Cadillac Kings Antelope Valley gets the job done!
The first meeting of what is now known as Cadillac Kings Car Club was held May 7, 2005 at a Farmer boys Restaurant in Riverside, CA. This meeting was the product of Derrick Taylor, who coordinated the meet over several weeks of communications on the 1963-1964 Cadillac Forum. That first meeting had a turnout of approximately fifteen Southern California classic Cadillac owners, and their rides. It was an awesome site to see that many classic Cadillac’s’ in one parking lot, as most local shows/meets only showcase Chevy’s, Fords, or imports. As the meet came to an end Nicky Varon who was in attendance approached Derrick and asked him what his intentions were (future meeting, start up a club, etc.). Derrick stated that he just wanted to see if gathering that many Cadillac’s was possible and that he did not have future plans at the moment. Nicky asked if it would be okay to gather everyone’s contact information and maybe coordinate another meet. Derrick agreed and the first list of 10 potential Cadillac Kings members was created. - Cadillac Kings Car Club was originally named “So. Cal Cadillac Club” temporally until a true name could be established. In September of 2005 nine members of the So Cal Cadillac Club collectively compiled a list of 48 possible club names. With the direction of Nicky Varon, appointed club president, the list of 48 possible club names was narrowed down by a silent voting method held over two additional meetings until“Cadillac Kings” was selected by most votes.
From the start of the club in May of 2005 to late 2008 there were no separate chapters, and all meetings were coordinated by Nicky Varon, club President. Meeting locations were rotated between Inland Empire, Orange County, and Los Angeles County. This rotation was based on what areas the members lived in. As members came in and out of the club, meeting locations changed and eventually ended up in Los Angeles County where the majority of the members lived in at that time.
In late 2007 Derrick Taylor returned to the club along with two other original founding members; Gary Wang and Wes Hornung. With Derrick’s return he brought many new members that lived in the Inland Empire and expressed the need to hold meetings in that area. At that time the Los Angeles based club had grown to 18 members and it was time to split the club into two chapters to allow more growth. Since Derrick Taylor was one of the first founding members and had the ability to attract more club members living in the Inland Empire area, Nicky asked him to put together his own chapter. The Inland Empire chapter quickly turned into the biggest chapter of Cadillac Kings and continues to have the most members. The two next chapters to be started after Inland Empire were Cadillac Kings Orange County and Cadillac Kings San Diego. Cadillac Kings currently has six California chapters, one Albuquerque NM chapter, and one Cleveland OH chapter.