Antique Nash Automobiles Visit Boston Area

The Nash Car Club of America’s 2007 ‘Grand Nashoinal’ event was held in Andover, Massachusetts the end of June. Many car enthusiasts are in clubs that promote enjoyment of their antique, special interest and collectible automobiles and although there is no Nash car company today, there are still many people who love Nashes.

We drove our 1955 Nash Ambassador from New York. The weather was beautiful and the car ran great. It was about 225 miles but we weren’t even close to getting a long distance award!

People come from all over for an event like this. One member flew from Australia for the show! Some folks have known each other for years through the car club, so there’s something of a reunion feeling in the air. The good fellowship is extended to new members and everyone who comes to appreciate the cars, so it’s a really pleasant experience.

The event was held at the Wyndham Andover Hotel. There was plenty of parking so the old cars could stay together. The rooms and amenities were quite nice and everyone at the Wyndham was very helpful.

The car club members who organized the event did a wonderful job. They put together a terrific itinerary. There were pre-show events to tour Concord and Salem, Massachusetts, Canobie Lake (amusement) Park in New Hampshire, a bus trip to Boston, Massachusetts to see the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House & Bunker Hill (part of the Freedom Trail), and a bus trip to Maine & New Hampshire to see Wells Auto Museum and Stonewall Kitchens among other attractions.

Of course, the main attraction was the cars themselves. The Hudson, American Motors and Rambler clubs were also invited. There were cars from the 1920s through the 1970s. Besides the cars, there were vendors with hard-to-find parts and special items. Of course, no car club event would be complete without the commemorative T-shirts and this year’s was

one of the best.

On Saturday, the cars were arranged by ‘class’, based on the year and model of the car. You can see pictures of cars at the 2007 ‘Grand Nashional’ (and lots of other antique & collectible cars) at the Nash nut.com photo blog. These are 1957 Rambler Rebels.

Everyone was given a ‘goodie’ bag when we signed in, and this contained a ballot to vote for your favorite car in each class. The ‘goodie’ bag also had a program with restaurant & gas station info, some maps and car stickers, as well as some local products — Cape Cod Chips, Table Talk mini pies, Stonewall Kitchens jam, plus candy from NECCO, Yummies, and Sleepy Mountain Maple. Sweet.

Saturday night the Grand Nashional concluded with a Banquet at the hotel. Some donated memorabilia was auctioned off to raise funds for next year’s meet in Indiana, and the awards were presented. The awards were unique. They were hand made by one of the club officers and truly represented the spirit of the Northeast. We went home happy because the weather stayed fine and our car got a 2nd place award in its class!

This article was written by my parents. You can see their other work by reading the Liberty of the Seas reviews: day 1 and day 2.

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  1. Mona Morris says:

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A 1955 NASH JPG, RESTORED ?

  2. James Trotta says:

    I don’t know what a NASH JPG is, but joining that Nash club I linked to in the article might get you started.

    Personally, I’d love to buy a nice Rambler convertible from the 60s…

  3. fran says:

    where can i get a 1957 nash ambassador?

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