A history of our club – Fredericksburg Vintage
Car Club – when did the club begin and what has the club done. Here’s
The Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club began on March 21, 1972 when an
organizational meeting was held at Pape’s Barber Shop, Fredericksburg,
TX. Those attending were Erwin Anderegg, Robert Pape, Elgin Tatsch,
Clinton Kramer, Tony Sauer, Bob Borchers, Red Weinheimer, Randy McBride,
Paul Frisch, Del Benedict, Forrest Rees, and Wayne Zimmerman. An
Election of Officers was held with Bob Borchers elected President, Erwin
Anderegg as Vice President, and Tony Sauer as Secretary/Treasurer.
Annual membership dues would be $12.00 per year, payable in April of
each year. The time frame was later changed to pay dues on the calendar
year. The monthly meeting would be held the first Tuesday of each month
at 7:30 p.m. Two months later members voted to name the club
“Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club” and the club applied for a charter
with the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, which in 2017 became Vintage
Motor Car Club of America. On October 21, 1972, the National VMCCA
Charter Banquet was held at Birck’s Bar-B-Que. Mr. Heitz from the
National Organization was present. And the club was off and running.
By-Laws were written shortly after the club was organized but the
minutes do not reflect an approval date. The first reference of approved
by-laws is April 1, 1986. Several amendments have been approved –
January 8, 1991, February 8, 1995, February 7, 2012, April 1, 2014, and
May 2, 2017.
The FVCC voted to begin the incorporation process in September 1986 and
received the incorporation papers on October 1, 1991.
Dues remained at $12.00 per family unit, except in 1981 when they were
lowered to $6.00 per family unit due to the big increase in the VMCCA
National dues. The following year dues returned to $12.00 per family
unit and remained thus until 2018, when dues were increased to $25.00
per family unit per year. The club voted in 1982 to have each member be
responsible for paying their VMCCA National Dues.
Club meetings were held at the Rumple Kammer building in Fredericksburg
for a cost of $10.00 per month for several years. Then dinner meetings
were held for many years by rotating from town to town. Meetings were
held every other month from 1998 to September 2001 when meetings were
again held every month. In 2004, members voted to hold the meetings at
one location, the Golden Hub Senior Center, Fredericksburg. A new
meeting format was also instituted with a short membership meeting,
informative presentation, and then social time with refreshments. The
format was changed a few years later to an informative presentation
first, then the short membership meeting, followed by the social time
with refreshments. The refreshments would be furnished by those
celebrating a birthday and/or anniversary during that month.
The club secretary was responsible for mailing a newsletter to members
during the early years of the club. In 1984, an editor was established
and an official name, Rumbleseat Chatter, was selected. Editors have
been Vivian Keeling, Jody Tomforde, Marilyn Talbot, Paulette Sontag and
currently Joel Keefer. In 2006, members began to receive the newsletter
Those who have served as FVCC Presidents are:
1972-73, Bob Borchers 1996-1998, Liz Lindig
1974, Erwin Anderegg 1999, Tex Anderson, did not complete term
1975, Forest Rees 1999, Larry Knox
1976, Anthony Jenschke 2000, Pat Davis
1977-1978, LaVerne Goetzel 2001, Norm Canfield, resigned
1979, Charlie Lampe 2002, Larry Knox
1980-1981, Erwin Anderegg 2003, Harold Coates, resigned
1982, David Lindig 2003-2004, Liz Lindig
1983-1984, Charles Keeling 2005, Tom Torget
1985, Stan Young 2006-2007, Mark Hanna
1986, LaVerne Goetzel 2008, Clark Kibler
1987, Dick Brightwell 2009, John Schluter
1988, Lou Buehn 2010, Tom Torget
1989, Jack Nixon, did not complete term 2011-2012, Randy Pullen
1989, Lou Buehn 2013, Jan Holley
1990-1991, Evan Peterson 2014-2015, Liz Lindig
1992-1993, Bill Peace 2016, Jack Sargent
1994, LaVerne Goetzel, did not complete term 2017-2018, Keith Wyatt
1994, Larry Ames
1995, Alan Parker
The office of Secretary/Treasurer was split into two offices during the
1974-75 years due to hosting the Western National Tour, and then again
when the Hill Country Swap Meet began. The Tour Coordinator duties were
combined with the Vice President duties in 2011.
