Enjoy driving? You should join an auto club
If you're into cars, one of the best ways to meet new people and share fun experiences is to join a drivers' club.
Whether you're a casual hobbyist who likes lazy days cruising in the countryside or a full-on petrol head that prefers racing on the track, you can be sure there's already a car club out there for you.
In general, auto clubs usually come in two main types:
- Owners' clubs which tend to cater to car owners of specific brands or models, e.g., clubs dedicated to the Toyota MR2 model
- Drivers' clubs aimed at performance, vintage, or sports car owners - like Fast Lane Drive.
Whichever type you choose, there is a myriad of advantages to be gained from joining a drivers' club – not least of which is meeting all sorts of people with similar interests. Being part of a group also allows you to enjoy your vehicle more. Here are just a few reasons you should consider joining a car club:
We live in an age where communication has never been easier, yet reported instances of loneliness have never been higher. Joining a drivers' club allows you to meet like-minded individuals who share core interests similar to yours. It's a great way to make new friends and experience new things.
Another less obvious benefit of joining a driver club is the chance to meet business movers and shakers. In particular, vintage and performance sports cars tend to be at the higher end of the price range and consequently are often owned by people higher up the work ladder. Get talking to people – you never who you might meet.
Most auto enthusiasts are understandably proud of their cars. There's no better place for showing off your vehicle and getting feedback from other drivers than at a car meet. Most drivers' clubs hold regular meetings where members congregate to discuss car tips and tricks. Just make sure you're familiar with some of the more informal rules before attending.
Benefits and discounts
As driving clubs have grown in popularity, so their marketing power has increased with many manufacturers and suppliers sitting up and taking notice. Consequently, many driver's clubs have forged deals with auto supply companies, which are passed on to members in the form of exclusive discounts and benefits.
Exclusive track and race days
There are few things more exhilarating than going to a competitive track day. Competing against friends at a racetrack can be one of the most exciting experiences for a performance car owner – a chance to test your skills and push your vehicle to the limit. A race complex is also the only place you can legally and safely push your car to its full potential.
Trips and travel
Most auto groups organize days out and longer driving trips. There's nothing better than getting a convoy of driving enthusiasts together and heading out on a long road trip. On the way, you'll visit new places, make new memories and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
Doing your bit for charity
Many auto groups also hold charity events, for example, showcasing owner cars to the general public or taking part in charity drives. By joining these activities, you can have great fun with friends while also generating money and benefiting the community.
Gaining knowledge and benefitting from shared experiences
Joining with people of similar interests and shared passions allows you to forge new friendships and share new experiences. You'll likely also learn of car maintenance and modification tips – ideas and thoughts you won't find anywhere else. Search online for the auto club that most suits you and sign up today.