It was 60 years ago this April when several Waltham High School sophomores met on the front
steps of the school to discuss the idea of starting a hot rod club. That was the beginning
of the PUSH RODS. Who would have thought that the club would be going strong sixty years
During the mid 1960's, membership fell off as guys went into the service or to college, got married, and started careers and families. By the late 1960's very few members were active. Wayne Murray and Dave Burns were still running a B Dragster as the Push Rods Race Team. Soon Wayne would move to Syracuse, NY ending the partnership.
By the early 1970's, most of the area hot rod and custom car clubs ran out of gas. Like many area clubs, the Push Rods went dormant, only to be reunited and revived in the early 1990's. Many lost Push Rods were found and began getting together again at reunions, car shows and cruise nights. There was a resurgence of interest in restoring old cars and building hot rods and custom cars. It was like going back to the fifties. New car clubs were organized, car shows were happening everywhere, and nostalgia drag races were held at New England Dragway. The Push Rods were back in business with a mix of original members and new members.
Club members gathered every Sat. night at the Riley's Roast Beef Cruise-In, We began to attend events as a club and became very well known as one of the original vintage clubs. Wherever we went we wore club T-shirts, caps, and jackets and displayed club plaques on our cars. We also hung up our club banner.
All this attracted guys with vehicles to join the club. This was great because many of the members from the early days didn't have hot rods even though they wanted to attend events with the club. Despite losing some members for various reasons, over the years membership expanded. There are currently 22 active and 26 inactive members.
Over the years club members have attended not only local but also distant car events throughout the East with their cars. In addition, members have traveled to Florida, Michigan, California, Utah, Arizona, and Georgia to attend major car shows, auctions, museums, drag races, and other national events.
The 9th annual Marlborough Main St. Car Show will be presented again this year by the United Brethren Masonic Lodge and the Push Rods Club. We are proud to be part of this event which has raised over $100,000 for charity since it's inception. Major charitable donations include Shriners Hospital, Wounded Warriors Project, and Marlborough Food Pantry. The Push Rods donate $250 each to Auto Mechanics and Auto Body Repair shops at Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School.
It seems like yesterday we were celebrating our 50th Anniversary with an escorted parade down Main and Moody streets to the site of the former Ranch House, now a Burger King, then back down to Waltham Common where we displayed our 28 club cars and watched a great concert featuring the Shirelles and the Drifters. Maybe we can do it again this year.