The original name for the Club, when it was established in 1964 was Crash Box Club (For 'Crash Box' definition, see below) as the Club's primary aim was to offer a way of all those with 'flat windscreen cars' in the Exeter area to get together. In the early 1990's it was realised that unless we invited members to join with more 'modern' or less old cars, the club was unlikely to survive.
Almost every pre-war car and many early post war cars had some form of non-synchromesh gearbox. That is when changing gear the driver had to 'double de-clutch' to effectively change gear. Whilst this could be done reasonably silently when changing up (ie from second to third), changing from third to second needed considerable skill not to 'crash' the gears - hence a 'crashbox'!
Next question please! The Club has no hard and fast rules when it comes to defining what a classic car is though members seem to appreciate it not a car you would expect to see in the hundreds in a multi-storey car park or at the local supermarket. As some of the older cars get more expensive to buy and own inevitably those wishing to enter into classic car ownership begin to look at models of more recent manufacture. For our annual 'Historic Vehicle Gathering' we insist that all individual car entries be at least 25 years old (No age restriction for members cars) but with the added 'rider' that vehicles falling outside these parameters are invited at the 'Rally Chairman's discretion'. Some say though only cars that are 'Tax Exempt', ie rated as 'Historic' and therefore first registered in 1972 or earlier can truly be called classic cars
The chance to talk all things 'old car' with fellow enthusiasts. Regular Club nights, social get togethers, car runs, weekend breaks, holidays - UK & overseas, and a free full colour Magazine every other month. Like all clubs you get out of it what you put into it!