The largest gay and lesbian car club on the West Coast invites new membersOnline Only, Section 4A Monday, December 11th, 2017
Great Autos of Yesteryear is the largest gay and lesbian car club on the West Coast with almost 1,000 members, owning over 2,600 cars. This diverse organization was formed in 1983 by veteran car collectors Ted Davidson and Herb Rothman who, though active in other clubs, felt the gay community should have a club all its own—a club that could serve as both a social gathering place and means of bringing together gay and lesbian individuals who share a unique enthusiasm for the automobile and its preservation.
Unlike most “conventional” classic car clubs who might have one event a year, Great Autos offers at least one fun event each month, such as road rallies, car collection tours, and car shows in and around Southern California. Also, Great Autos members look forward to exciting annual events — including a drive-in movie event, Palm Springs Casual Concours charity car show, and the four-day extravaganza West Coast Meet, this year in beautiful Atascadero. One of the most enjoyable annual events is Heaps O’ Fun day in the park celebrating works-in-progress, daily drivers and “less than perfect” cars. In addition to all that, local area cruise nights are held frequently throughout California (as well as several cities in the Pacific Northwest, Nevada, and the Southwest U.S.) so members can “kick tires” and catch up during the month.
Great Autos actively supports the LGBT community in a number of ways with involvement in Pride festivals and parades. When you’ve seen dignitaries riding in stunning, chrome-laden convertibles, chances are those vintage vehicles have been provided by Great Autos members. They have also raised many thousands of dollars for worthy causes at our spectacular annual Concours charity car show.
The Great Autos LGBT (and straight, too!) family member ranges in age from 18 to over 80, with most makes, models and years of cars represented in our ranks. While they are mostly in Southern California, Great Autos members hail from across the USA, as well as Canada and Europe. Don’t own a classic or special interest vehicle? No problem—-you only need to possess the appreciation and the desire to share your enthusiasm to be part of the Great Autos of Yesteryear family!
For more information and details of a free trial membership visit greatautos.org.
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