The Rollin’ Oldies Car Club of Lebanon, Oregon was founded in 1990 by the late Harry Carter. Harry grew up in South Texas, seemingly with a love of cars from birth. He moved with his family to Lebanon, Oregon when he was a freshman in high school. While in high school he founded his first car club, the “Rod Pushers”. He went on to graduate in 1962 and worked with cars in many capacities, but most remember him as an honest used car dealer where he made many friends.
His love of old cars led him to found the Rollin’ Oldies starting with a group of about a dozen charter members – some from that first year are still active in the club. In the beginning the club met at the Apple Tree Restaurant, and later moved to the Oregon Trail Pizza shop (where the Subway Sandwich shop is now). Also, during the summer, meetings were often held at Ed & Diane Peterson’s home near their auto wrecking yard. In those days members would rive their old cars to meetings in good weather. All of these were prior to the current meeting place, the Lebanon American Legion building.
The club held its first car show in Lebanon at the Oregon Trail Pizza shop in 1991. This show was called a ” cruise in”, and while ti was the forerunner of “50’s in the Fall” that name didn’t come along until later.
The club logo includes a road with old cars driving on it reflecting the origins of the meetings at the “Oregon Trail” restaurant, and our name still proclaims the group’s goal to keep our “Oldies” rollin’ along.