The Bob Collison Story

Many of our readers enjoyed stories published here and written by BC Collie Dog aka. Bob Collison, I know I enjoyed and appreciated his work. Bob is an amazing man and has devoted his life to helping others without any expectations of reciprocal kindness or compensation. As some of you may know, Bob’s health has been giving him trouble for some time and he has not been able to attend the many car functions he loves to be a part of. To pay medical expenses he sold his beloved Model T Ford that he had owned since 1957.

At this writing he is still battling some of these same health issues and is unable to be involved with R & R NW. Some time back I asked him to write a short autobiography that I could publish here just to let you all know about Bob and what a great man he really is. Below, in his own words, is a brief history of this wonderful guy. Hang in there Bob.

A biography on Robert Max Collison, aka Bobby, Maxwell, Robin Old Boy, and Colliedog BC.

Born into this world in the year 1941, just before the United States entered into the 2nd World War. It was a sad time in most families as many fathers, older brothers, uncles, older cousins, and grandfathers prepared to go off to foreign countries to fight a war we didn’t want.
Unlike his two older brother who were healthy and of average size for their age, Bobby came into the world with a serious breathing ailment, described as a bad case of childhood asthma. There was no usable medication available back in 1941 for newborns with this ailment. In addition to asthma, he also had developed, with his breathing problems, a ruptured upper stomach area. Due to these health problems he weighed just 5lb 5oz. at birth.

He was born in a hospital in Mt. Vernon, Washington which is located near the Coast of the Pacific Ocean. Not a healthy place for a child with asthma. It was decided by the family that it would be best if he could be moved to the Western part of the State to a drier climate. Thus, for the first couple of years of his young life, he moved in with his mother’s family. Grandpa and Grandma Hanon’s home in the little hamlet of Toppenish, Washington. He then was moved to the Spokane area where his parents relocated to in 1943. His Grandparents, the Hanson’s moved to the Portland area to help build ships for the U.S. Navy. Bobby’s father was assigned to the U.S. Naval Supply Depot in Spokane as a security police officer for most of the war. In April of 1943, the Collison family welcomed a new baby sister to their home and Bobby finally had someone his size to play with. At two years and four months old he only weighed about 30lbs. At Five his little sister out-weighed him and was several inches taller. She was riding a bike and Bobby was still having trouble on a stand-up scooter.

There was no pre-school or kindergarten back then and Bob started school at 5 years old. He was born left handed but the teachers back then, unless you already had readable penmanship, you were only taught using you right hand. This he never was comfortable with his hand writing abilities. His brain would only let him hit a baseball left handed, but his teachers would only let him write right handed. This at his teacher’s insistence, he was kept after class practicing is right-handed penmanship instead of being out on the playing field hitting left handed home runs??? Robert had, at times in his young life, a history of being a bit bull-headed, his Grandma would say he was strong minded.

In the summer of his ninth year, he loved to go swimming at the Dishman swimming pool. Unfortunately for about fourteen of us kids out of several thousand, that summer that used this outdoor heated and filtered swimming pool, it became an introduction to a horrible experience. The filtration system at the pool indicated that it was working properly, but it failed and no one caught it for several weeks and the Polio Virus had come alive in that pool. Within thirty days fourteen of us had symptoms of Polio growing in our bodies. By the middle of August, I was admitted into the Deaconess Hospital Polio ward and kept there in an isolation room for several weeks. I was then sent over to the St. Lukes Crippled Childrens Hospital. I was infected with a muted strain of the virus that crippled me and took away my ability to speak and all I did for months was lay crippled in bed. This was three years before they came up with the Salk Vaccine to fight the dreaded virus. We had specialist coming to Spokane from around the world giving us all kinds of new break through research, untested shots of treatments trying to find a cure. After every injection there would be a three to five day waiting period to give the new medicine a chance to work, if it was going to. Then came the worst of the treatment, as they would tap our spines, removing spinal fluid, so they could see if the new meds were working. It’s been sixty-five years and I can still feel them sticking, what felt like a dull phillips screw driver into my spine and telling me if I moved a muscle, I would never walk again. This procedure, treatment, was repeated on my body six times during my stay in the hospital in the next 18 months. I was just nine when all this started and finally they came up with a treatment that stabilized me and I was able to recover. Thanks to the excellent physical therapy treatment I received, I was able to rebuild my body’s strength and leg muscles up so I could walk again and finally I got my speaking voice back. As it turned out, I was one very lucky young man. The only down side to my sickness was people that had the Polio Virus have a 75% greater chance of developing Kidney Stones and I have been stricken with them 19 times in my 75 year.

