Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral preserves a part of history


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Walt and Terry Kostrzewa own a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup. They are members of the Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral. The Model A’s styling was originally created by a team led by Henry Ford’s son, Edsel.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral

Dave Strunk went back in time to choose a hobby to enjoy in retirement.

The 73-year-old who had a career as an aerospace engineer before becoming an optometrist, decided antique cars would be his hobby. He joined the Antique Auto Club of Cape Canaveral (AACCC) 15 years ago.

Strunk, trained in aerospace engineering at Penn State, was offered a job with NASA and reported to work at the Kennedy Space Center two weeks after graduation.

“I came to Brevard County in 1967, worked for the Apollo program for NASA,” he said.

When the Apollo program ended in 1972, Strunk made a life-changing decision.

“I left (NASA) and went back to Philadelphia, back to school to become an optometrist, then came back to Brevard in 1979,” he said. “I’ve been here ever since.”

He joined the Antique Auto Club and purchased his first antique car. The AACCC is a region of the national organization of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).

Strunk purchased a 1956 Ford Sunliner, which he still owns. He also owns a 1935 DeSoto Airflow. Airflows were built from 1934 to 1936 and, as the name suggests, were designed to let the air flow more easily around them. They were one of the first cars to evolve through the extensive use of wind tunnels.

Strunk said the AACCC is diverse in its membership.

“We have a really inclusive cross section of people — self-made business people to retired engineers,” he said. “It’s a very diverse cross section. We’re actually a social club that revolves around automobiles.”

Linn Murdoch, 62, a retired program manager for Lockheed Martin and a member of AACCC for 12 years, is the president of the 78- member club.

Couples often join, he said, as membership includes spouses.

“Our membership is open to anyone who wants to join,’’ Murdoch said. “Our perspective is to preserve the automobile in American history as they were manufactured — the historical preservation.”

The club is involved in its own local car show, as well as national car shows.

“The national shows sponsored by AACA are judged on their originality down to the nuts and bolts,’’ Murdoch said.

The club travels together, in and out of state, and has monthly dinners together.

“(We have) a Father’s Day cruise up to New Smyrna Beach, and we drove cars in a caravan to a show and dinner,” Murdoch said.

The AACA Reliability Tour will be held from Aug. 20 to 24.

Club meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. A social will be held, with the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. at the Central Brevard Library at 308 Forrest Ave. in Cocoa.

For information and to check the calendar for upcoming events, go to AntiqueAutoClubCC.com or call 321-427-4615.