January '20

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56 THE SHOP JANUARY 2020 S hops and other businesses involved in the specialty vehicle industry can benefit in several ways from having access to an up-to-date listing of car clubs. Some clubs are organized for owners of certain types of vehicles, such as sports cars, fire engines or trucks. Other clubs are organized by the brand (or marque) of vehicle, such as a Chevrolet club, Chrysler club or Corvette club. Some clubs are either national or inter- national organizations. In some cases, such as the New England MG T Register, the name can be misleading. That club has a worldwide membership today, although it started as a regional group. A national/international club probably has regions or chapters that are not listed in this article. For instance, the Pontiac- Oakland Club International has its home office in Minnesota, but there are POCI regions covering all areas of the world. In the United States, each region has local chapters in various states. JOINING THE CLUB If a business becomes a member of a national/international club, it's likely that your membership will include the newsletter, magazine or other type of publication that will list all the addresses of the club's state chapters. Such clubs usually require that you join the national/ international group before you can join a local chapter in your immediate area. Joining vehicle owner associations has its benefits. By John Gunnell 56 THE SHOP JANUARY 2020 The New England MG T Register may sound like a regional club, but its 2013 Central U.S. "Gathering of the Faithful" brought members and cars to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This shop owner promoted his engine building expertise at the Vintage Triumph Register's national meet in 2015. VTR is the leading Triumph sports car club. This man's New York shop reproduced the Triumph TR250/TR4/TR6 frame. He brought a sample to the VTR meet on his specially modified trailer.

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