CUSTOMIZED and MODIFIED PLAQUES
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Some clubs had their plaques cast with numbers, initials or nicknames.
This required some additional work on the pattern by adding foundry
letters before the pattern was set into the sand. This was a good way to
discourage thieves from stealing the plaques as they were now personalized and could be traced to the original owners.
The Albata dry lakes racing club was
first organized in 1937 and took it's name from one of the very oldest racing
fraternities that dates to the Coliseum in Rome. They were one of the first clubs to cast plaques with numbers
and here are two examples
of their plaque.
The Elegants from Gardena, CA also cast their member's number in the
As did the Gear Gamblers from Downey, CA
The Gear Gamblers also had a special plaque cast for their "Honorary Members".
Stu Roberts was a founder and the first President of the
Southern California Rod Rockers. When they had plaques made, Stu received the
plaque with the Number 1 on it. When his term was up, he traded his Number 1
plaque with the new President for the Number 11 plaque. The Number 12 plaque
belonged to his brother, Richard Roberts.
The Slowpokes from Peoria, IL added a topper to their plaque for their
The Drag Wagons from Maywood, CA used numbers and names. On
this version of their plaques, Maywood was abbreviated to
provide enough room on the right side for the member's info. There was also a
version with Maywood spelled out and you can view both versions on the Maywood
Note how the designs for the Gear Gamblers and Drag Wagons are similar. These
clubs were from the same general area east of Los Angeles. There were other
clubs from this area who used the same type of design with the letters standing
above the plaque. The Downey page
has several examples.
Another club that added their member's name to the plaque was
the Saints from Scotia, a small town in Northern California. Bill & Herb
Other clubs just stamped the member's number on the plaque.
This Knucklebusters plaque belonged to Charter Member Number 6.
The Southern Nevada Street Rod Association had a different idea. They
added the year and make of their member's car inside the map of Nevada.
Maybe this member of the Pomona Shortimers thought this was a
good idea so he added the Ford Deluxe script to his plaque.
There have been clubs that folded, then started up again. The new clubs often would put the year the club was originally founded on the
plaques. Here are some examples from the Eagle Rock Trompers. What may be the
original plaque, then one with 1945 added and another with 1948 added. Not
sure which is correct.
The Pick-Ups Limited club of Orange County in Southern California
was formed in 1968. In 1978 they had special
plaques made for their members who belonged to the club for 10 years. When the
club was 15 years old, they added a "topper" to the plaque and have continued to acknowledge their long time
members in 5 year increments. Their special plaque for 40 year
members is on the right. I'm still missing the 30 and 35 year versions if those
were also made.
In 2004, the Four Ever Four Cylinder club had this special
plaque made to celebrate their 50th
O'Brien Truckers made these special plaques for the 50th
Anniversary of the Ty-Rods of Rockville, CT. Below is their original plaque and the
chromed aluminum commemorative that also has a polished bronze tie rod end that
replicates their logo.
In 2009, this club from Hamilton, New Zealand had special 50th
Anniversary plaques made to let everyone know their club was established in
This long time Los Angeles car club had special plaques made
for their 50th Anniversary in 2012. The Dukes have evolved into a well known and
respected lowrider club.
The Stick Shifts from Jamaica Plain, MA had these cast toppers made
up for their 40th Anniversary.
In 1986, the Mid-Century Mercury Car Club had special plaques
cast to celebrate their 10th Anniversary.
This club from Koolsville had special plaques cast to let
everyone know they've been around for 20 years.
This Rollin Wheels AC "plaque" was photographed by
Dean Court at the Redwood Empire Early Ford V-8 Club's 36th Annual Swap Meet in Petaluma, CA. It looks like someone took an
aluminum plaque and glued on the emblem from their jacket. The plaque was
displayed on the front of a track nosed T Roadster and Dean said "It looked
like an embroidered emblem that may have been
shellacked; it was hard but rough to the feel".
The plaque below is for the High Desert Roadsters in
Victorville, CA and Norm Jones said everyone in this club was "President".
Someone took the time to make their High Desert Roadsters plaque unique by trimming
the edges off the plaque on the left. The owner of the plaque on the right went
one step further by removing "President".
The Street Angels of Santa Rosa, CA had a special plaque made for their
Dennis O'Brien (O'Brien Truckers) has the original pattern for the Port Arthur, TX
Highway Prowlers plaque shown below on the left. When Beverly Craine wrote about
the plaque she found in a Galveston, TX thrift store, she
wanted to know if we had any info about who, or where, "OV"
was. She said it looked like something else had been across the bottom at one
time but it had the Chicago Metal Craft stamp on the reverse side. Probably
another unsolved mystery.
Here are some examples of plaques that were probably modified by
their owners. The plaque on the right has been trimmed down for some reason.
Maybe the plaque was dropped and a corner was broken or maybe the owner just wanted
to be different.
The owners of the Bacardi Boys, American Streetrodders and Rif Raf plaques
also modified their plaques by removing some of the extra metal.
A member of the Outlaws Rod & Drag club in England had the same idea and trimmed
off the excess aluminum to make a smaller plaque.
The owner of this plaque on the right ground off Tulsa and added NSRA with
what may be stick-on letters.
Here is another example of a plaque that was modified. Someone
removed SCTA from the plaque on the right and added RTA. If you look closely at the RTA example, you can
still see where SCTA had been.
There are numerous examples of plaques with and without
locations on them. It's unknown if the owners of these plaques removed the location for some
unknown reason or if there were actually two different versions made for these
Here someone took a what looks like a "Stock" Wild Cats plaque and
added SCTA and CALIF to it. It appears that the letters were cast into the
plaque but the "club" probably never existed. These stock plaques were
sold from catalogs and could be ordered by mail or through a local speed shop. Click Here to read
more about Stock Plaques.
Here is another example of someone who took a "Stock"
plaque and added Moose Jaw to it. It looks like the city name may have been
taken from something like a license plate frame.
The plaque for the West Side Auto Club on the right had a
spark plug added, or was it removed from the plaque on the left? Which was
What do you do after you quit the Road Knights? You remove the
S from your plaque and become a Road Knight.
Someone who may have been a member of the Obsoletes in Downey
removed the club's name from the top of their plaque.
Jus' Another Car Club from Puyallup, WA had some small castings
made that can be attached to their plaques to indicate that the owner is a
charter member of this club.
Did the Lakesters from Fairmont, MN drop out of the NHRA and have new plaques cast with MINN?
The person from Janesville, WI that owned this stock plaque for
the Road Knights painted the location on
with reflective paint.
The Auto Butchers were a well known custom car club in the East
Los Angeles area in the early 50's. There are several examples of plaques that
have been made for this club but it's unknown which is the original one. Someone
took one of these plaques and ground off the bottom of the E and it now says
FLA. I'm guessing the car or truck it's on has Florida license plates.
On the left below is a (Pontiac) Powered plaque with Pontiac's
Indian Head logo. Someone added GMC and V-8 to one of these plaques with crude
looking letters. Wonder if their engine was a Pontiac or a GMC truck engine.
Not sure if this Drag-Ons plaque was modified or if it came
this way from the foundry.