The year 2000 will be a benchmark for the Spark Plug Collectors of America, as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organization, at the National-International Convention in Portland, Indiana, August 21-26.
The convention is being held in conjunction with the Tri-State State Gas Engine and Tractor Show at the Jay County fairgrounds. Spark plug collectors from across the world will be on hand for this year's special celebration.
Some of this year's activities will include a road trip to the Ohio Military Museum, a club banquet, the big benefit spark plug auction, and of course the club meeting. The Spark Plug Collectors will try again to break its previous record of over 5,000 plugs on display, plus there will be plugs for sale and trade.
Everyone is welcome to attend the convention, and there will be collectors on hand to identify plugs you may have.
The Spark Plug Collectors of America is an international organization, founded in 1973 by Bill Bond of Ann Arbor, Michigan, dedicated to the promotion of spark plug collecting, the research and preservation of spark plug history, the exchange of information and spark plugs, and the fostering of fellowship among members.
Annual dues in the Spark Plug Collectors of America are $20.00 USA and Canada, and $25.00 overseas, and include a subscription to the quarterly club magazine, The Ignitor. A sample copy may be obtained by writing Jeff Bartheld, at the above address.
Two regional meetings will also be held this year. The Midwest Regional Meeting will be held April 29 at the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association Swap Meet in LeSueur, Minnesota, at the vice president's stall. The Eastern Regional Meeting will be held October 6, at the A.A.C.A. Swap Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at Robert Harrington's stall in the Green Field. All club meetings are 10:00 a.m. local time, and collectors will be on hand to identify spark plugs. Everyone is welcome to attend.