And so it was, The Demonos Car Club started in 1957, by uniting two clubs; the Hywinders and the Dragons. The name Demonos means “Road Devils”, and are based in Tacoma Washington.
Meetings started out in an old chicken coup on the South End of Tacoma. This meeting area was given to them by a club member’s father. This eventually became the club house for the members for a short period of time. The club moved several times over the years, including Fernhill Community Center, Fernhill Library to Rapid Motion Speed Shop in Spanaway in 1968, to its current location, Walden Brothers Speed Shop in Parkland Washington. There were 6 charter members that went about writing the first constitution, deciding on club colors and started meeting weekly.
The car club had a 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe that it raced and showed up through the early 60’s. Friday and Saturday nights were spent working on the car to participate at racing venues such as: Portland Raceway, Aberdeen, Bremerton, Seattle International Raceway, Shelton, Puyallup and Thunfield Drag Strip which became a popular hangout for club members. The club also showed the 32 Coupe at the several locations including the Tacoma Armory, and up against the infamous “Orange Crate.” The club still has the 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe it raced and showed as well as one of the club members owns the infamous “Orange Crate.”
In the 70’s the club began racing an Altered car at several racetracks. The club also attended several car shows, swap meets and National Street Rod Association (NSRA) events throughout the Northwest. To support the racing effort, the club would have teenage dances with music supplied by Northwest bands such as the “Wailers.” They also had steak feasts and car shows at Bates Technical College to support the club events.
Our clubs favorite cars were Model A Roadsters, and you’ll still see lots of them, and yes they are driven to numerous events, including the Salt Flats, Hot August Nights as well as our Washington State tour. Most are primered and look like they came out of the 1960’s.
Today the club is supported by over 62 active members. It was started by a group of young guys that had a passion for cars and racing. Several original members are still active in the club today. The cars have changed and there is a variety, from full customs, antiques, rat rods and classics. The other thing that is evolving is the second generation of club members that will carry on the tradition not only of the “Demonos Car Club” but also the tradition of hot rodding.
The club has had three reunions; one in 1984, 40th Reunion in 1997, and the 50th Reunion in 2007. We had over 300 people attend that reunion. Times have since changed but the club lives on, now involved with car shows:
Fern Hill District Car Show
Sumner Classy Chassis Car Show
Local swap meets, and two weekly cruise-ins:
Godfathers Pizza in Spanaway on Wednesday Night
Sumner Cruise-in on Saturday Night
The club is also partnered with Eastside 4 Kids and provides an annual contribution to support kids in need.