The Porche Club, Carolina Dreamers Car Club, and Lowcountry Oyster & Motor Car Driving Society.
THE PORSCHE CLUB
The Porsche Club was founded nearly seven years ago in Bluffton. Current president George de la Bruyere said the organization is simply a way for Porsche enthusiasts to unite and share a common interest.
“The purpose of this club is just to get together once a month and have a good time, drink some cocktails and enjoy some good food,” said de la Bruyere, who is in his second year as president. “About ninety-nine percent of the conversation is Porsche talk.”
Besides socializing, the club provides other opportunities for Porsche owners to get maximum enjoyment from their vehicles, including organized road trips and rallies. They also have a “driver’s education” program three times a year, which involves renting a race track in Savannah and hiring a certified Porsche driving instructor.
“This is so people can learn how to drive their personal car(s) on a race track, but in a controlled environment,” said de la Bruyere. “It’s a way for people to see what their Porsche is capable of doing without putting themselves in physical danger.”
The Porsche Club will have about 15 cars in the Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival this year, including 911s, Turbos, Carreras, 356s, and a couple of race cars.
CAROLINA DREAMERS CAR CLUB
This club has been on Hilton Head Island for years and currently has about 65 members. Automobiles range from classic cars of the 1930s to flashy models of the modern era. All the vehicles have three things in common: they’re collectible, expensive, and in top condition.
“It’s an interesting club,” said Edward Davis, who has been a member for eight years and recently became the president. “It’s also a non-profit club. We donate to different causes; like after our annual car show, we wrote a $1,000 check towards cancer research.”
In addition to their annual car show, the Carolina Dreamers car club hosts a “cruise-in” on Main Street the fourth Thursday of every month. Cars are displayed and people can vote on their favorites, or maybe even hear a story or two about the vehicles.
“If you had a 1950 Ford convertible when you were a teenager, you might think you wouldn’t mind owning that car again,” said Davis. “We’ve had members with old photographs of themselves standing on the running board when they were little, and then the cars were handed down to them and they’ve been completely restored. The cars look as good now, if not better than they ever did.”
The Carolina Dreamers Club will also have fifteen cars in this year’s Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival. For more information, please visit carolinadreamers.org.
THE LOWCOUNTRY OYSTER & MOTOR CAR DRIVING SOCIETY
This club has been in existence for about fourteen years and several of its members were among the founders of the original Concours. “We are not a marquee type club like a Porsche or Jaguar club,” said John Taggart, vice president of the society. “We are very diverse club with many types of cars - classic cars, American muscle cars, vintage cars, and several race cars. We even have a member who drives a four-door Buick. But we all have a passion for automobiles.” The club hosts ten luncheons a year, and ten events such as rallies and trips to Fort Stewart to honor servicemen. The club partners with several charitable organizations, and participates in a program they started with the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island called Driving to Success. Members display the cars as an incentive for children to pay attention in school, work hard, be respectful, and set goals for themselves. “After a couple of meetings, the kids are more interested in you and what you have to say about being successful than they are in the cars,” said Taggart. “It’s all part of teaching them how to be a good citizen.” The club will feature a diverse array of cars in Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival. Visit lomds.com.