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What is a 'Classic Car' according to our club ?
The term 'classic car' can have many different and widely varying definitions - for example, vehicle registration, insurance, style, age, car clubs, etc. A common theme is an older car with enough historical interest to be collectable and is worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping. Our car club, Classic Car Club of America, has a definition that is very strictly limited:
"... a "Fine" or "Distinctive" automobile, American or foreign built, produced between 1915 and 1948. Generally, a Classic was high-priced when new and was built in limited quantities. Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and '"one-shot" or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered to be a Classic."
Therefore, for our club purposes, only certain models of particular vehicles built between 1915 through 1948 are recognized by CCCA as "Full Classics®" and therefore, eligible for display & judging in our activities. You can view, download and print the current list of cars - listed by marque, model and year of manufacture - by 'clicking' on the following link:
Now that you have 'found' our website you might wonder what our 'Car Club' does that we think makes it worth your time to investigate further.
We invite you to:
Click on the above videos to view and enjoy a short slideshows that highlight the vehicles and the type of activities our members & guests enjoy.
Then consider joining with us - attend some of these activities and/or enjoy our award winning bi-monthly publication Torque - by completing a Membership Application. < CCCA Membership Application >
Still not sure ? Consider our No-cost, One-year Trial Membership - it includes an invitation to all of our club activities (Note: some involve a nominal cost) and all digital announcements, access to our Facebook page, and lots of fun and enjoyment for your entire family & friends.
It is important to note two important points:
Membership in our club does not require one to own a 'Classic Car' - an appreciation for and interest in sharing, learning about, and preserving these fine vehicles is all that is required !
Due to insurance & security issues, attendance at our club activities is restricted to current CCCA members and their invited guests. All attendees must register in advance to be able to attend our activities.
- Calendar of Activities -
Our Activities Committee has planned another great series of events for this year.
Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar - guests and potential members are always welcome. And remember - you don't have to own a Full Classic® car to join our club - just have an interest. See the following for membership information.
Please note that attendance at our activities requires a current CCCA membership and advance registration for insurance, security and planning purposes. If you are not either a current member or a guest of a current member please contact us and we will see if we can make the necessary arrangements.
Viewing these events can give you a flavor of what we schedule for the pleasure of our members and guests. Each activity link will take you to a website where you can view slides taken during a past year. If you think you would be interested in attending, click on the sidebar link (Membership Information) to read about and download applications - and if you're still not sure, read about our no cost 'Trial Membership' plan.
- 2016 CCCA National Meeting -
In January 2016 the Michigan Region hosted the CCCA Annual Meeting at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Forty-one Full Classic® cars arrived for judging & exhibition - nineteen (19) of which were V-16 cars - perhaps the greatest number of V-16s gathered in one place in many years !
In addition to conducting the business of the club, we visited the fabulous Adderly Collection, Classic & Exotic Cars restoration facility, the Detroit Auto Show, toured the College for Creative Studies (formerly the GM Argonaut Building that housed the original Harley Earl Design Studio & office).
During the banquet there was a special tribute to our own Katie Robbins. She was honored for her years of dedicated service and the club's highest award has been renamed in her honor - it is now known as:
Held every other year and headquartered at the historic Dearborn Inn (adjacent to Greenfield Village) Dearborn, MI. Activities include a Friday tour to see historic sights in the metropolitan area, spectacular car collections, & other points of interest, followed by cocktails & dinner at a local private Club. Saturday features a Full Classic® car display & judging on the front lawn of the Inn - followed by cocktails, and a banquet & awards ceremony.
Hosted at the Lake Angeles, MI estate of Bill & Mary Rachwal, this annual event is complete with great food, music, beautiful Classic Cars, fellowship and fun !!! You are encouraged to bring your family & friends.
An annual opportunity to hone your CCCA Judging & Tabulator skills, learn what rules have changed & practice on several Full Classics® in Brian Joseph's Classic & Exotic Service facility in Troy, MI. This event is free to Michigan Region members.
Illutrated is our recent visit to the Greg Ornazian collection of cars, bicycles, and memorabelia - this is typical of an opportunity to visit a private collection that otherwise is not open to the public.