Car enthusiasts support local students’ educations
The Georgetown Texas Area Car Club (GTACC) describes itself as “a charitable organization wrapped around the specialty car hobby.” The club has awarded more than $30,000 in the past eight years to area high school students who want to further their educations in the field of automotive technology.
The club came to be in September 2005, after the Williamson County Sun advertised the new “Georgetown Classic Car Club: for all classic vehicles including street rods and antiques.” That ad enticed eight area residents to come to an initial meeting over which the late Bob Olafson presided.
Just 10 years later, the club (now GTACC) boasts 90 members with vehicles ranging from bona fide antiques (25 years and older) to the most recent Chevrolet Corvettes, as well as a scholarship fund in Olafson’s name. Current President Kent Didriksen says GTACC welcomes all who are interested in helping the community and furthering their car hobby.
The club’s main event, the GTACC/Sun City Car Show held annually on the first weekend of May, is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Proceeds from the show fund scholarships, including $5,000 awarded this year to five graduating seniors of Georgetown and East View High Schools. Kent says the club also makes quarterly awards to local charities and organizations that “work toward the good of the Georgetown community.”
The benefits of GTACC membership, according to Kent, are as varied as its members’ cars and include assisting local youth in furthering their educations, working with local charities, and enriching the experience of living in the Georgetown area. “Not to mention the friendships made with people who have similar interests and the sharing of information about our cars,” Kent adds.
GTACC meets the first Saturday of each month at Smokey Mo’s in Wolf Ranch. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m., and the business meeting begins at 8 a.m. Membership is $25 per year, and visitors are welcome. Additional information and applications are available at www.gtacc.org.
A Stone’s Throw Away
View vintage cars and more at Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum, just down the road in San Marcos, Texas. Displays include automobiles, engines, and memorabilia from the early 1900s to the 1950s. The museum, part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, also boasts a library and a gift shop. Go to www.dicksclassicgarage.com or www.facebook.com/dicksclassicgarage.
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