On a more positive side, after 18 months in and out of the hospital with all the excellent care I received, my parents received a final bill from the hospital in the amount of $284,000 that was due, and all but $2,000 of that final bill was donated and paid by the Masonic Order, which we found out later, my uncle, Grandpa Hanson’s brother, was a volunteer active Mason in Montana and he entered our name for consideration. They donated the $282,000 on my behalf.

I was in excellent condition after leaving the hospital and in the next two years, when I entered Junior High School, I turned out for track and field. Since I was in such excellent shape I went undefeated in the 100-yard dash right up and through high school. I earned a slot to compete in the Olympic Trails in 1959 at Washington State College, (now Washington State University) for my age group covering Eastern Washington. I took a fifth-place ribbon covering the whole Pacific Northwest Region, including, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Eastern Oregon, at the U. S. Track and Field trials for the 1960 Olympic Team. I didn’t quite make the team but from where I had come in my life, from 1949 to 1959, I covered a lot of experiences.

In response when I was 16 years old, I joined the Demolay. The Masonic organizations program for young people. The Mason’s are the financial support foundation to the Shriners Childrens Hospitals, nationwide. In recap, I have been paying back as well as paying forward, that generous donation made to me and my family for the 59 years. I have served on the Doernbecher Board for the past twenty six years and our programs have raised several million dollars for our local Doernbecher Childrens Hospital Cancer Research with the KDCCP affiliation with Kiwanis International. In addition, I had the opportunity to head up a Save Old Spectacles. (SOS) program covering the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada collecting used/reusable eye-glasses. After collecting over 500,000 thousand pairs, we helped start an Eye Clinic with Dr. Jim Wyrick in the Philippines.. Our program was chosen to receive, thru a bankruptcy disbursement, a complete eye clinic’s office, including all usable and needed equipmemt. The finished clinic, “I Care, We Care,” valued at over a million dollars was all donated and shipped to the Philippines over 20 years ago, helping thousands of people with eye care and eye glasses at no expense to them. That was truly a gift of sight to the less fortunate.

The millions we have raised for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Cancer Research, OHSU, with the raffling of new Ford Mustangs and the generous donated gift of new and used cars from wonderful giving people over the past 26 years, has really added up. In addition, our association with the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and the Portland Roadster Show, The Salem Roadster Show and the Eugene Roadster Show over these past years with 100% of all net proceeds going directly to the Cancer Research Program with no charge from any of these wonderful Car Show Promoters. A Special Thanks goes out to all the hundreds of volunteers that have donated tens of thousands of hours to help make all of our charitable gift giving programs, 100% for the children of the world.

Our KDCCP program has been part of the big picture of charitable giving in the Portland, Oregon area of late. Thanks to the gift from Mr. Phil Knight, the founder and CEO of NIKE Corp, an unbelievable personal gift in the form of a pledge of 500 million dollars was dedicated to OHSU Doernbecher Childrens Hospital and the Knight Cancer Institute. The pledge gave the rest of the Foundation Fund Raising groups a chance to match his donation with in five years. We were please to announce the match was accomplished in two and one-half years. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of local people like Mrs. Gert Boyle’s, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, 100-million-dollar donation, we were able to match Mr. Knights gift. The OHSU, Knight Cancer Institute, Doernbecher Childrens Hospital Cancer Research Program, now have one billion dollars of charitable contributions in the bank and dedicated to future programs at OHSU.

Since 1969 I have had the honor and pleasure to have been involved with the Kiwanis International Service Clubs as the President of clubs in Montana, Oregon and Idaho. I have served as the President of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis and served a chairman of four district wide programs. Plus, I have chaired the KDCCP Car Raffle Fundraising Program for the past fifteen years. I have also served on the board at Doernbecher. I have also had the honor to serve on the car raffle committee for over 26 years and helped raise well over 3.5 million dollars. In all the programs totaled. It’s called paying it back and forward, from the heart.

