WELCOME TO THE CADILLAC & LASALLE CLUB, INC.
The Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc. (CLC) is an international organization of over 7,000 members with 18,000+ collectible automobiles built by Cadillac. The Club provides activities and services for enthusiasts of all Cadillacs, from the single cylinder models to the exotic V-16's. Membership is open to persons anywhere in the world and ownership of a Cadillac is not required.
Who we are
The Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc. (CLC) was founded in Detroit in 1958. We are the largest active international organization for Cadillac enthusiasts, with almost 50 domestic regions, 18 international affiliate clubs, and eleven chapters that focus on special interests such as LaSalles, '41 Cadillacs, Allantés, Broughams, etc.
We were initially founded to encourage enthusiasts to maintain, preserve, and restore collectible Cadillacs and LaSalles built from 1902-1942. Now the CLC recognizes all vehicles built by Cadillac. We promote the development, collection, publication and exchange of helpful information pertaining to our cars. We also promote social fellowship for club members.
A Cadillac Son-In-Law?
Spring gives birth to new energy in both the plant and animal world, and our favorite cars and club, too!
I promised I would remind everyone of our survey on the International Membership Directory, available April 1 on the website. Please pause your reading of this column and complete it now. Another important task to complete before reading further is voting in the board of directors election. A handy card is included in this The Self-Starter that is easy to fill out and mail in. Online-only members will receive the ballot card in the mail. We have had progressively better participation in our elections in recent years, and I would like to see a record set again this year. My thanks in advance for completing both tasks.
The Club's improvement in services to members increases every month. An International Newsletter Excellence Award will be established this year, awarded for the first time next year. This will recognize the outstanding work of all our newsletter editors outside the United States. An international team of members from Europe, Australia and our vice president of International Affiliates will evaluate the newsletters and recommend the recipient annually to the Awards chairpersons of the CLC. Consult the CLC website for the proper person to receive your newsletter. I receive several of the international newsletters monthly, and I know the quality is outstanding.
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Lois Harriman, director of our North Jersey Region, as the coordinator for the website's online calendar of events. She will scour Region and Chapter newsletters and post activities on the calendar. All members have access to this and will know everything that is happening with the Club no matter where you live or happen to be, whether for work or pleasure. All Regions and Chapters welcome all of our members at any of their events. If you are not in a Region or Chapter, you may "test-drive" events and will most likely want to join after attending.
I am excited to see an article on Cadillac's "collectible from day one" V-Series cars in this issue. I personally own a 2005 CTS-V I purchased new and have tried to keep it a low-mileage, original car. Its odometer is currently just shy of 10,000 miles as it sits covered in my garage awaiting spring's arrival. My car produces a mere 400 HP; I've had the pleasure of driving members Ron Zahn's and Joe Roglieri's newer Vs with 556 HP. I can attest they are all a blast to drive! Club member Tim Pawl is the engineer who designed the supercharger on the Northstar V engines, which, in my mind, makes them even more special to our members.
Lastly, I received multiple compliments on Torsten Loth's recent article on his 1959 Eldorado Brougham. My wife and I have what we consider to be our two German daughters, in addition to the three of our own. They are both in their 20s now and spent time with us here in the United States during their high school education. One is currently here doing her student teaching in English education in our community to complete her German college degree.
I personally hope one of them will meet Torsten some day, fall in love, and I will gain a full-blooded Cadillac son-in-law as a result.