Car clubs have been around nearly as long as the car itself, as a venue for motoring enthusiasts to share a common passion. In 1895, the Automobile Club of France was formed as a means for organizing races and events. Similar groups followed, such as the Royal Automobile Club, the Automobile Club of America, and the Philippine Motoring Association (which is now known as the Automobile Association of the Philippines). They all grew into organizations that provide support and services to motorists.
Much has changed since then—less formal groups dedicated to specific brands, models, and types of cars have sprouted up over the years. Thanks to social media, it has become easier to find a club catering to your specific car or interest.
If you're thinking of joining one, here are a few things to consider:
It provides a safe space for people who share the same level of enthusiasm
A shared passion is a great bonding experience. You’d be surprised, for example, at how many people might be as interested in vans as you are. In some cases, the camaraderie goes beyond the club.
It's a good way to meet new people and expand your network
In the old days, a car club’s reach extended to potential members who just happened to pass by a club meet at a gas station or a restaurant, or to friends, and friends of friends. The modern car club has a reach that extends to different cities, provinces, and even countries. Entire chapters can form to provide venues for get-togethers for members who live far.
It's a great source of car care and maintenance advice
More mechanically-inclined members can give you answers to questions related to branding, repair and maintenance, and pricing. The more reliable ones can even tell you which fuel provides the best mileage or performance in hot traffic.
It’s a good place to learn about car modification
These same members can also give feedback on what modifications you can or cannot do with your car. It helps to know beforehand that the fuel-saving device you found online doesn’t work because a clubmate or two already tried it; or that a simple suspension modification can make your car drive so much better.
They provide a way to give back
There really is strength in numbers. Pooling for donations and volunteers from the entire membership base and its extended network of contacts allows a club to organize outreach programs and to help more people.
It's a great way to let off steam
Ultimately, it's all about having fun. If there’s a motoring itch you need to scratch, clubs provide a great outlet for it. Fun-runs, track days, and off-road excursions provide a safe outlet for your "need for speed." Look for ones with older members who have an eye for safety and proven experience in organizing and running these events.
Look for club mates who can provide tips on driving, maintenance, and modifications to ensure a safe and problem-free track day or run. Your car needs to be in tip-top shape before you go out, and it starts with the fuel you're using.
A high-octane fuel like Petron XCS helps prevent engine knock both in hot traffic and out on a hot racetrack. The Tri-Action Advantage benefits of using Petron fuel promises better power, fuel efficiency, and longer engine life for your car.
Finding the right club allows you to make the most out of your experience as a car owner; finding the right fuel is just the icing on the cake.
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