Classic car owners are often interested in the history and the documents relating to their vehicles. Having a paper trail increases the interest in, and the value of, those vehicles. It is now possible for Checker owners to obtain a copy of the build sheets (Purchase Orders) for their cars from the Gilmore Car Museum.

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Effective January 1, 2015 new Checker owners can get a free one year membership simply by requesting it and providing a valid proof of recent purchase, such as a newly issued title, a dated bill of sale or confirmation letter from the previous owner. To request a free membership, contact Treasurer Tony Mattern.


CCCoAThe Checker Car Club Of America, Inc.
Attn: Anthony Mattern
Treasurer & Membership
160 Willard Drive
North East, MD, 21901-1631

The Checker Car Club of America was organized in April of 1982 for the preservation and sharing of photos, documents, stories and other artifacts related to Checker taxis and automobiles manufactured from 1922-1982 (year production ceased). In 2000 the club was incorporated under the name Checker Car Club of America, Inc. as a 501(c)(7) Not For Profit and is recognized as such by the State of Indiana and the IRS.

Ownership is not a prerequisite for membership and all are welcome.

If you wish to join, dues are only $25 per year (North America) and $30 (Foreign) in US funds. We accept check, money order, BillPay®, and PayPal®. If you wish to pay via PayPal® the fee is increased by $3 to defray the cost of their transaction fee - Don't forget to include your address the first time. Membership includes a subscription to the quarterly newsletter (mailed in January, April, July and October). Plus access to restricted areas and information on our website. Membership runs from February through January of the following year. If you join in the middle of a year, back issues for that year will be mailed to you.

To join, use the online membership application by following the "Join the Club!" link on the right, or you may print an application,  fill out the form and mail it to the address listed above with your Check or Money Order (US funds only please) payable to CCCoA. You may save postage and check fees by renewing using Bill Pay® service at your bank, then email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   the application information. If you wish to pay via PayPal® the fee is increased by $3 to defray the cost of the transaction fee. The account is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Go here to find information about the 2015 Convention in South Bend and to see a review of and photos from prior conventions.

Click here to go directly to this site Checker Car Club of America Convention The URL for the site is because we are a not-for-profit organization.

Check the convention site often since more details of the upcoming convention are posted there as they become available. If you have any comments send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


"WHAT IS A CHECKER?" Video Available

Ben Merkel has uploaded a new version of his 'What Is a Checker?' video to YouTube. You can see it here: What Is a Checker? video

Help Us Redesign Our Web Site


The current and future state of the Club website was discussed at the Board meeting held during the 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City. It was agreed by all that our web site is in need of a major upgrade. Accordingly, the Board began conversations with several Club members and agreed that Matt Fry (our current site administrator) and George Laszlo would move ahead to formulate a redesign plan. The following is an update as to where things stand today.

First, everyone agrees that this site needs updating. Having accepted that, it has to be recognized that making the necessary changes requires a lot of research, input and planning. We don't want to make changes just because we can. Also, because modern technology allows people to do things quickly (e.g. setting up a Facebook group), there is the temptation to use the Nike philosophy of "Just Do It."

Second, based on the above, we need to recognize that a Club web site has to reflect the mission, goals and objectives of the organization. So, it's not just about what tools we can give our members and what photos we may post. If the web site upgrade is going to be successful, it has to be kept in this context.

Third, the existing web site needs to be evaluated to see what is working and what is not. Other tools also need to be evaluated to see what they do best and what is missing. For example, Facebook is great for up to the minute things but not the best place to find out what happened two years ago.

Fourth, we need to see how the web site relates to the Club newsletter and the annual convention. Which is the dog and which is the tail?

Fifth, the Club needs to protect its intellectual property not because we want to control the way its disseminated but to assure that it can be made available over time. Just think of the uproar that was caused when the photo gallery on this site was destroyed!

There are other considerations as well. But, to make a long story a bit shorter, the Board members, Matt Fry and I have been collaborating on a web site revamp project. We are looking at the big picture (club mission and strategy) while evaluating what's good and bad about the current web site. This will lead to a redesign which the Board will then approve. Of course, input from the members will be very important. With that in mind, we would like to ask if you'd like to participate in this project and to what extent? Just drop me a note at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call me at 201 206-0990.

Past work experience has taught me that discussing things in the abstract does not work too well. It's much better to have a concrete plan that people can react to and make modifications to that as necessary. I hope that this is exactly what we will be able to do and assure that your input is received and heard.

In the meantime, please feel free to give our member communication strategy some thought and send over any ideas for us to consider. I use the term "member communication strategy" deliberately rather than "web site redesign" for the reasons given in the 5 points above.

A lot of work needs to get done. We want to do it right and we want to do it with your input.

Stay tuned and keep in touch.



Everything You Wish You Had Known Before Buying Your First Checker !

ImageWe’ve all done it. Fell in love with a car, bought it, and then discovered we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves in to. Maybe this article will help those who haven’t bought a Checker yet.

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