From cars, trucks and motorcycles to fire engines, tractor and military vehicles, we care passionately about vehicles from the early era of transportation right up through the present so that everyone can experience the history and fun preserving and driving these vehicles can bring.

VAE is 501(c) Educational & Charitable Organization that awards scholarships to encourage and support young men and women who wish to pursue a career in automotive trades. VAE has funded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for Vermonters like you.

Recent Wheel Tracks Articles

  • 1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 
    Bill & Marie Smith’s  1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser is one of three station wagons known to be owned by VAE Members.  Bill Smith and his family began traveling from their home in Long Island in 1990 to our August car show. Since then, he believes they have attended at least 30 shows. Five of the trips were with this Oldsmobile station… Read more: 1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 
  • For the Love of Cats
    We got our first “family” pet when our sons were in third and fifth grade. It had been brought to our attention many times that it would be wonderful to have a pet, and of course listened to all the promises of care and all they would do to make it a “no work” situation for mom or dad. We… Read more: For the Love of Cats
  • 1939 Plymouth Coupe
    The first couple of chapters of the existence of this 1939 Plymouth coupe have been lost to history. We can only speculate that the first chapter was that of a proud new owner caring for his prized new ride. The second chapter was most likely that of a used car owned by someone who also took good care of this… Read more: 1939 Plymouth Coupe
  • Do I Put It In The Recycle Bin?
    If you’re anything like me, when you’re traveling a great distance, you stop at rest areas to take a break from driving, use the facilities, or maybe get a candy bar out of the snack machine. And just inside the door generally you’ll find a rack or two (sometimes three or four, or sometimes a whole room) of different  pamphlets… Read more: Do I Put It In The Recycle Bin?

About Vermont Auto Enthusiasts

The Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts was founded around a kitchen table in Essex Junction, Vermont by a small group of vintage automobile enthusiasts in 1953. It has continued to grow in membership and activity, and now has members not only from Vermont, but nationally and even internationally, among people who share an interest in all things related to automobiles and automotive history. VAE members are invited to monthly meets to explore Vermont’s scenic drives at the wheels of their prized autos in warmer months and visit historic sites and facilities of automotive or historic interest when indoor venues are called for. These include garage tours, restoration shops, and historically significant museum collections which add to each member’s enjoyment. And, yes, there’s a fair amount of car talk too. To the general public, we are probably best known for our annual Vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet, now held in Waterbury, Vermont which is the high point of our yearly activity.

The VAE is now a 501 c (3) non-profit educational and charitable organization devoted to encouraging and supporting education of young people in fields related to automotive technology and history. Proceeds from our car show, as well as individual donations, go to support this educational outreach.

The VAE proudly provides and supports these educational programs:

  • The Golden Wrench Award: This award is presented annually to one junior in each of the sixteen automotive technical career centers in Vermont. The award consists primarily of a valuable tool set and $500 scholarship for continued post- secondary education in an automotive related field. The winning students are selected by their teaching faculty in recognition of their demonstrated dedication to their education.
  • Skills USA: We provide financial support to help career center students who are first place winners in the state wide Skills competition in four automotive related competitions. This support helps with the expense of representing Vermont in the national competition to which they are invited.
  • VAE Automotive Seniors Scholarship: We are now annually awarding six $1,000 scholarships to Vermont high school seniors who intend to pursue further education in the automotive field. They are selected based on their applications which describe their career goals and indicate how they intend to achieve them through further education.

Mark your calendars! The Vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet is August 9-11, 2024!