The Car Club Association of Central New York was founded in the fall of 1988 by a group of dedicated car enthusiasts to provide communication among local clubs.
“The association is basically a group formed in order to get the hobbyist car clubs together,” association President Dennis Connor said. “It’s a way for the clubs to cooperate, for representatives from the clubs to meet and talk about news and ideas in the hobby. “
Longley, an Onondaga Hill resident, said he was always “a car person.”
“In the mid to late 80s I got into older cars and muscle cars, so this was a natural evolution,” he said. “I bought a ‘66 thunderbird in 1987 and got involved cruising with it and met other hobbyists at shows.”
With a current membership of 56 clubs, the association now extends from Plattsburgh to Binghamton and from Cooperstown to Jamestown. One of the functions of the association is to aid in organization of the many area car show dates.
Making a difference
The culmination of that calendar of shows is the Syracuse Nationals, where members volunteered since the show’s inception 12 years ago.
“Car Club Association members come in and do a lot of the legwork at the show for free,” Connor said. “And the fact that we volunteer at the show allows the Syracuse Nationals to save money, which is donated, with over half a million dollars going to charity in the last 11 years.”
The Syracuse Nationals said on their website that the Car Club Association “[has] been strong supporters of the show for the past 11 years and a very important part of the show’s success.”
According to the association’s website, “Club members often help smaller clubs in their efforts to put on shows. The association also provides the clubs the opportunity to have their show advertised on posters and tear-offs all over the Central New York area.”