You own a classic car or a specialty model that’s your pride and joy. Washing, waxing, and showcasing your ride are among your top pursuits, but there may be something missing – namely the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts, often found in a car club. Such clubs not only provide the company of like-minded owners, but they serve as an important knowledge base for parts acquisition, restoration, and repairs. We’ll take a look at some of the top car clubs operating within the United States.
Five noteworthy car clubs
1. Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)
In 1935, one of the first car clubs in America was launched. The Antique Automobile Club of America got its start in Philadelphia when 14 founding members joined. Featured models included a 1901 Winton, a 1907 Waltham-Orient, and a 1915 Buick. The AACA has evolved tremendously since its founding. The earliest criteria for joining concerned the car entered – “Will it run?” Today, anyone can join, including individuals who don’t own an antique car. Hundreds of regional chapters are scattered across most states, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, and Costa Rica.
2. Classic Car Club of America (CCCA)
Vintage car owners found their Cadillacs, Packards, and similar models banned from AACA car meets because they were considered “too modern” for that organization. As a result, in the Classic Car Club of America was founded in 1952, comprised mostly of individuals owning late 1920s and early 1930s models – the same kinds of classic cars the AACA initially ignored, but later accepted. Like the AACA, the CCCA accepts enthusiasts based on shared interests, not necessarily car ownership.
3. Porsche Club of America (PCA)
One of the oldest manufacturer-specific car clubs is the Porsche Club of America. Founded in 1955 in Washington, D.C., the PCA boasts more than 100,000 members in the United States and Canada. The group holds an annual “Porsche Parade,” timed to coincide with the club’s national convention held each summer at changing locations across the U.S. The PCA grants membership to owners, co-owners, and lessees only.
4. Corvette Club of America (CCA)
Founded in 1956, just three years after the introduction of the Chevrolet Corvette, the Corvette Club of America started at a Chevy dealership in Arlington, Virginia. Since then, the oldest gathering of Corvette owners and enthusiasts in the world has cooperated with the launch of Corvette Racing, has backed traffic safety awareness campaigns, and contributes to the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Membership is open to all.
5. The Cadillac & LaSalle Club (CLC)
Cadillac is GM’s luxury brand, while LaSalle operated as a sub-brand of Cadillac from 1927 to 1940. The Cadillac & LaSalle Club was formed in Detroit in 1958, covering all Cadillac and LaSalle models from 1902 to 1942. Today, all Cadillac models are covered, including the newest releases. Membership is open to everyone worldwide, not just Cadillac owners. An annual Grand National Meet is held each summer where club members come together for five days of seminars, tours, and car shows on the hotel grounds where the event is held.
Car club fun
There are hundreds of other car clubs in operation, including Curvy Road – a ride-share program delivering part-time ownership of a supercar like a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. If the $1,250, three-year membership fee and $5,800 annual share cost is a bit steep, you can always plunk down $45 for membership in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Unlike a membership to Curvy Road, seat time isn’t part of the deal, unless you get in the good graces of an owner.