The Abu Dhabi Classic Car Club (ADC3) was formed in January 2007 by 3 men with a vision to promote and increase awareness to classic cars in Abu Dhabi. The aim of the club is to bridge the gap between classic car enthusiasts, to share this hobby and interest in one place as there are currently no organizations to support this hobby in the city of Abu Dhabi. ADC3 is proudly affiliated with the UAE Automobile Club. ADC3 is a non profit organization run by the committee. Positions in the committee will be available for members on a per need basis.
Mission & History
The Classic Car Club of Abu Dhabi (ADC3) is a club dedicated to the collection, preservation and enjoyment of the world’s finest automobiles manufactured from 1949 to 1979. ( from 30 to 60 years old)
The name of the Club, which is a non-profit membership organization registered in the Abu Dhabi ,united Arab Emirates .The purposes for which the Club are founded are: for the development, publication and interchange of technical, historical and other information for and among members and other persons who own or are interested in fine or unusual motorcars built between and including the years 1949 and 1979, cars built before 1949 virtually identical for full Classics and distinguished for their representative fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship, can be considered as fellowship
It was an idea whose time had come. At least this spirited band of enthusiasts thought so. The year was 2006. Owners of 6.9, 240K-GT, 65 ½ Mustangs, and the like -, decided that the capital deserves a club for the old beauties .The Classic Car Club of Abu Dhabi was born later that year, In March of 2006, Jamal Musallam invited the individual owners of classic cars to meet. The first responder, was Rashid Al Tamimi, Iyad Al Ansari, and Yousef al Ali. Emirates Automobile & Tourist Club endorsed our club and issued its birth certificate under auspices of Mohammad of Suliem since then, the Club roster more than doubled. On September 17th, 2007, the Classic Car Club of Abu Dhabi was incorporated with 43 founding members.The club is headquartered in Abu Dhabi., with branch in Al Ain
Membership & Eligibility
ADC3 is a car membership club. Members’ cars will be the membership holders. ADC3 is open to all classic cars built 30 years or beyond . All cars manufactured 1978 onwards can become members of the club with the approval of the club committee, which will decide whether the car can be considered a classic or not. For example, the famous Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 will be considered a classic car, although its production did not start until 1976.
Membership can be obtained through the ADC3 committee. An application form and 5 pictures of the car (preferably in digital format) will be required (photo shoot can be arranged if no pictures available), along with an annual membership fee of Dhs300. The member will receive a membership card, which can later be used to get special discounts at repair facilities, spare parts stores, and other venues. More details regarding this will be published soon.
Every member will be featured with his/her car on the ‘Members & Cars’ page on the ADC3 website. A brief description along with 5 pictures will be shown. Members can also display their cars for sale in the ‘Classifieds’ page on the ADC3 website.
Members will also receive the club logo decal to proudly display on their cars.
Rules & Regulations
- Members vehicles must be legally registered, fully insured and in safe running condition.
- All Club members are required to abide by Abu Dhabi Motor Vehicle rules and regulations. Abuse of this rule by a member is subject to their membership reevaluation.
- No member should not misbehave towards any club member, or during any club function or gathering.
- Members are the only individuals permitted to show club colors on cards, jackets, etc.
ADC3 will host and participate in events in Abu Dhabi. We will be participating in any Auto show that is held (Auto shows in other emirates are also a possibility), National holidays (National Day, Etc.), Events organized by the Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Tourist Authority and any other events as seen suitable by the committee. Members will be informed of these events and their details accordingly.
ADC3 will be hosting monthly ‘Cruise Night’. The members will meet at a disclosed location on 30th of every month. After the meet all members are invited for a cruise around the city of Abu Dhabi that will last for 1 hour. All members are free to bring any friends to the ‘Cruise Night’
Spare Parts Support
Classic cars parts are becoming harder to find, not to mention the difficulty in finding parts for these cars locally. A member of the committee, Mr. Jamal Musallam, will be available to help members find parts for their classic cars. Usually, parts are found in the USA and can be shipped to the UAE fairly easily. The club will charge a 10% fee of the total cost for these transactions.
FAQ About Club
Why We Define Classic as We Do
Usually the cars recognized as "ADCCC Classic" were built in limited production numbers and were quite expensive when new. As a group, they represent the pinnacle of engineering, styling and design for their era. While it is desirable to have a sincere interest in these fine automobiles, it is a requirement to own a Classic to enjoy membership in the Club.
So how many cars were actually built that considers to be Full Classics? It's a frequently asked question.
The Club defines Classics or Full Classic™ Cars as "...fine or unusual motor cars which were built between and including the years 1949 to 1979. (Some cars built prior to 1949 that are virtually identical to a 1949 model that is recognized by the Club are currently being accepted on a "Please Apply" basis). All of these are very special cars which are distinguished by their respective fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship." They were usually quite expensive when new with relatively low production figures. You won't find your Mom's '72 Plymouth Duster or your Grandfather's Model A Ford in the ranks of ADCCC. We applaud other clubs who do recognize these cars and recognize that owning one can be a lot of fun, but they are not what ADCCC is all about.
What Is a ADCCC Classic Car?
ADCCC Classic is a "fine" or "distinctive" automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1920 and 1979.
They are also sometimes called "Full Classics," or just plain "Classics" (with a capital "C"). Generally, a Classic was high-priced when new and was built in limited quantities.
Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and "one-shot" or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered to be a Classic.
What is a Grand Classic?
Our Grand Classics are exciting and fun events to participate in.
The Grand Classics are the premier National shows for Classic Cars, and the ADCCC judging standards are used by all of the major concourse shows. A ADCCC National first is recognized throughout the hobby as the standard of excellence. This is a good opportunity as well to see how your car "stacks up" and what, if anything, you need to do to preserve it historically.
You must of course be a member of ADCCC to participate, and only ADCCC approved Classics are allowed on the show field. You Don't need a Show Car or Trailer Queen to participate. This event is usually held on the 2nd of December of each year (UAE national day).