Road Rebels Car Club

The Road Rebels Car Club was founded about 1958-1959 by Al Schuller, Bob Henry and Tony Tino of Ellwood City, PA. The club had an eight car garage in Ellport where they worked on their cars and installed larger more powerful engines. The Road Rebels held races for their cars at drag strips in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The club had a maximum membership of twenty five active members who all wore black leather jackets with the car club logo on the back. The logo was also on metal plaques attached to the rear bumpers of member’s cars. There was also business cards made that matched the jacket logo. The cards were handed out to a lot of people, especially when we helped stranded motorists.
The club was sponsored by the Ellwood City Elks Club which let the guys hold their annual meetings there and on Saturday nights and they also held dances for the local teenagers. The rebels also had a good reputation in the community for helping stranded motorists whose cars broke down along the highway or got stuck in bad weather. Member Al Schuller who gave us this information was not sure when the Road Rebels Car Club disbanded because he left for the U.S. Army in 1961 and served overseas patrolling the Czechoslovakian border. However, he was sure that all the members have good memories of those times together. If you remember the Road Rebels Car Club, we would enjoy hearing your memories.
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14 thoughts on “Road Rebels Car Club”

  1. Al, Rich Emig, says hi. Rich and I are friends. He still has the car plaque which he is leaving to me. He is doing well. My name is George Sewall

  2. Good to see your posting on, George! I used to babysit you, Pam and your other 2 sisters way back when – retired now and living in Kingman, Arizona. Jo Ann (Miller) Oxsen

  3. Yes Sharon there were cars with names and one was “Earth Angel”. I maybe all wet with what I’m going to write now. Please, someone with a better memory set me straight if I’m wrong with what I remember.

    “Earth Angel” was a green Ford or Mercury. I believe it was owned by Davy Patterson. I “think” I remember it or another car of that era, having 2 shift handles. If correct, I assume one would go from 1st to 2nd and 3rd. The other to reverse. I maybe all wet, because for sure, I have no clue on fixing cars. As I said my memory of this could be off in left field, but for some reason this is the memory I have.

    On a personal note, Davy was a good guy who would give us rides from one end of town to another if we were in need. He was killed in a car crash sometime during the 60’s. Maybe on RT. 18 where the truck stop and diner was, which later was a motel and roller rink. I believe a guy who was known as Cool Breeze was also killed.

    There’s a picture in the 1961 Ellwoodian on page 6 of Scott Swartz and Tim McFadden changing a tire with a Road Rebel Jacket hanging on the front left fender.
    Yes, hot cars with names and were a big part of the Ellwood scene during those wonderful years when most of us grew up in this wonderful little American town.

  4. Ernie. you’re right about the wreck. Dave was killed and also cool breeze who’s real name was emil floyd. Scott Swartz was my cousin and died early in life from a heart attack. He lived in California. Another car was “Dutchman’s Gold” owned by Jim Morella and “Silver Ghost” owned by Ronnie Weisz. And speaking of Car Clubs, don’t forget the Kingsmen headed up by Jerry Cole.

  5. Imagine my surprise while reading of my demise in the comments of Ernie Young and Bob Stevenson, the Road Rebels and other car clubs in Ellwood City. I must advise you that I am in fact alive and well, living the retired life in Laurel, MD. You are correct regarding the accident in question, however, there were two Dave Patterson’s that grew up in Ellwood. I am David J. and the other was David E. He lived somewhere near Lawrence Avenue when we were in school and I knew him, but not too well. This all began when my mother received overdue notices from the Ellwood Library that I had books overdue. I told her it wasn’t me, if you knew me you knew I wasn’t the library type, and that’s how we found out about David E. At the time of this accident I was serving in the Far East and David E. and other Navy friends were coming home on leave and getting off the turnpike in Koppel going north on 18 there was a tractor trailer parked on the shoulder under the old train trestle which they did not see in the dark and they ran into the rear of it. That’s how David E. and one or two others died at the time. I did not learn of this until a few years later. Some folks got us mixed up for quite a long time.

    You are right about “Earth Angel”. That was my 54 Ford and did have two shift levers. It was a beautiful Emerald Green Color, raked in the front and lowered in the rear. I also had a 1955 Ford that Bobby Lambert built that was called “Lonely Blue Boy”. I remember the cars and guys you mention and their clubs. A lot of us hung in Ewing Park and Lincoln, and uptown and loved cruizin. I remember Todd Heinz and his 58 Impala, Nutzy Houk and his fastback Chevy, he dated Judy Hooker. Danny (Joey) Weisz, Tippy Timpano, Yummer Laritz and his beautiful Green/Cream Olds, Pouch Defone, Harold “Herk” Hooker and others. I never grew out of the “car craze” and currently drive a 72 Chevy custom truck that has done well at Truckin Nationals, Carlisle, PA. and a few magazines.

    Ellwood City was a great place to grow up in during those times and every time I see “A Christmas Story”, there are many things that bring up fond memories. Anyhow, alive and well and long winded, I did want to respond to your letters, and I hope that this was not
    too much of a shock. There is a continuation to this story about how I discovered David E. Patterson’s final resting place that is somewhat strange, but that story will have to wait for another time.

    1. Well first let me say, “I’m so very glad that the guy who was killed on RT.18 wasn’t you.” For years I carried the sorrow in my heart, the passing of the Davey. Davey Patterson nice guy, though he was older, who gave us rides in his car known as “Earth Angel” which made us feel like something special. We loved that car.
      Even funnier I became very good friends with Dave E.’s brother ( who has since been called home) and talked about the sorrowful feeling I had that his brother, whom I thought was you, had died at such a young age. Enough of this mistaken identity stuff.

      Davey, thank you for bring up some names I remember, but would never have, without your comment. Tippy Timpano, and Yummer Laritz. The Joey weisz you mentioned, could he be the same Joe who passed away a couple years ago? Who owned the Hazel Manor?

      As for the shock value of your comment, “it was just that, with a little embarrassment on the side.” I first read my wife my comment, then Bob’s and when I got to your’s she was laughing quite heartily. Why not, it was funny.

      Please write more on this subject. I’m sure names bring back memories for all of us to share, once they surface from the comments of others..

      1. Dave, I went to an old year book and found pictures of you and Dave E. in the same Ellwoodian. Soon as I saw your picture I realized how mistaken I was all these years. I also noticed you didn’t graduate the following year. Had you moved away prior to your Senior year? What eventually happened to “Earth Angel?”

    2. My father, David E. Patterson, Sr. died along with 2 others like you stated on route 18 on July 24, 1969. The driver survived. You are in error stating he was home on leave. He was out of the Navy in 1964. Pray tell, what’s the story on how you discovered David E. Patterson’s final resting place.

  6. yes. I have to apologize too. I misidentified you also. I remember little blue boy and earth angel. too. Many of the names you mentioned had some very nice cars. and it was fun for us younger guys to see them around.

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