The Throttle Benders car club was established in 1949. Joe "Bud" Simmons was a founding member of the club, and according to his grandson, Brian Burnham, it wasn't a big club, "just a bunch of farm kids from the California Central Valley." The members of the club were from the town of Chowchilla, California, and his grandpa's pride was a 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe that he built in the late 1940s. The car featured a filled roof, solid hood sides, dual spotlights, and flipper caps. Unfortunately, the car was totaled by a drunk driver shortly before Bud left for Korea in 1950.
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