SHOW EXHIBITORS TO HAVE BUSY WEEK
The New York Times
December 19, 1909
Many Meetings and Dinners Scheduled During Week of Grand Central Palace Exhibition.
CAMPAIGN FOR NEXT YEAR
Retiring and Incoming Mayors Invited to Private View—Usual Smoker at A. C. A. Club House.
All annual meetings and dinners of the big associations that are allied with the motor car industry are scheduled for the week of the tenth International Automobile Show, which opens New Year's Eve in Grand Central Palace, New York, under the management of the American Motor Car Manufacturers' Association. One of the most important and interesting meetings of the week is that of the Manufacturers' Contest Association, which will be held at the Manhattan Hotel Friday, Jan. 7. This is the first annual meeting of the association since its formation nearly a year ago. President Benjamin Briscoe will preside and make his first annual report, telling what the association has accomplished for its members in all manner of contests. It is also likely that at that time next year's campaign will be mapped out.
Another meeting of importance which will be held this year for the first time during the Grand Central Palace Show is that of the Motor and Accessory Manufacturers. This organization of makers of parts and accessories will hold its annual meeting at 6 P. M. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, followed by the annual dinner at 7:30 o'clock.
The Show Committee of the American Motor Car Manufacturers' Association, under whose auspices the Palace Show is conducted, is making even greater efforts than ever to make this year's event a great social success. The Show Committee has set aside as usual special nights for the formal reception of civic and national dignitaries, clubmen, engineers and society people. While the show does not formally open until 8 o'clock on New Year's Eve, there will be a private view at 3 o'clock on the afternoon of Dec. 31. Special invitations have been extended to retiring Mayor George B. McClellan, Mayor-elect William J. Gaynor and other high city officials. President E. H. Gary, of the Automobile Club of America, and President of the Executive Committee of the Steel Trust and his fellow members of the A. C. A. are invited, as will be officials and members of the American Automobile Association, Long Island Automobile Club, and others.
The Palace show will open to the public each day from 9 A. M. to 10:30 P. M. On Saturday night, Jan. 1, a smoker will be given at the Automobile Club of America, as was the case last year, to all Grand Central Palace Show exhibitors of motor cars and accessories. Saturday night has been termed "Army and Navy Night" by the Show Committee, and Gen. Leonard A. Wood, Commander of the Department of the East, together with officers attached to Forts Hamilton, Wadsworth, Schuyler, and Governors Island have been invited to attend, as have members of the Army and Navy club. On Monday, Jan. 3, the New York Automobile Trade Association will hold its annual meeting at 12 o'clock at the Manhattan Hotel. "Engineers Night" is scheduled for Monday, and invitations have been extended to officers of the Engineers' Club, and various engineering societies, including the Society of Automobile Engineers.
As at past shows of the A. M. C. M. A., Tuesday has been set aside as society day, and the admission will be raised from 50 cents to $1. This is the day when society turns out en masse and does most of its purchasing—of cars. The annual meeting of the Society of Automobile Engineers will be held on Tuesday at 10 A. M., followed by its annual dinner at 8 P. M., both events being held at the Automobile Club of America.
Wednesday, Jan. 5, is the time set for the annual meeting and banquet of the Motor and Accessory Manufacturers. This will be "Merchants' Night," and invitations have been sent out to the most prominent merchants of New York. Special attention has been given to those merchants who are now, or are likely to be, buyers of commercial cars. The commercial division this year will act as a special drawing card for the various merchants, as the exhibits of the Grand Central Palace Show this year exceed by far anything ever seen at any previous motor car exhibition.
On Thursday, Jan. 6, there will be meeting of the Committee of Management of the American Motor Car Manufacturers' Association at 2 o'clock. The Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company will give its annual dealers' dinner at the Hotel Manhattan at 7 P. M. Following the dinner the dealers will be entertained by several vaudeville acts. During the evening which is called "New York Night" the affair will be visited by all prominent city officials, from Mayor Gavnor down, as well as City, Supreme, and Federal Court Judges. Friday, Jan. 7, is the closing day, during which will be held the annual meeting of the Manufacturers' Contest Association. The schedule of meetings and dinners during the week follows:
Friday, Dec. 31, 3 P. M.—Private view for members of the Automobile Club of America, American Automobile Association, Long Island Automobile Club, and city officials. 8 P. M.—Formal opening of show to the public.
Saturday, Jan. 1—Show open from 9 A. M. to 10:30 P. M. Smoker at Automobile Club of America to Grand Central Palace exhibitors; "Army and Navy Night."
Monday, Jan. 3—New York Automobile Trade Association meeting, Hotel Manhattan, 12 o'clock; "Engineers' Night."
Tuesday, Jan. 4—"Society Day," admission $1. 10 A. M.—Annual meeting of Society of Automobile Engineers, at Automobile Club of America. 8 P. M.—Dinner of Society of Automobile Engineers, Automobile Club of America.
Wednesday, Jan. 5—Meeting of the Good Roads Board of the American Automobile Association. 6 P. M.—Annual meeting of Motor and Accessory Manufacturers, at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, followed by banquet at 7:30 o'clock; "Merchants' Night."
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2 P. M.—Meeting of the Committee of Management of the American Motor Car Manufacturers' Association. 7 P. M.—Dealers' dinner, given by Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company, Hotel Manhattan; "New York Night."
Friday, Jan. 7—First annual meeting of Manufacturers' Contest Association, Hotel Manhattan, President Benjamin Briscoe will preside.
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