66th ANNUAL TEXAS TOUR
A Sunday Drive (Theme)
May 16-19, 2019
Headquarters Hotel: YO Ranch Resort Hotel (Newly remodeled)
The Host Hotel is located at
2033 Sidney Baker St, Kerrville, TX 78028
( just two blocks south off Interstate 10 exit 508.)
Make reservations while rooms are still available.
Toll free number: 830-257-4440
You must state that the reservation is for the “2019 AACA TEXAS TOUR” to receive the discounted rates below. Discounted rates are good till noon, April 15, 2019.
Room with Traditional King Bed – single rate $109.00, double rate $119
Room with Two Queen Beds single rate $109.00 add $10 for each additional person
Room rates include hot breakfast buffet.
(There are no elevators, so individuals who cannot climb a flight of stairs to get to the second floor should state that when making their reservations.)
There will be no formal class judging at this year’s tour. There will be a small team of judges who will view all cars registered for the tour weekend so that the Texas Tour revolving trophies and mementos can be presented on Saturday evening. That has enabled us to plan two full days of driving tours through the Texas Hill Country. We’ll spend a full day at the YO Ranch, and a short visit to the LBJ Ranch, the old town of Comfort, the James Avery factory, and Luckenbach where everybody is somebody.
We have planned our tours and routes so that there is sufficient time for all activities without being rushed. None of our routes will ever require a speed greater than 45 miles per hour. Try it at this speed and you will be surprised at what you will SEE that you never saw before. This is how we arrived at the theme for this year’s tour, a Sunday drive.
We ask that you bring with you or cause a registration to be submitted by one or more people who have never before attended a Texas Tour and who are younger than you are. We encourage you to do this to ensure the survival of the Texas Tour for future generations.
We will be conducting a silent auction during this year’s Texas Tour to benefit Fisher House. This facility provides rent free home-like accommodations for military families (primarily the lower enlisted grades) who cannot afford the cost of food and housing while they try to stay in close proximity to their loved one in hospital care. There are multiple home sites in San Antonio. Please visit their web site for more information, look on the internet at https://fisherhouse.org/. We like to keep our donation funds near home, so we plan to place our donation directly with the Fisher House facilities in San Antonio. If you have items that would sell to a group like ours and you would like to donate that item or items for our auction, then please bring your item(s) with you. We would be very happy to include your donations in our auction. An auction doesn’t work unless it has interested buyers. Please be generous and come prepared to find one or more items in our auction that you can’t live without. The Fisher House organization can make good use of our donation.
We have had an unusual opportunity to visit an eclectic collection of early vintage cars and trucks owned by one of our acquaintances who has been involved in the old car hobby for many years and who has rescued numerous old vehicles from the scrappers and made them available for future generations. We have an opportunity to pay a visit to see this unusual collection and have planned it for Thursday afternoon. We are offering this short, early birds tour starting around 1:00 PM Thursday afternoon. This tour would be ideal for the very early cars traveling at very slow speeds. Please bring one of these early cars if you can. We will credit the very early cars and drivers for having driven on the Texas Tour if they will participate in the early birds tour. For everyone else, if you are able to arrive here before lunch on Thursday, May 16th, then you should plan to make this “added attraction” tour with us.
An Early Bird get together is scheduled for Thursday evening at the poolside patio of the host hotel. This has historically been a very important time for renewing acquaintances with friends from past tours and for making friends with new people attending. Please try to arrive in time for this event starting around 5:30pm.
This year, your Friday driving tour is expanded into a full day adventure. The Friday tour includes an interesting drive and visit to Comfort, “The most original 19th Century Business District in Texas,” followed by lunch in Luckenbach where “everybody is somebody,” then on to the LBJ Ranch and National Park, followed by a comfort stop in Fredericksburg, and then back to the hotel. Friday concludes with dinner and entertainment in the hotel. This would be the ideal time for you to present yourself in vintage attire.
Saturday’s tour will take us along a route paralleling the scenic Guadalupe River to Mountain Home, Texas, and the YO Ranch where we will be entertained by cowboy musicians, play cowboy games, take an open air bus ride through this ranch of exotic animals and Texas Longhorn cattle, and enjoy a barbeque lunch before continuing our driving tour. The return trip will take us through more Texas hill country and a stop at the James Avery Jewelry Factory (which includes a potty stop) on the way back to the hotel. Saturday concludes with dinner and entertainment in the hotel, followed by awards of the Texas Tour revolving trophies and other special awards.
We wrap-up on Sunday morning with a leisurely breakfast in the hotel and departure for home. The Texas Tour business meeting will follow breakfast and be conducted in a location to be announced. Each club in the tour rotation should be represented at this business session. Any participant in the tour who is a member of a club that is not already in the rotation for hosting the Texas Tour, may attend this meeting, and consider making a campaign for their own club to join the rotation and host a Texas Tour in the future.
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