I am a member of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and have donated my time and funds to the Portland Roadster Show for over 25 years.
In the past few years I have enjoyed developing my writing skills with several monthly articles in Roddin’ & Racin’ NorthWest, which featured Street Rod and Custom car stories and pictures from Bob Collison and under my penname Colliedog BC.
Robert Collison Autobiography continues:

In 1960 I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. I spent eight years on active duty and in the reserve program during the Vietnam Conflict. While on active duty I was selected to be a part of the USCG Honor Guard Precision M-1 Marching Drill Team. We performed all over the West Coast, marching in Parades and Regattas from Seattle to Spokane, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego and of course the Portland Rose Festival. I served on the USCG Cutter Taney, USCG Buoy Tender, the Sweetbrier and the USCG, 95 ft. S&R Craft out of Juneau, Alaska. It was an honor to serve our country, helping others in their hour of need.

Most recently I have served the Veterans program assisting with the “MIAP’ Missing in America Project, locating deceased Veterans that have passed away and nobody has claimed their cremated remains. This project gives the opportunity for us to help loved ones find a lasting and final resting place for their veterans. The local Pharaohs Street Rodders, custom car club are a big financial supporter of this program and the Lines for Life Veterans Project donating thousands of dollars every year to these fine programs.

While serving on the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis managing board for over 16 years, I had the pleasure of helping raise funds and support the Northwest Medical Teams as they helped build a school and living quarters for children that were living on and out of the giant refuge dump site that serviced Mexico City. We raised several million dollars and the program is still going strong today. Thanks to our help and the Northwest Medical Teams fantastic efforts of Ron Post and his dedicated team of volunteers. Northwest Medical Teams has updated their program and are now, “Medical Teams International.”

Also, while on the district team we had the opportunity to help raise over seventy five million dollars world-wide to assist in eradicating the problem of “IDD.’ Iodine Deficiency Disorder, (the lack of iodine in one’s diet.) With our ongoing support and assistance to the UNICEF program, this terrible problem has been eradicated in 90% of the world.

We are now assisting the United Nations in the challenge of expectant mothers in the third world countries that are exposed to the Tetanus Bacterium. There is a high percentage chance of infecting their unborn children. One single Tetanus shot to the new mother can eradicate the problem. We have helped raise over one hundred million dollars, to date, world-wide for this ongoing program and it’s world-wide scope.

It’s been an honor and a living experience to have served on some fantastic world-wide fund raising programs over these past fifty nine years. The real treat has been to appreciate and understand that I was truly blessed back when I was just a kid and I have never forgotten the gifts of support that were extended to me and my family in our hour of need. In addition, I owe all of the members of my family and my extended family a gift of appreciation to all of those special times when I was out fund raising for a worldly cause and was not able to attend all of your special birthday gatherings and the missed family outings. Thanks every one of you for helping me help kids in far away lands, have a little better time in their lives, because we reached out and helped them in their hour of need.

Feature Ride of the Month: 1934 Ford Custom Panel

This delicious 83 year old 1934 Ford, Full Custom Panel, has quite a history. She has only had four owners since she was purchased brand new back in ’34. The Black Diamond Bakery, up in Black Diamond Washington, welcomed this beauty and used it as a bakery delivery van for a good many years. When it was time to order a new one, the ’34 was sold to Sonny Barritt from Quality Brake & Muffler Shop. (#2) It then became an auto parts delivery van for several more years. She came down to Oregon a few years later when Mr. John Davis from “Papas Toys” needed a delivery van to promote his trucking company, (#3) and then she became one of the first custom cars and trucks as a member of the classic “Papas Toys” car museum. The current owner, Mr. Sonny Martin (#4), from Aloha Oregon, purchased the ’34 when the Davis family decided to down size the Papa’s Toys collection and moved to another location in the Cornelius area.

Sonny Martin has brought this 83-year-old van, full circle and renamed her “Back In Time.” From bakery goods, to brakes and mufflers, to promoting the Davis family trucking story and the car museum, where she was the center of attraction to the thousands that visited “Papa’s Toys.”

For power, she sports a 350 Chevy, producing 300 HP, w/350 Turbo Hydro tranny and ceramic headers and stainless exhaust, w/8” Ford rear-end. She sports, ride tech adjustable coil-over shocks and Wilwood 4 piston disc brakes on all four corners. American Mag Wheels, tilt steering, cruise control, A/C, power windows, power sun roof and six-way power seats. Add on a super Sony AM/FM remote stereo w/CD. In addition, the all steel body has been sectioned 4” and the all leather interior is finished over all oak flooring.

