I joined the VCCA in September 2005 just before my 1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 pickup truck was about ready to be finished. I made the mistake of waiting to join the club until my project was completed -- erroneously thinking that the “guys” all had their cars and trucks finished and I didn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. Boy was that line of thinking off the mark. I had no idea the wealth of information I was not availing myself to at THE time I could have used it the most, when my truck was in need of being put back together.
Well, right away, after I joined the VCCA I went to a national meet hosted by our local region (Orange County Region) and had the truck judged. It won its Junior Award and I began to make some good friends. After the show, we joined the local region. My wife Sabrina and I then attended our first region meeting and we met some wonderful folks. Soon thereafter, we attended one of the region’s weekly Saturday morning breakfast meets and met some more VCCA members. Next we attended a few Area 1 tours where we met some VCCA members from other nearby regions. Before long, we realized that we had a whole new family of friends!
Sabrina and I have become very active in our region and we belong to four other nearby local regions as well. I have served as the meet chair for the past three years of our region's annual meet. For the past two years I have served as the Director for the Orange County Region. For the past three years, I have judged in two VCCA meets each year and have attended the VCCA judging school each year prior to the annual meets.
In 2009, my wife Sabrina caught the bug and found a nice 1964 Impala Super Sport Coupe that we have been restoring back to original condition. While “her car” was in good shape when we bought it, it still needed plenty of finishing touches before it could undergo VCCA judging. In the meantime, it has become our “touring car” and we have driven it on several tours and events including the 2010 All Cal Meet in Sonoma County.
We have also become active in the Antique Automobile Club of America and became involved in forming a region for that club here in Orange County. Sabrina currently serves as the newsletter editor for our region and so between being the director, meet chair and her serving as the newsletter editor, we spend a lot of time with the VCCA in our thoughts.
I am looking forward to serving as the VCCA Area 1 Director and Non-Geographic Chapter Representative and continuing to meet new people and make new friends. I love Chevrolets and enjoy the cars, but I have learned what makes this club special is the people who are its members. I hope I have the pleasure of meeting as many of you as I can during my tenure as your director. If ever I can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me e-mail.
Jim Karras, #43031
Area 1 Director
Non-Geographic Chapter Representative
Vintage Chevrolet Club of America