The Stray Cats Car Club is a very loosely knit group of car lovers who have few rules, no dues, and mainly just like to get together. To be a member, all it takes is to show up, get your plaque ($35) and if you want a logoed t-shirt, spend about $15 on that. You are then a member of Stray Cats and are enthusiastically welcomed to take part in rides, shows, picnics, parties, and organized car shows.
Even if you do not have the pleasure of owning your very own classic car, stop by any Sunday and people will be happy to talk with you about cars in general, their cars, and other car stories. It is surprising how many people bought cars in the 1950’s and 1960’s and still have those same cars!
Club organizer, Allen Stewart, says the name for the club came because the popular rock-a- billy band, the Stray Cats, were performing at Britt Festival. When asked if the car club could use the name, the answer was, “Sure, Just as long as we can come to the meetings!”
There are no hard and fast boundaries to define classic cars for this group. There is no limit to year. Many are from the 1920’s and 30’s and some are into the 1970’s. A true car lover pretty much knows what classic means and not too many people will argue about it.
According to Wikipedia, “Legally, most states have time-based rules for the definition of "classic" for purposes such as antique vehicle registration; for example, Most states define it as "A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured at least 20 years prior to the current year which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance."
The term “antique” tends to apply to cars built from 1880-1916. “Vintage” denotes those built from 1916-1924; “classic” generally means 1924 through today.
No matter how you define it, drop by Ray’s Food Place in Jacksonville any Sunday morning and check out the cars and car lovers who gather there!
For more information contact Allen Stewart 541-899-8465.