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VROOM VROOM: Start your engines for the Gay Classic Car Group

Know your Trabants from your Triumphs? The Gay Classic Car Group has been a haven for queer petrolheads since 1988

It’s a bit of a longstanding meme that gays can’t drive. However, like almost all internet jokes, this doesn’t stand up to even the smallest bit of scrutiny. Not only can some gays drive, but some love doing it so much that they dedicate great time and effort to their motors.

At this point, we’ll introduce the Gay Classic Car Group (GCCG). Now in its 35th year, this social group has more than one thousand LGBT+ members aged 18 to 80 who are passionate and knowledgeable about classic cars. Many of these own rare or unusual cars — everything from Rolls Royces to Daimlers, Morris Minors to Austin Metros — but others don’t own a car at all and come along to enjoy the friendly atmosphere or meet up with others at car shows.

The group takes pride in being a bit more contemporary and social than your typical Single-marque clubs, which tend to be focused on the nuts and bolts workings of the cars.

What sort of things do they get up to, then? In recent years, there have been more than 60 GCCG events a year and as you can probably imagine, there’s a lot of driving involved. This includes day trips to National Trust properties, car museums and art galleries. Many regional organisers host monthly pub meetups, too.

There’s lots of events that aren’t just cars all year round too!

When the weather’s a bit nicer, there are camping weekends and even forays abroad to meet up with European sister clubs in France, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Switzerland. Since the pandemic especially, there’s a strong online component too, with virtual pub meetings, video sharing and shows for Corgi, Matchbox or Dinky car collections.

Membership is just £20 a year and includes access to the program of events of the GCCG website, a quarterly magazine called Big End Journal, and a monthly email bulletin, All Torque. If you go weak at the knees at the sight of a well-polished car from yesteryear, you can share this love with a welcoming bunch.

Visit gccg.org.uk for more information or follow the group @gccguk on Instagram, @GCCG on X and Gay Classic Car Group UK on Facebook.

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