About Us

   Dead Man’s Curve Custom Machines Car Club was established in 1978 by three founding members: Rich Conklin, Keith Adams, and Ed Stinson.  There are presently 19 DMC club members, with each and every member owning multiple cars all totaling about 70+ impressive Hot rods.


Unique not just describes the custom machines they create, but the fact that they are also like a big family who share the same passion for Cartoon Hot Rods. Their ages range from 40 to 72.

Club members produce at least one or more hot rods each and every year. Every member has their own unique styled Street Freak hot rods, from straight axles, monstrous motors, and cartoon cars with attitudes.

Cars ranging from Rat Rods to full award winning customized show cars.  Club member, Rich Conklin, infected and injected them with this straight axle madness.  Also inspired by such movies as; Hot Rods to Hell, and 1960’s era TV shows such as; The Munsters, Batman, The Monkees…

These guys make a statement where ever they go… and leave an everlasting impression!

Their Headquarters is located at the Hot Rod Farm, which is also the Headquarters for Radir Wheels, in Montville, NJ.

DMC has a HUGE Fan base which has exploded over the past years, so much so, that it is to the point where it even exceeded DMC club members expectations.

DMC club members stated that their successes for being together for over 30 years is because…

“We are FRIENDS first, before we are CLUB MEMBERS…”



Keith Adams – Chuck “Surferdude” Battersby – Jeff Bornstein
Michael “Chickenwire” Nalavany – Danny “Danny C” Colicchio
Mario Colasuonno

Rich Conklin – Jim Crozier – Larry Fisher
Rich Green – Dave Hanley – Mike Hickey
Lou Hoffman – Billy “Kid Billy” O’Brien – Scott Poppelwell
Bill “Popawheelie” Poppelwell – Ed “Mad Hawaiian” Stinson
Andy Wickenheisser

Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick


mario-featuredMario “Midnite Mario” Colasuonno

Mario Colasuonno
Whippany, NJ

Wife: Lisa

Son: Anthony  Daughter: Andrea

Owner: Cleaning Express Cleaning Service since 1982

Hot Rod Builder

Growing up in the 60’s I would always look at and read my older brothers Hot Rod Magazines and was greatly inspired by all the wild cartoon creations, monster and Street Freak art work on the t-shirts of “Big Daddy Ed Roth” {Rat Fink} which I had the pleasure to met before he passed in the year 2001. I knew right there at a young age that was going to be my passion. I started building crazy “cartoony” Street Freak car models, cutting them up and putting straight axles on them and then it just ended up getting a lot bigger and heavier {and more expensive} In 1974 while attending school in Whippany N.J. I met Ed “Mad Hawaiian” Stinson. We got into trouble like any other normal kids growing up and we’re still getting into trouble.

As time went on Ed Stinson, Rich Conklin and Keith Adams started the DEAD MANS CURVE CUSTOM MACHINES Car Club in 1978. After hanging with the club I eventually joined the club. I’m know as “Midnite Mario” because I’m up every night till midnight or later building my Hot Rods and I’m known in the club for my short fuse temper. I’m Italian what do you what from me.

With only 17 club members and about 70 cars between us ranging from rat rods to show cars, each one of us guys has his own image and personality , we are not only club members we are all close friends and our fan base has grown immensely and our shows as well. We usually cruise together as a pack to shows, and we make a statement and leave an everlasting impressions wherever we go. I have built numerous Hot Rods and customs with attitude over the years and I currently own and built “RATTUB” – a 1923 T-touring Roadster, 1961 Corvette, a straight axle 1963 Ford Falcon and my latest build is a straight axle 1940 all steel Willys Coupe with a blown 392 hemi. I have showed and won a few awards with a couple of my cars in I.S.C.A. and Goodguys shows and was featured in magazines as well. I also met and know a few famous customizers including George Barris, Big Daddy Roth, Gene Winfield, Daryl Starbird and Art Himsl, just to name a few.

All I can say is that I am proud to be a Dead Man’s Curve member, its not always easy, but there’s no place I’d rather be!!