The Community - Clubs and Summits

In their nature, the retro car clubs are clubs uniting people with different interests, whose main priority is the same, namely historical vehicles. Over the years, in many publications and codes we have read that these clubs are associations of people with equal interests, but with time, purely materially, emotionally and informatively, it was proven that this statement is incomplete and more specifically, modified through the prism of life. Even so, a large part of these structures, whether public, private or departmental, has proven its efficiency contributing to the common goal, namely preserving the material cultural heritage of the engineering genius. The Management of these clubs is chosen for different lengths defined in the Articles of Association of the respective structure. In time, the number of these organizations increased as well as their members on national level.

Even before the appearance of organized clubs, events for retro vehicles have been taking place in Bulgaria, namely the initially called Rally Parades for Veteran Cars, the first of which dates back to June 11, 1966.

The organization of various events, such as summits, parades, markets, picnics, rallies begins with the appearance of the first club in December 1989, but at first, they are strictly regional, not national in form. Under “national”, we mean those that invite and accommodate guests from all over the country. All the others should be classified as “regional” regardless of the participants’ license plates. The term “national events” appears in the retro field with the calendar for 2012 and more specifically with the announcing of the First National Program. It has neither geographic, nor legal or nationalist meaning, but rather the idea is to have enough regional clubs supporting such an event in order to form its essence. Last, but not least, the designation of an event as “national” does not aim to devalue or neglect other events. 

Today, there are around 57 clubs in Bulgaria, of which 24 have official activity visible to the community. The national calendar for the last two years had between 30 and 40 events. A large part, perhaps 75% of these clubs, are of the same type, 15% circle around the previous model and no more than 10% have their own vision and character. Unfortunately, even the creation of new clubs in the end of 2019 was not much different from the creation of such clubs at the end of the 20th century.

Each new association in the field of historical vehicles must be if not unique in activity and vision, at least significantly different from all currently existing. It is not necessary to incorporate all of this in the Articles of Association, which more or less fall in a legal framework, but clearly designate and explain it.