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Quads, Rods & Custom Car Club
prepare for upcoming car show

Glauber was among original
club members in the late ’50s

LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2013) – John Glauber will be the first to tell you that, “I always liked hot rods.” So much so, he initially joined the Quads Rod & Custom Car Club back in the 1950s and again more recently at the urging of his good friend, Barney Barnett.


Photo by Helen McKinney

Colorful cars of yesteryear will highlight the 14th annual Barney’s Car Show, July 6 in La Grange, Ky.

When he first joined the car enthusiast club, “I was not a collector then. I was a hot-rodder at the time,” said Glauber, who professes to be “above 70” in age.
Unlike some of the other club members, Glauber doesn’t have a huge car collection. He does, however, own a ’51 Chevrolet sport coup.
He likes the style of the car because “I’m an old James Dean fan.” He is in the process of restoring it and said the car has been “lowered pretty low.”
Currently, the car is a dull primer color, far from what the finished product will look like. For the car’s exterior, Glauber said he is “considering three or four colors. It will take a while to do.”
Glauber grew up in La Grange, where his family owned Glauber’s Five and Ten Cent Store and a local restaurant. Next to cars, his second love was radio-controlled planes.
Glauber will be participating in the 14th annual Barney’s Auto Fest on July 6 at The Cherry House, 2419 S. Hwy. 53 in La Grange. All makes and models of cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles will be on display at this open car show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Members of the original Quads club, which began in 1957, included John Clay Doty, Johnny Steele, Buddy Steele, Tommy Ballard, Wesley Shank, Sonny McHargue, Norman Allgeier, Bob Burge, Jesse Hoffman, Buddy Head, Ken Clifford, Neil Jesse, Kenny Leet and Carl Rieble.
Glauber still has his black windbreaker from the 1950s with the Quads’ signature logo:  four carburetors. A similar club known as The Raiders was based in Crestwood.
Barnett is responsible for organizing this show. A La Grange resident, Barnett’s vintage collection includes a 1940 Ford Coupe, 1933 Ford Roadster, 1965 Chevy, and a 1960, 1964, 1969 and 1975 Corvette.
Barnett has done most of the restoration work on the cars himself. “The whole fun is in building the car,” he said.
Barney’s Auto Fest will offer food, vendors and giveaways from noon to 4 p.m. A tool box raffle will be held and attendees can register to win $500. The owner and the car must be present to win. Proceeds raised by the club go to support local charities.
“I go to a lot of car shows,” said Barnett. “A bunch of us travel in groups.” The Oldham County Shriners are playing host to this event, along with the Quads club.
On the fourth Saturday of every month from April through October, the Quads Rod & Custom Car Club holds its popular “Cruisin With the Quads” car show in downtown La Grange. Their next show is planned for July 27.
Cars will be parked up and down Second Street and all around the Courthouse Square, said Barnett. Trophies will be awarded and kid’s games will take place.
“Barney worked hard on getting the club back together,” again in 2003, said Glauber. “I feel privileged that they came and asked me to be a part of the new club. I appreciate it.”
Like Glauber, Barnett has always been fascinated with cars. His first car was a ’51 Studebaker that he purchased for $50. Around 1956-1957, when he lived on Franklin Avenue in La Grange, the original Quads Rod & Custom Car Club met not far from his house. The club dissolved around 1959.
Barnett eventually went on to own three auto parts stores in La Grange, Eminence and New Castle, but he sold out in 2002-2003. Not happy with retirement, he got some guys together and reformed the Quads Rod & Custom Car Club, which is still going strong today.
The club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Ballardsville Fire Department.

• For more information, contact Barney Barnett at (502) 548-8755 or visit: www.quadsrodsandcustoms.com.

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