Monday’s Update

The week end was perfect in LA. The wife and I were up early and arrived at La Palma Park about 7:30 am. Cars were already parked on the grass and the line was not too long for the entrants. The Forties Limited of Orange County have been hosting this show for as long as I have been in California (1984). I have driven a car a couple of times and even joined the club in the eighties when I owned three forties. If you like 1940 Fords you should put this event on your bucket list.

This year was the 40 is 70 years old event. I recall the 40 is 50 meet held in 1990 and this one was just as good. I don’t know the number of 40’s in attendance but they were several rows deep on the 40 side of the park. Coupes, sedans, sedan deliveries and convertibles of various configurations were in attendance. I am amazed at the number of people who still have their 40 coupe from high school. I wish I could say that. One thing about the 40 design is that you can leave them stock or modify them and they still look good. My general rule is not to change anything but the drive train.

Thanks again to the Forties Limited of Orange County for another great show.

Woodies on the Wharf was also this weekend in Santa Cruz and I will have pictures for you on Wednesday Woodies. Gary estimated there were 186 woodies in attendance which is close to the attendance at Wavecrest in Escondido. The summer is going to be great this year and the events are better than ever. Forget about the economy, Obama and enjoy the moment in your hot rod.

Stay Tooned!


The line to get your credentials was short early on. Jane sat our chairs under the trees and we watched the Fords go by. This was a very nice place to hear the exhaust and the music coming from the cars.

Early picture of the infield when there was still room to park. Four complete rows of 40 Fords were available for spectators to view and BS.

Pickups, 40 and 41, are very popular with 40 lovers. There were several to choose from but I prefer this dropped axle old shop truck look. I could go to the “Office” in this one and join Bob O with his chopped red one.

I was meeting my friend Walt and his wife at the show and this is his new 63 Ford at the registration check in point. Walt’s new car is really nice.

Here is a better shot of his black and regency red 63 hardtop. The car has had a frame off restoration and is equipped with a smooth running 390 Ford. Air bags make the car ride wonderful. Walt insisted on buying lunch so my money was no good for lunch. I wish I could find him everyday for lunch. It is my turn next when I visit him for the Mexican special we like.

I have seen this convertible for many years. The owner only changes the wheel color to make it a new car. SBC hooked to the stock drive line makes this car a real driver.
It belongs in my garage.

Sedans are real popular right now and this blue one was really nice. The whole family can fit in these comfortable cars. I still think there were more coupes than sedans in attendance. Old guys like their coupes.

This fellow has owned this coupe for 50 years and he just recently restored the car. Black with dark maroon interior made the car a standout in a sea of black coupes.

Orville, a transplanted Californian, who now lives in Bend, Oregon builds some very nice cars and lately has been turning out some classy 40’s. His new standard coupe was a big hit with everyone including me. More on Friday.

The members of the club make the trophies and they are really unique. I made a 40 license plate frame and included a CA plate for the best delivery when I was a member.

Today’s Deuce…dreaming.

Dan, from Poor Boys Hot Rods, was a late arrival but drew crowds of folks when he parked this outstanding B400 hot rod. Dan use to be employed at Boyds and you may remember him from the TV series “American Hot Rod”. He now has his own shop and does some outstanding paint work. The car is the real deal with dropped axle, Pines Winter front, General Jumbo wheels… etc. Old Chester Gray with Black fenders makes this car a real looker. More later.

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