Changing Dynamics of Car Clubs

rat fink gear jamming cartoon

Rat Fink gear jamming cartoon

The changing dynamics of Car Clubs, I mean the clubs are just, different today. In the early days of hot rodding, joining a local Car Club and fixing up and repairing your old beater was the thing everybody did. And the term HOTROD was Swapping this part out for that and painting our old cars to make them “Hot looking … PURTY”

And “Rods” well, they are the internal parts of every gas engine. When modifying an engine for more HP, we sometimes change the rods. Then you end up with my version of a “Hot Rod”. And that’s my story. Eh!

But the ever-changing dynamics of Car Clubs is “different today”.

According to Wikipedia the returning soldiers after the war were the first to start up the Hot Rodding Story. And  I would agree, “That’s where and when it all began” California.USA.

We were all mechanically inclined people back then. If it was broken we had to find a way to fix it and we did. Most of us needed a place to do our tinkering so we banded together and formed “CAR CLUBS”.

Today the fad has turned into a multi-million dollar industry. If you go online, you would have no problem finding any reproduced parts for your classic car or hot rod. Fiberglass, steel, HELL, you can buy kits to do your own casting and for those hard to find parts, you can even buy kits to do your own chroming, etc.

∞ So yeah, It can be an expensive hobby. ∞

This post is more about the many Car Clubs that were started and flourished during those times and like today, most are still around. But in part, today’s car clubs although still focused on classic cars and the sorts, they do a lot of unpublished charity work, with very little or no credit.

A lot of these car clubs hold dances, pig roasts; they have cheap wing night for the public, car shows etc. and all the proceeds/profits go to local charities. Thousands of dollars are collected annually by these Car Clubs, just for charity.

However, the dynamics of Car Clubs have changed since the beginning of the Hot Rodding story. New members are hard to find. Their beliefs are that cars of today are more complicated, sophisticated, and to the average person are too intimidating to work on. And maybe they should be intimidated, but they are still “repairable”

gear jammer cartoon

Camaro Drag Racing Cartoon

SO, my answer would be, MAN MADE IT, MAN CAN FIX IT. . .  “That’s my slogan!”

Some Colorful Car Club Names . . . Like

         ∞ Gear Jammer, Road Masters, Highwaymen, Shifters, Road Runners. ETC ∞

 

But as the years passed, the dynamics of the industry has swung in a different direction and our new members just want to work and learn to possibly repair their own vehicles, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. The classic cars are far too expensive of a hobby to handle for the average person. One of our club members refer our club to a “social club” not a car club?

Could they or he be right?

ARE rebuilding classic cars and building Hot Rods winding down?  Even though you can find all the parts known to man, car, and beast, they still could be a quite costly venture. The swap meets are a good example of how the trend might be slowing down. Every year the attendance seems to be falling, the decline of swap meet vendors is another telltale of future slowdown.

Are the classic car enthusiasts winding down or are we all just getting older? Well some of us are getting older but, nobody is taking up the hobby. Car swap meets are fine examples of the past car eras, but it does take new blood to carry on the tradition, and that’s, getting harder to find.

rat rod at car show

rat rod at a car show

So, the car clubs as we knew them are slowly disappearing, but I think there will always be room for a different dynamic car club for the upcoming younger generation, so maybe a few of them can tinker on their own equipment and perhaps learn a thing or two from the old members on Hot Rods.  Time will tell!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON CAR CLUBS, AFFILIATED CLUBS, OR DO’S AND DON’T,  PLEASE SEND ME A COMMENT.

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What do Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common?

So, you have to wonder what Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common? well, let me tell ya.

car newspaper

Old Auto Newspaper

We’re heading off to the local Hospital and I just remembered, I forgot something to read. So I picked up my  “Old Autos Newspaper”, yap, its a Classic Car day for reading. I parked my ride and we’re heading into the over-crowded waiting room. As we entered I noticed you could hear a pin drop. After scanning the room, these people certainly had other things on their minds.

I opened up the Old Auto Newspaper and you could almost hear the room come to life. I thought I was disturbing these folks with my rustling of the newspaper, so I looked up at all the people and apologized for making so much noise. Then I noticed they weren’t looking at me. It was my newspaper they were interested in!

Not me at all, It was my Newspaper they wanted.

The lady on my right woke up and said, “I used to own one of them” as she pointed to a picture of a 1952 Hudson 

1952 Hudson “and my brother” she says,” took two years to overhaul his 62 Corvette, just like …  that one in the picture.” The guy to my left said “I had one of the sports cars”

Oh yeah, she was a beauty.

I noticed the lady across from me tried to read the back side of the paper but I knew she had a rough time. At that point, reading the newspaper was the last thing on my mind. I just took out the swap meet section and laid the paper down amongst the others. For these people reading this paper had to be a little more refreshing than what you normally find in Hospitals. Eh

After laying down the paper it was immediately swept up by the lady across from me. A few minutes later she laid it down and it immediately got scooped up by someone else across the room.

I couldn’t help but notice all the interest these people had in my old paper. Taking a second look around, clearly, these folks had other things to worry about. I knew that these pictures of old classic cars were part of their past and certainly, much better times.

Momentarily, their troubles were gone.

I have to thank the publishers for this awesome car newspaper. I’m sure their intent of publishing this paper was not for a good read in a hospital, “but it was anyway”.

The gist of this story is this classic newspaper brings great informative information to the collector and auto enthusiasts.

But more importantly, even for a short period of time, the Old Autos Newspaper brought much-needed smiles and precious memories to those unfortunate people that had an uncertain future.

” The looks were Priceless”.

 In Memory of my Brother Jack (swap meet partner)
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