'What Is a Checker?" Video Updated

Ben Merkel has uploaded a new version of his 'What Is a Checker?' video to youtube. You can see it here: What Is a Checker? video

C Carson Parks Aerobus Found

Many of you will remember C Carson Parks 1967 / 1968 Aerobus from the national conventions. It was white with piano key stripes and two of his hit songs on the rear fenders and tailgate. This morning his son contacted me to try to locate his stolen Aerobus. Here is the note: Also, this evening I sent in a form through your website regarding his '68 Checker Aerobus. This evening I found out that it had been stolen from the warehouse where it was stored, and I'm looking to recover it. If you or the club could spread the word through your network for people to keep an eye out for it, it was last seen in Nashville, TN and may have been sold to a salvage yard in Shelbyville, TN, but I have not been able to verify that. (keep in mind, it probably was painted). A few pictures are attached, and I appreciate your help. Let's keep our eyes out for this piece of history ... you can email any leads to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it *** UPDATE *** Through a screwed up legal process, the car was deemed abandoned and sold to a company in Tullahoma. The car is intact, and I am working on taking steps to get the car back. Thank you all for your support, thoughts, prayers. Hopefully we will be reunited soon. alt

Virtual Committee Request for 2015

The 2015 Checker Car Club of America convention is heading to South Bend, Indiana, and since Tim and Zandra Bower are the only club members in town, Tim thought (and some of you suggested) that he would enlist a virtual committee to advise and act as sounding board from time to time.  June 25, 26, 27, 2015, are the dates (Thursday through Saturday) with Sunday as the go home date.

We have secured the hotel.  The Inn at St. Mary's will be handy and provide a great visible area for the cars.  Check it out The rate is $105/night which includes hot breakfast.  There is a nice sized first floor meeting room that is free.
We are thinking about the Studebaker Museum for the banquet. We would, of course, pay for the catered meal.
That's about as far as we are right now.  Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Checker Convention Website

Recently we added a site to put information about our conventions!

To see what it looks like right now, click here on Checker Car Club of America Convention The URL for the site is Checkercon.org because we are a not for profit organization.

As more information becomes available it will appear either here or on the CHECKERCON site. You will see changes as we make them in the new few days. If you have any comments send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


About the Checker Car Club of America

CCCoAThe Checker Car Club Of America, Inc.
Attn: Anthony Mattern
Treasurer & Membership
160 Willard Drive
North East, MD, 21901-1631

The Checker Car Club of America was organized in April of 1982 for the preservation, enjoyment and information on Checker automobiles manufactured from 1922-1982 (year production ceased). In 2000 the club was incorporated under the name Checker Car Club of America, Inc. as a 501(c)(7) Not For Profit and is recognized as such by the State of Indiana and the IRS.

Ownership is not a prerequisite for membership and all are welcome.

If you wish to join, dues are only $25 per year (North America) and $30 (Foreign) in US funds. We accept check, money order, BillPay®, and PayPal®. If you wish to pay via PayPal® the fee is increased by $3 to defray the cost of their transaction fee - Don't forget to include your address the first time. Membership includes a subscription to the quarterly newsletter (mailed in January, April, July and October). Plus access to restricted areas and information on our website. Membership runs from February through January of the following year. If you join in the middle of a year, back issues for that year will be mailed to you.

To join, use the online membership application by following the "Join the Club!" link on the right, or you may print an application,  fill out the form and mail it to the address listed above with your Check or Money Order (US funds only please) payable to CCCoA. You may save postage and check fees by renewing using Bill Pay® service at your bank, then email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   the application information. If you wish to pay via PayPal® the fee is increased by $3 to defray the cost of the transaction fee. The account is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


NYC 2014 Convention Media Coverage

The 2014 NYC Convention is history that you may want to relive or hear what media services published. The summer issue of the Checkerboard has additional coverage of the convention.

Below is the coverage by media that we know of:

The New York Times published an article about the CCCoA on June 19, 2014. To read the article follow the following link -- Checker Cabs Return to Gotham.

There was a second article published by The New York Times  on June 17, 2014.

"Follow That Cab! Vintage Checkers Flock to Brooklyn

For a few hours, Box Street, a semi-industrial thoroughfare in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, seemed a whole lot like Kzoo.

Kzoo is the city-endorsed nickname (and its approved spelling) for Kalamazoo, Mich. — a place that Checker automobile enthusiasts know as the home of the beloved, boxy taxicabs that toiled in New York and other cities in their heyday from the 1950s until production ceased in 1982." Click here to read more…"

As all who attended the Box Street affair will tell you, IT WAS IMPRESSIVE! The local inhabitants were enamored by the diversity of displayed vehicles in one location especially in New York City.

Here is a list showing the media coverage we got for our convention and car show. Since most of these are hyperlinks, it does not make much sense to put this list in our printed newsletter. If anyone knows of other coverage we may have gotten, please let me know. Thanks, George Laszlo.

WSJ -- http://online.wsj.com/articles/checker-cabs-come-to-brooklyn-1403313240

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Everything You Wish You Had Known Before Buying Your First Checker !

ImageWe’ve all done it. Fell in love with a car, bought it, and then discovered we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves in to. Maybe this article will help those who haven’t bought a Checker yet.

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