Founded in 1978, the Freewheelers Car Club enjoys the distinction of being the nation’s oldest gay and lesbian car club. The club’s origins can be traced to Sunnyvale, CA., when a small group of gay car collectors met to exchange information and socialize based on a shared interest in collector automobiles. As word of this informal group spread, it soon became clear that a significant number of people within the LGBTQ community shared this same interest in the art, culture, and technology of the automobile. From this chance beginning, the Freewheelers Car Club was formed and has since become an integral part of the local LGBTQ community, as well as set the standard for other LGBTQ car clubs throughout the nation.
When we aren’t in a pandemic, the Freewheelers hosts monthly events throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley with at least one or two in the South Bay each year. Some of these events have included our pool party in the East Foothills, historic tours of downtown San Jose and country drives around the south county reservoirs. We also co-host with our sister club in LA the annual “West Coast Meet” along the central coast of California, which is attended by members of LGBTQ clubs throughout the country. Between the cars, the themes, the costumes and the performances, the West Coast Meet is arguably the most entertaining car show in existence!
The Freewheelers has always enjoyed a diverse membership, embracing all genders, orientations and identifications, including straight people who know how much fun we have. Membership stands at approximately 300, with most members based in Northern California, while others are scattered around the globe. The 1,200 automobiles listed in the club roster are as diverse as the membership. There are no restrictions on make, model, year or condition, so whether you’re into Acura or Amphicar, Lincoln or Land Rover, Packard or Porsche, there’s something for everyone. You don’t even need to own a car, as long as you share an appreciation of the many aspects of the vintage and collector auto.
For more information on this exciting and unique club, please visit the Freewheelers website at www.thefreewheelers.net