[DML] Re: DeLorean Owners Association
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[DML] Re: DeLorean Owners Association

I tend to agree with most everything that's been said on here in 
regards to the DOA. While I've only been involved in the DeLorean 
community about 10 years, the DOA has been pretty much out of touch 
and obsolete since I've been around. Why? Because the Association 
didn't evolve with the times, didn't keep up with technology, or 
DeLorean owners themselves. I think their biggest downfall at the 
moment is a total disconnect between what the Association presents 
in their mags, and what REAL DeLorean owners are. The original 
DeLorean owners/enthusiasts and the ones of today are an entirely 
different breed. The original owners were mostly older white men 
such as doctors, attorneys, and business owners who could afford an 
exotic European car that cost almost twice as much as a Vette. 
DeLorean owners today couldn't be more different. We can buy 
DeLoreans today for less than the price of a new Honda Civic. This 
means many owners are much younger... I would say the majority are 
in their 20s, 30s, and 40s (I bought my first DeLo when I was 19). 
Most all owners I've encountered are of a much more modest 
background as well... we're all middle class working folk for the 
most part. There are a growing number of lady owners too. For the 
DOA to become relevent, it needs to embrace all these changes. They 
need to appeal to people who come from more modest means, who are 
from around the globe, who are in a highly digital society. 

I agree with what several people have said too... a 
national/international club is pretty well useless for most of us. 
Perhaps the DOA could come up with some sort of a strategy for 
forming more regional sub-clubs under the umbrella of the DOA? The 
one thing I can give the DOA is they've always had excellent 
merchandise. Neat posters, cups, shirts, keychains, etc are always 
going to have a market. 

I think the one thing that could keep the DOA totally relevant and 
useful is this: if the DOA can figure out a way to bring everyone 
together in the community, then it would be worth saving. By that I 
mean they need to find a way to bring all the splintering factions 
within the DeLorean community together, and get them to work 
together for the better good. Everyone from DeLorean One, to DMC-
Texas, John Hervey, PJ Grady, all the regional clubs, and online 
forums. The DOA can no longer afford to turn it's nose up to anyone 
who isn't within their confines, or a friend of DeLorean One. With 
all those powers working together we really could have a much 
stronger community that could offer far more to DeLorean owners and 
enthusiasts alike. Of course this is all a bit hippie 60s idealogy, 
but it's my two cents regardless.

Louie Golden
Charlotte, NC
Past owner of VINs 10115 and 5252


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