The Hurst/Olds Club of America was founded over 30 years ago by a small group of enthusiasts who had this unique automobile as their common interest. Their desire was to seek out other Hurst/Olds owners and establish a club that would be based not only on the car, but on comaraderie and friendship as well. From that small beginning, the H/OCA has grown to a nationally recognized club with over 600 active members from around the world.
Thunder & Lightning is the name of our award-winning, bi-monthly newsletter that goes to each member. In it are contained feature articles about member's cars, technical articles, club merchandise, a free classified section for cars and parts, and a listing of the club's technical advisors.
The technical advisors are one of the biggest assets to the club, for they each represent a particular year of H/O, and are very knowledgable about that particular year. Their assistance can be invaluable to someone performing a restoration or seeking specific information about their particular year of Hurst/Olds. The advisors' services are free of charge to members.
Club members also have access to the club's research library, which contains photos, specs, and information on every year H/O.
Each summer, the club holds its National Meet in a different part of the country. This multi-day event usually includes tours of local points of interest, a cruise, an awards banquet, and other functions arranged by the local host. And traditionally we try to go to the Indianapolis 500 Speedway every five years to run the track. Our meets are based on having fun, enjoying the cars, seeing old friends and making new ones. We do not do judging, but rather we encourage members to bring their cars and have fun. The National Meet is always a great time for all who attend.
Club dues are currently $25 a year, and ownership of a Hurst/Olds is not required to join. If you wish to join, you can click on the "Join" button on the left for more information.
H/OCA Club Milesones:
09/04/1983 - The H/OCA was formed in Lansing, MI as a Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America. Our annual dues were $5.00 and we produced 2 newsletters annually.
10/15/1983 - We received our OCA Charter. We formed as a chapter because there were other Hurst/Olds 'clubs' that were collecting dues money but were only selling parts.
09/01/1984 - Our Dues were raised to $7.50 and we produced 4 issues annually with more pages.
08/03/1985 - The H/OCA held its 1st National Meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
12/01/1985 - Our first governing bylaws were written and approved. The have been amended several times over the yearsto add officer positions, remove positions and change how we vote for changes.
09/01/1986 - The Thunder and Lightning Editor received the "Best Chapter Newsletter" award from the OCA. Wayne Mason was the editor.
09/01/1987 - Dues were raised to $10 annually and we increased publication to 6 issues.
03/28/1988 - We received our Federal Tax exempt status as a non-profit organization and exempt from Federal Taxes.
07/01/1988 - Annual dues were raised to $15 annually because of postage increases. 16 pages became the standard for our publication.
03/23/1989 - We received our GM Licensing agreement so we could use the Hurst/Olds name and logo for our newsletter and merchandise.
08/01/1989 - The H/OCA purchased a computer to be used by the Membership Secretary to maintain our records.
10/01/1989 - We received our Hurst Licensing agreement so we could use the Hurst/Olds name and logo for our newsletter and merchandise.
04/01/1990 - The H/OCA ourchased a Word Processor to be used by the editor to produce the Thunder and Lightning publication.
07/19/1991 - We registered our logo with the Federal Government and were granted the Registered Trademark status.
06/30/1992 - We applied and received a Sales Tax License from the State of Michigan. Our merchandise sales had reached a level to require us to have to pay sales tax for sales.
10/01/1992 - The Thunder and Lightning publication received the "Golden Quill" award from Krause Publication. Duane Wolfgang was the editor. NOTE - this award has been received many times since, Renee Kuharchuk was just recently awarded this honor.
01/01/1995 - The H/OCA was officially incorporated in the state of Missouri.
04/01/1995 - Dues were raised to $20 annually to accomodate another postal increase and printing cost increases.
08/01/1996 - A vote by the membership approved the H/OCA was leaving the OCA as a Chapter and becoming an independent club. We had to re-apply for a new Sales Tax and Tax exempt status as a club on our own.
12/01/1996 - Our H/OCA website was up and running through the efforts of then Director, John Wessel.
08/21/1997 - The H/OCA Celebrates it's National Meet in Lansing, MI. in conjunction with the Oldsmobile 100th Birthday Celebration.
07/14/1998 - Our Federal Tax exempt status was obtained as an independent club.
05/27/2000 - The First National Hurst/Olds Day was celebrated. The date for this event was to coincide with the date the first production Hurst/Olds was built.
08/02/2002 - The HOCA Celebrates it's 18th National Meet in conjunction with the Historic Cars of Lansing & Oldsmobile's 105th Anniv..
07/14/2004 - Re-incorporated the H/OCA in the state of Michigan
08/27/2004 - The Hurst "Hairy Olds" recreation was donated to the H/OCA by Dennis Mothershed.
10/03/2004 - "Hairy" was loaned to the R.E.Olds Museum in Lansing Michigan to display for their collection.
10/01/2005 - Advertising sponsors for the newsletter and website were contacted as a way to offset increasing costs and prevent raising dues to increasing postage and printing cosrs.
02/14/2011 - Our Federal Tax non-profit was updated per requirements by the government.
09/01/2013 - The H/OCA Celebrated 30 years of existence.
07/10/2014 - The H/OCA held its 30th National Meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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