Remembering the old days today I got to thinking about the first car club in Saugus and some of the members and their cars.Don't have any pictures but perhaps someone on the forum here may have some to contribute.For now it will just have to be a trip back in time. In 1957 I was in the 8th grade going to Saugus Junior High and had been striping for about two years but had yet to do an actual car.That was to happen in the summer of that years but that is a story for another time. Right next to the junior high school there was a guy who worked for a local Ford dealer and drove a brand new 56 Ford F-100 small window.It had a 272 in it with a 3 speed.The body was painted a beautiful blue metallic and he had the interior done in red and white tuck and roll.A white tonneau cover with a red and white pleated diamond in the middle.The finishing touches were red painted wheels with 56 Mercury wheel covers and a set of chrome stacks coming up just behind the cab made for a beautiful sound as he backed out of his driveway as I walked by in the morning.Sometimes he'd see me looking and chirp the tires a bit as he took off.His name was Jack Husler and he was one of the founders of the Road Rebels.Jack is still alive and living in Florida and I talked with him a couple years ago and he is still into hot rods. My cousin Dick Manley was another member who started with a custom 47 Plymouth sedan;worked up to a 51 Merc and eventually went on to have several hot rods;a couple of which were featured in many magazines. Another was Jack Keaney who had a great little 50 Ford coupe in red primer that had a pretty serious flathead in it until he decided to put a 265 Chevy in it in 58 or 59.He opened a body shop in the early 1960's doing mostly Corvettes(I worked for him for awhile)and his last good car was a 62 Corvette he bought new and three weeks later lost his license for a year.I could write a book just about the goings on at his shop! Some other members were Al Rohrbacher who had a great 53 Ford Victoria semi custom;Alvin Sproul who had a nice custom 55 Merc 2 door sedan;Ledger Little who owned a black 40 ford coupe with a full house flathead and never had a hood on it. Paul Bourque had a beautiful chopped 52 Olds hardtop custom painted metallic green with a 54 Chevy grille and later built a beautiful chopped and channeled 32 Ford pickup full fendered with sidemounts.His brother Bill had a fuel injected 57 Chevy 2 door sedan that was a real sleeper. The membership flucuated over the years and by the mid 1960's it was pretty much history. There were also a lot of cars in town whose owners did not belong to the club.The Hohmann brothers(Charlie and Jimmie)had a 50 Chevy hardtop and 50 Olds convertible respectively. Cherlie bought a 61 Corvette new (315 hp FI)and his license plate was the first "vanity" plate that actually wasn't.Charlie had polio when he was a kid and wore a leg brace on his left leg.(there is an interesting story about him racing the Corvette at Thompson CT and them having to duct tape his foot to the clutch pedal so it wouldn't fall off)so he qualified for a handicapped license plate.The Massachusetts plates started with the letters HP and his number was HP315;coincidentally the horsepower rating of his Corvette. His brother Jimmie's Olds was a semi custom and sported a louvered hood.He finally had to tape a thin piece of metal under the hood to block off the louvers as the engine had so much blow-by it would cover the windshield with oil after several miles of driving! Anyway I could go on but my two typing fingers are getting cramps so I'll save some stories for another day.Hope you enjoy reading some old duffer's memories and feel free to chime in.