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How to Start a Car Club

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Car clubs are a great way to meet new friends, participate in auto-themed events, and stir the public’s interest in vintage vehicles. But how do you go about forming a car club? With a little forethought and organization, it’s fairly simple to start one in your area.

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Decide on a focus

It’s common for a club to spotlight one type of vehicle model, like Corvettes. You’ll also want to determine what age range of vehicles you’ll want club members to own. For example, the club could focus on classic Corvettes or only new ones that are 2012 or more recent.

Pick a name

A club name should be catchy and concise, as well as purposeful. Make sure it describes the club and that it appeals to a wide range of gearheads who live in or near your town or city.

Secure a meeting place

There are a variety of places to hold club meetings at. You can meet at a restaurant or one of the club member’s houses. Commercial properties are another option, though you’ll want to check with the manager to get their approval before having your first meeting there.

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Set some rules

Once you’ve found a few other people to start the club with, brainstorm some basic guidelines for the group. Some rules could specify protocols for member requirements or how leaders will deal with delinquent club dues from a club member.

Spread the word

Advertise your group by word of mouth and by social media. Set up a Facebook page for your club and share it with your acquaintances.

Host the first event

Plan your club’s first open event to attract new potential members and generate public interest. This could take the form of a car show with live entertainment, raffles, and giveaways to keep attendees engaged.

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