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It was an idea whose time had come. At least this spirited band of enthusiasts thought so. The year was 1951. Owners of Packards, Cadillacs and the like – vintage late 1920’s to early 1930’s found to their chagrin, upon arriving at old car meets, that they were not eligible to participate because the vehicles they were driving were “too modern.” The Antique Automobile Club of America, the nation’s oldest organization in the hobby, had relegated the enthusiasts’ chosen wheels to Class 19, designated “Tow Cars.” Since these vehicles were, to their minds more properly defined by the term “Classic”, a new organization seemed called for.

The Classic Car Club of America was born later that year, In March of 1952, entertainer Herb Shriner invited the fledgling club to exhibit at the International Motor Sport Show held at the Grand Central Palace in New York City. A 1931 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton was spruced up and set up on the balcony – with a recruiting table alongside. Before the show, CCCA membership stood at twenty. By the end of the show, seventy-five more enthusiasts had been signed up.

And the Club roster more than doubled again in the next six months. On September 17th, 1952, the Classic Car Club of America was incorporated with 212 founding members.

In January of 1953, Volume I, Number 1 of The Classic Car magazine came off the press. That July the club’s first show – The Grand Classic – was held at Washington’s Crossing State Park in New Jersey. In August the first tour – the CARavan – wended its way from the East Coast to Detroit where the Club was the guest of the Packard Motor Car Company, whose hospitality included a trek to Utica where the Classics were exercised on the famous Packard proving ground track.

Already the AACA had changed its Class 19 designation to “Classic Cars.” The nice thing about an idea whose time has come is how quickly the word gets around and is cheerfully accepted. The CCCA proceeded from strength to strength. By 1960 membership passed the 2500 mark. Today membership in the club reaches over 3500 worldwide. The club is headquartered in Schiller Park, near Chicago. But, intrinsically, the CCCA is everywhere that Classic Cars are celebrated..

 

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  • CCCANER Officers
  • Managers
  • Advisory Committee
  • Board Members
Jeffery DeMarey,

Director and Web Master

10 Chestnut Hill Road
Hampden, MA 01036-9711
413-566-0091 Business
413-531-3991 Cell

End of Term 2020
Diane Elmendorf,

Treasurer

75 Deer Meadow Lane
Chatham, MA 02633
508-945-9443 Home
774-810-5940 Cell

End of Term 2020
Chuck Niles,

Secretary

885 Litchfield Road
Bowdoin, ME 04287
207-666-8111 Business
207-798-1373 Cell

End of Term 2020
Ryan Brown ,

872 S. Main Street
Woodstock, ME  04219
207-890-1105 Cell

End of Term 2021
Chris Charlton,

Manager

228 Christian Ridge Road
South Paris, ME 04281
207-743-5001 Business
207-743-3101 Cell

End of Term 2021
Heidi Ann Charlton,

Editor

228 Christian Ridge Road
South Paris, ME 04281
207-743-5001 Business
207-743-4991 Cell

End of Term 2021
Richard Doucette,

Advertising

THE BOSTON CUP
416 Puritan Road
Swampscott, MA 01907
617-834-3937 Cell

End of Term 2023
Elliot Friend,

Membership

15 Pine Cobble
Plymouth, MA 02360
518-339-4451 Cell

End of Term 2023
Russ Rocknak,

23 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
603-759-4676

End of Term 2023
Christopher DeMarey

 

10 Chestnut Street
Hampden, MA 01035-9711
413-454-7600 Cell

Joseph Gildea

 

25 R Harley Street
Dorchester, MA  02124-3633
617-288-6626 Home
603-498-1917

George W. Holman

 

583 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095
413-596-4911 Home

Fred Jackson

 

22 Arrow Head Road
Marblehead, MA 01945-1242
781-631-4298 Home

 

Jack Welch

 

20 Botolph Street
Melrose, MA 01940
Home: (781) 662-4423
Cell: (617) 838-3525

Frank Wemple

 

Club Historian
223 Puddin Lane
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
860-423-0130

Chris Charlton

 

Heidi Charlton

 

Jeff DeMarey

 

Diane Elmendorf

 

Russ Rocknak

 

Ryan Brown

 

Elliot Friend

 

Rich Doucette

 

Chuck Niles

 

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