What It's Like To Be A Member Of New York's Incredible Classic Car Club

classic car club manhattan membership driveThe 1966 Mustang Fastback is one of many classic cars members get to drive.

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There are few pleasures in life equal to driving a really great car, especially if it was built in the 1960s and can still turn heads on the street.

That is why more than 300 drivers have joined the Classic Car Club, the private, luxury club that offers the chance to drive an amazing stable of more than 40 classic cruisers and modern supercars. Its motto: “Join the Club. Drive the Cars.”

At the invitation of Director Michael Prichinello, I spent a few days as a member, joining the ranks of Robert Downey, Jr., Jay-Z (who apparently never used his membership), Tumblr CEO David Karp, and more, with full access to an amazing fleet of classic and current Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, and more.

Deciding what to drive was not an easy task, but it was certainly a fun one.

After less than a week, I came to the conclusion: There’s no better way to get your driving fix than becoming a member — if you can afford it.

The sign on the front door lays out what the club is all about.

The club has 40 to 45 cars at any given point. They regularly buy and sell vehicles to keep the selection fresh.

When a member comes to pick up a car, it's lined up at the entrance by a staff member.

They inspect the car for damage, note the fuel level and mileage, and then hand over the keys.

It was truly that simple. During my 5-day complimentary membership, I got to take home a 1966 Mustang Fastback for the weekend.

It made a huge amount of noise, and the presence of a fire extinguisher made me nervous.

It also generated a lot of compliments and stares, especially since it can be heard several blocks away.

That made it a lot more fun to drive.

Then I took a 1969 Jaguar E-Type for a day. It's the sexiest sports car ever built, in my opinion.

It's got a fire extinguisher, too.

I got a lot of comments from passers-by while stopped at red lights.

I wrapped up my membership with a 2007 Porsche Cayman S, recommended by the club staff.

The club added an after market exhaust system, so the sound of the engine is a beautiful thing.

Returning it, and ending my membership, was not easy to do.

Fortunately, there are a ton of other incredible rides on display in the showroom. The office has a great view of all the cars.

Cars are cleaned in the wash bay when they're brought back in.

Here's everything the staff needs to keep them spotless.

A whiteboard keeps track of the cars being used in that day's rally drive.

Another is for noting maintenance and repairs.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is the most expensive car in the group, and one of the most popular.

The Ford Bronco is also really popular.

A 1965 Shelby Cobra is parked next to a few motorcycles.

The 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS seats two and has 270 hp.

The 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder is one of the oldest cars here.

Here's the 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder next to a 2006 Aston Martin Vantage.

The orange 1968 Chevy Camaro SS is the brightest car in the bunch.

Members wait for sunny days to drive the 1967 Caterham/Lotus Super 7. Next to it is a 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG.

There are always great cars parked outside the club. Here's the E-Type, Gallardo, Bronco, and Vantage.

A Lotus Elise is parked on the corner.

The Club is selling a 1965 Mustang Fastback.

The contact info is for Zac Moseley, director of the Club.

Another sign on the door explains some basic rules.

Oliver Stone shot a scene from 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' here.

The lounge is open to members 24/7; they have an access card to unlock the door.

The bar is fully stocked with sponsored liquors: The brands hope the members become customers.

There are lots of books on cars and driving memorabilia.

And a big television, too, with a driving video game.

Now see what being a member is all about.

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