We have a note from original/current CCOC member Frank Sabella (CCOC #799) who doesn't have email but wants to spread the word about the Illini Collector Car Club, a traditional antique car club located in an agricultural area near the University of Illinois. It began as a chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The club now has more than 100 members from East Central Illinois from all walks of life who collectively own more than 40 different makes of vehicles, including Frank and his '52 Crosley sport convertible. Two of its current members joined the club in the first year, 1961, and we're proud to have some original CCOC members here in the revived CCOC as well!
Club activities during the year include cruises, displays, picnics, and bus tours. The primary club activity is the annual Urbana Motor Muster which attracts more than 10,000 visitors and is held in conjunction with a major festival. Each year, a certain auto make or theme is featured. The 2011 feature will be vehicles owned by the same family for at least 50 years to commemorate that club's anniversary. To encourage a wide variety of entries, there are special trophies for orphan makes, pre-'32 vehicles and youngest owners. Show photos and information can be viewed at www.illinicollectorcarclub.com. For the past three years, show entry fees have been donated to the local Cunningham Children's Home. More than $2,000 has been contributed to date.
Another club tradition happens each Memorial Day as club members display their cars at a local nursing home. Every July, the club celebrates Henry Ford's birthday with a cruise and display at the area VA hospital. The Illini Collector Car Club is proud to actively promote America's rich automotive history as well as unite those interested in old cars.