About the club
The “Bears”, as we are affectionately known, are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with the primary aim – to raise money for children’s charities through our own social and touring events, and to support other charitable events. It is to the club’s credit that annual subscriptions cover the club overheads thus allowing all monies raised from Dream Rides and other events to be distributed to the selected childrens charities chosen by our members. Since the Club was formed in 1989 we have raised almost £2.000,000.
Who can join?
Although the club is open to the owners of all classic saloons and sportscars, as well as modern sports cars and kit cars of a sporting nature, we also have a number of members who do not own such cars but they enjoy helping the Bears to fund raise by assisting at shows and other functions. So – if you are interested in helping worthwhile causes then why not join us, whatever car you have.
Are there regional groups?
Yes. The Sporting Bears initial base was formed with members loosely based in the Cambridge/Midlands areas. However the club now grown to a membership of over 700 and has regional groups based in
- The Midlands (Midlands Bears)
- Northamptonshire and surounding counties (Shire Bears)
- The North West (North West Bears)
- Southern England (Koalas)
- South West England (Surfing Bears)
- North East (North East Bears)
- Scotland (Polar Bears)
Each of these groups organises its own events in their local area. Club nights are also a regular feature, usually for a noggin and natter. Each member receives “The Bear Facts” which is the club’s quarterly magazine containing items relating to interesting cars, stories about events that have taken place, and other motoring highlights.
What does the club offer its members?
A number of special events each year ranging from the much publicised appearance at the Classic & Sports Car Show at the NEC where the Sporting Bears “Dream Rides” attract so much attention and raises significant funds, to the more discrete “tours” around the country often with a place of special interest as a focal point, and the attendance at car shows around the UK.
Perhaps the most significant benefit the club offers is the knowledge that through the efforts of its members, the club helps childrens charities (many of which are quite small) in the most tangible way – through donating funds to such worthy causes.
How much does it cost?
The annual subscription is just £20 each year or family membership for an extra £5.