1997, at a joint meeting of the NAAC and the DETR, the clubs were merged into the DETR by unanimous vote. The first official meeting of the new DETR was held at the Spreadbury home in October. The first DETR newsletter, The Dashboard, was published in December of 1997 with Bernard Livingston as editor.