Welcome to the San Diego/Palm Springs Region of the Classic Car Club of America (“CCCA”) Website. Thanks for stopping by to check us out.
The San Diego/Palm Springs Regional Club (“SD-PS”) is one of 29 CCCA regional clubs in the United States. The 29 regional clubs constitute the “National Club.” Our regional club was founded in 1992 with the specific subtitle of “The Touring Region.” This means that our primary goal is to organize groups of individual members for outings driving our old cars. We are able to be active twelve months of the year, because the largely ideal weather available most of the year somewhere in our two-county region, San Diego and Imperial Counties. (Two and half counties, actually, as our region also includes southern Riverside County.)
We have many older back-country classic-car-friendly roads available to us in our region, adding significantly to the enjoyment of driving our classic cars. While some freeway driving is inevitable in Southern California, we strive to use the freeway system only when we are forced to, as a means of getting to a more appropriate and relaxing road. Our cars were not designed for the current 65 mph speed limits. They are more comfortable at 35 to 50 mph.
The term “Classic Car” needs defining here, in the specific CCCA context. The National Club was initially founded in 1953 to preserve and to enjoy the most prestigious cars built anywhere in the world between 1925 and 1942. And to promote fellowship among its members. Since the formation of the club, the 1925 date has been moved back in time to include cars made since 1915. And the pre-World War Two limits have been extended forward to 1948 to include cars made after the war that are essentially unchanged from 1942 models. Thus the Classic Car Club has its own narrow definition of eligible “classics”. Other cars, not meeting the CCCA criteria are referred to, within the club, as “non-classics.” One does not have to own a “classic car” as defined by CCCA to become a member. Interest in the cars of the era is the only criterion needed to apply for membership in the club.
Our region attracts CCCA members from around the country, particularly during times of the year when it is unwise or impossible to drive their carefully preserved cars in their home regions. For example, we held havi a “Grand Classic” automobile gathering here, at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, just north of San Diego, on the dates of March 11-13, 2016. We experienced a large local turnout to view Classics from the Western United States. A “grand classic” is essentially a car show, with cars allowed to enter the show field being restricted to the criteria set by the National Club. For our March Grand Classic there were events, including dinners, on Friday and Saturday nights. There was a concours displaying 44 Classics, with judging during the day on Saturday, on the expansive grassy lawn in front of the hotel.
For more information about the SDPS / CCCA please contact our Membership Chair Linnea Shoberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org . (For clarity the “ltl” portion is short for “little”. It is not two capital I’s, but two small case L’s. Or telephone me at 858-272-8881, or email me at email@example.com .
Director of the CCCA / SDPS region. Charter member of the San Diego Club, since its founding in 1992.
(FYI: I am Donald J. Williams. There is another Don Williams in the club, also in California, listed as “Donald Williams” without the middle initial “J”. He lives in Danville, CA. We are two different people.)