Motor City Rumblers

You might say their favorite gear is reverse. These hot-rod groupies seek to resuscitate a car scene that nearly flatlined in the late ’80s. The Rumblers Car Club, founded in 1996 by Roger Miret, a vocalist for the punk/metalcore band Agnostic Front, claims members from Albuquerque, N.M., to Hamburg, Germany, to New York and, of course, Detroit. Last summer, local members gathered outside Midtown’s Majestic Theatre, where the cars were clearly part of a carefully cultivated persona.


Top Left: Tim Ankenbrandt of Maumee, Ohio, and fellow members tinker with a 1952 Ford F-100. Hot rods and Rust Belt emblems are the attractions of the day.


Top Right: Tim Casey, daughter Kiley, and sister Bridget. Bottom right: Members of the Toledo, Ohio, Screamin’ Demons.

Bottom left (left to right): Sonya Carbone, Rob Tennant, Rodney Carbone, and Bob Tennant of Richmond Mich., with their 1933 Ford.

Center left: Virginia Rowe and Chad Cherrette of Rogers City, Mich., with Chad’s 1928 Model A Ford.


Top Row (left to right): Tim Sampson, of Grand Rapids, “Dirty,” of Detroit, and name withheld. Row two: Tim Casey’s retro ’do, Joe “The Mouth” and his mutton chops, of New York. Row three: Dave Budzol of Clinton, Mich., sports a Fu Manchu.

Bottom row: Mike Brun of Warren (whose jewelry appears above), and Lance Garcia of Royal Oak.