Strokers of Saginaw
The Strokers is a hot rod and custom car club from Saginaw, Michigan. The club was established in 1955, and Al Benaway was one of the founders of the club. The Strokers are one of the original NHRA charter clubs.
Saginaw is located 100 miles north of Detroit, and early in 2021 Al told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that in 1955 when he started out, you couldn't say the word, Hot Rod, out loud in the public. "Hot Rod was a bad word to say. A mortal sin. That was like you were a mugger. You were a bad guy. Bound for jail." There were about 10 or 12 small clubs in the area when Al and his high school buddies formed the Stokers car club in March of 1955. "They didn't last long," he recalled, "but they were there." Al and his buddies were in the senior civics class when they started the club. The Stokers grew to become a large club, and for a while, they had new guys joining on a weekly basis. "When you come to start high school, everybody wants to be in your club. Everybody had a car club, and we had about eight or nine clubs in high school." The Strokers had meetings in a chicken coop. "That was a little rough, but that's what we had. We had a two-car garage with a chicken coop on the back of it."
In 2020 the club was still active, celebrating its 65th year in existence.
Al Benaway's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Al Benaway's 1930 Ford Model A Coupe
Dave Alcorn's 1934 Ford Tudor Sedan
Jonathan Russell's 1947 Dodge Business Coupe
Jim and Adrienne Hooper's 1956 Mercury - The Wild One
Jack Pape's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
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