A new auto club has formed where TCU car enthusiasts can share tech tips and car camaraderie.
TCU geoscience major Bradley Chatman said he and audio visual coordinator Joe LeConte, who work together at the BLUU and share a common interest in cars, wanted to create a community to share automobile knowledge whether it be technical or about the local car scene.
“We know there are other car lovers on campus. We see nice cars, modified cars and all sorts of vehicles their owners obviously care about,” Chatman said. “We wanted to create this group to sort of bring them out of the woodwork.”
The group’s first meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 26.
LeConte wrote in an email that he and Chatman wanted to create a club where students could come and learn about cars and motorsports and meet students with similar interests.
“We both share a love of all things automotive, and we would constantly trade stories about cars,” he wrote. “Bradley told me he ‘wished there was a place for TCU students that loved cars could get together.’ The next day, I suggested to him that he look into starting an auto club on the campus.”
The club is open to TCU faculty and staff as well as students and isn’t just for guys, Chatman said. While its roots are within TCU, they also want to reach out into the community and attend automobile related events.
“Eventual goals include helping students attend some of the large car events around DFW such as the Dallas Car Show, races at Texas Motor Speedway, Cowtown Cars and Coffee or SCCA Autocross events,” LeConte wrote.
Chatman, who drives a 2013 Mustang, said he became involved in cars while helping his dad work on a 1969 Shelby GT 350 Mustang project car. While he said he sees Mustangs as “a heritage thing,” he likes to think he has a broad interest in various types of vehicles.
LeConte wrote that his love for cars began as a college freshman when he attended an autocross event with a senior who had a modified 2002 Subaru WRX.
“I was hooked instantly. Over the next few years, I bought my own 2002 Subaru WRX and began to modify it by myself,” he wrote. “Currently, I still drive my 2002 WRX wagon.”
For more information about TCU Auto Club, look them up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tcuautoclub or check out their Orgsync page.