If you love vintage cars, classic car clubs are a great way to meet people who share your interest. They are also a great way to learn more about cars and exchange knowledge with other enthusiasts.
While there’s no official tally of clubs in the United States, there are many clubs throughout the country. Chances are you'll find a club near you. Below are a few tips about how to find one and what to look for in a club.
How to find a great classic car club
The easiest way to locate a car club is via an Internet search, but keep in mind that there are different kinds of car clubs. Some may focus on an era, while others center on a certain car make or model. Depending on where you live and what's popular around your area, you can find classic car clubs for European and American cars or even specific lines or models like GTOs or vintage trucks.
Begin by entering your city or state name with the type of car club you want in the search - "Sacramento GTO club." Another option is to go to social media sites and search "car clubs" to pinpoint one in your area that fits your interests. This should give you several options; from there, you can visit each club’s website to learn more.
If you want a more personal approach, search for a classic car show or classic car event near you. Car clubs often host local car shows, and this is a great way to learn more about the club and meet the people who are involved with it.
An Internet search, social media or your local newspaper can help you find classic car events. Depending on where you live car shows are prevalent seasonally - springtime through fall due to warmer temperatures, year round, or even counter seasonally due to high temps in the summer…
What to consider before you join a car club
Once you've found a classic car club that interests you, there's still some legwork to do. Attend a meeting before joining to ensure that it's a good fit. That will increase the likelihood that you'll get the most from your membership.
Some things to consider include:
- Dues: Clubs have different membership costs, so factor in the cost of dues and what you'll get in return for your money before deciding.
- Time and location: Ensure that the car club's meeting times and location will work with your schedule. Some clubs stipulate you must attend a certain number of meetings as part of your membership obligation.
- Vehicle requirements: Some clubs require that all cars in the club conform to a certain look, such as a specific type of trim. Ensure you review the specifications and are willing to make any changes that the club requires. While clubs may have varying rules, check out our classic car qualification guide if you're unsure whether or not your ride is considered a classic.
- Commitment: Look at how much of a time commitment is expected of you. You may be required to attend certain meetings to keep your membership active (and travel to different locations to do so), or you might be expected to participate in or staff specific events to remain in good standing with the club.
- Compatibility: Finally, to get the most out of your classic car club membership, consider your interactions and overall experience with other members. If you get along from the start, it's a good sign that you'll be compatible for the long term.
Joining a car club can enhance your enjoyment of classic cars. You'll be able to discuss your hobby with people who have a similar appreciation of older vehicles. But it's important to take some time deciding on the right one.
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