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NSRA Safety Inspections – Saturday, May 1, 2021

From Dave Hausmann:

Information Update

Monday, April 26, 2021

Good morning Street Masters,

It is that time of year again to hold the NSRA safety inspections. This year the inspections are going to be Saturday, May 1st and held at a new location, Graham Tire in Pierre. This year we are going to try and get things back to somewhat normal and will again hold a potluck meal after the inspections. The plan is to start inspections at 2 p.m. and hopefully have them completed by 6:00. So bring your vehicle down for a free safety inspection along with your chairs, eating utensils, your favorite beverage and a dish to pass. Like previous years, Kathy and I will bring the ice cream and toppings for dessert. Please pass this along to the members that don’t have email.

For those who are unfamiliar with the NSRA safety inspection program, I’ll explain what is involved.
1. The inspections are free.
2. The inspections cover 23 different items such as lights, brakes, steering joints, etc.
3. The inspections are conducted to make sure that your vehicle is safe and that nothing has come loose or is in need of repair.
4. The inspections are not performed to criticize or find fault with your vehicle, it’s construction etc.
5. Myself and your new NSRA Safety Inspector, Curt Humann, will look over your car, truck etc. to make sure that everything is okay and hopefully avoid any problems that may happen during your street rodding season.

So come on down to Graham Tire this Saturday, May 1st @ 2:00 (or when you can get there) for a free NSRA Safety Inspection. Bring a dish to pass, have a great meal with friends and finish off the evening with a cool ice cream treat.

Will see ya Saturday, May 1st,

2021 Street Masters Scholarship Recipients Announced

Street Masters Scholarship Recipients for 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Street Masters Car Club offers a $500.00 Scholarship to a qualified and accepted High School graduates
intending to enroll in coursework in the automotive trades.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
Applicant must be a senior at a South Dakota High School.
Applicant must have maintained a 2.5 GPA or better over his/her high school career.

Applicant must be enrolling in an institution of higher learning with the intention
of preparing for a career in a field related to the automobile industry.


Our 2021 Recipients:

John (Colby) Werdel,  Harrold High School,  will attend Lake Area Technical Institute, intending to pursue a career in Custom Paint and Fabrication.

Delton Beck, Pierre TF Riggs High School, will enroll in Mitchell Technical Institute’s Diesel Mechanic program.

Blaine Hill, Sully Buttes High School, will attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, seeking  a Mechanical Engineering degree, specializing in Diesel Mechanics. 

April Street Masters Meeting Site Change!!

Meeting Site Change!!

Due to a staffing issue, the Ramkota has closed their bar until they’re able to hire a replacement.
John and Charlotte Whaley have offered their garage for the meeting Monday night: 2525 E Pawn St in Pierre.
It’s the corner of Garfield Av and Pawn Street.
We’ll still plan on starting at 7pm. Bring a chair!
I look forward to seeing you then!
Meeting at 7:00pm

Street Masters Charter Member, Frank Eich, Passes

Street Masters Charter Member, Frank Eich, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Frank was living in Minnesota with his daughter Becky and her family.

Frank is survived by his daughter Becky and her family and son Chris and his family

Frank’s Obituary


Frank Eich, 68, of Pierre died on Thursday, March 25 at The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale MN.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 23 at 11:00am at First United Methodist in Pierre.  For those that are unable to attend the services it will be live-streamed at the top of this obituary.

Frank was born on April 23, 1952 in Pierre to Pete and Zona (Dirksen) Eich.  He grew up on a small farm near Draper SD and attended school in Draper.  After he graduated high school he attended college and moved back to Pierre and worked as an engineer for the State of South Dakota.  He married Deborah Malsam on April 15, 1978 at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre, to this union two children were born Becky and Chris.  Frank and Deb made their home in Pierre where they raised their children and were active in the Pierre Youth Hockey Association.  Frank was also the co-founder of the Street Masters Car Club of Pierre.  He loved to work on cars and ride in poker runs and anything else he could do with his classic cars. 

Frank is survived by his daughter Becky(James) Watson, Woodbury MN his son Chris(Aftin)Eich of Rapid City and four grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother Mark Eich and sisters Brenda Tibbetts, Kitty Stoeser and MaryAnne Vogel.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Memorials can be made to the Street Masters Car Club of Pierre, P.O. Box 185, Pierre SD, 57501.

Please join with our Street Masters Family in prayers for the Eich family.

What happens to your old tires??

What do you do with thousands of old tires? (Hint: Don’t bury them)

  •  Updated 

“Getting rid of 4,000 old tires every year is costly and it’s a pain.
It costs $2,000 per trailer load — about 700 tires — to haul them off, and he says the pile grows higher every night.”

That’s the cost of ensuring America’s love affair with anything that has wheels doesn’t end up hurting us. Old tires don’t break down easily in the environment. Getting rid of them is a collaboration involving private business and state laws and regulations, said Brian Walsh, public affairs director for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Solid Waste Facility recycling center in Pierre does not take old tires, and sends inquiries to local tire stores.

DENR administrator Jim Wendte said businesses generating what they call waste tires are responsible for legally disposing of them.

“Once removed from a retail business setting, a waste tire must be transported to a waste tire processing or disposal site that is permitted or approved by a state agency with regulatory jurisdiction,” he said. “Individuals disposing of waste tires must also dispose of their tires at permitted or approved disposal sites.”

