The 4th Gear – Episode 4: Interview with Jeff DeMarey: Board Director of the Classic Car Club of America
The 4th Gear – Presented by Classic Auto Insurance
The 4th Gear is a video podcast that will give you the opportunity to listen to individuals that share your passion and enthusiasm for collectible cars. This platform will allow you to gain a unique insight and understanding of the benefits of being a member of a car club or auction or a DIY restoration.
CCCA – Celebrating Classic & Vintage Cars
The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) is an organization celebrating classic and vintage cars primarily focusing on models produced between 1915 and 1948.
The CCCA states that its mission is “the development, publication, and interchange of technical, historical and other information for and among members and other persons who own or are interested in fine or unusual foreign or domestic motorcars built between and including the years 1915 and 1948 and are distinguished for their representative fine design, high engineering standards, and superior workmanship, and to promote social exchange and fellowship among its members: and to maintain references upon and encourage the maintenance, restoration, and preservation of all such Classic cars.”
The CCCA is a welcoming club for car enthusiasts, and you don’t need a classic car to join.
The History of the Classic Car Club of America
The Classic Car Club of America began in 1952 because some vehicle enthusiasts were driving vehicles deemed too modern for the Antique Automobile Club of America. In March 1952, the CCCA held its first exhibition at the International Motor Sports Show in Grand Central Palace located in New York City. They presented a 1931 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton. The event was a huge success for the organization, and their membership went up from twenty to almost a hundred.
Later in 1952, the club signed on even more members, and by 1960, the club had over 2,500 members. As of this day, the Classic Car Club of America now has over 3,500 members from all over the world, with its headquarters located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
What Makes a Car a Classic?
Historically, cars deemed to be classics were expensive limited editions with great design, style, and performance, but defining a classic isn’t always that simple. The CCCA Classifications Chairman, Jon Lee, pondered what makes a classic and created an expansive list organized in descending order of production. A few from the list include Cadillac, Packard, Auburn, LaSalle, Lincoln, Buick, Franklin, Pierce-Arrow, Willys-Knight, Studebaker, Chrysler, Nash, Stutz, Marmon, Steams-Knight, Reo, and many others. For the full list on the Classic Car Club of America’s website, visit this page.
Classic Car Club of America Grand Classics
The Classic Car Club of America hosts various family-friendly events for vehicle enthusiasts. Participants are not required to own a classic car in order to attend the events, but you do need to be a member of the CCCA.
At the Grand Classics events, classic cars are evaluated by the CCCA. Only vehicles that are approved by the CCCA can participate in the show field. They also offer a Touring Class for non-show cars to participate. The highest honor given by the CCCA is the CCCA National first.
Classic Car Club of America Upcoming Events
Every year, The Classic Car Club of America hosts various events, and the events are a great opportunity for your classic vehicle to progress to the Premier League. Check out these events upcoming in 2022.
From January 5 to January 9th, 2022, the Classic Car Club of America is having the 69th CCCA Annual Meeting. The meeting is in Palm Beach, Florida.
A couple of months later, the CCCA will have the Rancho Santa Fe Grand Classic from March 18 through March 20.
Later in the year, the CCCA will host the 2022 Williamsburg Grand Classic & Mini-CARavan from May 11 to May 14.