In 1975 Steve Kershuk, our founding father of Classic Chevys of Southern California, got the urge to get a group of ‘55, ’56, and ’57 Chevy lovers together to form a club. He sent out a letter to all the prospective members he could think of. The first meeting of what is now known as CCSC was held on January 14, 1976. At that meeting the club was named, dues were established at ten dollars per year and a board of o”cers was elected. As is only fair, Steve was elected as our first President. At the end of 1976 there were seventy (70) members. By September of 1979 there were one hundred twenty four (124) members. On October 11, 1987 there were only fifty three (53) ACTIVE members and seventy one (71) INACTIVE members.
Election of o”cers for 1978 was held at the November 1977 meeting. Back then there was a two year term limit on holding any board position and Phil Nagel was elected as the new President.
The club, as you would expect, started out looking for lots of members. All you had to do was pay your ten dollar dues and you became a member. In the March 1978newsletter the new President, Phil Nagel, explained a by-law change restricting membership requirements, seeking a more active member participation (this restriction has since been changed back to the original “no restriction requirement”, so we now, as then, have a few members none of us have ever seen.)
In looking through the early club rosters, I found out why we are CLASSIC CHEVYS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA instead of something like San Fernando Valley Classic Chevys! Steve had sent letters all over California and got members from Los Angeles, Duarte, El Monte, Bellflower, Downey, Torrance, Wilmington, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Garden Grove, Palmdale, Long Beach, and nineteen (19) other Southern California communities.
Granted many of those long distance members are long gone, but the name Classic Chevys of Southern California fit perfectly at the time. We’ve done pretty well, too. We’re still together, and we are recognized as one of the best, most active clubs in California, north or south.
As a matter of fact just recently we had a very well attended (50 members and family) club picnic held at Rancho San Antonio Boys Town of the West, which is our charity. Boys Town has a spectacular facility and our lovely picnic area encouraged the driving of our classic cars there……and drive them we did. We had approximately 25 classics all parked in a row on the beautiful grassy field…perfect for a Kodak moment.
Our main event every year, for the last 29 years, has been our car show which is hosted and run by the club members, demanding a lot of hard work by most of the active ones. May 6th, 2012 will be the 30th anniversary of this car show, which will be held once again at the Rancho San Antonio Boys Town facility. Our show raises funds to help the boys at Rancho San Antonio, and gives us an opportunity to help a wonderful organization while giving us a great excuse to enjoy something we all love very much….’55, ’56 & ’57 Chevys. We also have the privilege of gathering in Rancho’s multi-use room every month for our meetings.
In our 36 years of existence we have never tired of looking at and enjoying ours cars, and we’re grateful for that commonality with a fun group of people. And believe it or not, a few of our members have enjoyed those “pretty cars” for almost all of those years.