OLD CARS UNLIMITED was officially formed during the summer of 1990. It was started to satisfy a growing need by African American auto enthusiast to preserve individual auto collections.
The start was as simple as a 1955 Ford Custom and a 1946 Ford passing each other on Montana Ave. in Northeast Washington. Usually, car owners blow or wave at each other in passing, but on this day, the two drivers decided to stop and chat with each other.
The timing was perfect. It was decided then and there that there was a serious need for an African American-based car club in the D.C. area. They spoke to other antique car ownres that they met along the roadways, and after a brief period of time, had their first official meeting at Breeze’ Metro Club, with six people in attendance; William “Jak” Johnson, Curtis Brevard, Sr. Joseph Lewis, Herman Thomas, Ham Johnson and William Clayton. Officers were elected, policies thought about, and procedures established. In subsequent meetings, the club also established rules, the clubs mission, driving rules for caravans, car shows, and many other functions that were bought to the clubs attention.
In the mid 1990’s the club moved its meeting location to; of all places, a hair salon at 112 Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast and for 13 years this African American club would conduct its meetings in the salon every 1st and 3rd Monday night of the month during riding season and every 1st Monday in non-riding season. Due to its growing membership in 2003, the club moved its meeting place to Howard University where we now have more active men and women off all races and religions.
Over the years our participation in numerous events in the metropoltian area has been requested. We have participated in events such as The Harvest Fest, The Elder Fest, The Winter Coat Drive and The Soldier’s Home annual display. As a way of giving back to the community and supporting our youth, the club participates in many of the local area parades such as Seat Pleasant Day, Landover, Berwyn Heights, Glenarden, Cheverly, Hyattsville, the U Street Day Parade and school homecomings such as Howard University, Fairmont Heights and Wilson High School. We have also had the privilege of escorting some very famous and important people over the years such as Eddie Murphy, Martha Reeves, Red Foxx, local and state officials such as Congressman Albert Wynn and Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson. Additionally, we have been featured in documentaries, videos and movies such as Forrest Gump, Liberty Heights, and Thirteen Days. The mission of Old Cars Unlimited has been primarily to give back to the community. In the clubs existence, we have never participated in any event seeking a profit but sought to fulfill our desire of giving back to the community and the preservation of antique and classic cars.
”Jak, you will always be Remembered as our Founder and First President of Old Cars Unlimited of Washington, DC”
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Old Cars Unlimited of North Carolina (est. 2018)