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Old 02-21-2008, 09:21 AM
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How Do You Start a Car Club, Picking a Name and Legal Stuff

How do you go about starting a car club and how do you go about picking a name that hasn't already been taken? There is just 3 of us, as of right now, that are friends and into old cars. We are wanting to start getting together and do our own "handshake" car club like they use to be, helping each other getting our cars done. Two of us have been in car clubs that don't want to help each other out. It's always easier when you have help, especially when you need it.

I'm more wondering on picking a name and/or finding one that hasn't been used yet. Not sure how to go about that either. Don't want some other club to show up and say we copied their name. We are also not wanting to do an organized club just yet, but more of a handshake type club that helps with each other's cars.

I've found very little information and any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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you have already started. friends helping friends is what it is all about.
most car clubs have to many rules. you should just keep it simple and have fun.
if you would like help organizing your club, you can contact either Goodguys or N.S.R.A.. they use to have booklets that spelled out the steps.

as far as picking a name, just go with hte one you like the most. finding one that has never been used will be next to impossible- there were five Cambusters car clubs in the `60's and no one had any problem with it.

good luck and just keep on Cruisin'!!!!!!

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Old 02-29-2008, 03:43 PM
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Thanks for the info. I looked on both sites and did not see any information about the booklets.
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re:picking a name

Back in the early 60's we had a club in SE Pa. called the "Shiftiliers",since I came up with the name and designed the logo go ahead and use it.
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I am a member of a small car club of about 50 members.
We called our club the "Mountainview Pistons"


There are insurance issues, etc involved in holding shows, etc.

I can't speak for our president, but you could try contacting him with a few questions. He's a good guy, and has helped answer a few questions for anothe new club that started up about 45 miles north of us.
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Sprecher48,

I am starting a car club and as I was perusing this site looking for help, and I was thinking about calling my club "The Shift". I came across your post and saw your club name from the early 60's, "The Shiftiliers". I was wondering if you would not mind if I named my car club after yours.

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re: car club

I have no problem with that. we had that club 50+ yrs. ago,I'd be happy to see the name resurrected. good luck with your club.sprecher489(tom)
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Thank you very much Tom. I am happy to resurrect the name! Thank you again, and I am excited to get started Tara
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Funny you should ask about this. Check out the list of car clubs in the SF bay area where I live from April 1960. Pretty cool!

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This is really neat Brian!
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There was/is (sort of) a speed shop called "Vic Hubbards" that has an amazing collection of club plaques on the wall of the lobby. This is an old photo, I can't find a newer one. But they had all the local clubs in this photo from the early sixties.

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If you aren't going to collect membership fees (dues), then you don't need to register as a non-profit organization.

Forming a "club" of people just getting together for enjoyment and helping each other, you don't need to follow any "articles of association" and develop by-laws. Once money is involved, then you need to file for non-profit status, elect officers, have meetings that include financial reports and follow the order of the articles.

Leave out the money, keep it simple and have fun.

You can adopt most any assumed name.
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If you aren't going to collect membership fees (dues), then you don't need to register as a non-profit organization.

Forming a "club" of people just getting together for enjoyment and helping each other, you don't need to follow any "articles of association" and develop by-laws. Once money is involved, then you need to file for non-profit status, elect officers, have meetings that include financial reports and follow the order of the articles.

Leave out the money, keep it simple and have fun.

You can adopt most any assumed name.
^^^This^^^
Keep it simple. I quit joining "clubs" years ago. Friends getting together is great! Once you start making it a "job" the fun part goes in the toilet and your friends find other friends to just hang out with...
Hang out, have some cook outs and meet up at the local cruise nights. That's all you need to do.
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Haha, this post reminded me of a club a few buddies and I started in high school. We had low riders and we were the "Ground Bound Minis". Had vinyl on the rear windows and all......ahhhh good times.
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I don't know about this club business. Apparently I'm in one and I don't even remember joining!

The other day my wife looked me in the eye and said,

"Well you joined them!"I was completely mystified and asked,"Joined who?"

"The A**hole Club and you're President!"

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