Hello, we got something really special here. This is a crazy rare double-sided sign; came out of a house in a very small town called Riley Michigan. He was part of MMAC back in the 70’s 80’s 90’s. He had a 37 Ford that was all modified, he use to race at different drag stripes over the years, back in the 90’s he was racing at the famous local spot called The Ubly Dragway up in the thumb of Michigan. The Motor City Modified Auto Club was formed in 1948 and it is the oldest car club in Michigan, its part of the Michigan Hot Rod Association. A BRIEF HISTORY OF MMAC. Motor City Modified Auto Club was formed by a group of auto enthusiasts or “Hot Rodders” in 1948. In the early years they met at a restaurant on Fenkell called “The Cardinal Hut” named after the Cooley High School Mascot. In the late fifties and early sixties the club met in the basement of the Detroit Police Department 16th Precinct. At that time, membership was over one hundred. A favorite activity after meeting was to go out to the Northwestern Highway which did not have a speed limit and run top end. McCulloch Blown Caddy and Olds powered rods usually won. Later in the sixties, meetings were held at the home of Frank Burrell and remained there until he passed away, in 1985. Presently, meetings are held at member’s homes on a rotating basis. Past notable members include the Alexander Brothers (custom car builders). The Logghe Brothers (funny car and dragster builders), Angelo Giampetroni (of Gratiot Auto Supply and Ford Motor Sports), the late Frank Burrell (Pioneer hot rodder and innovator) and Bob Larivee (show promoter). The club presently has approximately forty members and always welcomes new prospective members, particularly younger enthusiasts who have the drive to carry on the tradition. 1970 to 1980 – Throughout the 60’s and continuing into the 70’s MMAC was heavily involved with the newly opened Motor City Drag Way and at the same time supporting the Detroit Autorama which was held in order to generate income for the drag strip. Over the course of 10 years the Detroit Autorama grew to become a larger focus then even the drag strip and much of the MMAC members time had been and is still devoted to the show. Throughout the 70’s the drag strip and Autorama were all consuming with the MMAC members either showing their cars or racing them. MMAC also started into the 4wd world where many members would prepare and race 4wd jeeps and sand rails. Along with all of the drag racing, Autorama, sand racing etc, the hot rod and street rod world was heating up with many outdoor shows being held across the country. MMAC and the MHRA were right there too being actively involved in the shows. The MMAC would road rally to the long distance shows. The movement was so strong that the MHRA saw a need to help hot rodders as they travelled to the shows so they opened up a travelling Rod Repair Shop so the hot rodders have a way keep their vehicles on the road going to and coming from shows. Many of today’s MMAC members still work with the MHRA Rod Repair Shop and travel to these shows supporting hot rodders from across the country. MMAC members dedicating their time and effort to the Rod Repair Shop are as follows; Rick Banister, Art Silver and Al Cook. MMAC contracted well know cartoon artist Dave Bell to design a cartoon style shirt that would pull in some of the top cars and different memories from throughout the year in hot rodding along with promoting the Detroit Autorama. The shirt was designed to have bright colors and all of the Detroit Autorama Ridler award recipients printed on the back of the shirt. 2000 to Current – As the tee shirt sales moved to CASI the MMAC decided to try to design and sell a novelty model car at the Autorama. The car would be a new design each year with a unique paint scheme, unique style of hot rod, unique Detroit Autorama logo on the back and be labeled in a series that could not be found on any other model car. Sales were great but each year the model car manufacturers would continue to increase the cost and the minimum qty’s to the point where it was not feasible to continue the sales of the cars. Currently the MMAC hosts a fall color tour each year and raffles off a large prize. The color tour has been held for 3 consecutive years and has grown each year. Our 2015 fall color tour had 179 cars in attendance and approx 400 people! This item is in the category “Collectibles\Advertising\Gas & Oil\Merchandise & Memorabilia\Signs”. The seller is “rickstreasuresmichigan” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Type of Advertising: Sign
- Modified Item: Yes
- Theme: Gas & Oil
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Handmade: No
- Modification Description: Has some dill holes were there are some screws, there are scuffs on the sign does show some wear from over the years. This was hanging up in a barn.
- Size: about 90in by 49in about 2in thick