NICO (Nissan Infiniti Car Owners) was founded in 2000 by Dr. Rex Birkmire, a prominent Florida psychiatrist and longtime enthusiast. The venture was originally funded entirely through his personal contributions.
Dr. Birkmire decided early on that NICO would have a key difference from other car forums: Dedicated subject matter experts that are currently active technicians at Nissan or Infiniti dealerships to guarantee competent answers to members’ technical questions. This recipe was very successful and within months more and more Nissan and Infiniti owners joined our boards.
As traffic increased, so did the knowledge base among the membership as a whole. This resulted in technical information that made us attractive enough for new members to want to stay and not go elsewhere once they joined. In addition to professional technicians, much of the original knowledge base came from just a couple of dedicated folks and Dr. Birkmire himself wrote many of our early articles.
Within a year of our founding, Administrator Torry Skurski arranged a merger of NICO’s 240SX sections and 240sx Car Club of America. This allowed that large and vibrant community to stay alive, and enriched NICO with an influx of new members and a welcome spike in youthful energy.
About the same time, many members of the Yahoo Infiniti Owners Club were dissatisfied with the Yahoo format for its online boards. Within weeks, they moved to the NICO Infiniti sections, preserving much of the friendly community atmosphere that had existed on the old club. Yahoo Club member Greg Childs was brought on as an Administrator soon thereafter.
In late 2002, Greg Childs (AZhitman) took over all business operations and began a driven effort to establish NICO as the premier resource for Nissan and Infiniti information on the web, developing an entire network of sites. Torry was immediately made the first Administrator, and is now NICO’s Events Coordinator. Administrator Keith (Rex) came aboard in 2004, handling general duties. Joining the Admin team in 2006 was Matt Moody (audtatious), a long-time member and gifted web designer, who gives NICO its unique and impressive look. In 2007, Seth (Eikon) was brought on board to handle Moderator Relations, and shares these duties with Chris (4DSC) who joined the Admin team in 2010.
Over the years, membership has grown exponentially. NICO has since incorporated forums for owners of all types of Nissan, Datsun and Infiniti vehicles, and the result has been an active, thriving community of enthusiasts who are passionate about their club. In addition, due to our explosive growth, NICO attracted well-respected advertisers eager to cater to the membership of such a large forum. NICO’s advertisers have all been carefully selected, and with NICO the number one-ranked Nissan resource on the web, they find that advertising on NICO is a great way to reach and interact with their desired demographic.
Despite our size, a friendly sense of community permeates NICO, with many members developing lifelong friendships based upon a shared enthusiasm. In contrast to many other online clubs, NICO has a vibrant event scene, in which many members and Moderators actively participate. In fact, NICO has already hosted numerous enormously successful annual national meets!
As NICO has grown, the original mission set forth by Dr. Birkmire has been carefully preserved: To maintain a top-quality, family-friendly, community-based forum for automotive enthusiasts, providing valuable technical information, entertainment and the latest news from the manufacturers of these fine vehicles. At present, NICO has over 190,000 members all over the world, and we are currently adding an average of 80 new members PER DAY. This teamwork makes NICO one of the fastest growing enthusiast clubs on the Internet.
In addition, NICO has issued an open invitation to other Nissan / Infiniti / Datsun enthusiast forums that may be experiencing difficulties due to financial or personnel reasons. Our breadth of resources and our economies of scale has allowed us to “adopt” these smaller sites, preserving their style, history and content, and relieving their owners of the burdens that operating a web forum can present. We have sufficient space to allow for incredible expansion over the coming years, and this offer remains open to any site experiencing such difficulties.
We’re not just another car forum, but as a family-owned and operated car club that just happens to have a website. Most large automotive forums have been bought up by corporate entities that aren’t operated by actual enthusiasts. We have, and always will be, independent.
NICOclub relies on their staff members to maintain the active state of the forum as well as ensure its successful future growth. Are you unsure as to who NICOclub’s staff members are and their forum usernames? Meet the NICOclub Staff
Did you know that NICOclub is more than just a forum? Yes, we have a homepage too! You’ll be able to find the latest Nissan / Infiniti reviews, industry news, event coverage, and more on our homepage. NICOclub’s Homepage
NICOclub is very active in promoting Nissan events on a national level, as well as supporting local grassroots Nissan races, meets and shows. Learn more about the activity at our events, our vehicles, and our true sense of community by browsing our past event coverage articles! NICOclub Event Coverage
Are you interested in advertising on the largest, most active Nissan/Infiniti website on the Internet, encompassing a network of over 30 different sites? Learn more about the benefits of advertising with NICOclub and how we can help your business grow! Advertise with NICOclub
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the forums, our mission and our personnel. We’re here to help, and we welcome your feedback and appreciate your loyalty. Best wishes, and thanks for giving us an opportunity to serve YOU!