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The Pierce Arrow Society as well as Franklin Club always have really nice decent sized meets and a lot of the younger members come via their parents and/or fact that they can get a really well built stylish car in a a PA at a pretty reasonable price and in a Franklin get really interesting engineering at a reasonable price too.  ACD club is sort of the same via a many of the people do the club meet labor day weekend for most of their life  matched to the cars being particularly sought after and great drivers ( I bet the 35 Phaeton and a couple more cars that seem to just catch peoples eye matched to owners who are happy to share where there are others and ...) have put 15 or so younger people behind the wheel.  

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4 hours ago, 63RedBrier said:

Hi!  My name is Greg and I live in Alexandria Virginia!  Although I do not have a CCCA vehicle (yet!), I'm trying to do as much research and view as many cars as possible before I become the vehicle's next caretaker.  It would be great if there was a classic vehicle in my family that has been passed down thru the generations; however, there is not...  I drove just over an hour in my modern car (a 2015 Holden SS) to go to this show, my first CCCA meet.  At 53, I was definitely among the younger of the owners and interlopers.  It would have been great if there was some type of "ambassador" there is show me around or introduce me to a few folks...  I did ask one guy that looked official how many cars were there and he said 47.  I also asked a few people if they knew Al Becker who I spoke to on the phone, but never met, since he had a beautiful dark green phaeton there, but no luck...  He may have been judging.  Anyway, I watched a few times as the teams of judges actually did the operations tests and judged the cars.  I took many of the same photos you see above.  I stopped at the information table/canopy on the way out and they were offering a pretty thick classic car book as a gift if one joined the club that day.  The two black unrestored cars definitely appealed to me.  The sedan definitely needed new glass, but that would take away from its originality.  I'm very glad I went!  A big THANK YOU to the hosts!     

 

Greg, there are a handful of CCCA-member Packards right there in Alexandria, VA,  including one or two that were at the show, and I'd be happy to introduce you to their owners by e-mail.  There's an active Packard Club in northern virginia, Packards Virginia, that often has events in Alexandria.   It's a welcoming local crowd, and I'm sure they'd be interested in meeting you. Just PM me if you're interested in that. 

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I've actually been into CORVAIRS since high school, so air-cooled Franklins are actually appealing!  This coming Monday I'm driving my 1963 Greenbrier (Corvair) Camper out to St. Charles, IL for the International Corvair Convention.

 

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There are lots of nice Franklins that are pretty cool that you can get for 25k or less.

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23 hours ago, 63RedBrier said:

 

Meet a best friend - Mike Ranochak https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeranochak  - loves Corvairs.

 

This was our Franklin which dad and I bought in 1979, and sold in perhaps 2007  (all be it not a 25K car and has several times set records for higher bracket Franklin sales prices) - 1930 Franklin 147 Dietrich bodied Speedster Convertible Sedan 


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I would suggest Franklin Automobile Enthusiast site on Facebook.

 

Also my pick of the year as to available Franklins (recently posted on facebook) - there was a 1931 153 Coupe (the large car of which maybe 5 survive) that came up on the Enthusiasts site - super rare car and work appears well enough done up (perhaps a cross between professional and amateur) to a certain point though restoration not finished and personally not really fond of interior choice or such as dash woodgraining qualiy (ie Price needs negotiated). 

 

AIR COOLED! 1931 Franklin 153 Rumble Seat Coupe. Freshly-rebuilt air-cooled 6 cylinder engine. Runs beautifully. Body rebuilt with new wood and freshly painted. New chrome. Interior, upholstery and top need finishing. Leather and wool included. Owner died prior to completion. 98% complete. All of the difficult (and expensive) work is done. A great opportunity to acquire a rare Full Classic. Details at:CharvetClassicCars.com

 

http://charvetclassiccars.com/currently-available.html

 

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On ‎7‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 2:48 AM, 1935Packard said:

 

I like that idea.  For a lot of people, the regular CCCA dues are probably enough to deter joining.  At $70 for the national, plus $20 to $50 for the region -- and that likely on top of marque club memberships, maybe AACA, magazine subscriptions, etc -- it's not a small amount to join.   Worth it, but you don't know that until you join.  A year of discounted membership would probably help.

-I really would be surprised if any younger folks are seriously sweating the $70 fee. My brother and I are in our 30's and we both signed up last year only because people at the CCCA Tent in Hershey struck up conversation with us and were really cool. Jay Quail is pretty sharp, he came right up to us and offered to place us in some cars so we could catch a ride on some upcoming tours and get a feel for how things work. The CCCA activities are great and it is a goal for us to hopefully participate some day with the Classic that we are squaring away now. We also turned a few friends our age on to the club over the past year and they agree with us that what the club does is pretty unique so hopefully there's more folks our age out there that will embrace this ideology. That being said, I personally am very excited to see them making some big improvements to the website! -

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Agreed. I have long said that if you complain about the cost of being a member of a club that caters directly to your interests, yet have a garage full of toy cars, then you're a skinflint at best and a fool at worst. I'm sure the whinging reaches epic levels every time a car club raises their dues, but seriously? You'll spend $3500 on a carburetor but $75 to be a member of the club that helps you install it is just too much to ask? Pffft.

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I agree that it is not the fee, yet there is a number of people that should belong and would love it, yet they do not belong. 

 

I have people all the time locally ask me to borrow my CCCA and ACD publications (and/ have CCCA cars too, go to ACD fest, and ....) and I will loan out and suggest they join yet they never join - baffling !

 

And, we have sold CCCA cars to people who have bluntly said that their broker told them to buy it and they have no intention of ever joining a club, showing car, or doing anything other than owning it - again baffling. 

 

Reminds me of a story I told via text yesterday - Fed -Ex lost a set of 6 - 19" whitewall tires and I put up a fuss and insisted they find them - they did find them and the dispatcher's response was they did not think that was what they were looking for (aka they were staring right at them and did not realize what they were) - my thought is sometimes all this just does not "click" and if you do not really know what you are looking for/missing then ...

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Regarding willingness to pay club membership dues, I think there's a big difference between how we think people *should be* and how people *are*.   Most people see joining a car club as being about getting a magazine, not about joining a community, and there's a limit as to how many magazines they can get.  The more expensive the magazine, the less likely people are to subscribe.

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A magazine is something you read waiting at the dentist or the airport!:D I understand the need for a monthly bulletin right now and its very lovely but I certainly wouldn't mind if they paired it down to a quarterly issue. I just want to log into the ever-improving member section of the site and sneak a read when Its slow at work or the wife is watching something silly on Netflix. Leveraging technology and social media is a cost effective way to maintain a sense of community within any club or organization. Naturally I'm sure the CCCA are well are of this and that I not saying anything that they don't fully realize. The college I attended doesn't print a costly monthly alumni periodical but I still attend their functions and identify as an active member of their community- why should the CCCA be any different? 

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The problem is that 50% of the membership does not know how to log on to a computer.

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