The Swanks was organized about 1956. The car club original membership was about 15 and then developed into a larger group of about 25 with the meetings at Daryl Emery's house. They eventually had a club car ("B" Altered roadster that was raced at Twin Cities dragway setting a national record in "B" Altered with Gary Hofsommer driving). Although the original members departed in several different directions Steve Olson revived it several years later. Steve also repaired the club car and raced it again. The club would drive 4 or 5 cars to various car shows in the area, i.e., Winnipeg, Valley City, Gopher State Timing, etc.
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(Thanks To Jerry Quam '58)
Others - Ron Bartholomew, Mike Beaton, Dave Blow, Terry Blue '57, Clarence "Louver" Braunberger, Herman Bryn, Dick Dunkirk '57, Daryl Emery, Lanny Erickson, Russ Freeman '57, Scott Fridlund, Daniel Hanna '57, Gary Hofsommer '57, Tim Holt, Larry Hunter '57, Dave Hvidsten '57, Marv Johnk, Marvin Johnsgard, Eugene Johnson, Roger Johnson (Casselton), Tommy Knoll, Paul Knox '57, Roger Langlie, Bruce Lien '57, Roger Nelson, Ken Nicholson, Marv Olson, Steve Olson, David "Pete" Peterson '57, Bob Pettinger, Tom and JoAnn (Hofsommer) '59 Reger, Wendy Reinertson, Willie Sandul '57, Gary Schmidt, Harvey Sell, David Spong '57, Thad Uehling '56, Jim Venaas, Dirk Walter 57, Roger Wiese (obituary)
'Some' of Jerry Quam's Car Pictures
Roger Johnson - Member '65 - '69 - Casselton
Roger Johnson's 'Sweet Thang.' '28 A Roadster, B/SR (Street Roadster) class at the dragstrip. Refers to weight class and engine size. Ran a 0.030' overbored 327 SBC with fuel injection.
From Dave "Pete" Peterson 7/23/2012: "I was a member of the Swanks and remember well the trouble I got in when we put "Smitties" on my Dad's company car. In 1956-57 I had a new red and white Ford station wagon with a Police Intercepter engine with three speed overdrive-transmission and could 'get rubber' in all three gears. I also recall Paul Knox was in the group. Thad could confirm that. Regards, Dave "Pete" Peterson."
If you have other names who were club members or you have pictures of members with cars, plaques, jackets, etc. please contact Mike Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Swanks Car Club is now active in the Fargo-Moorhead but, so far, it is unclear if it comes from the club of the '50's.