GALVESTON

Evelyn Timmins, of Friendswood, likes seeing all the people.

Terry Williams, of League City, is excited to look at the 125 antique cars from every era.

Both are attending the Central Division National Fall Meet of the Antique Automobile Club of America, with runs Thursday through Saturday at Moody Gardens Resort and Spa, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

“They picked the perfect time of year,” Timmins said. “It’s a lovely venue. I’m hoping people come from other parts of the country and find it to be true. We don’t have these often in Texas.”

Timmins is serving as the meet’s treasurer this year. She has been a member of the organization for nearly 20 years.

The biggest day of the event will be Saturday when people bring antique cars from all over to be judged by a criteria set by the national club, Timmins said.

The competition is open only to cars owned by club members.

“I’ve known people who’ve gone to every meet in the United States,” Timmons said. “We rarely have them down here. It’s the second one down here. We just don’t have the density of people in some other states.”

The club has about 15 Texas chapters.

There will be cars built in years ranging from 1899 to the 1980s. Timmins is planning to bring two cars to the meet — 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL and a 1934 Packard convertible.

Williams, who has a collection of upward of 50 cars, will be bringing one car to the meet.

Other components of his large collection include a series of military jeeps from World War II, of which he has 15 of the surviving 100.

“I’ve always been a car nut,” Williams said. “I was interested in old cars when I was a kid. The first car in my collection is a 1950 Crosley, which belonged to my dad. They made small cars in the 1940s and early ‘50s and my dad drove that one to work a lot.”

This upcoming meet will be the first of its type Williams has been to, and excitement is building for the occasion.

“AACA is the biggest antique car club in the country,” he said. “The regional meets are usually pretty big. I’ve never had a car certified by the AACA judging. That adds a feather in the cap for the car. I’m really excited about it.”

Timmins expects more than 200 people to show up for the event.

“I love the people,” she said. “They’re so loving and so giving. You ask a question and they’ll treat you like you’re smart.”

Contact reporter Matthew deGrood at 409-683-5230 or matthew.degrood@galvnews.com

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