imgOctober Breakfast Tour
October Breakfast Tour
imgOctober Ladies Lunch
October Ladies Lunch
imgMillers Pitch In
Millers Pitch In
imgCars at Millers Pitch-IN
Cars at Millers Pitch-IN
imgA great picnic pix
A great picnic pix
imgQuite a line of cars at the LIHAC picnic
Quite a line of cars at the LIHAC picnic
img2017 Picnic in the Park
2017 Picnic in the Park
imgSunday dinner at Dog & Suds
Sunday dinner at Dog & Suds
imgBreakfast Tour 2017
Breakfast Tour 2017
imgMay Ladies Lunch
May Ladies Lunch
imgLIHAC at the Beef House
LIHAC at the Beef House
imgLIHAC at the Fowler Theater
LIHAC at the Fowler Theater
img1st tour for 2017
1st tour for 2017
imgLouisville Tour Group
Louisville Tour Group
imgNovember Mid-week tour to Delphi
November Mid-week tour to Delphi
imgLIHAC members at The Wolcott House
LIHAC members at The Wolcott House
imgCar For Sale - See Details below
Car For Sale - See Details below
img30+ LIHAC Members at the Soup Social
30+ LIHAC Members at the Soup Social
imgJoe's 1938 Buick - Beautiful
Joe's 1938 Buick - Beautiful
imgCurt's Hudson - Beautiful!!
Curt's Hudson - Beautiful!!

About LIHAC 

The Lafayette Indiana Historic Auto Club is a non-exclusive, mixed social group of people that have a common interest in restoring, preserving, and driving all makes and models of old cars. We currently have over 100 members with more than 400 cars. We enjoy visiting new places, arranging driving tours, and displaying our cars at places like retirement communities where we know people will appreciate seeing them. We welcome families, people of all ages, and walks of life to become members of LIHAC.

 

Our club has dinner and a formal meeting the first Tuesday of every month around 6pm at MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette, Indiana. Please contact us if you are interested in attending or speaking at a meeting or becoming a member of LIHAC.

A Brief History of the Lafayette Indiana Historic Auto Club 

Early minutes show that a notice was placed in the Lafayette Journal & Courier about a meeting for the purpose of starting a local chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America.  Said meeting was held on Sunday February 5, 1961 at the Columbia Park Pavilion.  Charles Hillhouse, in charge of arrangements for the meeting said, “all owners of Model A cars and persons who expect to obtain one are invited to attend”.  Historian note: It is not determined how this meeting evolved from one of a Model A interest to our now Historic Auto Club.  There were 17 people in attendance.

 

First record of actual membership is in the secretary’s minutes, inserted without a date, prior to the first club outing which was June 11, 1961 at Happy Hollow Park in West Lafayette.  The following members were listed and indicated that membership cards were issued: Bob Peters, Charles Weigle, Paul Finkenbinder, Ed Cavanaugh, Alvin Cadwalder, Jim Haan Jr., Bill Barnes, Carl Shafer, Lawrence Goben, Joe Randolph, Bill Burns, Basil Sweet, Barry Dishon, Bill Enyart, Charles Guinn, Chet Elkins, Don Johnson, Charles Hillhouse, Grant Davis, John Larch, Charles Stroop, and Bill Campbell.  These are now called “Charter Members”.

 

The club by-laws were written with extractions from by-laws from similar clubs and were hashed out and rewritten with the help of Robert Peters, a lawyer and club member. The by-laws were passed by the membership on October 25, 1961 at the Columbian Park Jenks Memorial Rest Center.  In Article 1, Section 2 of the by-laws it is stated the purpose of this club shall be:

To encourage the members in the acquisition, preservation, restoration and exhibition of antique automobiles, in particular printer matter concerning same.

To disseminate accurate historical and technical information relative to antique automobiles, promote good fellowship and cooperation between its members and sponsor events, tours and exhibitions of antique automobiles and the doing of all things necessary or incident thereto.

LIHAC orange truck membership lafayette indiana classic carsFirst elected Board of Directors for 1961-1962 were as follows:  President - Charles Stroop, Vice President - Charles Hillhouse, Secretary - Dave Chambers, Treasurer- Earl Seymour.  Board Members were: Evelyn Hillhouse, John Larch, and Jude Dilden.

 

The first dues were $2.00 per year per family.  In seeking start up material, one member had a couple of reams of yellow paper which were used to start our newsletter, hence the name “The Yellow Pages”.  It is noted that the first by-laws in defining types of membership, made specific reference to Family which included wife, husband and children under the age of 21 of an active member.

 

Our club has been viable for over 50 years and the original purpose and intent is still being fulfilled. It is truly a family organization and though our membership seems to be aging, compared to the old days when we had a lot of our children at our events, the old cars bring together a spirit of adventure, and a cause to preserve history which makes for much social interaction with a common interest.  We have over 100 members as of this writing.

 

The many people we have met, the many places we have been with the old cars and most of all the many friends we have made over the years makes our association a very enjoyable experience which we hope shall continue on to succeeding generations.


(Article written by John Larch, Charter Member and Historian, July 2008. Updated August 2013)

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Upcoming Meetings

First Tuesday each month at 
MCL West  Lafayette. 6:00pm
LIHAC meets at MCL restaurant  and cafateria

521 Sagamore Pkwy W, West Lafayette,IN

Tuesday November 7th

6:00pm

LIHAC Meeting

 

Tuesday, December 5th
6:00 pm
LIHAC meeting

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