I joined the Pharaohs in the 1960s, sometime after the club was formed. At the time a lot of my
friends and I were into drag racing. We would go to the drags all over southern California including San Fernando,
Bakersfield, Santa Maria and the Pomona Winter nationals. I remember a racer who
had just broken 180 mph in the quarter mile (slow by today's speeds) and we went to Bakersfield the next weekend
to see him try again. I don't remember if he did it.
We joined the club because there was a lot of drag racing on the back roads of Oxnard.
We knew it was not safe to do, so we became interested in organized drag racing and the club provided some structure
for us especially since it was affiliated with the NHRA.
My Pharaohs plaque came to me fresh out of the mold. I had to clean it up, paint the black background,
drill mounting holes and mount it in my car. It cost me $10.00 to get it, WOW.
I could not afford to buy my Pharaohs jacket right away because it costs $40.00.
My mother finally got it for me for Christmas.
Once I got married, I somehow lost interest in drag racing and the club.
I have learned recently that the club has been "resurrected". They have given credit to the original founding
members for the work that was done back in the 60s and are using the original club design.
They are now called Pharaohs Ventura County.