Where it all started - the Legend of Classic Car Club
Early one late summer morning way back in 1995, we threw open the doors on our central London depot and unleashed Classic Car Club on the general public. With a sum total of eight cars strategically placed to make the space look full we were armed and ready to recruit.
Lurking in the darkened corners of pre sanitised Kings Cross, we would leap out at unsuspecting victims and lure them back with lurid promises of automotive delights. Poor fools, they were such easy pickings - despite the fact that few of them fully understood the newly born concept, they just couldn't resist the pull of curvaceous metal, ridiculously oversized engines and the promise of a better life. Many of these souls are still members today and can often be seen wandering the club HQ, running their hands over gleaming bodywork, a lustful and yearning look in their eyes. There is simply no cure for them, they are CCC addicts through and through - their lives changed forever.
Once the sole preserve of automotive deviants, who liked nothing better than to huddle round discussing the merits of cross ply tyres, Classic Car Club has broadened its appeal, enabling ordinary upstanding citizens to join without fear of discrimination or scorn.
In the far off days of '95 there were absolutely no interesting modern cars - we naturally had to resort to bygone classics to fulfil our twisted motoring desires. The press were quickly on to us. Following a series of enthusiastic reviews from sad like-minded motoring journalists our cliquey little circle expanded.
Hearing of the success of the club, the major manufactures quickly realised they had better up the game and start creating new and interesting models if they were to ever sell another car. It is because of Classic Car Club we now have the likes of the Porsche Boxster, Audi TT, Lotus Elise, Honda S2000 and BMW Z4 Coupe. Without us the manufactures would have simply sat on their big fat laurels and carried on producing the bland offerings they had been force-feeding us for a decade.
Now it is easy to be a member of the Club. You are not required to have a stack of 1980's ' Custom Car' magazines stashed in a brown paper bag under your bed. You do not need to know the difference between a limited slip differential and a live rear axle. All that is required now is the desire to drive lots of different cars - sporty, prestigious, new, old, practical and quirky, without the pain and hardship of ownership.
Put simply, Classic Car Club is the answer to your motoring prayers.