The “Southern California DeLorean Club” was started in June of 1983 by a few excited individuals to who wanted to continue to “Live the Dream” after the DeLorean Motor Company closed. It grew to over a hundred members in just a couple of months.
In October of 1983, an application was accepted by the DeLorean Owners Association (DOA) to also become Chapter 12, subtitled “Metropolitan Los Angeles”. A few years later, with interest increasing, another chapter was created and accepted as Chapter 28, “San Diego and Vicinity”.
Due to Southern California being the huge connected metropolis from Santa Barbara to San Diego, an event from either chapter could draw anybody. Ultimately, the two chapters merged under Chapter 12, and applied the club name as the new chapter title – “Southern California DeLorean Club”.
When the DOA was forced to disband chapters, the club retained its identity, and continued with the same enthusiasm.
Being a totally volunteer effort, events have always been put together on an ad-hoc basis by those who’ve had the time to arrange such.
There has never been a charge for membership. Activities are all social, and have included fun drives, car rallies, participation in parades, barbecues, and seasonal parties. Some of these events have been noted in automotive magazines around the world.
In 2007, the DOA re-instituted chapters. With enough of the original members supporting, the club took back its chapter number.
You do not have to own a car, nor be a member of any other organization, to join the club. The only requirement for membership is that you be an enthusiast, and try to attend one event a year! Membership is free.
Of course, as an Association Chapter, there will be events that receive sponsorship from the DOA. In that regard, non-DOA members may be asked to pay a charge for something the Association has paid for. (So much for a disclaimer!)
Contact between members has usually been made by either phone, direct mail, email, or sometimes postings to one or more internet discussion groups.
To find out what events are planned, or to simply get involved, please check the Future Event link, and contact one of the club volunteers.
To get onto our list of members, get more information, or volunteer with an idea or more support, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of DMCs in Southern California!