August 16, 2012 03:31 PM
MCA membership - Reasons for not joining
I recently sold all of my old mustang magazines, which included about 500-600 copies of Mustang Monthly and Mustang Times (were just taking up space in a closet.) The fella that bought them was real happy to get them and has been interested in cars and Mustangs for a long time. He had no clue who I was and that I had been a head judge. I asked him if he was a member of MCA and his response was "I've never had a car good enough to join MCA." This statement really got to me as it was something that I've heard in the past, but it hit home because I realized the same thing applied to me back in the late 80's/early 90's when I was getting involved in cars. I had my first Mustang in '87, but don't think I joined MCA until around '96, which was about when I was finishing up the restoration of a concours '65 fastback.
Just got me thinking about this and how many other enthusiasts are out there, but don't join MCA for reasons like this. Seems a shame that they don't feel compelled to join because their car isn't good enough. Guess I would like to know if others have had similar discussions and what was said. I personally do not feel a need to "sell" MCA as I think there are many different ways members enjoy the club and my benefits of being a member may not apply to someone else.