Starting a Car Club

My new car has proven to be more fun than I ever imagined. As I told a friend recently, “If I had known how much fun a two-seater convertible was, I wouldn’t have waited so long to buy one.” 

2017 Fiat 124 Spider (Lusso)

It didn’t take me long to start searching for a car club in the area. I could easily find the time every fourth or fifth Saturday to drop the top and drive the highways and byways of Southeastern Arizona.

Unfortunately, it soon became clear there weren’t really any options in the area. Outside of a Corvette Club – they seem to be everywhere – there simply aren’t other car clubs in the area, and certainly none that would fit the niche I was looking for, two-seater convertibles … roadsters.

What’s a man to do when he can’t find a club which would be a good fit for his new car and desire to be a part of a like-minded community? Start his own car club of course. Considering there aren’t many Fiat 124 Spiders out there – I have yet to run across another on the road in the three months I’ve owned mine – a ‘Fiat Spider’ club was far too narrow and convertibles in general (four-seater convertibles are generally terrible looking) was more broad than I desired. Additionally, I live in a smaller community so I didn’t want to limit the club to just my home town. Ultimately the answer was a roadster club which references/includes the entire county.

Much of my time lately has been spent on establishing the club and getting the word out. So far I have established a Community Page (where I share general club information and photos) and a Group Page (where requests can be made to join and where specific information for members is shared) on Facebook, and an Instagram Page.

The initial Meet & Greet is this Saturday at the local park. In addition to listing the event on Facebook, I have listed it on Craig’s List, and distributed a few flyers. If four or five people show up I will consider it a success and there is probably enough interest to move forward and grow the club. Wish me, and the club, luck.

And by all means, if you’re in the area this weekend, or any time really, feel free to reach out … we’ll drop the tops and ride!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Hoping you had a nice turnout, James! I’m trusting you’ll let us know in a new post.

    • Indeed. Look for an update in a couple days.

  2. Bravo, James. Great idea to hook up with other like minded roadster lovers for some great times. I applaud your initiative. I had a Miata for YEARS, and suspect most of your club members will be driving that popular roadster. I also had a 1980 MGB when I first got out of college. Man, I miss that car. I LOVE your Fiat, BTW.

    • Thanks, Fritz. The Miata is a well loved car, and like you, I suspect it will be very well represented and will make up a large portion of whatever membership numbers the club ultimately has. I’ve been hustling the last few weeks trying to generate interest but it’s hard to know how receptive people will be to participating. I suspect anywhere from one to fifteen people will show up this Saturday for the initial Meet & Greet. Hopefully it will be closer to the latter!

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