You’ve seen the Occupy protestors on the news, street corners and maybe even the lawn of your own city hall, but why they’re still there we aren’t quite sure. For most muscle car fans, the phenomenon of pitching tents on the lawns of city government buildings, refusing to leave to use the facilities for weeks, and wrecking perfectly good sod all in the name of protest is a bit hard to wrap our heads around. However, there is a new Occupy movement that you might not have a hard time getting on board with. It’s called Occupy Muscle Cars (OMC) and most muscle car enthusiasts are participating in this new movement every weekend.
Licata got some of his inspiration for the Occupy Muscle Cars movement by attending an Optima Challenge event.
OMC was started by Nick Licata and we were lucky enough to get a chance to talk to him about the whole idea behind this movement last week. According to Licata, OMC isn’t about pitching tents, causing a scene, and trashing property. It’s just about enjoying your muscle car on and off the track.
“I’m not trying to do something different,” Licata told us. “Its just about fun.” After attending an Optima Challenge event last year, Licata determined one common factor between all the muscle car owners that kicked off the OMC movement. “They all have day jobs but on the weekends they occupy their muscle cars,” Licata said.
Right now, more than anything, OMC is a Facebook destination where muscle car enthusiasts can come together, share pictures of their cars, schedule meet-ups, and just enjoy being a fan of American muscle. Licata doesn’t know where OMC will go from here, but he hasn’t eliminated the idea of having OMC events in the future.
Occupiers can even order t-shirts to show their support of the Occupy Muscle Cars movement.
Although OMC is nothing like Occupy Wall Street, it was partially inspired by the major protest. After all, if you find a movement or protest to be outlandish, why not start your own satirical version of it?
“We don’t throw fits,” Licata told us. “We just get in our cars and mind our own business.”
Licata also told us that he got inspiration for OMC from the current happenings in the automotive market. “The whole muscle car movement is back and that kind of inspired this as well,” he said. “What better time than now to start the OMC movement than when the big three are involved?”
Although OMC is still in its beginning stages, several big names in the automotive industry have gotten involved. Companies like BF Goodrich, The Roadster Shop, Centerforce and Maier Racing are all fans of the movement on Facebook.
Join the growing group of muscle car enthusiasts that are proud to say they occupy their muscle cars by giving OMC a “Like” on Facebook and start showing those other Occupiers what it’s really about and to let your message be known. “It can be the average Joe or any one in the industry,” Licata said about who can join the OMC movement. “Liking muscle cars is the only requirement.”