World's Best Car Clubs
Want to drive some of the coolest cars or race on some of the world's most famous tracks? We tell you how.
Classic Sports Racing Group
Birds of a feather flock together, or so they say. Golfers have their immaculately manicured country clubs. Sailors lounge seaside at the local yacht club. Tennis players — well, you get the picture. And high-performance auto enthusiasts, those who crave the scream of a well-tuned engine and the sickeningly sweet smell of high-grade petrol, are no different.
While gearheads still congregate in empty parking lots, on back roads or at local street gatherings, those with money and a love of driving fast have an even better alternative: car and track clubs.
A global phenomenon, these clubs give the automotive obsessive a high-octane outlet for speed, sport and seriously cool cars. The experience is far from one-size-fits-all, though. Groups include those who want to push a stable of the latest supercars to their limits on the world's best tracks, those that celebrate the unique ownership experience of a particular automotive brand, and those that re-create the glory days of classic sports cars of the past. And that's only the start.
Here are six organizations that represent the best of the best car clubs from around the globe.
Classic Sports Racing Group
Since 1968, the California-based Classic Sports Racing Group has celebrated the speed and style of iconic racing cars and sports cars. While its events take place at celebrated Golden State tracks such as Laguna Seca, Infineon Raceway and Thunderhill Park, CSRG is less about capturing a checkered flag and more about the thrill of piloting and maintaining pieces of motorsports history. Member vehicles, which include pre-World War II cars, classic Formula racers and production sport and GT cars, must be restored meticulously and in a period-correct manner.
The members' stable houses a jaw-dropping array of lust-worthy vehicles that would make Jay Leno jealous, including a 1952 Jaguar XK120, a 1958 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta, a 1964 Morgan Plus 4 and a 1965 Corvette Roadster, to name just a few. Owning a vintage racer is one thing; it's quite another to appreciate it as it was meant to be enjoyed — at high speeds, tires squealing into a turn, surrounded by a cadre of like-minded car nuts.
Classic Car Club
Not everyone has a bona fide classic just sitting in the garage, but that doesn't mean you can't have access to some of the world's most iconic vehicles. Classic Car Club, which operates outposts in New York; London; Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Lithuania, provides members with modern and vintage classics — for a hefty fee, of course. It's similar to a high-end, member's only rental agency. Annual membership starts at $8,000, for which you get 35 to 40 days of driving in a selection of 40-plus vehicles; members can split their access among day-to-day use, track days and unique membership experiences such as international rallies. But what does that $8K buy you when it comes to cars? U.S. members can divvy their driving quota as they see fit among a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, a 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4, a 1965 Shelby Cobra and the legendary 1969 Jaguar E-Type, among other instantly recognizable classic and contemporary choices.
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I worked on the SCCA headquarters in Topeka, KS. IMHO, this is the best bang for your buck. Some seriously cool cars there, (everything from 'Vettes to ACR Dodge Neons).
lol, the article is a bit out of sorts, almost like the author just did a Google/Bing search and picked out some of the car clubs that he liked. It seems like, if I wanted to know more about car clubs I could have done the exact same thing, just did a quick search and picked out some that interested me.
Oh well, I wouldn't really say it was a bad article, just mildly interesting.
I agree - the SCCA sucks... Is there something in florida like in California