The Classic Auto Club of Alexandria, which officially started out in 1970, will rejoice its marginally belated 50th anniversary with its 33rd once-a-year automobile demonstrate at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The present is no cost to go to and will element craft and pastime suppliers, music, food items, and of system, autos.
“It has normally been a loved ones-oriented detail,” mentioned Rod Eldevik, a club member due to the fact 1970.
No alcoholic beverages will be served at the celebration or any of their functions. “No consuming and driving is encouraged of any kind,” said Chlian.
The club began simply, “Just a few of fellas gathered in the garage functioning on a carburetor,” mentioned Don Kingston, a single of the unique and lifetime associates of the Vintage Automobile Club. The fellas started conference frequently, and inevitably, more and extra folks began to get associated. Ultimately, they decided they necessary to get organized, and a handful of the guys agreed it was a superior notion to start out a hobbyist club for classic cars to boost the really like and fascination of aged cars and trucks. What begun as cruises, loved ones outings, and picnics eventually led to parades and auto exhibits.
Their 1st formal assembly took put on Dec. 18, 1969. They elected Wally Withrow as president, Merlin Peterson as secretary, Al Nordheim as vice president/treasurer, two 12 months board member Herman Sternberg and a single 12 months board member Monthly bill Becker. The club was officially founded in 1970.
Now, just more than 50 decades later, the club is nonetheless likely strong with about 130 associates.
“Even with some of our older users passing, we nevertheless get new kinds each and every calendar year. Even this very last year with COVID, men and women stayed associated,” said Chlian.
“I never believed we’d go for 50 decades we just stored likely year following calendar year,” stated Kingston.
“Most of us wondered if we would even endure 50 several years,” chuckled Eldevik,
Extra than autos, the friendships, and recollections created have been the most vital component of the member’s life. From Wally’s tires catching fireplace on a cruise to Inspiration Peak to buying and selling off batteries every single several miles simply because someone’s alternator wasn’t doing the job, to acquiring pulled more than just simply because the officer desired to admire the vintage motor vehicle. “I was not even rushing,” stated Chlian.
“Many, quite a few friendships have been designed in my time as a club member, lifetime friendships,” explained Jerry Cline, a club member because 1983.
“The friendships created are far more essential than the autos,” said Eldevik.
“I’ve made a amount of friendships you can not place a price on that,” reported Kingston.
Currently, the club satisfies each individual 3rd Thursday of the month at Shalom Church in Alexandria and can be discovered at car reveals all around the point out, nonetheless driving in parades and now visiting senior treatment facilities.
“The citizens are from the similar period as most of our vehicles, so it is fantastic to convey them some nostalgia,” mentioned Chlian.
Knute Nelson staff delivers resident out to view the classic cars and trucks lined up in the parking large amount. (Thalen Zimmerman / Echo Push)
The club’s activities are built to bring people today collectively and have a fantastic time, “that’s truly what it’s all about, local community and entertaining,” explained Chlian. One particular year, the club lifted all over $5,000 to donate to area nonprofits.
There are no standards to turn out to be a member other than obtaining a enthusiasm for autos. All a person will have to do is merely apply. Club conferences are open to the community, and you can utilize by means of their paper application.
“We persuade folks to join even if they don’t have a motor vehicle, permit by yourself a classic car. We want the youthful generation to arrive and hold the club heading,” explained Chlian.
Extra information and facts about the club can be found on their Facebook page: Classic Car Club of Alexandria.