The SPAAMFAA 2023 Summer National
Con­fer­ence and Muster

by Dick Shappy

July 11 - July 15, 2023
 
Dick Shappy with his 1939 Ahrens Fox HT Hercules from Belleville, New Jersey
Dick Shappy with his 1939 Ahrens Fox HT Hercules from Belleville, New Jersey.
 

I have been a member of SPAAMFAA for many years and when I learned that the Rhode Island Antique Fire Apparatus Society (RIAFAS) was planning to host the national summer muster and banquet here in my hometown of War­wick, Rhode Island, I was elated because I have been a collector and restorer of antique fire apparatus for many years. It took many months of preparation by the members of RIAFAS to acomplish this outstanding event, and I give them high praise for a great job in producing the greatest event of this kind that I ever attended. Over 118 trucks from as far away as Cali­fornia and Canada were on display. The Crown Plaza hotel in War­wick was full to capacity as rooms were sold out. The weather people had talked about the threat of rain all week. Up until the morning of the event, the forecast did not look good. We were, however, lucky to enjoy a fantastic cloudy but dry day.



 
Dick Shappy wins "Most Original Apparatus" award for his 1939 Ahrens Fox HT Hercules truck
Dick Shappy wins "Most Original Apparatus" award for his 1939 Ahrens Fox HT Hercules truck.
 

To top things off, I was even happier when my 1939 Ahrens Fox Herc­ules won the award for "Most Original Apparatus". The trophy is named in memory of Joseph Pingatore III, recently deceased leading member of the Rhode Island Antique Fire Apparatus Society.

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