There’s nothing quite like being with people who share your interests. If your interest lies in the rumbling of engines and different automotives, a car club can definitely give you a sense of community to belong to.
A car club is characterised as a community of car enthusiasts who share the same interest in car-related things. It may be focused on car type or manufacturer (such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, etc.), on a make or model (such as RS2, M3, 911, etc.) or on purpose (such as cars for showing, for competing or for driving). Car clubs may pick just one specialty to focus on or may generalise, accepting members with various car makes or models.
Car clubs usually come with a membership fee that gives their members a variety of exclusive club benefits to enjoy, such as:
Ability to register a vehicle registration under the Club Permit Scheme
For a reduced fee, owners of historic vehicles that are 25 years and older can drive their vehicles for 45 or 90 days per year under VicRoads Club Permit Scheme. Only registered car clubs are allowed to issue Club Permits, provided that the vehicle’s age and roadworthiness are proven. If you are a Club Permit holder, just remember to log an entry in your logbook each time you drive the historic vehicle to avoid a fine.
Access to publications, newsletters & social media
Car clubs traditionally publish a magazine, whether annually, bi-annually, quarterly or monthly. These magazines, which can be distributed in hardcopy or via email, feature automotive articles and photographs, event coverage, service and parts advice, items and vehicles wanted or for sale, historical material of interest to the membership and other information relevant to car enthusiasts. This also applies for newsletters, as well as other club collaterals that the club uses to communicate with members. Many clubs also have a strong online and social media presence.
Invitations to club meetings
In essence, car clubs are hubs for socialising and interaction. Meetings can range from official meetings to larger events, like drive days, track days, race days, driver training days, car displays, show n shines and fundraising events. Club meetings are a fantastic opportunity for club members to connect with one another and share their passions regarding everything automotive!
Access to club merchandise & industry discounts
Club members can purchase club merchandise often not available to the general public at a discounted price and, through the club, can access a range of discounts and special deals on a variety of services and products within the automotive and motorsport industry.
Racing Licenses and driver training
CAMS-affiliated car clubs allow members access to racing licenses and official training. Some clubs also run driver training programs to assist members in gaining advanced skills.
Access to motorsport events
Motorsport Australia-affiliated car clubs help their members take their first step into motorsport. Club members can then participate in exclusive events such as motorkhana, hill climbs and track days.
Access to club car shows
Car shows are a great way for members to show off their cars to the general public, from current models to the classics. Car shows may be open class or restricted to a particular speciality. Car shows allow people to view a wide variety of marques, makes and models to socialise with other passionate car enthusiasts and experts.
Joining club runs
Club runs constitute anything from a one day run, a breakfast run, a short run followed by lunch, a weekend away or a longer run over several days. Club runs are often taken on scenic, quieter roads and may involve a visit to an interesting site, historic house or vineyard. There might also be a stop for breakfast or lunch. Some runs include a competitive element such as navigation, observation or estimation.
Our preferred clubs
If you’re considering joining a car club, we at German Auto Haus recommend looking into the following:
Club Audi Victoria: https://clubaudivic.wildapricot.org
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne: https://bmwdcm.com.au
Mercedes Benz Club Victoria: https://vic.mercedes-benz-clubs.com
Porsche Club Victoria: https://www.pcv.com.au/PorscheClubs/pc_victoria/pc_main.nsf/web/home
Volkswagen Club Victoria: http://www.vwclub.com.au
German Auto Haus – Proudly Supporting Our Local Clubs
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