The Cogs Car Club
The Cogs Car Club was founded in the early 1950’s by Nestor Akrin and others. As new members joined a few years later, the founders seemed to drop out. Some of the members at the time GSTA was formed were: Al Fehn, Jerry Anderson, Ron Gageby, Don Debos, Wayne Pashke, George Dapper, Dave Klake, Dave Ashlim, Chuck Epstein, Pat Mc Carty, Leo Petrowski, Roger Wirtz, Larry Johnson, and Mark Steenerson.
They were a northside club with their main hangout being Harold’s Pure Oil on 47th and Lyndale No. or the downtown Bridgeman’s. At one time the regular meetings were held at the old northside precinct police station.
According to the club constitution “Any person of good character interested in Hot-Rod activities and who has, or is building an acceptable car is eligible for membership...” Dues were 25cents per week or $1.00 per month, at the members option.
Cogs members have contributed to GSTA in many ways. Every GSTA office has been held by a Cog at some time. Cogs have been very active in the Dragsters that GSTA had. They have provided artwork for the show entries and posters. Cogs have always been very active in the GSTA Spectacular as participants, workers and providing leadership.
In recent years the Cogs have held an outdoor car show in the Spring, following the GSTA show.
The Cogs Car Club is currently one of the most active clubs in GSTA, with plans to be around for many more years as second generations become members.
Tony Rea's Dragster
Having a little fun at club day at Rock Falls
My dragster is my second car (dragster) and is a new (2014) S&W Race Cars chassis kit modified to 185 inch wheelbase. It uses an injected 327 Chevy on alcohol for power and is all O.E.M cast iron. Best run in the new car has been 8.71 sec at 156mph. The drive line is standard issue power glide and 4.10, 9” Ford rear-end. The rear’s are 12” wide slicks on E.T. Mags. The full body, seat and fuel tank were handmade aluminum locally by Don Groff. The paint was applied this spring by our own Pat Bonnett. The goal was to build a car that represented the early 70’s styles. These are the cars I identify with the most. It turned out great!
My Mom is the crew chief (in the red shirt) and loves going to the races; She has been since I started out with my first dragster in 1993. We’ve raced as far away as Norwalk OH, Wentzville, MO, and Indianapolis, IN.