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…”



 Jeff Bornstein – Johnny Belair –
Michael “Chickenwire” Nalavany – Danny “Danny C” Colicchio
Mario Colasuonno

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

Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick




 eddEd  “The Mad Hawaiian”  Stinson

Mine Hill, NJ


Married to Gwen (Also a Club Member & Unofficial, Cut Rate Club Secretary)

Job: Adams Addressing  Supervisor/ Mechanic for 32 years

First Car:  When I was 15 a 1966 Pontiac GTO then a 1955 Chevy

Current Cars:  1959 Corvette, 1967 Pontiac GTO

Under Construction:  1933 Steel Willy’s Coupe

Gwen’s Car:  1966 Corvette Coupe


While surfing on “The Big Island” was good, surfing AND cruising in New Jersey was better!


Ed, Rich Conklin and Keith Adams formed Dead Man’s Curve in 1978 and the guys have grown the club into an East Coast Institution!

Dead Man’s Curve have an undeniable presence at any car event where they appear.  And their raucous and rowdy behavior ends up in a good time wherever they go.