NWDRA Swap Meet


Every January for quite a while now, the NWDRA has held a swap meet at the Clark County Event Center. This year the swap meet was bigger than in recent years but I like going to this meet because it’s smallish and I usually find good deals on good stuff.
Last year I ran across a Ford 8’ differential center section that looked to be brand new/rebuilt for a decent price. I didn’t need it but my friend Jim wanted one. He was in Turlock California at a swap meet there, so I called him and told him about what I found and he said he wanted it, so I bought it. He was pleased with the find when he saw it and it’s now in the Model A his is building.

I don’t know yet what the date for next year’s meet is but stay tuned to the “Coming Events” page in this paper as January approaches and plan to attend.

Feature Car of the Month


A Model “T” Ride for all Seasons

1927 Model “T” 2 dr sedan. She sports a 289 cubic inch modified V8 for power, with a top loader 4 speed stick tranny on the floor for fun. A tricked out ’67 Corvette C2 rear-end with a carbon fiber mono spring. Delicious brown leather bucket seats up front and a 25 gallon petrol tank hidden under that plush rear seat. Custom electro gauges were added to the dash and she features a Mustang II front-end with disc brakes on all four corners. 18″ tires and custom wheels in the back and 16” up front make for a down the road stance.

I’m told by the owner Mr. Steven K. Bee that the color on this “T” is from a Model “A” and carries a handle of Bronson Yellow on the body and Seal Brown on the fenders. She wears that all-steel roof with class and a Model “A” visor over the front windshield finishes off this ride with a unique look.  A brassy and classy Model ”T” ride for all seasons, rain or shine, Steve brings her out.
Attending Benson Tech High school back in the early sixties Mr. Bee didn’t take the opportunity to participate in any auto shop programs, but he did excel in the Graphic Arts department.  He’s a true Oregonian, born here in Portland some 70 years ago. Steve went on to use his graphic arts background spending most of his adult work history with the Home Builders Association and with Bridgetown Printing Company. He and his wife Joyce make their home out in the Sandy area, where Steve not only built a fantastic ’27  Model “T” boy toy,  but he and his lovely wife also built a beautiful 3,000 square foot retirement home.

In one of his out buildings is a work in progress. His very first car he stole for $60 back in high school, and it’s almost ready for a paint job, after the body off rebuild. Watch for a future story in R&R NW on Steve’s 1931 Model “A” Ford 2 dr. sedan.

Steve is an active member in good standing, with the “Kool Guys Hot Rod Breakfast” meeting every friday morning around 8 a.m. in Carver at the Hangar Restaurant. In addition Steve has been instrumental in helping start the new wednesday “Hump-Day Hot Rods Breakfast” at the Eagle Creek Saloon in Eagle Creek, Oregon. You can see him and his ’27 “T” at both, come rain or come shine. We at R&R NW Publication are excited to make this Model “T” our featured car of the Month for March 2016.


MHRC/The Portland Roadster Show and Local Area Car Clubs Do It Again


The 2015 “Angels on Wheels Toy Run”

Once again the Multnomah Hot Rod Council / Portland Roadster Show and the 19 local street rod and custom car clubs that make up the roster of the MHRC, all participated in the 5th annual Angels on Wheels Christmas Toy Run, all for the kids at Legacy Emanuel/Randall Children’s Hospital on December 12th. A week earlier on December 5th several custom car and bike clubs from the Portland and Vancouver area did their 2015 Kids Toy Run at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and at the Shriners Hospital up on the hill at OHSU.

In addition to the 19 MHRC car clubs that participated in the Angels on Wheels Toy Run, the well-known Mustang Wranglers car club from the Portland area was on hand with hundreds of gifts and are always big supporters. There were three other fantastic car clubs that drove all the way to Portland from the Oregon and Washington coasts to help out.  A special thank you and recognition to the Beach Barons Car Club from Longbeach, the Mid-Night Cruzers  from  the Aberdeen area, and to the Lower Columbia Classics Car Club from Astoria for their generous gifts of toys and their gifts of time and expense to travel all that way for kids at Randell Children’s Hospital.

Just how many toys? Randall Children’s Hospital Director Sally Kirchoff and MHRC chairperson Bryan Fakler estimated, at last count, over 10,000 gifts of toys in every shape, size and color were all brought in time to distribute to hundreds of children at the hospital on Christmas, plus thousands of additional toys for distribution throughout the year. An estimated retail cost of all these toys is over $80,000.

Thanks to all the participating retailers for their generous free gift offerings plus all the stores that participated with their biggest discounts ever.

The people that make up these 19 car clubs are the same special individuals that put on the world class Portland Roadster Show. This year’s show promises to be the biggest and best ever, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the PRS. It is scheduled for March 18-20 at the Portland Expo Center. Yes, the tradition continues with over 300 of the hottest street rods, custom cars, trucks, bikes, and much, much more. Mark your calendar for one of those special attractions that’s coming to the PRS, including a full concert on stage Saturday night by Johnnie Limbo and the Lug Nuts. The MHRC is inviting everyone that’s coming to the concert to join our year-round Angels on Wheels Toy Drive and donate a new toy gift for the kids at Randell Children’s Hospital.
Additional scheduled guests for you to meet and greet are world class car builder and TV personality Chip Foose, Dave Kindig, John D’Agostino and Gene Winfield. You’re all invited to the 60th Portland Roadster Show, where there’s always plenty of parking at the Portland Expo Center.

