2018 NCPC Meet: Grantville, Pennsylvania

The 40th Annual NCPC National Meet was held July 19th – 21st at the Holiday Inn of Grantville, PA. Host Bill Minsker organized a wonderful Meet, complete with driving tours to many points of interest in the Hershey – Harrisburg area.

On Thursday morning, our caravan departed the Holiday Inn Harrisburg – Hershey to visit a private automobile collection owned by NCPC friend, Hank Hallowell.

Our next stop was the AACA Museum. In addition to viewing the current exhibits, Hank Hallowell, who happens to be the President of the AACA Museum Board of Directors, enabled us to have a “behind the scenes” guided- tour of vehicle storage, preparation and repair areas which aren’t typically open to the general public.

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NCPC member Bob Shultz, who is also very active at the AACA Museum and has donated the Atlantic gas station exhibit, served as tour-guide for one of our groups.

After lunch, Keith and Mike Miller invited us to visit their fascinating vehicle, antique and memorabilia collection. Those of us belonging to the Independence Region quickly spied the promotional license plate from I.M. Jarrett & Son, where popular “all Mopar shows” were held jointly by NCPC & the Plymouth Owners Club and by the Independence Region until 2010.

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Yes, there were plenty of Mopars in the collection, but they were far from the only items to catch my eye!

Time to head back to the Holiday Inn, freshen up a bit, grab dinner at Brothers Restaurant in Dillsburg and make it to “Throwback Thursday” at Haar’s Drive-In Movie where American Grafiti was playing on the big screen.

We were back on the road again by 8:45 AM Friday morning. Our first stop was at Librandi’s Plating in nearby Middletown, PA.

Owner Todd Librandi started our tour by leading a very informative discussion of the chrome plating process. He and his staff then took us for a tour of the areas where the inspection, plating and polishing was performed.

Other stops on our Friday driving tour included Indian Echo Cavern, The National Civil War Museum and The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum.

Our busy Friday schedule concluded with the general business meeting, an ice cream social and the fun auction.

So far, Mother Nature cooperated with us and provided some really nice weather. That was about to change on Saturday, however, as a storm started to move into the Hershey-Harrisburg area. While total attendance was much lower than expected, we were fortunate to have roughly 60 cars on the show field before the rain arrived, forcing us to end the show early.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, members and participants, NCPC was able to make a donation of approximately $760 to Caitlin’s Smiles.

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