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Pampanga Classic Car Club
by: Arch. Tito Angeles
         Classic Cars and coffee, this was how the Pampanga Classic Car Club started more than three years ago.  My brother Dr. Andy Angeles, Dr. Armand Contreras, Arch. Len Naguiat and I, planned on meeting one early Saturday morning at a local coffee shop , to talk about our interest in classic cars. We invited several people who are also enthusiasts to join us on our first ever meeting. Only one other person, Mr. Rene Henson, joined us that day. Having enjoyed the conversation so much, we decided to meet every Saturday until we were able to gather more of the car buffs in the city.  As expected, many of them started fixing their dormant cars to be able to attend our meets. American and European classic car enthusiasts started telling their friends and soon enough the parking lot of Essel Supermarket was regularly being filled by old cars. Members of the prestigious Manila Sports Car Club were invited and fortunately they came. They have become regular attendees since. American Cars like Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Chevrolet Corvettes, Novas and Impalas and European Classics like Mercedes Benzes, Volkswagens, MGs, Jaguars and Volvos are the usual cars that can be seen at our meets.  It was not long before we transferred our meet to Perfect Loaf Restaurant at Nepo Mart to accommodate more people and to have more visibility. Members of the Vintage Car Club of the Philippines, Volkswagen Club and Philippine Muscle Car Club also attended and started inviting us to join their activities. We even organized fun rides to Manila, Tarlac, Subic and Clark to stretch our vintage cars’ muscles.
  

         The Pampanga Classic Car Club meetings provide a venue for many activities related to the hobby of collecting cars. It also gives the owners the opportunity to take out the classic car for a ride. While some enthusiasts used to be satisfied with just staring at their toys inside their garages, they are now motivated to take them out to be appreciated by other people as well. Since we started meeting, the members have become conscious about keeping their cars in tiptop shape.

Restoring and owning classic cars brings families together. It is very common to see couples bringing their sons and daughters to the meetings providing them with a recreation that they can all enjoy. A major part of the hobby is the nostalgia connected with it. It's not just the cars; a lot of the fascination is also what we did with them during that period in time. It is at our meetings that these stories are enthusiastically shared. There is nothing better than those commonly heard stories of father and sons (and sometime daughters) getting out and having joy rides together in that old classic car. Equally as common as those stories are the stories of parents and children alike looking back upon that time as one of the best times in their lives. These holds true for me and my three brothers who inherited this fascination for vintage cars from my father. This is also what I hope to accomplish with my wife and three daughters.

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