It’s been over ten years since I first joined the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), even though I have been attending the club’s Hershey events since the late 1970s.
In my opinion, the club sometimes gets undeserved criticism for being set in its ways, an organization whose membership is only focused on perfect show cars. As evidence to the contrary, I cite the introduction of the HPOF (Historical Preservation of Original Features) award, which recognizes vehicles which are in essentially original unrestored condition. Another recent addition was the creation of the Driver’s Participation Class (DPC), which has brought many previously-excluded vehicles onto the showfields. And to battle the image of “old guys and their old cars”, great strides have been made to get our youth into the club and involved in this hobby.
Along these lines, I accidentally stumbled across something called the Mileage Award Program (MAP) on the AACA website. Seemingly started in 2012, its purpose is to reward those who actually drive their antiques. I had not heard of it before discovering it online about a year ago.
I sent in my application, and received an emblem and a mileage-tracking form. Once I pulled my Alfa Romeo out of the AACA Museum earlier this year, I noted the odometer reading, and began driving the car. The year 2017 saw plenty of use for the Alfa, the highlight of which was the almost-900 mile round trip to Montreal for the AROC (Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club) annual convention.
As I was putting the car away for the winter in mid-November, I recorded that the car had been driven just over 2,000 miles. I noted that fact on the MAP form, and mailed it in. Several weeks later, my “2” pin arrived, and today, I fastened it to the MAP plaque above the front license plate.
The MAP recognition awards are given out at 2,000 and 5,000 mile intervals. (It is not clear to me if the mileage segments are cumulative or not; in other words, when I drive another 3,000 miles, am I then eligible for my 5,000-mile pin? Or must I now drive an additional 5,000 miles? I need to reach out to the club and ask.)
If you’re an AACA member (and if you’re not, please consider joining this wonderful club; old-car ownership is NOT required!), check out this relatively new feature. If you regularly drive your AACA-eligible car, it’s a great badge of honor, as well as a conversation starter if your car has the Mileage Award Program recognition on it.
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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK
In 2012, the AACA published its first-ever “Membership Album and Roster”. The hardcover book is in two sections: the bulk of the book contains color photos of hundreds of members’ cars. The final third is a phone directory-like alphabetical list of every AACA member. The book runs 919 pages.
6 thoughts on “The AACA Mileage Award Program (MAP)”
A great way to recognize vintage car owners who treat them like….. cars. And a nice little piece of jewelry for the Alfa. However, I am concerned that the installation of the mileage plaque has apparently resulted in the slots for your license plates screws being misaligned! Perhaps an item to add to your winter to-do list?
Hi Bob, looks like 30 lashes with a wet noodle for me! Those slotted screws, by the way, are STAINLESS STEEL screws, courtesy of former owner-engineer Pete, for whom nothing was too good for his Alfa.
To be serious, I do hope to see more AACA members embrace the MAP, if only so it encourages them to, as you so aptly put it “treat their cars like …. CARS”.
I have a MAP award and a DPC award and have been trying to figure out a way to mount them. I bought the brass holder from AACA to hold the DPC award but can’t find any hardware small enough to attach it. It seems you have overcome these obstacles and I would appreciate it if you could share what hardware I need in order to emulate your set up. Thank you.
First, thanks for reading my blog. Regarding the AACA badges, the HPOF badge is riveted to the brass holder. I have an inexpensive pop rivet gun, and the rivets are available in any hardware store, in different lengths to accommodate various thicknesses. Both the HPOF holder and the MAP holder are held in place with the same stainless steel screws which hold the front license plate. Those screws were on the car when I bought it, but I don’t think there’s anything special about the size, probably #8 or #10 screws and nuts, again, standard hardware store items.
I hope this answers your questions! Thanks again, Richard
Thanks for the response; it’s greatly appreciated. I did not think of a rivet gun. Good idea!
[…] As you may know from reading this blog, I’m not shy about putting several thousand miles a year on… and if the paint gets a little worn or slightly chipped from my enjoyable time behind the wheel, so be it. But I would never consider repainting the car. Likewise, should a major engine component fail, I’ll repair it as necessary, but I’m not going to seek out a larger engine from another Alfa. I’m continually striving to maintain that balance whereby I get to enjoy the car while only fixing what needs fixing. […]