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Visitors at a drive-in car show in
Baldwin study the engine of a
classic Ford truck.

Drive-in car show attendees in Baldwin
admire a " Pink Panther " -themed classic
Ford Galaxie.
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For more than 20 years, the
Georgia Mountain Classics Car
Club has used its members' passion
for classic cars as a catalyst for helping the needy in Blue Ridge and Fannin
County. The club created a charitable fund,
the Community Helping Hand, into which profits
from all of its shows and cruise-ins are deposited. Every holiday
season, the club uses these funds to provide food, clothing, toys
and other household items for families in need. The Georgia
Mountain Classics Car Club also works with the local fire department to provide funds and other assistance for members of
the community who have lost homes or possessions to fires.
Long, who joined the club in 1999, says the chance to help
others and foster a sense of community are the main reasons
he's stayed active in the club for so many years. 
" Our club is small, but we've been able to make a big
impact, especially for some of the sick and needy in our
community, " he says. 
Long estimates there are usually 60 to 80 cars at each of the
club's cruise-in events, which are sometimes held jointly with
other North Georgia-based car clubs. The Georgia Mountain
Classics Car Club holds monthly dinners, meet-ups and cruiseins. It has an annual car show in May and will hold a special
Cruise for Kids charitable event Dec. 5 at the Dairy Queen in
Blue Ridge. 
For more information, visit georgiamountainclassics.
weebly.com.
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race three times per week on various dirt tracks
across the Southeast. 
" I spent most of my childhood on race tracks, "
he says. " I've been fooling with cars since I was 11
years old. "
Spain eventually began racing and had a successful
career on the small track before retiring in 1987. Since then, he's
kept his passion for classic cars alive by restoring old street rods
and leading the 130-plus members of the Old Friends Car Club.
Old Friends is an open-car club, which means that, while
most of its members have classic automobiles, its events are
open to high-performance models of any generation. The club
holds monthly cruise-ins and an annual open show every
October. 
Like most car clubs, Old Friends uses these events to raise
money for local charities, such as the Good Samaritan Food
Bank and the Good News Clinics, which provide health care to
the homeless and needy. 
The club often holds events at which members and the
public can view private car collections. But Spain said the club's
most important events occur nearly every weekday morning,
when the " Old Friends " gather at their clubhouse on Grove
Street to drink coffee and talk cars. 
" That's really the part of it that most people like the best, "
Spain says. " At the end of the day, most of us just love to sit
around and talk about cars. "  
For more information about the Old Friends Car Club, call
(706) 361-9722.
Cameron Whitlock is a Douglasville-based freelance writer.

Old Friends Car Club, Gainesville
Like many other " motorheads, " David Spain grew up in a
dedicated car culture. 
Spain, president of the Gainesville-based Old Friends Car
Club, spent most of his early summers watching his two uncles

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December 2020

For a list of other classic car clubs in Georgia, visit bit.ly/custcarclubs
or call Classic Car Community at (480) 455-6366.


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