Featured Car of the Month

Bill Stephan's 1963 and a half Ford Galaxie 500 XL

1963 ½ Ford Galaxie 500 XL
Owned by Bill Stephan’s from Clackamas, Oregon

This low-mileage Galaxie 500 XL looks delicious in its stock Champagne color and features a gorgeous black diamond tucked interior covering those 500 XL Bucket Seats. She sounds as good as it looks, running a 289 cubic inch power plant with super cool pipes. Speaking of cool, she was spotted at the Kool Guys Hot Rod Friday Morning Breakfast at the HANGAR Sports Bar and Grill in Carver. This might be the only year round 52 weekly no-host Rod Run event going on in the Portland area come Rain or Shine. Everyone is welcome to this no entry or registration Cruz-In, just come as you are and bring your rides. Pick up the latest issue of Roddin’& Racin’ Northwest when you’re there and your ride might just be the next “Featured Car of the Month.”

1963 and a half Ford Galaxie

All for the love of STREET RODS & CUSTOM CARS


Steve Kaiser didn’t play much football, basketball or baseball back in the 1940s and 50s when he was growing up. Didn’t play a musical instrument in the school band or take a class in auto shop, as Jefferson High School didn’t offer a car building program back then. He did excel in the creative arts. Thanks to his understanding of how shapes, colors and artistic form create a true work of art, and we at R&R publication are proud to bring you Mr. Steve Kaiser’s four works’ of artistic automotive wonder.

Steve was happily married for over forty years. The proud father of two fantastic kids and three grandchildren. He lost his wife Vicki to illness a few years back. He  was a dedicated employee at Boeing Air-Craft for over twenty two years and at age seventy two is enjoying his retirement. Steve has also been very active in the Toys-for-Tots program here in the Portland area. Just a few weeks ago he made a super delivery of a whole truck load of bikes  and safety helmets for kids of all ages.

Steve would like to recognize and thank the following individuals who over the past thirty plus years have played a role in the designing and building of  his four custom built creations: Russ Meeks, Richard Pruitt, Lonnie Gilbertson, Mitch Kim, Jim Sanders, The Crew at Paolo Engine Service, Lenny Roeger and Steve’s #1 good buddy Larry Wilson who worked on every car.

Mr. Kaiser, we at Roddin’ & Racin’ want to thank you for sharing your fantastic world-class artistic creations with us and our thousands of readers in the northwest. “ALL for the Love of Hot Rods and Custom Cars.”


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The recent Veterans Parade was well attended with several custom cars and street rods from the Pharaohs Street Rods in the parade. The local Missing In America Project representative Bob Collison was on hand with his 1926 Ford Model T Coupe, handing out information on the MIAP program in the Hollywood district of Portland. The Pharaohs Street Rodders Car Club is one of the top fundraising groups in Oregon supporting the MIAP and the Lines for Life Veterans Programs.

The mission of the MIAP is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. And to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.

For more information on the MIAP local programs please see their web page at www.miap.us.