2012 Year in Review

What a great year for the Dunwoody Driving Club and its members! As we end our second year, I am delighted with our growth and the results of our events. We started 2012 with our first car show in the old Ace Hardware parking lot in late March. The weather turned out to be a perfect spring day and several new drivers with their cars attended. Thanks to Camelot Jewelers and O'Brians for the free sodas and hot dogs.

We had our first DDC Road Trip in April 21 with a visit to the Cofer Automotive Collection in Tucker. The members who attended saw a variety of antique cars and in case you would like to revisit them go to www.thecofercollection.com or our event page.

Then we had our first “Friday Nite Lights” in June. The event started about 6pm in the old Ace Hardware parking lot and by 7:30, we must have had at least 100 cars. And then it rained! Needless to say, the guys with soft tops left as soon as the first sprinkle arrived. Who could blame them? There were about 50 people who hung around and had beer and bangers at the new O'Brian's Tavern. Despite the rain everyone had a great time and we started making plans for our next event.

After having an extremely hot summer, we arranged for our next “Friday Nite Lights” in October combined with a canned food drive for the Dunwoody Food Bank. It was an absolutely beautiful evening and more than 100 cars and 300 people stopped by to see some of the most unique cars in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area. By the end of the day, our members donated over 300 lbs of food to the Dunwoody Food bank.

To end our year we arranged for a private tour of the new Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonsville. For several weeks the weatherman predicted a sunny 70 degree day. Well, it got close to 70 and it was sunny in Atlanta but, for some reason it rained in Wild Bill Elliot's home town.

Despite the weather about 20 people showed up with their cars. After a brief introduction to the track from Trip Campbell we had a tour of the garages and then stopped for lunch in the club house.

After lunch we drove our own cars around the two mile track and then headed back to the pits. Once there, Trip offered to drive each person's car with the owner as the passenger. What a job he did. Everyone was thrilled to see how their car performed by a race driver in the rain and are anxious to go back and try it for theme selves on a dry track.

For the first quarter of 2013, I am in the process of arranging for us to visit Dick Barbour's Garage in Braselton. This will be a real treat because Dick has driven Le Man and several other famous tracks.

So there you have it, a year of cars and great activities. So tell your friends about the Dunwoody Driving Club. We are more than cars; it's a terrific opportunity for friends and family to share.

If you have any suggestions please let me know. And if you have a sports,vintage or antique cars, vintage motorcycles or just like to see them on display, go to our Membership page and join us today so you'll be one of the first to know about our upcoming events.

Again, thank you for your participation. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the DCC events in 2013.