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old newspaper photo of men surrounding an old car looking at the engine
JC with his Coup holding a trophy
Jerry with Car and Trophy
1955 Jefferson High School Senior with Car



The hot rod movement of the 1950s was about cars and car clubs. As early as 1952, the Pharaohs of Jefferson High School in Portland, OR, were part of the "fever pitch" of the hot rod movement.

In the '50s, if you weren't part of a car club or into cars, you were "Square." The Pharaohs' clubhouse was located in North Portland at Gustin's Service Station; it was a place to gather and work on cars. In 1955, a Jefferson High School senior (pictured above) was a U.S. record holder in the D-Stock at 71 MPH in his 1939 Ford Deluxe.

Well into the '60s, car enthusiasts used a quarter mile of NE Gertz Road as a drag strip to show off their prowess and knowledge of cars.

Today, the Pacific Northwest Pharaohs encourage owners of all car types to participate in the many summer car shows and cruise-ins, whether they belong to a car club or not. 

The Pharaohs Street Rodders Car Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation and a member of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council.

The Pharaohs’ fundraising efforts since 2006 have enabled the club to generously support local Veterans and other regional community programs.

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