This year the Piston Pusher Car Club is celebrating it's 55th Anniversary
To celebrate the 55th Anniversary the club put on a large display of members rides and memorably at the Toronto Car Show, and the Paris Unfinished Nationals, where the Piston Pushers where honored. After the show a dinner and celebration of the clubs 55 years of history took place.
The membership is continuing to climb, and a web-site has been added. As a club, we supported many of the area cruise nights and held some unforgettable rolling cruises.
This year the club started the "Remember When Cruise", a throw back in time when we use to cruise the city streets listening to our favorite songs of the 50s and 60s and gathered at our favorite hang out with our friends
Our membership is continuing to grow so much that we were growing out of our meeting room, so early into the year the membership voted to cap our active membership at 135. This year we reach our 135 active members and have a waiting list of about 20 wanting to join.
This year our car show committee entered the London Auto Show, Hans Drop, Mark Rogerson and Mike Roi put together an awesome display that was awarded the Ourstanding Display Award. Our car show committee also presented a trophy that was designed by some of our members to Wayen and Dorothy Hartely for their beautifull 1934 Chev Coupe.
Again this year our social committee put together some wonderfull cruises along the lake Erie shores and the breath taking country sides, we visited wind mills, water falls Ridge Road Estate Winery and Ron Harts private car collection. We also attened the outdoor car shows like the Brantford Down Town show and the Waterford show. The Remember When Cruise was held again this year and was even bigger than last year, and of course our annual picnic and Christmas dinner.
This was again a memorable year, filled with many events, thanks to our committies hard work and comitment to bring us many memorable events; like the cruise to Boot Hill Restoration shop in Erin Ont, the 3rd annual Remember When Cruise, which is getting bigger and better each year, the Brantford Downtown Show, the Hartman Bash in London, our annual Picnic, the Soap Box Derby, The tip to Frankenmuth Car Show in the States, and the many other cruises and cruise nights many of us attended. We also had a look at some of the projects under way. We ended the year with a joyus Christmas dinner and fellowship.
2012 was a banner year for both our club, and it's members, filled with many events thanks to all our committies hard work and comitment to the club. The year started with Megaspeed in T.O., where both the club and several members were recognized. We had an excellent display at the Dragstrip Show in Hamilton, The 4th annual Remember When Cruise, which featured even more cars and continues to grow and get better each year. The Brantford Downtown Show. The Hartman Bash in London. Our annual Picnic, The Soap Box Derby, and the many other cruises and cruise nights many of us attended. And old and new members even got a chance to relive memories at the old club house for one last time. We again ended the year with a exceptional Christmas dinner and fellowship.
The old Clubhouse Was Resurrected!... It was to be used as a backdrop for the show!
The guys worked hard to get it ready and to fit it together for the show as our backdrop
Then off to the show...
To get the diplay ready it took a big crew.
Banners were strung...Up high to draw attention
Plenty of manpower showed up to get the job done.
Cars were... POLISHED...
We had the famous "Charley Horse"
Gary greeted Charley himself, who was cutting up!
We had ROADSTERS
And a pair of BLACK BEAUTIES
And a pair of PICKUPS...
The Three Amigos...Jim, Gary & John
History was all over!
348's & 409's Were on the floor
"CLEAR THE TRACK"
There was a "WALL OF FAME"
Like with this Christmas Tree...
And in the cars!
Great Cars Like...
And then Kenny's "ROCKET"
And Moe...He got Framed!
With all the Memorabilia, there was plenty to see!....
JAN & DEAN
And some of our visitors were very well known "STARS"
Decked out in Club Colours we had... Distinguished couples And Original Members
There were Members galore.... And then there.... Were more!
The Piston Pusher Trophy...
Was Presented to "BUGSPLAT"
The Club gave Gary Chalice a Memento...
Then came our Awards...
Ken Cook Captured Two Awards!
Dan McWirter"s Rail Dragster also got two Awards, and fifty dollars!
Dan Bratina picked up the Club Banner Award which included one hundred dollars.
We also got the Club Display Award, which also brought one thousand dollars!
This total team effort should have made all brothers very proud!
Our story has been told...THE END
Dragstrip Memories Show
By Duke Snyder
The recent Dragstrip Memories show started by Rob and Val Potter (the artist who did our successful Club House sketch) was tthe 1st ever and turned out to be a real success. It was held at the Canadian War Plane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Ontario. Club displays were set up around and under the wings of the beautiful planes inside making an absolute display of history and something spectacular to see.
As we entered the museum, there was Rob Potter's '67 Rambler American, surounded by a bunch of news articles etc. on drag racing and pictures of his exploits.
In their booth was one of Val's works of none other than Mr. 289 Donnie Havers, from his Speed Shop Days in Toronto along with a sketch of his famous car. (Don had been a gust speaker at one of our meetings last year.)
Lots of well known cars easily recognizied by many.
The Little Blue Wagon, a wheelstander should be well known by members of the club who have seen it at different drags or on display at Hartman Bashes or ELTA barbeques.
A Slowpokes car and trophy display
Jar Racing's coupe There were also tables of model dragsters
An autographed picture of Al Coubrough was prominent in flagging us to our own Piston Pusher display. One of the largest displays, it was nestled under the wings of the largest planes in the museum.
Drag movies were displayed as well as other articles from the past
We had Dan McWhirter's Pipe Layer Special and Charlie Haviland's Charlie Horse surrounded by lots of history and stories. Many visitors discussed the times of these two gentlemen's heyday.
A table was loaded with historical pictures like Charlie with The Horse or a youg Doug Woodley in the Gadsby hat. There were extra copies galore that some people were very interested in getting.
Top left shows Danno, just after adding something new to Dan's Rail Dragster discussing his job on our new trailer which was displayed for the first time and certainly got a lot of attention from the club members in attendance as well as the other clubs and spectators. The trailer should certainly advertise our club as it rolls around from event to event with our displays and storage items in to help us spreed the news of our club all over. What a marvellous job done by Danno.