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Country club for car fans

Most country clubs cater to golfers and tennis aficionados. In the Motor City, there is now a country club catering to auto enthusiasts. Out Of Office Garage (OOOG) is a members-only auto enthusiast club located in Birmingham’s Rail District at 2400 Cole Street. OOOG is the brainchild and passion of Erica and Syed Ahmed, the husband-and-wife team behind Platinum Motor Cars, a luxury and exotic car dealership also located in Birmingham. OOOG has a 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art, climate-controlled warehouse with a 2,500 square foot member’s lounge with professional-grade SimRacing simulators, a full-service coffee bar and kitchen, and a business center with multiple workspaces, vehicle storage and private event space, as well as exclusive access to invite-only events, from guided enthusiast drives and all-inclusive race weekends to auto industry vehicle previews. “It’s a space for people who like cars and enjoy all things around them,” said Syed Ahmed. He noted the car community has been asking for a club like this for years, “so we put our passion and expertise into ensuring Out Of Office Garage delivered a curated, one-of-a-kind experience for our members.” In addition to 28 custom-built, multi-tier auto lifts to house 80-plus member vehicles, on-site wash and detail services available five days a week, and a mezzanine with additional meeting and lounge space, the facility will offer concierge services for anything and everything car-related. “We can handle service for our many clients with different vehicles at multiple dealerships,” Ahmed said. Numerous events will be available for members, from adult-only events to those which are family-friendly, and a quarterly supper club. Two levels of memberships are available, including one for general club access and a Founders level membership, offering Founders level-only events, experiences and more.

Business Matters for the Birmingham - Bloomfield area are reported by Lisa Brody. Send items for consideration to Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.


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