Pauline and Martin Massey bought their first American car, a 1974 Chevy Caprice in 1981, and started attending the meetings of the Birmingham branch of the American Auto Club later that year. They became very active members of the club, and played a major role in the setting up of the first AAC shows held at Billing Aquadrome in Northamptonshire.
After six years with the Birmingham branch, Pauline, Martin and their daughter Helaena felt there was a need for a meeting place more central to the Black Country – Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Stourbridge and the surrounding area. The Black Country Cruisers had its inaugual meeting at the Yew Tree pub in Wall Heath in 1986, and met there on a monthly basis until moving to The Bush, Swindon in 1990.
After the pub changed hands in 2003, the club moved again, and met at The Greyhound in the village of Swindon, a Victorian country pub with ample parking, beer gardens and excellent food. Sadly, the Greyhound was purchased for development, so it was time for another move - this time to the Hinksford Arms, Swindon (which used to be known as The Bush, where we held our meetings years ago) where we currently meet.
The club has been well supported since it first started, thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of Martin and Pauline. Very sadly Martin passed away in 2016, now Pauline continues to run the club with the support of Helaena, Niki and Paul.