Sonny Martin has truly brought this gorgeous 1934, red on red Ford full custom, classic van, “Back in Time.” He is excited with the opportunity to share her with the world at custom car shows and automobile events all over the west coast and beyond. We at R&R NW Publications are honored to make her our Featured Ride of the Month for November 2017.

Endless Summer Rod Run by Pharoahs Street Rodders

The Endless Summer Rod Run hosted by the Pharaohs Street Rodders had another successful year out in Gresham, Oregon. For 18 weeks, every Wednesday from June until the first week in October, over an estimated one thousand Custom Cars, Street Rods, Classic Original Stockers and Trucks filled the show area lot on Main Street, at the East Hills Church in Gresham.

The Pharaohs were happy to announce they raised Eleven Thousand Dollars for the Veterans programs, MIAP Missing in America and the Lines for Life programs plus, $1000 to the youth services at East Hills. An estimated $1100 was raised and donated by Mary Young (an Army Vet.) and her super helper Johni Gordon at their fantastic Hamburger feed at the final show, the first week in October. An estimated 270 Trophies were awarded to the winning show cars and trucks at this year’s Endless Summer Rod Run events.

All for the Love of Seeing the USA in a Chevrolet

We start our November, All for the Love Story, in a delicious 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe. This was a limited edition, top of the line, Chevrolet back in 1948. Today she sports for power, a fresh new 350 Chevy replacing the original 110 HP 6 cylinder with a 330 HP V-8, w/ 700 R-4 Auto Tranny and a 9” Ford rear-end plus a Mustang #2 front-end keeps her straight on the byway. She sports Flow-master Headers and Mufflers, plus power windows, steering and brakes. Add on cruise-control, tilt-steering, key-less entry. Plus, A/C, and a super sound system with a full set of VDO gauges and an all leather grey interior. Every inch of this Chevy Coupe has been beautified from the frenched in headlights to the shaved and filled door handles, to the smooth as silk trunk lid, complete with “Spiderman”custom pinstriping and graphics that really finish this ride off in style. The American super chromed racing wheels are a great compliment to the silver and pearl white exterior finish on Gary and Barbara Knutson’s, from Gresham, Oregon’s dream car that has truly come to life. Barbara is a Gresham High girl and Gary did his school-time at good old Jefferson High back in the seventies. Together they both were employed at Western Box/Meats for over thirty years. You’re ’48 Chevy has been winning awards all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We, at R&R NW publication are honored to share your ride and “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet Fleetmaster Coupe”.

Next up we found Truman and Carla McNatt from Oregon City, Oregon with their 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 DR Hardtop. This is one truly gorgeous and pretty much all stock ride. Truman got a little wild a few years back and added a brand-new Vortex 350 power plant to his stock color Gypsy Red and Shoreline Beige Bel Air, but everything else is pretty much the way it came off the assembly line sixty-two years ago. It has all original interior complete with a set of heavy clear plastic seat covers protecting the colorful fabric below. She also is wearing 15” stock style rubber and wheels. Truman did make a comment that he also has a set of fully chromed fancy wheels and tires for special car shows, like the Portland Roadster Show. Mr. and Mrs. McNatt have been together for thirty-six years and have three wonderful sons that all attended Oregon City High. Truman worked in sheet metal fabrication for 38 years and is now enjoying his retirement with his number one girl friend Carla and his number two girlfriend, that Gypsy Red and Shoreline Beige Bel Air. Your ’55 Chevy has got to be a fantastic ride to “See the U.S.A.” in! We at R&R NW Publication thank you for keeping this classic dream machine all stock and original looking. She’s a winner whenever you show her.

Last, but not least, we found the Donald & Jeri Martin family from Gresham Oregon, who purchased their 1959 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe from Carr Chevrolet back in October of 1959. The amazing thing is they still own it today, 58 years later. She’s about as stock as one can be. She still sports the 283 CI V8 for power with a power glide automatic tranny and a stock ’59 rear end. She has a list of optional equipment and accessories: wheel disc hub-caps, oil filter, EZI Glass w/washers, airflow heater, w/w tires, manual radio, rear antenna, LH Dummy Antenna. The price on the optional items was $476.25. The total cost of the ‘59 Aqua Blue Chevy Impala was $2877.00 after they discounted the cost of the optional Items.

