For almost 50 years, a group of classic car lovers have been meeting in Texoma to discuss their love of two- and four-wheel vehicles. Started as a group that mainly talked about Model A and Model T automobiles, the group has graduated to the types of classic cars and trucks that the individuals celebrated and grew.
Now the 74 member group uses the word classic to describe the vehicles that group members own.
“The classic car owners in the Texoma area collect a wide range of vehicles,” club president Robert Mears said in an email interview. “It really depends on the individual. If they grew up with a certain car, that usually has an impact of what they own today. Some of the ones that are the most popular are Street Rods, Mustangs, Tri-5 Chevy’s (’55, ’56, & ’57), Plymouth Road Runners, Dodge Challengers, and Ford and Chevy Pickups.”
Mears said, that to a certain degree, a classic is in the eye of the beholder.
The club objectives are to promote interest in various forms of old car activities, create good fellowship and sportsmanship among all members of the club, and conduct club functions and activities in a manner befitting members of the vintage/classic car sport and to encourage a better understanding of automobiles as a constructive sport among members of the public, press and law enforcement agencies.
When it comes to what makes a vehicle a classic car, there is no concrete criteria of what fits the bill. If the vehicle is older and well liked, then it may be a classic car.
“Believe it or not, there is no consistent definition of what a classic car is,” Mears said. “But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t countless entities with their own definition. Here in the US, state governments typically define a classic car as any car over a certain age, normally 20 years and has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance. Not all old cars are classics. Regardless of a car’s status, it’s good advice to never say to a fellow car owner your car isn’t a real classic.”
Many of the car owners do work on restoring their vehicles and some have restoration done by others. Either way, many of these cars are presented at TVCCC’s annual car show held in the spring each year starting in 1989.
“From 1989 until 2008, the car show was held at Forest Park in Denison,” Mears said. “Beginning in 2009, we moved out to the Denison High School (now Scott Middle School), and have been at the location since then. In the early years, the show was always held on the first Saturday in August. We did not have many cars in the early days because of the heat in early August. Beginning in the early 2000s, we moved the show to the Spring to get away from the heat.”
The purpose of the show is to give the classic car owners a place to show off their pride and joy, to be able to share with others the history of vehicles, and to raise money to give back to the community and to individuals.
“People like to walk around and look and admire the classics,” Mears said. “It takes them back to their youth when they either had one or wished they had.”
For Mears, some of the coolest car innovations over the last 100 years are seat belts, turn signals, the automatic transmission, keyless entry and start, airbags, electric cars, driverless cars and more.
“I enjoy looking at all the old classics, whether they are still in original form, or has been modified from original form,” he said. “Because I have a 1964 Chevy Pickup that has been in the family since it was new, I would have to say that that it’s my favorite. I also have a 1964 Cushman Motor Scooter.”
In his dreams, Mears would love to own a 1967 Pontiac GTO.
“I had a buddy that had one and always thought that would be the car I would love to have,” he said.
In terms of the club, sharing the love of cars is just the means to do more.
“Our love for classic and vintage automobiles and to promote interest in various forms of vintage/classic car activities,” Mears said of why this club is interesting. “Our desire to give back to the community in the forms of donations to organizations and individuals in need.”
Often Texoma Vintage and Classic Car Club does more than just talk cars, the group also donates to many area organizations.
“We have adopted Meals-on-Wheels as our main organization to donate funds to each year,” Mears said. “Since our annual car show began in 1989, the club has donated in excess of $80,000 to various organizations and individuals through the years. Some of the organizations that have benefited from our donations are the American Red Cross, Grayson Home Hospice, CASA, Collin County Meals-on-Wheels, just to name a few. We also donate to individuals that may be in need because of illness, hospital stay, death of a loved one.”
The club meetings are one the fourth Thursday of each month, except for November and December.
“The November meeting is usually the 3rd Thursday because of where Thanksgiving falls,” Mears said in his email. “We don’t have a regular meeting in December because of our club Christmas Party. The club has a business meeting at each meeting. Occasionally, we will have someone present a program as well.”
Dues for the club are $15 a year and anyone wishing to join the club can contact Mears directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://www.TexomaVintageCCC.com.