Important: Please note our New Membership Location, details are at the bottom of this page, under “Meetings”.
The Oldsmobile Club of Southern California was founded in December of 1972 by a small group of Oldsmobile enthusiasts who recognized a need for a local organization to help promote the preservation of the then classic Olds models from the first eight decades of production.
The first meeting place was at South Gate Park and over the years, the club has moved around its monthly meeting place to 16 different locations in an effort to accommodate the continually growing membership as well as make the meeting location be as centrally located as possible. Some of these meeting sites included the GM Training Center in Burbank, Century Oldsmobile in Van Nuys, Pioneer Olds in North Hollywood, and Browning Oldsmobile in Cerritos.
In 1974, the local membership voted to become a chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America, and to this day is one of the oldest and largest chapters of the O.C.A. with members owning Oldsmobile’s from the early 1900’s all the way to Final Five Hundred 2004 models.
Our club makes a point of not only conducting monthly meetings to keep the membership informed of club business but also an opportunity to socialize and meet new members to put faces to the names. There are usually monthly events planned, both car related as well as community related with tours of museums, private collections, various city facilities, and participation in charitable events. We host car shows, attend cruise nights, participate in parades, have had member’s cars in museum displays, and even have had opportunities to have member’s cars in commercials and in the movies.
One of the highlight events each year is the Pacific Southwest Zone Show sponsored by both the So. Cal and Nor. Cal chapters of the Olds Club, typically held in May of each year on the Central California Coast. This event is a points judged show, based on the judging structure used at the O.C.A. national event and is a good “tune up” for the “Nationals” usually held in July of every year at different locations around the country.
The club is open to any year, any model, and any “Olds Powered” automobile you may have or wish to own as current ownership of an Olds is not required, just the enthusiasm of the Oldsmobile brand. The club has many well versed experts among its ranks with a wealth of knowledge on almost any model produced by Oldsmobile that are willing to help newcomers and old timers alike with their questions and projects. We even have a racing contingency amongst the ranks so if going fast or building a street rod is your preference; there is something for those enthusiasts as well.
As a member of the chapter, and the national club ( O.C.A. ) if you desire, you receive monthly newsletters with great articles, photos, tech info, classified ads, event flyers, and more. You can advertise in these publications for free as a club member so this becomes a valuable tool for finding or selling some of those hard to find parts.
So welcome to the Oldsmobile Club of Southern California’s website, feel free to look around and learn more about us, and hopefully we will see you and your Olds at one of our next events.
So here we are, gearing up for one of the busiest car show seasons for our Oldsmobile’s in recent years with the Nationals in July which is close enough for many of us to attend this year, our Memorial Car Show and Picnic in October, and the Driving Museum’s Oldsmobile featured car show in November. These Olds specific car shows will be just a part of a busy spring, summer, and fall of planned events as well as many other opportunities for us to show off our Oldsmobile’s and get the word out about our club.
You will notice this year that there will be several meeting moderators and contributors to what is normally considered the President’s column or message. Since we were not able to elect a club president, your board of directors have pulled together to share these responsibilities which will no doubt create a more diverse newsletter message as well as club meeting experiences so please show your support for those who don’t so this on a regular basis.
As I mentioned previously, the Nationals will be close to us, by comparison to most years, being in Albuquerque New Mexico and many of us are planning to bring our cars this year. This means driving across some very hot desert landscape at just about the hottest time of the year so proper and thorough preparation of your car will be most important. Cooling systems, hoses, belts, clutch fans, tune ups, oil changes, trans services should be performed prior to this trip. Maybe most important, tires should be checked and or replaced as this is the type of trip that old tires (5 years old and older) shouldn’t be subjected to.
Traveling in numbers is also important when embarking on a road trip like attending the Nationals so plan to buddy up or be a part of the planned caravan heading to the Nationals so that if unforeseen problems arise, you will have help, even if just to get your car off the road and send for professional assistance. Some of our members are quite handy at roadside repairs, even if just temporary to get you to the next town so take advantage of their knowledge, friendship, and willingness to help and be a part of a travelling group rather than going it alone.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the incredible contributions over the past several decades, that our friend and fellow club member, Bernie Buller has afforded this club with historian work, club data / computer programming for membership roster information, ballot design, mailing label design / printing, past auctioneer for our White Elephant events, and past board member. Bernie recently decided to retire from compiling and updating the club’s membership data which is now being re-designed and updated to new formats which will take your board several months to complete, further demonstrating just how much work Bernie has done behind the scenes. Please join me in offering a huge Thank You to Bernie Buller for his many years of tireless support to this Club.
VP Olds Club of Southern California