The Family history includes the passing of father Don Martin at age 56 and Mom Jeri Martin who is still going strong and will be celebrating her 99th Birthday next February. She is enjoying her retirement and still goes to cruise ins’ with son Dennis and his wife Karen in the 1959 Chevrolet Aqua Blue Impala. Dennis attended Franklin High back in the sixties and he was an active member in a rock ‘n’ roll band back in high school. The ’59 Impala was used as a band car back then carrying equipment to their gigs. The 58-year-old Chevy Impala still wears the original Aqua Blue paint job with style and Dennis and Karen have done a great job taking care of Mom’s almost like brand new Chevrolet Impala so she can “See the U.S.A. in her Chevrolet”. A special thank you goes out to the whole Martin Family for your input in making this a salute to both your Father Don and your Mother Jeri for having the insight to preserve and pass on their fantastic Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe. She’s a winner in all circles.

All three of these wonderful automobiles are a tribute to the special people at General Motors Chevrolet Division for having the original concept and insight to ask the American Public over sixty years ago to, “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet”. In addition, all three of these cars were regular attendees at the Endless Summer Cruise Inn, in Gresham Oregon sponsored by the Pharaohs Street Rodders which raised funds for our Veterans MIAP Missing in America and the Lines for Life Programs.

The 5th Annual Gladstone Community Festival Car Show

 

Back on August 6th the small little hamlet of Gladstone, Oregon became a supersize community hosting the 5th annual Community Festival Car Show in downtown Gladstone. Several thousand families and guests witnessed the biggest and best car show ever in the area. From super street rods to custom pick-ups and fancy stock cars out of yesteryear, were on display. A record of over 200 registered vehicles, turned the little city into a rainbow of colorful rides in every, size, shape, and model. Over 85 sponsored trophies were awarded to these special dream machines including, a couple of bikes, some with engines and some with pedals. Every entry at this charitable fund-raising event, was a winner in the eyes of the car enthusiast. Half of the funds raised, twenty-five hundred dollars, was dedicated to the Gladstone Center for Children and Families. An additional 2,500 was earmarked for the Gladstone, Oak Grove Rotary to support their local community efforts. The KDCCP, Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program were represented with a booth, raising funds selling raffle tickets on a brand new Ford Mustang, with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to Doernbecher and OHSU. Several hundred dollars was raised in a few hours.

14 local dedicated sponsors took part in this year’s activities.
Affordable Classics, Latus Motors, Hamilton Appliance, Stanley’s Corner, Colton Auto Body, Pioneer Auto Wholesale, Gladstone Mitsubishi, Auto Town, Lot 99, Mike Patterson Plumbing, Battery Factory, Ross Upholstery, Track Auto, Auto Shop NW, and Kim Sieckman.

Volunteers to run the show and award the trophies were from the Associated Fords of the Fifties Club, Affordable Classics Inc. and Kim Sieckman.

A special thank you goes out to all the local sponsors and the fantastic job well done, by all the volunteers. This was one of the nicest car shows ever, as witnessed by all the beautiful families that came out and enjoyed the day together. A special note of recognition to the local Gladstone Police and Fire Departments for their courteous handling of the large crowd on hand and the friendship and good will extended by all at the 2017 Gladstone Festival Car Show.

We at R&R NW Publication would also like to thank Juan and Judy Ruiz, from Affordable Classics Inc. for their assistants in putting this story copy together for the car show.

 

Feature Ride of the Month

“What is it?”

 

That’s the most common question out of everyone’s mouth, when they witness Jack Dagett’s 1939 pick-up for the first time. No, it’s not a custom ‘39 Ford or Chevy or Mo-Par! Believe it or not, it’s a custom handmade glass body over steel construction, 1939 Studebaker pick-up. This limited edition kit car creation was built by Mr. Jerry Shirley from Tacoma, Washington about 14 years ago. The original design was a product of Briggs Manufacturing from Detroit. She is hand-built starting with an S-10 chassis over an air ride technology. For power, she sports a built 350 Chevy w/Brodix aluminum heads and Pete Jackson gear-drive. She’s running a 700 R4 tranny and a 12 bolt Chevy rear-end to get her down the highway. Add on power disc brakes, power steering, windows and seats and she’s almost ready for competition. The color is from MoPar and the label on the can is Plum Crazy. Jack being a cool dude from Cleveland High back in the sixties, has re-labeled his delicious ride “PURPLE REIGN.” To enhance the stance she sports 335/35 17”x10”w/tires on the rear, with 225/45 17”x7” up front over a super custom set of Boyd wheels. To finish this gorgeous ride off in style he chose world class pen-striper Mitch Kim to lay down some fantastic graphics and artistic striping.

