Pottstown Classics Car Club

Editor’s note:  I wrote this piece last June and thought it was lost.  I recently found it in my sent mail so I am posting it on here.

Pottstown Classics Car Club, Cruisin’ With A Cause

The Pottstown Classics Car Club motto is “Serving the community through our hobby”.

Most of us know about Nostaliga Nights on High Street, but after talking with Pottstown Classics President Jody Rhoads, I came away with an entirely different perspective on this organization.

The club was founded in 1980, primarily by Chevy enthusiasts who wanted to promote the ’55, ’56 & ’57 models.  In 1984, the club was opened to all types of vehicles which helped increase membership.  The clubs current membership averages between 60 – 70. 

Over the years, the Nostalgia Night location has changed several times.  The shows started out on the small side at the Tropical Treat in Stowe.  After a time, the club moved to the North End Shopping Center and averaged several hundred cars.  Changes at the North End Shopping Center forced a relocation to the Pottstown Municipal Airport for several years before arriving on High Street.  Currently the club averages around 500 cars per show.  High Street is closed between York and Franklin Streets to accommodate the vehicles and the crowd.  The May and September shows usually draw the largest attendance.

Pottstown Classics President Jody Rhoads’ approach is “use vehicles as a vehicle”.  These shows bring thousands of people into downtown Pottstown.  This is a good thing for shop owners and restaurateurs who are encouraged to stay open and reap the economic benefits.  Argento’s, Very Best Weiner and the Brick House are a few of the downtown merchants who stay open during the shows.  You can stroll down High Street, listen to the oldies, look at classic cars and eat!  What a great way to spend part of your Saturday while supporting downtown Pottstown businesses. 

Everybody knows the club sells tee shirts, hats, pins, window stickers and does a 50/50.  What you may not realize is where this money goes.  Jody explained that the club donates money to a number of local organizations including: Berks County Special Olympics, Pottstown Library, Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, the Vietnam Vets Memorial in Memorial Park, WWII Memorial, Relay for Life and Make A Wish Foundation.  At Thanksgiving and Christmas the club sponsors a local family who could use a helping hand.  They provide a holiday meal and money towards utilities, bills and groceries.  The next time you buy something to support the club you are also supporting many worthy Tri-County area organizations.

Looking for something to do on the first Saturday of the month between May and September?  Attend a Nostalgia Night, have fun and support your community at the same time.

Many thanks to Jody Rhoads for taking the time to speak with me.  Jody is a long time member of Pottstown Classics Car Club and the proud owner of a ’56 Chevy.

The club’s website is http://www.pottstownclassics.com/

You can also contact Jay at 610-495-7166

Snail mail:

Pottstown Classics Car Club

P.O. Box 1144

Pottstown, PA 19464



PHOENIXVILLE, PA: The Handcrafted Cookie Company is announcing its first quarterly cookie recipe contest!  The Company will be introducing a yummy new cookie for each season beginning this summer, and the recipe will come from one of their valued, brilliant customers!  Here’s how it works:     

Prior to each season, the contest will be open with a one month submission window to all comers.  Contestants will submit both the recipe and a sample of the baked cookies for consideration.  All submissions will be reviewed and a selection made within two weeks of the end of the submission window.  The winner will receive their prize thereafter and the winning cookie will be featured on our menu for the full season!  The prize will be a Handcrafted Cookie Company gift basket valued at $45 as well as ten 20% off coupons to distribute to  friends and family, as well as bragging rights. The winner and their recipe will also be featured in our monthly newsletter!  Our first contest will be open for submissions from April 1st through April 30th.  Selection will occur during the month of May and the winning cookie will be featured from June through August.  

If you’d like additional information about this contest or our store, please contact Chad Williams at chad61@msn.com or (484) 921-4934.

OMG – This Boggles The Mind


So I am perusing the police blotter in the Mercury when I see 13-year-old arrested.  Instantly I was thinking some stupid kid prank etc… until I start reading further!

A 13-year-old East Greenville boy was arrested during a vehicle search for (and this is unfreakin’believable) drug paraphernalia and alcohol possession.  He had a 40 in his back pack.  Was there a hooker in the car too?????????????? WTH!!!!!!!!!!!!  Where does a 13-year-old kid get a 40-ounce beer?  Where are the parents?

When I was 13, my parents had me on a short leash!  I wasn’t running around Canton with beer and roach clip in my book bag.

Bangs head on computer desk….

An Exciting WPAZ Update

As many of you know, WPAZ went off the air suddenly in December 2009 leaving Pottstown without a local radio station.  Many people were stunned and saddened by this turn of events.

There has been a lot of talk and people calling into Sound Off expressing their opinion on the subject.  Two Pottstown area men are doing more than talking about it.  They are actually in discussion with Mitchell Scott, the owner, about purchasing WPAZ and returning it to the airwaves.  Ross Landy and his business partner Rick Rodgers have started the ball rolling by trying to raise $50,000.00 as a deposit to secure the purchase of the radio station.  If they can accomplish this, Mitchell Scott will stop accepting other offers for WPAZ.

Landy and Rodgers want to make WPAZ even more community oriented than it was previously by doing more remote broadcasts like the Fourth of July parade, Churchill’s open mike night, Sunnybrook Ballroom and getting involved with the Tri-County Performing Arts Center and other arts and cultural groups.  These gentlemen are interested in promoting Pottstown as a destination with things to do.  Sounds like this fits right in with the revitalization efforts and ULI study.

You can check out their website at http://www.wpazpa.org and check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pottstown-PA/WPAZ-Preservation-Association/367218693829?ref=mf&v=wall 

RoysRants encourages everyone to get involved and help promote the return of WPAZ to the Pottstown area.