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The History of Car Clubs
This is an exciting project that Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio along with the help of so many hot rodders.

Back in the 50's and 60's cool cats were choppn', channeling, flaming, strippn' cars. They build drag strips, held cruise nights and hung together. They began forming clubs. The club names were famous among the hot rod scene. And in Wisconsin and Illinois clubs were doing what many of us take for granted today. Names like; Artists Rod & Custom, Cruisen Angels, Mellotones, Cheaters, Torque Twisters and hundreds more.

It's the goal of Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio to document those clubs through recordings and photographs. To let those young kids of yesterday know that we do appreciate what they were and how they lived. For the young kids of today to know that they are a part of a long tradition.

At the 2010 World of Wheels - Milwaukee, WI - A booth and exhibit was set up so you can see memorbilia and photos from those clubs. The Cruisen Angels brought their original - untouched - through - time club show car from the early 60's. There were "drag plates" from as many car clubs as we can find. And most important...everyone got a chance to meet many of these "young kids" from yester-year.

Back then car clubs were trying to improve the image of car clubs by getting involved with community activities and any assistance necessary. When you were helped along the road by a member you would get a card that read "You have been assisted by a member of ..." You can listen to some of the interviews we have aired by going to our Past Shows schedule to hear them.
Look for:
July 11th, 18th and 25th for the Artist Rod & Custom Car Club.
August 8th, 15th and 22nd for the Mellotones Car Club.
September 5th, 12th and 19th for the Cruisin Angels.

2010 World of Wheels Milwaukee History of Car Clubs Exhibit.

A special thanks to Manheim Milwaukee for helping make the History of Car Clubs display a big hit at the 2010 World of Wheels - Milwaukee.
The Crusin Angels's 60's Show Car
The History of Car Clubs booth

Brian Jaeger
WHRR Contributing Research / Historian

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2011 Drag'n All Day - Cruisn' All Nite
Exhibit was a huge hit!

This unique exhibit called "Drag'n All Day, Cruisn' All Nite was at this years Milwaukee World of Wheels. This exhibit is brought to you by Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio and sponsered by the Manheim Milwaukee Auto Auction.

You saw a ton of historical photos of hot rodders drag'n, some photos of the first car shows in the Milwaukee area. In addition, you will see many of the items from the past. Along with many of those hot rod teenagers will be there to share stories from their respective car clubs.

Historical photos were on loan from several local historians and each were scanned and prepared by Richie Jaeschke

You saw the original 50's hot rod "Varmit" also called the "Pearl White Coupe".

This car was seen on the Mad Fabricators Society DVD 3. This car is has never been at the World of Wheels and rarely seen in public.

You saw a nostalgic dragster from those great days at the drag strip.

This dragster was recently rescued and brought back to Wisconsin.

2011 History of Car Clubs Poster


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