The “Purple Reign” has been winning awards every-time Jack has time to show her off. We at R&R NW Publication are honored to make this 1939 custom classic Studebaker pick-up, our featured ride of the month for October 2017.

All for the Love of One Classic ’37 Chevy Coupe & One ’01 Custom GMC PU

A cool dude from Oregon City, Oregon, Mr. Jack Bristol, owns this sweet little black-on-black 1937 Chevy Coupe. She picked up a Best of Class Show Trophy back in 1977 at the Portland Roadster Show the year she was built and she’s still a winner today. She sports a 383 ci Stroker for power with a Chevy power glide tranny and a beefed up Ford rear-end. Power rack & pinion steering and disc brakes keeps her straight on the Highway. Add on super A/C, power windows and power door locks, plus a set of hand formed custom front fenders giving this little ’37 coupe a special new dimension. The custom interior bench seating is in a rich all leather finish, complimented with a set of custom dash gauges to finish this ride off in style. She features 16” tires and wheels up front and 20” tires over fully chromed out racing wheels out back to enhance the stance.

Jack and his wife (girlfriend) Linda have been married for fifty years. She attended Canby High and he was that cool dude from West Linn. They have two grown up wonderful daughters and five fantastic grandchildren. Together they love driving by their old High Schools in there like new 1937 Chevy Coupe. Jack is also a regular member in good standing at the Kool Guys Hot Rods Car Club Breakfast out in Carver, at the Hangar Restaurant every friday morning at 8:00 am.

On the days when Jack’s not driving the ’37 he can be found in a 2001 Classic Custom GMC step-side red on red pick-up showing off lots of chrome. This gorgeous, limited edition, features a custom billet grille, super chrome extensions up front with the rear-end featuring a bumper-less design. The black on black tonneau cover and the all black leather interior make this a one of a kind dream truck come true. For power this sweet ride sports a 350 Vortec with an OD Tranny and a stock GMC rear-end. She is showing off 20” Tires and wheels on the rear and 16” tires and wheels on the front, over a full set of super chromed American Cragars on all four corners. This is one nice ride that I guarantee you won’t see another one like it in your neighborhood tomorrow. Thank you, Jack and Linda, for sharing your delicious rides with our thousands of R&R NW readers all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. “All for the Love of a Classic Chevy Coupe and a Custom GMC PU.” Come one and all to a free car show and some great food at the Hangar every Friday Morning rain or shine.

Feature Ride of the Month

This ’32 Ford 3 window coupe from Ravon Glass Fabrication is what you get when you custom design and build, from the ground up, a ’32 Deuce. She sports a Ford 351 Cleveland producing about 375 HP w/Australian ported Cleveland heads and an Elgin hydraulic cam. She runs a 750 Holley carb atop an Edelbrock intake. Add a C-6 Hughes 2000 Tranny w/Shift Kit and a Ford 9” beefed up rear-end w/355 gears and this baby is almost ready for the road. The total exhaust system, from headers back, are Sanderson ceramic coated and she sounds like a ’32 Deuce street rod as you can hear her coming from a thousand feet out. The PPG Hot Red finish on this 3 window coupe that features a 2” chopped top, baby chrome headlights, tear drop taillights and a fenderless body is a classic winner from every angle. To enhance the stance she sports 195/60 15”s upfront and 285/70 15”s out back over Center-Line polished aluminum. Add on a delicious black leather and fabric interior, air conditioning, power windows and power door locks and this ’32 Ford Deuce is ready to rumble. The lucky owner of this red beauty is Mr. Richard Barnhill from Vancouver, Washington and he has been picking up award trophies for over 15 years with our R&R NW Featured ride of the Month for September 2017.

