About the Club....
In 1994 Clyde and Karen Hollar, then living in Statesville, NC, were members of the North Carolina MG Car Club and often drove to their meetings as well as other events in the Raleigh area. Finding that the long trips made it impossible to routinely enjoy all the club’s events, they decided to start a local club for British car enthusiasts centered around the town of Statesville, North Carolina. Statesville is a small town geographically located in a part of North Carolina known as the Piedmont, a large area of the state centrally located between the coastal and mountain regions. Major interstates, I-40 and I-77 intersect near Statesville which is roughly centered in a triangle bordered by Charlotte, the Winston-Salem/Greensboro metro area and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
With the helpful advice of some members from the Raleigh-based club, Karen and Clyde talked to a mutual friend, Wes Truesdale, who agreed to join them in their effort to form another North Carolina British car club. Wes, who became the only charter member, wisely said, “feed them and they will come.” So, the trio of friends held a cookout, flipping hamburgers and roasting hot dogs for 40 or more interested British car enthusiasts who showed up to see what was going on.
Most of the people at first were well known friends of the Hollars, but Bob Thompson, who owned a small foreign car garage in Statesville, added to the growing list of members along with many of his favorite customers. Because so many “great friends” with all types of British cars showed up, the new club had one caveat from the beginning: it would be for owners of all British marques. The Club established 5 officers including a president, vice president, club secretary, treasurer, and historian.
Eventually the club developed its own newsletter, affectionately known as “the Lugnut.” The Lugnut provides timely news about club events, tech articles, fun stuff and more importantly, it records the personal experiences of club members and their cars. Published monthly, the Lugnut was originally mailed out to club members from Raleigh to Charlotte. But now it is sent electronically so members can download a high quality color newsletter to keep up with club news. In 2007 the club established this website which offers members and site visitors a calendar for area events of interest, access to the newsletter, links to area car clubs as well as information about the club and its members. Feedback is always welcomed.
Currently the Piedmont British Motor Club meets monthly in Statesville, NC, for dining and lively discussions about all aspects of owning and driving British sports cars. The Club occasionally sponsors British car events but getting cars and drivers together for trips along the beautiful North Carolina back roads and into the nearby mountains is more often than not a spontaneous adventure.
The Piedmont British Motor club has members from throughout the Piedmont area... from Winston Salem to Charlotte to North Wilkesboro. The only requirement to join is a love for British cars. If you are in the Statesville area the last Tuesday of the month, guests are always welcomed. Check the website calendar, email one of the club officers or contact us directly at Club Information for more details.