Woodie Resource DirectoryClubs
When it comes to woodie clubs, your choice is simple. The National Woodie Club is the only organization serving woodie enthusiasts throughout the world.
Founded by Will O'Neil in 1974, they have grown to over 3,000 members. The club is unique in that it welcomes restored, modified and original woodies of any make and model. "If it's wood, it's good" is the unofficial motto.
You don't need to own a woodie to join - it's a great way to become more knowledgeable before you consider buying or building one. The club's monthly magazine, Woodie Times, is full of articles, news, events, tips and ads for hard to find parts and services. If you have a woodie, or are just thinking about one, membership in the National Woodie Club is a necessity.
And if you are fortunate enough to live in an area served by one of the regional chapters, join the local chapter too. You will be rewarded with plenty of contacts, events and information.
National Woodie Club Chapters:
Town & Country Owners Registry
"The promotion, restoration and preservation of the Chrysler Town and Country automobile 1941 thru 1950, including the 1949 and 1950 Royal wagons.... Every attempt will be made to provide its members with useful information, with regard to history, restoration, parts sources, and general related items"
UK Woodie Car Club
This club was formed in late in 2000 to cater for those people in the UK with an interest in the restoration or preservation of wooden-bodied station wagons, estate cars and shooting brakes. The UK has a rich history of numerous specialist coachbuilders building Woodies during the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. While many Woodies were built on brand new chassis and offered by major automakers as part of their new product range, even more were built by the hundreds of specialist body builders to meet the needs of specific owners.
In addition, many cars and pickups were converted during WWII when petrol rationing guidelines meant that owners of `commercial vehicles' were entitled to more fuel. As Woodies were classified as commercials, owners of everything from Rolls-Royces through to humble Fords often took a saw to their vehicles to gain more fuel.
The club is still small, but is slowly expanding and caters for both original and modified cars - the main criteria being that they have a wooden framed body. With limited members no meetings are planned for 2001, although many members display their cars individually at car shows around the UK. However, the club does plan to start organising club displays in 2002.
A newsletter is produced 2-3 times a year - usually when there is enough material - and best of all membership is free.
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