The Road Knights

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Richard Miozga

I am sub­mit­ting this picture in hopes that my club, the Road Knights, will gain their mo­ment in the sun, so to speak. The Road Knights were all from the very small town of On­tar­i­oville, Illi­nois (pop 250), which is about 40 miles due west of Chicago. Af­ter read­ing Wally Parks’ call ev­ery month in HOT ROD mag­a­zine to start a club, some of us guys said, Why not? So we met one night in the rail­road de­pot and started the Road Knights. This was in the late fall of 1953. Plaques we pur­chased from J.C. Whit­ney Co. in Chicago, and our club jack­ets from a shop on the fa­mous Maxwell Street in Chicago. We also had 500 cour­tesy cards printed up with, “You’ve been helped by…” which gave us a lot of ex­po­sure and grat­i­tude from all the over­heated, broke­down, or flat-tire folks that we helped.

In mid-1955, word was go­ing around that other clubs from Du­page County (the county we were in) wanted to start a Hot Rod As­so­ci­a­tion. This hap­pened, and I am proud to say I was voted Pres­i­dent. The As­so­ci­a­tion didn’t last more than a year at best. But the group did do one great thing, and the en­closed picture is the proof. The re­ally shock­ing thing was that the pa­per (the El­gin Courier News) had this photo on the front page!

The Road Knights never had more than 12 mem­bers, and though we tried hard, never made much of a splash in the hot rod world. But we were very proud that we were there in the be­gin­ning.

Of the six guys in the photo, just four re­main as of six years ago.

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