About Rods-N-Relics

Welcome to Rods-n-Relics website. If you would like to get more information please feel free to join us at one of our regular monthly meetings or call our Prez. During the Summer months, we meet at different (hopefully outdoors) locations. In colder months, we gather at in members' homes or a local pub in Grafton.

Rods-n-Relics Car Club was formed by 4 Cedarburg friends in 1990 and is open to anyone who owns a rod or a relic, wants to own a rod or relic, or just plain enjoys socializing with those who own a rod or a relic! Our Mission statement is “Fun with Cars”. In describing such cars, truck or motorcycles, we believe a vehicle fits our description if it is old, modified, restored or if it is in need of being modified or restored.

Ours is a slightly irreverent club. Please do not mind us if we tend to openly “jest” with one another. It’s all in fun, because as you will realize, we’re all really good friends. Our members live mostly in Cedarburg, Mequon, Grafton, Port Washington and Saukville but we do have members from Sheboygan, Milwaukee and as far away as Mazomanie. Membership has been at about 45 to 65 members over the years with rides from the 20s to the 80s.

Rods-n-Relics works hard at scheduling activities all through the year. Perhaps not everyone will participate every time but if you like to pick & choose the events you’d enjoy, I’m sure there’s something for everyone within this club.

The first event of Spring is ofter dreamed up by a creative soul who provides us with lots of laughs. In recent years past, this has been a road rally, a cruise, scavenger hunt, or a bus trip to an automotive museum.

Somewhere along the way we try to get in a couple of Friday Fish Fry Cruises. Once Summer is here, we enjoy cruises weekday evenings to nearby taverns, fast food or custard stands.

On Saturday of the last weekend in June, Rods-n-Relics hosts a car, truck & Motorcycle show at Lime Kiln Park in Grafton Wisconsin. We’ve become famous for putting on the best and most friendly car show and for the best & most unique club member made trophies in the State. Our show was first produced in Cedarburg at Fireman’s Park in 1991 and has grown since then. A benefit to the community is a % donation from the net proceeds to area High School Mechanical Arts Programs.

about-photoDuring July we have also been invited to parade in Cedarburg & Grafton’s 4th celebrations. And we have been invited in past years to display at Mequon’s “Gathering on the Green”.

Throughout the Summer, we often get together for perhaps breakfast and cruise to a car show or two. Some shows we “enter”, and at some shows we go there to visit and move along. 

Then in September, we rally at “Saukville in September” car show, in Grady Park at Saukville. We like to set up our club tent and a TV to watch the Packer Game while we’re there, and then hold our elections for officers and the “Boring”.

In October, someone always steps forward to arrange and schedule a Fall Color Cruise. This includes a ride through colorful wooded areas, a visit somewhere of interest, and a meal on the road. We also attend the Bavarian  Inn Octoberfest (actually this is in September) to heckle one of our members that plays drums in a German Band, drink BEER and just because it’s fun!

In December we party again. Usually at Ralph Zaun Pavillion in Lime Kiln Park. This is our holiday party where year end awards, trophies and abuse is dished out. This is a great party.

During the year Rods-n-Relics is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of a two-mile stretch of County HY 32, just East of I-43 toward Port Washington. We meet 3X seasonally to walk the parkway, pick up litter, and head off to a nearby restaurant for food and adult drinks.

On a more serious note, we raise money from the car show. From this we are able to give back to our communities with modest donations to help the Schools. We have in the past also helped the Milwaukee Health Education Center, the Ozaukee Humane Society and local scholarships for High School students.

We produce a newsletter…the OILY RAG and send out email notices to remind members of events or other opportunities to get together and play! This keeps us all connected.

So you can see we have a little something for everyone. Be as active as you are comfortable or just get the RAG & email to stay in touch. We’re just a bunch a car guys & gals having "Fun with Cars"