The staff here at R&R NW Publication would like to thank the MHRC and The Portland Roadster Show and all of the car and bike clubs and hundreds of charitable minded individuals that took part in all of the wonderful toy drives throughout Oregon and Washington over these past many years. Your all to be complimented and congratulated for not only making a lot of little kids mighty happy at Christmas time and through-out the year, but you have given a thumbs up to your individual car and bike clubs image for a positive and charitable job well done. Hope to see all of you at the show.


The Tradition Continues


All of these flamed-out, scalloped and super tricked out rides have one big thing in common—they’re all getting heated up with excitement to attend the upcoming 2016 Portland Roadster Show. The tradition does truly continue with the 60th anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show scheduled for March 18-20 at the Portland Expo Center.

The Multnomah Hod Rod Council presents the Portland roadster Show, one of the oldest continuous running premiere hot rod, custom car, truck and bike shows in the United States.

The other thing these all of these gorgeous tricked out automobile creations have in common—they have all been on display as featured stars at one of our Portland Roadster Shows in the past 60 years.

All for the Love of Street Rods & Classic Cars


The one common denominator that the owners of these three gorgeous classic custom cars have is: they both belong to the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and they both have a love for street rods and classic custom cars, trucks and bikes.


The 1965 CORVETTE STING RAY is an all original matching numbers car.  For power, it has a 327 CI L79 350 HP / Muncie close ratio 4 speed tranny / 353 Posi-traction rear w/heavy duty sway bars front & rear / power steering / power antenna / factory hardtop / telescoping steering column / leather seats / teak wood steering wheel.  The proud owner, Mike Itel from Scappoose, Oregon would like to recognize Paul & Mickey at Gray’s Automotive for their balancing and blueprinting, Steve Heuer Customs, for the fantastic red finish, plus several other additions to the rebuild, the chrome work by Cruisin’ Classics and the interior by Jerry’s Auto Upholstery.


THE 1971 CORVETTE, “Autumn Leaves,” will be appearing at the 60th anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show.  You will have an opportunity to come and see this fantastic work of creative artistic automobile transformation in person at the show and check out all the specs on this ’71 work of art, from proud owner and Corvette lover Mr. Mike Itel. This car will “leave” you spellbound.

Mike is a true Oregonian country boy, born and raised on a farm down around Woodburn. He attended Portland Community College and then on to Portland State University studying Civil Engineering.  Mike worked for the Port of Portland for 40 years and is now enjoying a well-earned retirement.  He joined the MHRC in 1973 as a member of the Columbia Corvette Club. For the past five years Mike has held the office of president of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council. He is also an active member of the Northwest Corvette Association, The Road Knights and the Pharaohs Street Rodders car clubs.  Mike and his wife Anne have made their home in the Scappoose area for the past twenty years and their daughter is a student at OSU.


THE 1955 CHEVY OLD SCHOOL RESTO-MOD 150 Center Post / She’s Running a ZZ3 350 ci 375 hp for power, turbo 400 tranny, Nova rear-end w/Camaro clip.  It’s been de-chromed and features a shaved nose and rear-deck with a Nomad rear bumper. 18” front and 20” rear tires with Coys rims, make this flawless all black-beauty second to none in its class.  David Jothen is the proud owner and builder of this delicious ’55 Chevy that is a rolling dedication to his father Jack, from whom he drew his inspiration. David is the immediate past president of the Pharaohs Street Rodders and has been a member of the MHRC since 1979, as a member of the Trans Am Club of Oregon, the Inimini Truckers Club, the NW Lowriders and now the Pharaohs.  David has been the official photographer for the Portland Roadster Show for the past four years.  He has also been the co-producer of the show for the past two years. David and his wife Diane and their two loyal pets Loki & Winnie live in the Damascus area.  David attended Mt Hood CC and the U of O, receiving degrees in Media/Communications.  He is also a licensed commercial and residential realtor and recently earned his insurance broker license, specializing in classic and collector cars.

Yes the tradition continues at the 60th anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show, held at the Portland Expo Center come March 18th, 19th & 20th.   Another thing these three unique and gorgeous classic cars have in common: they are all scheduled to be in the show where the cars are always the stars at The Portland Roadster Show.

We at R&R NW Publication are honored and pleased to recognize the scores of volunteer individuals that are active members of the MHRC and are dedicated to making the Portland Roadster Show one of the premier street rod and classic custom car, truck and bike shows in the whole country.

February 2016 Petersen Auction


February 6th was the date for the first Petersen Collector Car Auction of 2016. It was held in Salem at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in the Jackman-Long Building. What a great showing of consigned cars and trucks as well as memorabilia.  There was also a great showing of bidders too.

The bidding started off with a flurry with the memorabilia crossing the block. A small amount of signs, clocks, gas station air stations and pumps.  All of these were in new/restored condition and a great addition to anyone’s TV room or “Man Cave.”  
There was a great turnout of potential bidders and they came to buy. The auction had a 60% sell through and the prices were respectable. The quality of the vehicles was very good and I think that both the sellers and the buyer went home happy.
I raised my hand to bid on a car just as the auctioneer hammered it sold and I missed it. I shouldn’t have hesitated, but that’s the way it goes.

If you’re looking to sell your special interest car or truck your Hot Rod or collector car, plan ahead and consign early for the next Petersen Collector Car Auction, July 9th at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg. I’ll see you there. Petersen Collector Car-541-689-6824.