Joining a registered car club in Australia is about so much more than just revving a few engines. After all, isn’t it human nature to seek a sense of community?
Unsurprisingly, it’s not just the revheads that love the iconic vehicles of yesteryear. Iconic cars don’t only appeal to car lovers, but also attract those passionate about engineering, design, art and yes, history. Before cars were built for efficiency and speed, it was about the experience, style, exclusivity and ultimately, craftsmanship – making them timeless, works of art.
While the appeal of classic cars vary depending on who you talk to, it’s no secret that classic car enthusiasts all speak the same language, and all share the same passion for the vehicles of a bygone era. To get a grasp on just how rewarding being involved in this community can be, all you need to do is spend a little bit of time with the members of your local classic car club – but what are they, and how do they work?
Five Benefits Of Joining A Car Club
In simple terms, a car club is a community of automotive enthusiasts who share a common interest in motor vehicles. Typically, these groups get specific when it comes to the type of motor vehicles that they are passionate about: for some, it’s American muscle cars, and for others, it’s interest based such as off roading.
It’s very common for car clubs to host regular meetings and events for both members and non-members. Car clubs also may engage in other activities of various types, including races, cruising, shows, “mod days” when garage equipment and service tools are available for members to perform and assist each other with DIY work, and even community service based activities.
However for many members, being actively involved in a car club is about so much more than just the vehicle itself – so what are the perks?
Like Minded People – While many hobbies are practiced solo, having a passion for a specific type of car doesn’t have to be. The most obvious reason to join a car club is to be able to unashamedly express your passion, without fear of your fellow members tuning out every time you speak about the in’s and out’s of your vehicle, as they simply just “get it”.
Endless Knowledge – Access to a car club can also provide a wealth of knowledge, and act as a place to bounce ideas and feedback around with your fellow members. Some car clubs even partner with local businesses or car dealerships that may host information nights, where you can ask the mechanical experts all of the technical queries that may have thus far eluded you.
Access To Discounts – Depending on your car club of choice, there may be perks such as discounted insurance rates, discounts on the purchase of a new vehicle, special rates for servicing, and depending on the state you reside in – access to the illusive club rego. Although club membership may have an upfront cost, the ongoing discounts usually make it worthwhile.
Show Off Your Car – Owning a classic car means that a great deal of ongoing care and caution needs to be deployed in order to keep it in tip top shape. Depending on your local legislation, you may also be restricted on where you can actually drive your classic car – but being a member of a car club can often provide a way around this.
A Sense Of Community – After the ongoing events of 2020, many of us have been more isolated than ever – which is why it’s important to stay connected. As an active member of a car club, you’re also a valued and contributing member of a community of like minded individuals, with many car clubs even welcoming non-members into their realm.
If you’re debating whether to join a car club or not, most people aren’t quite sure where to start or how to find one. The good news is that many dealerships, automotive groups, and garages sponsor and organize local car events. Get chatting to the people in your area – ask the managers of local dealerships or mechanics, and someone is bound to give you the answer you’re looking for. As the world continues to move online, you can also search for events on the dealerships’ or mechanics’ social media sites, websites, or blogs.