On June 4, 1973, a proposal was submitted to VMCCA to host the 1975
Western National Tour in Fredericksburg, Texas. The hosting of this tour
June 22-27, 1975 was followed by many others, such as:
• Western National Tour – June 22-25, 1981, Fredericksburg
• Chrome Glidden Tour – June 19-23, 1988, Schreiner College, Kerrville
• Glidden Tour – September 18-23, 1994, YO Hilton Hotel, Kerrville
• Western Nickle Tour - September 1998, Fredericksburg
• Chrome Glidden Tour – June 20-25, 2004, Amarillo, TX
• Western Nickle Tour – May7 2007, in Kerrville, FVCC assisted the Bexar
The club also hosted the VMCCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in 1979
in San Antonio and assisted the Bexar Touring Club with hosting the
meeting in 1992, also in San Antonio. The club hosted the VMCCA Annual
Meeting and Awards Banquet in San Marcos, TX, February 22-24, 2018.
When the FVCC was first chartered, the club was a chapter of the
Mountain and Plains Region. In September 1976 the regions were
realigned, and the Southwest Region of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and
Arizona was formed. Then in September 1996, another realignment was
approved by the VMCCA Board of Governors and the Texoma Region of Texas
and Oklahoma was formed. Today the Texoma Region includes Texas,
Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Region dues of $5.00 per couple are
still in effect and in 1998 FVCC voted to pay each family’s Texoma
Region dues from club funds.
How did the club make money? By hosting the Hill Country Swap Meet. The
club began earnest discussions to host a swap meet in September 1977.
The first Hill Country Swap Meet was held July 28-30, 1978 at the
Gillespie County Fairgrounds. The swap meet was held there until 1984
when the meet was moved to the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park where it
remained until it was sold at the end of the swap meet in 2015. The swap
meet chairperson served a one- or two-year term until 2001 when Craig
Lindig was chairperson until the swap meet sold. The San Antonio Mustang
Club provided the concessions at the swap meet and received 40% of the
swap meet profit from 1983 through 1995. The Fredericksburg Band
Boosters provided the concessions on commission in 1996 and after that a
commercial concessioner was used. Per the club minutes, the swap meet
registrar position was filled by various club members, most familiar
names are Marian Peterson, Larry Knox, Mike McNeil, and Bill Rogers. As
the swap meet grew, so did the work efforts of club members with a work
day prior to, work during and after the swap meet. A “Future of the Swap
Meet” committee was appointed in January 2015 with Randy Pullen as
chairperson. Membership voted by secret ballot at the May 5, 2015
meeting to discontinue hosting the Hill Country Swap Meet. The swap meet
was sold to Earhardt Productions who currently continue with the swap
meet each year.
What did we do with the money made from the swap meet?
• Usually half of the profit was given as scholarships or gifts to
• At the beginning, we gave scholarships to local high school students
from Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Comfort, Boerne, Johnson City, and
Ingram on a rotating basis. The amount of the scholarships began around
$500 and were increased to $1000.
• After several years of giving only to high school students, members
voted to include the McPherson College Auto Restoration Program. Also
included in later years was the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Auto Restoration
• The last several years of the swap meet, half of the profits were
given to organizations that were nominated by club members.
• With the other half of the profits beginning in 1986, club funds were
used to pay for one-night lodging and one meal during the fall tour.
Throughout the years, funds were approved to pay for up to two-nights
lodging and two meals for either the fall and/or spring tours. The fall
and spring tours were traditionally at least two nights/three days long
and at locations further away from home base.
The club has had monthly day tours, along with the longer weekend tours
traditionally in the spring and fall. Club members have also
participated in regional tours and national tours. We are a touring club
and have fun while seeing the sights along the routes.
Interesting notes that were found in the meeting minutes:
• June 1990, no smoking at the meetings.
• May 7, 1991, minutes noted: “Everyone in the club must belong to
National VMCCA for insurance reasons while on tours. Be sure you
• 2006, a Pictorial Directory was published, and the new, current club
logo was approved.
On June 6, 2006, a Mission Statement was approved. The current Mission
“The Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club is comprised of over 100 families
who enjoy driving antique vehicles in the Texas Hill Country, and
beyond. Our focus is on touring rather than judging. We are a chapter of
the Vintage Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA), which stages about a half
dozen national car tours each year. In addition to our monthly meetings,
which are held in Fredericksburg, Texas, our club conducts several day
trips and overnight drives each year. Ownership of an antique automobile
is not required to belong to our club. If you have a love for old cars
and enjoy good friends, we invite you to join us.”