Car Clubs around Brewster and Danbury

March 2nd, 2022 by

Some people love their cars, and other people love cars in general. Car clubs are perfect for those who see car ownership, upgrading, and maintenance as more of a way of life than a pastime. They bring together car lovers of all stripes and give back to the community through spectacular shows and events. Let’s look at a group of the most exciting car clubs in and around Danbury, Connecticut.

The West Connecticut Rover ClubClassic Cars interior

Established during the beautiful spring of 1997, the West Connecticut Rover Club was founded by Michael Ladden and Peter Goundry. It grew through their friendship until it became one of the largest car clubs on the eastern side of the United States. The West Connecticut Rover Club now has three major branches: the Ottawa Valley Land Rover Club, the ROVERS of PA & NJ, and the Rover Owners Association of Virginia.

Members regularly tour the area in and around Danbury, so make sure you keep an eye out for their cars at shows. The West Connecticut Rover Club is currently in the middle of the Across the World Overland Expedition. It has taken them through twenty states and over an incredible stretch of road totaling 8,180 miles. This means that new membership is suspended for now, but it won’t stay that way, so check in regularly.

The Cradlewood Valley Corvette Club

Formed in 1979 by a group of friends who share a love of showroom-quality Corvettes, the Cradlewood Valley Corvette Club first met in an old Caldor parking lot in Brookfield. It has since become one of the most notable Corvette clubs in the northeastern states. The club holds an awesome range of events throughout each year, including cruise nights, picnics, monthly meetings, annual banquets, day trips, auto-crossings, and road rallies.

The Cradlewood Valley Corvette Club gives as much of its event proceeds as possible to ease the suffering of the poor and hungry throughout the year, so when you contribute to them, you’ll be giving to charity too. Every month the club holds a dinner meeting. These meetings start at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Italia Mia Restaurant and Pizzeria at 223 Danbury Road. Call 203-512-7318 to confirm that the time hasn’t changed. Ask for Ben DeFazio, Membership Chairperson. He’ll be able to talk you through membership requirements.

The Connecticut Council of Car Clubs

If you want to check out a car club that sits at a level above the rest, look no further than the great Connecticut Council of Car Clubs. Founded in 1973, this council comprises a long list of member clubs and is influential enough to impact legislative proposals related to their way of life. Antique, special-model, and classic car lovers will all adore their massive car shows.

Meetings are held on the first Monday of February, April, May, June, August, and November at the Athenian Diner Restaurant at 864 Washington Street. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

The primary activities of the council include the education of legislators regarding the unique needs of antique and special interest car owners, meeting with local transportation committees on a range of topics, cruise nights, car shows, swap meets, and 4C legislative subject meetings. The council has featured vehicles at the New England Air Museum Car Show and Aircraft Exhibit for many years, so if you want to get a good look at their cars and learn what they do, consider attending that event.

Blood Sweat & Gears Classic Car Club

Every Friday at the Savin Rock Conference Center at 6 Rock Road in nearby West Haven, the Blood Sweat & Tears Classic Car Club gathers. The location is next to Jimmy’s Seafood Restaurant, and the gathering runs from 6 p.m. to dark. Founded in early October of 2004, this classic car club carries on in honor of an old friend now passed away, William G. Hanks Senior. If you’d like to join the club, you’ll need a car with a model year earlier than 1981. Once you have that, fill out the online form and attend one of the meetings.

The cruise nights of Blood Sweat & Gears have included sponsored trophy events judged by seasoned car-lovers, exciting raffles, lively music, and door prizes. Their recent Pints & Power vendor event was a blast. It included raffle prizes, a wide beer selection, live music, food trucks, and more.

All proceeds from the raffle went to a purple heart military charity and a state animal charity, so you know their hearts are in the right place. They plan to have many more of these sorts of events, properly socially distanced. This classic car club is so well-respected within its community that it holds cruises with police escorts, so all members and attending guests can be sure of their safety while they have a good time.

The Jaguar Club of Southern New England

In nearby Middletown, Connecticut, you’ll find a car club dedicated to one of the most popular luxury cars in the USA: the Jaguar. An affiliate of the Jaguar Clubs of North America, this club was founded in 1968. The Jaguar enthusiasts at the club’s core love holding events for the membership, their families, and the public alike. Car shows, slalom events, autocross events, vineyard tours, technology sessions, social events, and brewery tours are just a few of the event varieties you can look forward to with membership.

The club holds two meetings every month. They are held at the Olympia Diner in Newington, Connecticut, on each month’s second Tuesday and third Saturday. The club is now over 150 members strong, all owners of Jaguars that run the full range of its production years, so you’ll see Jags you rarely see anywhere else at their events.

These engaging car clubs have a lot to offer car lovers in and around Danbury, Connecticut. If you can think of a car club that we left out, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to add it to our list. We want to give the car lovers in our area knowledge of as many clubs and events as possible.

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