Avenue Angels of East Rocakway
The Avenue Angels was a chartered car club out of East Rockaway, Long Island, New York. The club was formed in 1955. In 1961 Martyn L. Schorr wrote a story about the club that was published in Custom Rodder June 1961. When, the story was written, the club boasted 16 active and 5 inactive, Armed Forces, members. They met weekly at the D & H Service Center in East Rockaway. Around 1958 - 1959, Jack Schleich was the President of the club. In 2012, Jack's brother, Don Schleich, told Kustomrama that as a club member, if you saw a motorist stuck on the side of the road, you would stop and help them; "For instance change a flat tire free of charge. Then you would hand them a Courtesy Card which had a picture of a hot rod on it and said “you have just been helped by a member of the Avenue Angels”. All done to try and promote the sport of hot rodding which was about as low as you could go in those days."
According to Schorr's story in Custom Rodder June 1961, most of the members held respected positions during the working hours, such as Carl Klepper, winner of over 20 drag trophies with his fuel-injected Corvette-powered 1957 Chevrolet coupe. Carl worked as head Corvette Technician for Don Allen Chevrolet in New York City. President Roger Teck was a physics major at C.W. Post college, and Harry Shamroth was a co-owner of the D & H Service Center and active in the East Rockaway fire department. For a yearly donation, the Avenue Angels awarded a trophy to the winner of the local Fire Departmen tournament. As the club ran an annual rod and custom show, a healthy treasury was built up to absorb the costs of building club competition machinery. The money did also go towards the renting and furnishing of a four club garage, completely equipped with hand and power tools, a Sun distributor machine and electric and gas welding outfits. other expenses included engines, speed godies and a dragster chassis that in 1961 was being made ready for the coming drag racing season.
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