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Dream Machine Classics Auto Club Eastern CT began in 1979: The Dream Machine Classics club was formed in the fall of 1979 by a group of friends that owned 1955/56/57 Chevrolet cars. The original name was Born Again Classics which was changed in 1981 to Dream Machine Classics. With the name change the bylaws were altered to allow membership to persons with all Chevrolet cars up to 1972.

In 1988 the bylaws were rewritten to include all U.S. made autos and light trucks 1972 and older.

In 1990 the bylaws were changed once again to allow fiber glass reproduction kit cars as long as they replicated a car made before 1973.

In Nov 2016 the bylaws were changed to allow opening membership to newer vehicles 1973 up to 30 Years old; these vehicles will be called Special Interest Vehicles and the Clubs' interpretation is as follows:

Special Interest Vehicles – Are vehicles that are 1973 up to 30 years old, limited production American cars and light trucks [excluding vans] that are at least 30 years old on the day of the membership application.

They must represent the style of vehicles that are seen at a typical 50/60s Cruise Night event. Cars and trucks may be stock, modified, custom or replica.

All cars will have to be of cruise quality, in pertaining to engine, interior, body and frame. All vehicles must be maintained solely for the use in exhibitions, club activities, parades and/or other functions of interest.

All cars will be judged by the Dream Machine Classics Auto Club Membership Committee. Cars being judged must meet the standards set forth by judging application sheet, and meet a minimum requirement of 60% of points. 

The club has maintained a membership average of 65 to 78 members since 1980 and have attended many car events throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well as countless cruise nights.

Over the years the club has pitched in to help on various charities; A Child's Wish Come True; Annual Toy Run to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, CT; The Annual Cruise to Benefit the Melanoma Cancer Research Foundation in honor of the late Kathy Domijan at Don Mallon Chevrolet; and the Rhode Island Toys for Tots Fund Raiser.

Our founding purpose is to share our hobby with other car owners and to promote the auto interest with the public. We have done so by attending numerous Car Show/Cruise Nites/and Fund Raisers.

Dream Machine Classics was one of the early clubs to start Cruise Nites in the Connecticut area. In the summer of 1983 we held our first cruise at Bob's A&W Root Beer in Brooklyn, CT. The first cruise was attended by club members only and so much interest was expressed from other clubs and car owners that we invited anyone with an auto 1972 and older. The only request we had was "No Booze & No Burnouts." We support many other club cruises and Car Shows thoughout the New England area.

The club is still active today; with on an average of 60 members.

Ronald Phillips
DMC member since 1979