By now, most of you know about the military chapter of the Road Devils CC – The Devil’s Brigade. Right now, we’re in the middle of planning our biggest event thus far – and we really need your help.
Our chapter is in the process of planning a trip from Fort Bragg North Carolina (located near Fayetteville NC,) to Las Vegas, Nevada. During this trip, our group of combat veterans is seeking to both raise awareness for Combat Wounded Veterans’ charities, as well as film a one-of-a-kind documentary that illustrates the history of one of the world’s most respected Car Clubs. We’re writing you today to seek your assistance in making our dream possible, and we hope that we can count on you to help support our journey.
The Road Devils Car Club are a pre-1965 American hot rod car club, founded in 1946 in California by military servicemen coming back from the war and looking for an escape into the thrills of cars and speed. Since their inception, the Road Devils have been at the forefront of the hot rod subculture, building customs, hot rods, and race cars that are winners at shows ranging from mom and pop cruise-ins to events as big as Autorama. From Texas to Brunei, Delaware to Germany, the Road Devils spread the gospel of brotherhood, innovation, and pure American hot-rodding across the world.
In 2009 the Road Devils returned to the roots of American Hot Rodding by standing up the Devil’s Brigade Chapter. The Devil’s Brigade are a unique invention in the world of car clubs, as we are a military only chapter of the club. With members of this club coming from elite units such as the US Army Special Forces and Rangers, and the United States Marine Corps, it seemed fitting that they would derive their name from the famed commando unit of World War II, the First Special Service force, nee the Devil’s Brigade.
The Devil’s Brigade have seen a near constant cycle of combat deployments, and at any time over 50% of the chapter is deployed around the world. While they are gone, their brothers in the Club help out, ensuring that when they’re gone, their hot rods and families are taken care of.
Even in the face of this wartime commitment, the Road Devils Car Club are still dedicated to their love of hot rodding. That’s why this year, the Devil’s Brigade will be making the trip to the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender in April of 2011.
The Devil’s Brigade will be taking 5 custom built hotrods from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Las Vegas, Nevada. The journey will start at our home base in Fayetteville, where the chapter will build from the ground up a 1930 roadster in a weeks time at Tim Bradham's Chassis Works; and then it will make it’s maiden voyage to Atlanta, GA. From there, the club will rumble over to Memphis, TN, where we will pay our respects at Graceland, hear the music at Beale Street and Sun Studios, and get ready for the next leg of our trip.
The following day, the five will make their way from Memphis to Oklahoma City, where the club will meet with more vehicles from the Texas and Oklahoma chapters of the Road Devils, and tighten up the bolts before making their next run to Albuquerque New Mexico, picking up even more hot rods on the way…
The final leg of the journey will take the club from NM to Las Vegas Nevada, where the club will assist in running the world’s most impressive pre-1963 car show; and will meet up with Road Devil’s from all over the world. The Road Devil’s will help judge the show, Jerry Lee Lewis will perform, and car clubs from all over the United States and the world will see firsthand what the Road Devils are about.
The Road Devils will return to Fayetteville the same way, stopping at various Americana locations on the way home, and paying our respects at various historic sites, and having a taste of home that is well deserved after so many of our members multiple overseas tours.
As a way of paying back our brothers in arms, and as a tribute to our fallen and wounded comrades, the Devil’s Brigade will be using this trip as an opportunity to capture our club’s story on film. We will be producing a DVD documentary about the Devil’s Brigade that will show how we mix the rigors of a military life with the lifestyle of being in a car club. We’ll show what it takes to get hot rods built, when you could be returning to war at the drop of a hat. We’ll show a journey across the United States being taken by a club that’s defended its freedom in ways that many hot rodders may never comprehend.
Finally, we’ll be raising money to support our brothers in arms that desperately need our help. By making our presence known, getting the Devil’s Brigade name out there, and showing the hot rod subculture that their fighting men share the same loves that they do, we intend to get this community involved, and make a significant contribution to Wounded Warriors.
That’s where you come in. This journey across the United States will not be possible without your help. We would like to ask your assistance in this endeavor. With your generosity, we will be able to raise awareness for these brave warriors, and get them the help that they need, as they make the transition to civilian life. We can use this documentary, this trip, and this experience as a way to show the world about their sacrifice, and to ensure that all of us are paying them back for the struggle that they selflessly endured.
The Road Devils, Devil’s Brigade Chapter are looking for any kind of sponsorship that can help us make this trip. Spare tires, quality tools, advertising space, planning expertise, hot chow, and financial assistance would all be overwhelmingly helpful in making this trip happen. Whether you’re a carburetor manufacturer, clothing designer, energy drink maker, or media mogul, our combined efforts will make this a one of a kind trip, and make a lasting impact in the lives of countless people, from wounded warriors, to American Hot Rodders.
We’d ask that if you can help support our journey in any way, that you please contact us. We can be reached 24/7 at (910) 723-3265, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the world wide web at http://www.facebook.com/RDCCDevilsBrigade or at http://www.roaddevils.com
Here is a preview of things to come: