Downeast Street Rods was conceived in August 1972 in Detroit, Michigan, at the National Street Rod Association's Nationals by Eric Pierce of Brunswick, Maine. There, two young lads, Richard "Sam, T.O.H.R.J." (The Original Hot Rod Junkie), Samson and Eric discussed the need for Maine to start a street rod club and "show 'em what the East Coast guys can do!"
In October 1972, the first ever rod run in Maine took place in East Poland at Sam's place; seven hot rodders attended. In November of 1972, a meeting was held at Eric Pierce's father's home in Brunswick, where Bob Foster of Northeast Harbor, Maine, was elected President, and Eric was elected Secretary.
The club name, Downeast Street Rods Club, Inc., came from Wilfred Chouinard and beat out Sam's idea for Pan Draggers. Presently, Downeast Street Rods Inc., with its 50+ members, is planning its 44th annual rod run, attracting over 300 street-rod buffs, their cars, families and hundreds of spectators from all over New England.
Members of the Downeast Street Rod Club continue to . . .
"show 'em what the East Coast guys can do!"
Proceeds from our Rod Run are donated back to the communities where members live and work. In addition to the charities listed here we also have made donations to needy families at Christmas and cancer victims and their families. We thank everyone who has supported our Rod Run and helped to make these donations possible.
Downeast Street Rod Club
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Would you like to join a club that is active year round with different club gatherings and events? We try to get together each month for a business meeting and/or a fun cruise or get together.
Membership is open to everyone. You just need to own a street rod.
A street rod is pre‐1949 vintage (fiberglass replica accepted) and must be driveable or under construction.
A photo of vehicle must accompany each new member application.
Members are welcome at all club functions including monthly meetings, occasional club cruises and events that we host or sponsor.
Membership dues are $25.00 annually and due in January.
Need more info? Click the Membership Application for the specifics. To get a copy of the by-laws please contact one of our Officers.