Did you know there this is a GLBT car club you can be a member of?
In the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest, the Lambda Car Club International had a region based here for years. A recent transition created a new local entity for the international GLBT car club called the Upper Midwest Great Northern Region.
What the Lambda Car Club International does is connect its members across the U.S. and internationally based on their love of the automobile. The local region is one of 32 that are active across this country. LCCI states that you do not need to own a car to become a member, but to have a love for the automobile and be social with other GLBT people that also share the same love for them.
The original region representing this area started in 2000 and it had a membership of up to 50 enthusiasts. After a gap in time, the region restarted in 2015, now with 36 active members currently.
Members have participated in both regional and national events for LCCI. Each year, the national organization will hold their Grand Invitational event. This year, it will be held in Nashville on May 22-27. The region itself had their own activities including drive-in movie nights, local tourism with visits to points of interests in and around the Twin Cities, along with other gatherings of members.
To get a sense of the renewed energy in the region, one of its members told us how enthusiastic he was to see the Upper Midwest Great Northern Region bring the LCCI back to our part of the country.
“’I joined several years ago, as I have a friend who is a member,“ said member John Flannagan. “I always liked cars, but don’t have a lot of technical knowledge or mechanical ability. It’s a great place to just chat about cars, see old cars and share with others of like mind.”
Flannagan went on to explain how the club can also help fellow members in collecting and maintaining their prized vehicles.
“LCCI is also a great resource in getting advice on buying and maintain old cars,” Flannagan said. “There’s a lot of knowledge and experience among the members. And you don’t have to own or be focused just on old cars. Many members are into new cars. Members have also sold cars back and forth among themselves over the years!”
The essence of what LCCI and the Upper Midwest Great Northern Region is to go beyond its image of a club for certain genre of classic automobiles—mainly post-World War II luxury automobiles. It wants to reach out to include automotive enthusiasts of all stripes within and outside the GLBT community. That also includes all sorts of vehicles—including modern vehicles.
There are dues that are paid annually for membership. LCCI’s national dues are $37, with additional region dues for $15. You can add another member—a spouse, partner, roommate, significant other, friend, etc.—for just $5. You even do not have to have a vehicle to join; plus, all vehicles are welcome from classics to the latest and greatest. Whenever an event comes up, guests are welcome to join in.
If you love the automobile, this new region of LCCI is the ticket to extend your enthusiasm within your community.
For more information, log on to: www.lcci-car.clubexpress.com. Under Region Finder, choose the dot that points to the Upper Midwest Great Northern Region. Or, sign up for membership at the home page.