The USA has a long, rich and prosperous connection with the motorcar. Perhaps it is the sheer expanse of the country and the lure of adventure and exploration on the road that keeps Americans in love with their cars. Classic cars offer a nostalgic appeal for many, which more modern motors fail to provide. Cruising in a motorcar from a bygone era is almost like travelling back in time. It is escapism at its most wild and free.
Some would even argue that the art of design has been lost in recent times, and that cars no longer possess the character that they once did. Everything is designed with a purpose, very little is simply there for the sake of it anymore.
It is due to this love the American people have for their classic cars that many classic car clubs have arisen. There must be tens of thousands spread across the country, but some of the largest and quirkiest shall be touched upon here.
The Classic Car Club of America
The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) is one of the oldest classic motoring clubs in the country. Since its inception in 1952, the club has grown significantly, adding members of all ages to its ranks. The main focus of the club is on what they call the Grand Classic Era, which encompasses motorcars manufactured from 1919 to 1948. There is a list of cars that are accepted into the CCCA, which you can see here. Generally speaking, all cars from 1919 to 1948 are considered. Since 1987, the club has had a museum at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, where hundreds of models can be ogled and appreciated. The club runs many events each year, both locally and nationally, including meetings and tours.
The official CCCA website can be found here at Classic Car Club
Antique Automobile Club of America
The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) is another large classic car club. Founded in the early 1930s in Philadelphia, the AACA sprung out of a derby organized to showcase some of the world’s first ever motorcars. The club originally consisted of 14 founding members, but began to grow fast, and in 1937, the club’s first magazine was published. The Second World War did little for club gatherings, but by the end of the war, membership had grown to 540.
Like the CCCA, the AACA has its own museum. The AACA also offers a handful of scholarships each year to members and their relatives, to aid with higher education, especially for courses related to the motor trade.
More information can be found on their website aaca.org
Classic Car Club Manhattan
More modern classic car clubs are springing up all of the time. Many of these clubs have quirky, more up-to-date views on what constitutes a classic motorcar. None are more modern and sophisticated than the Classic Car Club Manhattan. A big difference with this club is that they also provide cars for members to drive. The cars are maintained, cleaned and insured by the club and members can simply take the keys and zoom off onto the open road… for a price. The club also organizes many very regular events, including outings, parties and mechanics workshops.
To find out more about the Classic Car Club Manhattan, head to their website Classic Car Club Manhattan.
Get surfing the web and find a classic car club, either small or large, near you.