Donald C. Royston

Donald Royston

Title: President
Company: Vintage Motor Car Club of America
Location: Punta Gorda, Florida, United States

Donald Royston, President of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the automobile hobby community.

With decades of professional experience, Mr. Royston built a laudable career, as well as a prolific collection of cars. From the day he purchased his first car—a 1941 Lincoln Continental—with his earnings from exercising racehorses as a teenager, he worked to build his collection, going on to own 79 convertibles in his life. Mr. Royston had a special affinity for convertibles, believing that if “the top goes down, the price goes up,” a motto which served him well throughout his colorful life. His passion for automobiles brought him around the world, allowing him to travel to 44 states and to take three tours around Europe.

In 1960, Mr. Royston began his pursuits as a leader in the car lovers’ community, founding the Antique Car Club of Greater Baltimore, which boasted more than 500 members during his leadership. Following his lengthy and successful career as a land developer and stock investor, he retired from his position at the Eastern Savings Bank, and in 1997, he founded the Veteran Motor Car Club of America’s South West Florida Chapter. The club became the Southwest Florida Region of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America in 1999, and Mr. Royston acted as the organization’s founder and president for the rest of his life, devoting himself to his passion. As a community leader, he was recruited by the former Sun Coast Media Group president and part-owner David Dunn-Rankin in 2008 to write an automotive column entitled “You Auto Know,” which was published weekly in The Sun until Mr. Royston’s passing in 2018.

As a young man, Mr. Royston had served in the United States Army in Washington, D. C., and received an honorable discharge. He devoted his time as a volunteer for the Salvation Army for 20 years and studied auctioneering in Clear Lake, Iowa. In 1990, he was recognized with a Governor’s Citation for community service. He additionally earned a trophy for hog-calling, a skill which he later showcased on national television. Mr. Royston was a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 1996, where he called a real pig from across the stage and discussed his and Mr. Leno’s shared interest in fine automobiles. At The Sun’s Charlotte Harbor plant, he founded, organized and established a biannual car show, a tradition that continues to this day. Mr. Royston is survived by his wife, Leona “Lee” Royston, who currently serves as the president of the Southwest Florida Region of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America in his stead, continuing his legacy of leadership and passion for the automotive community.

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