Tire dealerships in the Pierre and Fort Pierre area charge customers a $4 to $5 per tire disposal fee.

That doesn’t stop some of them from getting around it.

“We find waste tires around all the time,” said Kale Urban, manager at the Fort Pierre W.W. Tire. “Little do they know, we have cameras.”

The people end up paying the recycling fee anyway, he said.

W.W. Tire collects used tires from its sister business in Pierre and disposes of them based on weight. A 53-foot trailer loaded with old tires costs $1,800. In the busy season, that can happen twice a month as they work with Waste Not Recycling.

Tire clean-up

The DENR’s Environmental Funding Program pays $150,000 to $200,000 annually for tire cleanups around the state. In 2021, DENR plans to fund several tire cleanup events in western South Dakota. Tire cleanups typically run through the summer, allowing residents to dispose of tires at local landfills or county use sites at a discounted rate or for free.

The DENR board has approved $600,000 in grants from the Solid Waste Management Program for waste tire and solid waste cleanup projects. Since 2019 — the last time DENR requested funding — more than 2,750 tons of waste tires have been disposed of or recycled.

“Some shredded tires are buried in our S.D. landfills. Whole tires cannot be buried in S.D. landfills; the tires must first be shredded or quartered prior to disposal,” Wendte said. “Some waste tires go to out-of-state landfills. And, some waste tires go to out-of-state processing facilities where the tires can be processed and recycled in a number of different beneficial ways, including road-surfacing materials.”

Street Masters Member Vern Armstrong Loses Battle with COVID-19

Vern Edward Armstrong, a loving family man and devout follower of Christ, left us on March 29, after an intense battle with COVID-19.  
Born in Julesberg, Colorado, on September 23, 1952, Vern was welcomed into the world alongside his twin brother Vaughn. Vern and Vaughn were the youngest of five children born to Eugene and Irene Armstrong. Vern’s sisters JoAnne, Jan Sue, and Barbara doted over their new baby brothers. Vern often said that he and Vaughn were never afraid of anything because they had each other. When Vern was twelve, the Armstrong family relocated to the Midland/Hayes farming community. Vern and Vaughn attended T. F. Riggs High School in Pierre. Boarded out and left unsupervised, the boys discovered their love for fast cars and back roads.  
Vern’s world forever changed when Vaughn was accidentally shot and killed in a hunting accident in 1970. This event created a hole in Vern’s heart that would be mended years later through his relationship with Jesus.  
In 1986, Vern married the love of his life and his best friend, Hope Harrison Higgins. Through 35 years of friendship and faith, they were inseparable to the end. Together they had three children, Adam Eugene, Bailey Hope, and Harrison Rose. It was important to Vern as a conscientious father to instill in his children his deep faith in God. Vern was a gentle teacher who taught his children how to think, not what to think. Vern also had two children from a previous marriage, Sarah Gail and Kristin Patricia. His six grandchildren brought him incredible joy. Boat rides, ice cream, and snuggles were never so much fun.  
As a farmer of nearly 60 years, he had a deep respect and love for the land. He always considered his tractor time a chance to recharge spiritually. Vern considered himself a steward of the land, a protector of the soil. After transitioning into crop insurance, he soon found it wasn’t a good day unless he got his hands dirty, leading to an enormous vegetable garden that he shared with friends and family throughout the years. His harvest was often turned into his famous pico de gallo which he also shares with you today. 
With the creativity and passion of a mechanical engineer, Vern was known to draw, build, weld, repair, maintain, and produce dozens of original metal creations. He wasn’t limited by preconceived notions; finding a solution was always the driving force.  
Vern had such a trusting relationship with his Savior that he managed to work into every conversation a witnessing aspect. No matter the topic, he was driven to incorporate his faith and its power to change a life. He was known to wake up every single day and say, “One day closer to Jesus.” 
Prayer Service and Fellowship, Thursday, April 1, 5-6:30 p.m., at Capitol Heights Baptist Church. Funeral Service, Friday, April 2, 11 a.m., with luncheon to follow at Capitol Heights Baptist Church. A Live Stream of the funeral will be posted by Isburg Funeral Chapels at the top of Vern’s obituary. Burial will follow at a later time.  
Vern’s family asks that guests wear a mask and bright colors. Vern requested that this be a celebration of his heavenly birth. Condolences can be sent to the family’s home.  

What’s in a Name? How We became Street Masters

Street Masters
In the latter years of the last century…March, 1988 – to be exact…
the Club was originally named “Central South Dakota Street Rods“.
This name was not a favorite of the members and John Noyes proposed
Pierre Area Cruisers“…this did not please the group,
whereupon Tom Tillman suggested that the name change
should be something that all members approved.
Sean Billet offered up “Pierre Street Machines“, roundly opposed by the group and rejected.
Bob O’Day was next up with “Pierre Auto Club“…that proposal went down in flames.
Lacking a better proposal, the Club stood as “Pierre Area Cruisers” for the time being. 
The goal of the Club was to finalize a name as soon as possible
in view of the fact that there could be no legal business transacted
without  an official name.  

The following names were to be placed on the ballot:
Push Rods
Bent Axles
River City Rods and Machines
Street Masters
Dakota Rods and Machines
Road Rebels
Dam Rodders
Club members would approve
Street Masters
as our moniker in April 1988.