All for the Love of Fancy Custom Cars & Classic Trucks

1950 Mercury Coupe has been in Brian Christopher’s fancy show garage going on eight years. She is one fine example of a dream machine that most of us wanted back in the fifties, but could only dream about ever owning. Dale Mathews down at Memory Lanes Motors got this delicious ’50 Merc in trade and she had just gone through a total body off restoration, recreating a total stock-as-she-could-be ’50 Merc. When Brian first laid eyes on this beauty he knew this was the one he had been looking for. She sports a 239 cu in Flathead V-8 for power with three on the tree w/electric OD tranny. The rear-end is stock Ford and a 4 barrel Holley feeds the juice to this gorgeous classic maroon beauty. The interior is all rolled and pleated in matching white and maroon complimenting the exterior finish. She sports w/whites and ’53 Merc. Hub-Caps on all four corners. The 24” super sounding glass packs finish this ride off in style and she has won her share of trophies all over the west coast.

1949 Ford ½ ton PU showing a mostly stock super cherry body. For power she’s running a 239 ci stock Ford Flathead that has been fitted with a 700 R automatic tranny adapted by Portland Transmission. The performance level has been greatly improved. She sports disc brakes up front and has been fitted with 1 and 1/25th inch billet spacers behind the stock wheels on all four corners to enhance the wheelwell placement. The interior on this ’49 has been re-outfitted in a waterfall roll and pleat in rich black leather with red stitching. The exterior cherry red finish on this little Ford PU took several hundred hours of dedicated hand finishing all completed by the proud owner Brian Christopher. She just recently won another trophy out in Gresham at the Endless Summer Cruz-In, hosted by the Pharaohs Street Rodders.

1963 Nova Convertible. Brian is just the caretaker to this gorgeous cherry little white convertible. A special point of interest—this car has been in a very special ladies possession since it was one month old. The owner’s name is Christie and she makes her home here in the Portland area. In those 54 years of ownership, she and her two wonderful children all learned to drive in this delicious little Nova Convertible. Brian helped retrieve the car from a garage down in southern Oregon where Christie’s son had used it in his college days. The car needed a little tlc, but not to worry—Mr. Christopher took charge and got this ’63 Chevy back in show room condition. For power she now sports a ’78 250 ci Chevy in line 6 with an intake to handle a four barrel carb and a set of glass pack mufflers that make it sound like a million dollar ride. She is one fine super cherry little 1963 Chevy Nova, sporting a set of reversed chrome wheels and baby white walls on all four corners. The all new oem turquoise interior really finished this dream show car off in style. Christie is now riding around in a brand new ’63 Chevrolet White Nova Convertible with her friend Brian at her side on special occasions.
Thank you Brian and Christie for sharing your fantastic cars and trucks with our R&R NW readers all over the Pacific NW and beyond.” All for the Love of Fancy Custom Cars and Classic Trucks” for September 2017.

The Endless Summer Cruise-In

Thanks to the Pharaohs Street Rodders and, their dedicated team of club members, the Endless Summer Cruise-In got underway at 3:30 pm Wednesday June 6th with a parking lot full of Classic Custom Cars, Street Rods and Super Trucks. All proceeds from this fund raising event are dedicated to the Veterans MIAP and the Lines for Life programs, plus a few other local charities. This is a weekly Cruise-In, running every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 3:30 to 7 pm at the East Hills Church Parking lot, on Main Street in beautiful down-town Gresham, Oregon. From June to September this fantastic fundraising event has raised tens of thousands of dollars for our Veterans programs, including the Lines for Life and the Missing in America Program plus a special gift is always dedicated to East Hills Youth Programs from the Pharaohs Street Rodders. In addition, there is a booth set up representing Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, raising funds for the Children’s Cancer Research program up at OHSU, with a state licensed raffle on a brand-new Ford Mustang.
The Endless Summer Cruise-In has a reputation of judging and presenting award winning trophies to just about every car entered at least once throughout the four months that the show is on. A special point of interest, no Pharaohs club member’s vehicles are entered in the judging for a trophy during the regular show time events. Every week about ten trophy plaques and one special Keith Preskey Dedicated Cruiser Award Trophy is presented to just the vehicles entered.

The Endless Summer Cruise-In has become a wonderful family outing not just for the custom and classic car enthusiast, but for the opportunity to witness first-hand how a group of local men and women have grown together with the goal of helping our U.S. Veterans with a dedicated positive program of fund raising for them in their hour of need. Plus the food and drink offerings in down-town Gresham are fantastic. In addition, the ice cream parlors are guaranteed, fun for the whole family. Put this outing on your to do list and I guarantee you won’t be sorry. Stop by the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital KDCCP booth and say hello.