VCCA Membership - by Bill Barker #09802
One question that I get asked frequently, is how do I find parts or information
about my vintage Chevrolet? For me this was a very unnerving
experience when I first purchased my 1931 Five Passenger Coupe in
1972. For a year I fumbled around not knowing how, or where, to
get help. Then one day someone introduced me to the VCCA
(Vintage Chevrolet Club of America) and my life hasn't been the same since.
Not only did I find an easy way to locate parts, but I also
found a huge network of auto enthusiasts just like myself. Through the
monthly magazine that the club publishes I've made friends around the
world. I've read articles and experienced exploits that are eerily
similar to my own. Just seeing another car of the same year and model
in restored condition has motivated me on many occasions to go out into the
garage and work the evening away trying to get mine back on the road.
Once you become a member, you get FREE worldwide advertising
in the club's monthly magazine called: Generator
That alone makes this one of the greatest bargains in any hobby
organization. Additionally, however, the club has a set of people who
volunteer their time as "Technical Advisors". You can
write to them about your specific year and they'll often have the exact
information that you need. All of this is free with your
Another feature of this club is that it has
"regions" throughout the world. Most regions have one or
more local clubs that typically hold monthly meetings where people can come
and share in further automotive experiences. In addition most of the
clubs have local tours and some even hold annual events, or meets, where
they invite other vintage car owners to participate. Once you've
attended one of these shindigs that extends over 3 or 4 days, you'll be
hooked. It is a fabulous experience to tour with a large group of
vintage cars down some old winding road to a spot that you've never been
before. That's what the hobby is all about - keeping the cars on the
Here is the link to the National VCCA's web site. It
has lots of information about upcoming events.
In 2001 the VCCA had 668 different 1931 Chevrolets
registered to it's members. That is probably the vast majority of all
of the remaining stock '31s in the world. It is from this virtual pool
of friends that the club continues to serve after being in existence for
over 40 years!
UPDATE: In 2012 there were 715 different 1931 Chevrolets in the club.
As a final comment, we sometimes have recognition for people
who have helped new members to join the club. Recently I
received a pin for my efforts and I want to thank everyone who used my membership number
as your referral. It was a good feeling to know that this web
site has been instrumental in so many old-Chevy folks getting together.
If you're not a member, seriously consider it. I'm 99.9%
that you'll be glad that you joined.
Online application form is available at:
And -- you can also join immediately ONLINE.
Please drop me a line if I can help further.
Barker, #9802, Seattle, Washington