Jim and Sabrina's 1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Long bed Stepside Pickup
VCCA, Orange County Region Picnic – June 10, 2006

Sabrina and I have enjoyed our membership in the local Orange County Region of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, a national car club dedicated to the preservation of vintage Chevrolets 25 years or older. Founded in 1961, the VCCA has consistently maintained its long-standing mission of encouraging its members to maintain and/or restore their Chevrolets to as close factory condition as possible. Currently with over 8,000 members across the nation, the club still enjoys the title of America's largest Chevy fan club. Locally, the Orange County Region currently has 34 families on its membership roster. As the founding Region of the VCCA, the Orange County Region has long-enjoyed faithful participation from its members.

Sabrina and I in front of our truck (Sabrina and I in front of our truck at the picnic.)

From almost the very beginning of the initial mass production of automobiles, the sport of modifying them took off. Over the years, the popularity of customizing cars and trucks has steadily increased. Television shows such as “Pimp My Ride” and “Overhaulin” have recently contributed to the increased interest in automotive customization. As a result of the trend, on a national scale, the VCCA has begun to see its membership numbers decrease. Southern California is considered by many to be the epicenter of the automotive design world – both for initial factory design and post manufacture in automotive customizations and after-market products.

Recognizing these challenges a growing number of our local Region VCCA members understand that many automotive enthusiasts - for a host of reasons - may not initially desire to buy or own a vintage Chevrolet in stock condition. It is believed some potential members may come to admire original examples of vintage Chevrolets after exposure to the many virtues these classic automobiles possess. At the least, some of our members believe through fellowship and education, our club has a lot to offer anyone that is a fan of old Chevrolets. In fact, many of our members already own modified classic Chevys and there is no requirement to own a Chevrolet – modified or in original condition.

Irv Kushner, the membership coordinator for our local Region has begun to offer new methods to grow our Region’s membership roster. One such idea Irv presented and the membership embraced was for our Region to host a picnic to invite potential new members where we could let them get to know us and to encourage them to join our local Region. Under the skilled leadership of our Director Frances McGillis, the approach the Region elected to employ was straightforward. Invitations were sent out to current members of the national VCCA who are not Region members and who reside in or near Orange County. In addition, inviations were also sent to those individuals who attended the All-Chevy car show hosted by the Region this past October.

The date of June 10th was set for our event. Dubbed “A Picnic in the Park” the festivities were conducted at Peppertree Park in Tustin, CA. Members were encouraged to come out for the picnic and bring their vintage Chevrolets. In all, at least 25 classic Chevys were on display including both member and guest vehicles. Lee and Mary Tully took charge of preparing the food for the event. Hot dogs, chili, chips and soft drinks made up the menu. We enjoyed an estimated attendance of approximately 40 fellow Chevy fans throughout the day.

Peg, Sabrina’s mother accompanied us to the picnic. All three of us enjoyed the company of the many different attendees. We met many members of the Region for the first time, and we got to see others that we hadn’t seen for some time. In addition, all of the guests were very pleasant to visit with. Initial reports indicate that the Region accomplished its goal of increasing its membership roster. Nine new member families completed applications at the picnic. Needless to say, Irv should be proud. There were calls from some members to make this an annual event. I think that is a great idea and I hope that an annual picnic comes to be.

If you are interested in joining our club, at the bottom of this page is a link to learn more about our Region as well as a link to the national Vintage Chevrolet Club of America website. There is also a link below to see more pictures taken at the picnic by Mike Sherman, our Region's offical photographer and webmaster. The picnic lasted only four hours, but it was a fun-filled and productive four hours to say the least. To top it off, after all of the festivities were over, I still got the pleasure of climbing into my old truck and enjoy a nice afternoon drive back home. What could be better than that?

Please note: Although it should be quite obvious, for the record, the opinions expressed herein are only mine and do not reflect the position of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America or its Orange County Region or any other member thereof.

To see more pictures of this event, click on the link below:

2006 OCVCCA’s A Picnic in the Park

To learn more about the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America - Orange County Region, click on the link below:

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America – Orange County Region

To learn more about the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America – National Club, click on the link below:

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America

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