For 53 years, Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. Offering three fun-packed days in the great outdoors, it’s been a perfect way for families to celebrate summer and see some of the finest antique cars from the east coast.

This past weekend Facebook Checker Group members celebrate the 53 rd annual Das Awkscht Fescht event, eight Checkers made it to the event, a pretty good showing for a regional event.

On Saturday Checker fans Christian Hutter and his son Gavin entered the field with their pristine 1978 A11 along with Victor Coiro and his aqua and white 1970 Checker A12w. Early arrivers, they were able to enjoy the park before the car buffs crowded the field.  Last year Victor had car troubles, it was great to see Victor drive in this year!

At 7 AM the Hutter A11 was parked and ready for show


Victor Coiro’s aqua and white 1970 Checker A12w


On Sunday Jim Rogers & Nicole Rogers arrived with their family in their classic NYC A11.  Best described as war torn, the Rogers A11 is always a crowd pleaser.  Marjorie and Bruce Uhrich made the drive from Philadelphia in their stunning 1956 Checker Model A8 Standard.  Longtime Checker enthusiast Bill Hossfield and his wife  made it to the event.  Bill is a walking encyclopedia on Checkers.

George Lukas and Jim Rogers talk Checker


The oldest Checker at Macungie

George Lukas and wife made it up from Virginia in a pretty blue 1970 A12, his second Checker, George bought his first Checker in 1960!   The Beebe’s of Morganstown, Pennsylvania, arrived in their recently purchased Checker.  Painted in a pretty dark forest green, the Beebe Checker is quite striking.

George Lukas 1970 A12 driven to PA from Virginia
The Beebe Checker Marathon, a standout

Michael Pincus arrived on Sunday with his original NYC Checker A11.  Mike best summed up his day as follows “Made it home in one piece. 300 miles round trip with no a/c and in a car with 1.25 million miles is a long ride.”

Pincus NYC
The 1.25 Million mile Checker of Michael Pincus

Longtime Checker enthusiast Michael Angelich paid a visit with his friend Carol.  Mike is a renown taxicab historian.  Also in attendance was Joe Fay the coauthor Checker The All American Taxi.  Mike and Joe compared notes on a potential new Checker book!

Fay & Angelich
Taxicab Authors Joe Fay and Michael Angelich

Sadly the founder of the Checker Car Club Don McHenry was not able to show due to his advance aged.  All missed Don and his originally purchased new 1960 Checker Model A12W wagon.  At 94 Don is in great health, but is no longer able to drive.

Happy Checkering, Chris Hutter and son, Victor Coiro, the Rogers family and Mike Pincus

One of the better events,  we hope 2017 will be a year of expanded regional activities.  Coming up August 12th the 14th the Checkers At Auburn event.

For more information about the Checker’s at Auburn event please take a look at our blog for show schedule information.


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