At a meeting at a Holden dealership in WA yesterday, the West Coast Commodore club displayed a selection of member’s cars for the public to inspect.
But what makes this car club different to other clubs is a sense of accountability, and amenability. It simply does not tolerate illegal behaviour from its members.
In a response to a lack of responsibility displayed by other organisations, the West Coast Commodore car club was created to give an outlet to enthusiasts, without the “hoon” tag being applied.
Vice President Aaron Roberts (pictured above) was kind enough to explain to Car Advice what the mentality behind the creation of the club was, and what it means to be a part of it.
“We’re a very family oriented club. You know, we hold a lot of social events. Things like barbeques, supergolf, organising bowling, that sort of thing. We can’t afford to bring the family to where there are idiots,” he said.
On cruise days, the WCC club maintains a close vigil, and is immensely strict about road rules.
“When we create a map for our cruises, we send it off the Police, and it’s registered with them. That way they know exactly where we’re going. Also, at the first meetpoint, we take down all the numberplates of partakers of the cruise. We distribute committee members throughout the cruise, and any illegal activity is noted and then details handed to the Police.”
Mr Roberts was also quick to point out that although the club is strict, it doesn’t mean that fun can’t be had.
“We still get involved in motorsport, so our members can have an outlet too. Drag meetings happen every few months and we do other things as well.”
No stranger to a heavy right foot, his car is a supercharged VX SS Commodore which produces a dynoed 477 rear-wheel kilowatts. Having spent nearly $30,000 on his car on top of the purchase price, Mr Roberts says that all his members are the same, and have a passion for their cars. And that’s what the common thread is.
Having begun nearly a year ago, VP Aaron Roberts and President Phil Holling, created the club with only 8 committee members. It now has nearly 100 paid members, 11 sponsors and is continuing to grow, with new members joining each week. But because of its responsible, yet fair rules, it is gaining more respect in the car scene, and from social organisations.