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The History

Before 1966 the only AACA organization in this area was the North Carolina Region. Region members were scattered in, around and in between Charlotte, Winston Salem, High Point, Raleigh, and Burlington, and as such, it was difficult and inconvenient to come together for regularly scheduled meetings. 

The action started in 1966 to form an AACA Chapter of the North Carolina Region for the Winston-Salem area. Twelve active AACA Regional and National members submitted a request for a chapter charter for the Winston-Salem area. This request was accepted in late 1966 or early 1967. Each member had to pay national dues, regional dues, and $5.00 chapter dues effective from January 1967 to December 1967. With these dues, they were considered "Chater Members." For many years the fall NC Region Meet was held at Silas Creek Parkway Shopping Center. This was the largest AACA Meeting in North Carolina. 

A 1967 issue of the AACA National Antique Automobile magazine shows the North Carolina region as four chapters" Alamance, Foot Hills, Land of the Sky, and Triangle. These Chapters were the only Chapters recognized by the AACA. The January - February 2011 issues showed North Carolina Region with sixteen chapters including Old Salem and Triangle. There are eight additional Regions in North Carolina that include Alamance, Foot Hills, and the Great Smoky Mountains (previously named Land of the Sky). Most, if not all of the regions, were previously connected with the North Carolina Region.

When the Winston Salem AACA Chapter of the NC Region was first organized it was almost named the "Wachovia Chapter". Thankfully one of the members called Old Salem for permission to use our current name, the Old Salem Chapter. The OSC started out as the Good Ol'Boys chapter., The wives were involved in the registration at the shows, but that was about it. This all changed when the secretary of the NC Region, Clint Mabery, came to a meeting at Allen Martin's home. Clint's wife, Mabel, was the treasure and is believed to have been the first elected female in the NC Region. Clint asked why the club didn't have more involvement from the wives, and that, influenced the women in the club to become more active in all of the outings and meetings. Some say this change helped to hold the club together. 

In conclusion, we are very proud to have one of our Charter Members still very active in our Chapter, Gurney Yokeley. When asked about the benefits of being a member it is said that "It's not what you know, but whom you know." The knowledge by association and networking with fellow classic car lovers comes in handy when advice is needed. This is one characteristic of the OSC that hasn't changed. 

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The OSC is a 501c Organization.


For those attending OSC's monthly meetings, we hold a 50/50 drawing where the equal shares are split between the drawing winner and the club treasury. A great boost for the treasury that permits us to continue club activities and donations. 

Our monthly OSC Cruise-In's, June thru October are also beneficial fundraising events with funds being raised from 50/50 raffles (divided between the winner and the OSC Cruise-In Treasury), as well as the sale of refreshments and baked goods. 


We currently are donating monthly to the Second Harvest Food Bank,  a worthy cause!

Additionally, as the years go by and things arise, we will donate to whatever causes are of meaningful interest. Donations in the past include Crisis Control, Shepherds Center, Kernersville Christmas Stocking Fund, Battered Women, some individual donations to those of especially needed circumstances, and our National AACA

In recent years we have also hosted a Benefit Car Show for the Noth West Piedmont Purple Heart Foundation. All of the proceeds are donated to the Foundation to help fund an honorary dinner for the NW Piedmont Purple Heart Recipients and the families of deceased Purple Heart Veterans, at no cost to them. 

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