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As a newbie, I have not read many pages of this "club" topic, so forgive me if I'm not well informed of the intentions or goals. I'm definitely more of a driver than a C&C guy (but do both).
If the goal is to get drivers together, and there is a lack of participation for whatever reason (and McLaren doesn't seem to care), would it be unreasonable to consider opening it up to other specific cars? I've done some specific brand runs in the past (all driving the same model). Recently even got together with 5 CGT's, which wasn't easy to get some to put miles on their cars. However, the best runs I've done have been a wide variety of cars where I can experience and appreciate other vehicles that don't look and sound identical to mine. In fact, it was one of those runs with a McLaren, Ferrari, a couple of Porsche's, and my Ford GT, that I swapped cars with the Mclaren owner and drove a 12C for the first time. I never considered a Mclaren, and due to this drive, I immediately knew I had to have one. And now I do.

I'm not interested in talking car wax brands, cringing at someone bouncing of the rev limiter in a parking lot, or emptying my pocket of unwanted business cards at the next gas station. I just want to drive through some twisties for a couple of hours with others who want the same. OC, Angela's Crest, or Malibu... I'm mobile.
 

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Getting McLaren owners out for drives I think is difficult considering most of us are pretty busy (typically owning such a car places you in the busier category). However, how about centering the club around track events? Seems that McLaren owners, more than any other supercar, are willing to track their cars, and that's something people would put their time in for I think. I have been thinking for a while about starting a highly exclusive track day company (through my company - even though we're a tech cybersecurity company!), but maybe doing it though the McLaren owners club would be cool. We can invite other high end Marques to fill numbers if we need to, but of course focus it around McLaren.

As a premium style thing we'd maybe include track prep, catered lunch, classroom training, maybe even after-track social dinner, for a discounted non-profit price.

The club could still offer drives, social events, etc, but to focus it around something owners love to do, that would be cool. The club would negotiate discounts for tracks, maybe partner with one or more existing track day companies to reserve dedicated run groups for club members (to save costs if we don't have enough people for an entire day). We can partner with track day insurance companies for discounts too.

Special events like Senna/P1 ride alongs during a ride along lunch time session by willing owners would be cool too.

Of course we might need to focus the track events around certain metros (probably near McLaren dealers - so socal, norcal, Houston, New York, etc), but maybe we can arrange for reasonable cost transportation/lodging for owners who want to attend from a less popular area to spend some time on world class tracks (eg Laguna Seca). Could even partner with airbnb or even existing owners who also airbnb their places 🙂

Anyway, just a thought as it feels like a group like us, with limited numbers, and a passion for actually driving our cars, I think such an idea might work - and it'd be a helluva lot more interesting than a quick drive, or a C&C event! 😉

Thanks!

Z.
 

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Interesting...but both the website and registration page is down. Is this club still operating? I'd like to join.
 

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Interesting...but both the website and registration page is down. Is this club still operating? I'd like to join.

We killed the site as Corporate has no interst in supporting one. They are focusing keeping events and experiences in house.


So with that the will to fight is not there.
 

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I think it is a shame that you killed the idea of a club. When any of the other marque car clubs started the manufacturers could not care. It is only when the clubs get to a critical mass that the manufacturers stand up and take notice.
 

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I think it is a shame that you killed the idea of a club. When any of the other marque car clubs started the manufacturers could not care. It is only when the clubs get to a critical mass that the manufacturers stand up and take notice.

The ultimate reason for killing it was no owners other than a handful offerd to help. Also when we tried to organize events and or drive no one wanted to attend. Unless it was close to them or a cars and coffee no one was willing to drive the distances to meet up. Thus if no one was interested in participating then the effort to make something was lost.

@nh4 and I tried and made it farther but ultimately the ownership base was not interested at this point in time.
 

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We have started a San Diego McLaren Club, and it is very active. We have a strong relationship with our new local dealer as well. We'd like to help in getting a National McLaren Club up and running. The issues we're facing are getting liability insurance, LLC status, etc.. If we had a National Club, we could piggy back on to that. Almost every car brand has a Car Club in the US. Even Aston and Lotus! McLaren is far behind. We'd like to develop a relationship with McLaren Corporate as well if possible. We feel the Club would enhance McLaren Ownership experience greatly and would promote the brand.
 

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We have started a San Diego McLaren Club, and it is very active. We have a strong relationship with our new local dealer as well. We'd like to help in getting a National McLaren Club up and running. The issues we're facing are getting liability insurance, LLC status, etc.. If we had a National Club, we could piggy back on to that. Almost every car brand has a Car Club in the US. Even Aston and Lotus! McLaren is far behind. We'd like to develop a relationship with McLaren Corporate as well if possible. We feel the Club would enhance McLaren Ownership experience greatly and would promote the brand.
This is what Adam (m3dragon) and I tried to do, and indeed is what prompted the creation of this section of McLife. Unfortunately, McLaren Corporate had no interest in it. Several of the dealerships did, but when it came time to get buy-in from a corporate level, everything went radio-silent. We kept pushing for about a year to see if there was a way to move it forward, but we had no luck. It's really unfortunate. As you said, all the other manufacturers have an owner / enthusiast run club that reps the brand and helps bring a sense of community around the brand. When we started the club effort, we thought that would be something great to help build for and with McLaren. I still do think that, but with it not being a thing they are interested in at a corporate level, it's hard to make it a reality.

-Jamie.
 

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What Jamie said. Issue is they want to keep it all I house right now. We can make local chapters but right now national will be hard. Need more owners as well as other areas ro participate. I tried to get owners on drives and tours but no one want to drive further than cars and coffee in the bay area =(
 

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Could you guys please email/PM me the contact info for who you were working with at Corporate?

I know the UK Owners Club is pretty active.

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If every area created an owners club there would be thousands of clubs. If an owners club was set up for the USA and it was the only one then I am sure McLaren Corporate would be interested. They just have to be selective as to whom they are dealing with.
 

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Absolutely. I'd be interested in working with others to get a North American McLaren Owner's Club going using our San Diego McLaren Club as a model. Then we could set up regions with their own local chapters.
 

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I emailed the Director of Global Marketing at McLaren Automotive, and he's discussing the Club situation with his team and wlll get back to me. I will keep everyone posted.
 

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We talked to the same divison. Even meet in SF. At the time Jamie and I worked with them it was poo poo on you as again they want to do the McLaren "experiences". At least that is what we were told in short.

Hope you can pull it off this time as there are more cars. The main challenge is getting owners out in other areas. In Sacramento I only ever could see and get another owner out for cars and coffee.
 

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We've done a lot of events with our local San Diego McLaren Club and have some good turnouts... Car shows, charity events, track days, club rallies, social events... We've gone to McLaren "Experiences" together like Pure Thermal, and we've attending all of our local dealership events (2 movie nights, 2 Happy Hours, Track days, etc).

I don't think that the McLaren Experiences and a North American McLaren Owner's Club are mutually exclusive. In fact, the Club can support the corporate Experience events as well.

We are interested in developing a true community of McLaren Owner-Enthusiasts to enhance the McLaren Ownership Experience and represent the Brand. That's how I am selling it to them...
 
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