Prospect’s John Jones Receives Top National Award From AACA
John Jones’ love of cars started when he was very young; at age 14 he purchased his first automobile which was a 1948 Austin. He painted the car himself three times before he was old enough to drive. The love began then.
When John purchases a car he does the restoration himself, the engine rebuilding and the paint work, and he repairs or makes any parts that are missing in his Machine Shop, Packard, Inc. in Prospect The only thing he does not do is the upholstery.
John’s collection of antique cars consists of two 1905 Packards, a touring car and a runabout, 1911 Packard Limousine, 1912 Velie Roadster, 1912 Oakland Touring, 1930 Chevy Roadster, two 1931 Chevy Roadsters, 1932 Chevy Pick-up Truck, 1939 Bantam Roadster, 1959 Corvette, and a 1936 Packard Convertible.
John likes to attend the National Meets, and the most known is Hershey, Pennsylvania, which he has attended for 48 years.
The AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) is the largest antique car club in the world!
John received the 2016 AACA Cup in February at the Annual Meeting. The AACA Cup is awarded to the most outstanding restoration of the year of a pre-1921 automobile entered in each Division. The award was established in 1945 by a member who desired to remain anonymous.
John’s Packard is known as Ivan the Terrible because of its impressive size. This is the only known closed chauffeur compartment Model 30 to exist. It was restored from an extremely original auto. All shades are silk and most of the upholstery is original. It has been driven in several auto tours.