When the fall semester began, students may have been surprised to find two cars parked in The Pit.
The Honda Civic Type R and BMW M4 were brought in to promote Carolina Cars, a student organization for car enthusiasts on campus.
"I remember one of the Carolina Union officers said they’d never seen anything like it in 20 years of working there,” senior and club co-founder Max Nuñez said. "I think we had like 30 or 40 members that are active join in a couple hours.”
Nuñez, who is from Morrisville, said he loved attending local car meets in high school but was disappointed to find there wasn’t a car club at UNC his first year. He decided to start Carolina Cars to bring those meets to UNC.
The car meets are usually held on top of the School of Business Parking Deck, where members are encouraged to bring their cars and browse each others’ vehicles, Nuñez said. However, the meets are also open to those who don't have their own car.
“The majority of what we do at car meets is just get together and talk,” Nuñez said. “It’s really about trying to make a community of people that are into cars, not necessarily have a car.”
Harrington Shaw, a sophomore who is a member of the club, said he enjoys the social aspect of the meets.
“There’s usually some new people that show up that you get to interact with, and then we all get to go for a drive, which is one of my favorite things to do to get away from the school stuff,” Shaw said. “It’s a great way for car enthusiasts to get together with some like-minded people and blow off some steam after school.”
The club hosts events over the course of the semester, including cruises where club members drive around Chapel Hill and watch parties for professional F1 car races.