I was reading an article the other day about Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake, CA. Â The writer was disappointed because all he saw were muscle cars and very few hot rods. Â It is very hard to attend a local run or favorite restaurant and see a lot full on pre 1948 hot rods. Â This should not be a surprise to anyone who is over the age of 60. Â The old breed is dying off and many are too handicapped to drive their hot rods. Â I attend a lot of events each year and this trend has been going on for sometime. Â Both NSRA and Goodguys saw the demographics change dramatically over the past 5 years and changed the cut off dates. Â We have many events such as the Throttlers show in Burbank that has a lot of hot rods (pre-1948) in attendance. Â I am sure there are many more Â shows that still attract the old hot rods, but there are only four that really excite me any more. Â The LARS is the biggest event of the year for me and second would be the Pasadena Club Reliability Run which was cancelled this year. Â Forty Ford Day in Lapalma Park which features over a 150 40 Fords in one spot is third Â and the last one is the Outriders Picnic. Â All of these shows charge admission fees and I am more than happy to pay them. Â All of the above shows provide me with wonderful memories that are not soon forgotten.
Local cruise nights attract a lot of cars and big crowds but due to the changing demographics don’t expect to see hot rods outnumber muscle cars, late model Camaros and Mustangs. Â I am with you on the love of pre-48 cars but I also know that the promoters know who is going to pay the rent. Â Our group certainly expresses their opinion about the attendance but always show up for the show. Â Many object to the $40 plus to enter you car and park their ride on the street or take the family car. Â My position is no one forces you to attend car shows. Â You do it because you love the hobby. Â Promoters need to charge you an entry fee in order to pay expenses and make a buck or two. Â I don’t mind that because without the promoter our cars would just sit in the garage and become a non-participant. Â I don’t vote for that scenario. Â We all need to be active in the hobby and support the promoters. Â I look at the whole picture and consider the cost of admission my entertainment for the weekend.
Whatever your position on car shows and cruise nights I hope you keep going and talking to the promoter on ways he/she can attract more old time hot rods.
It is lunch time and gorgeous day in La which means I need to head out to the garage.
Brian is looking forward to spring time in Tahoe. Â He pushed his 46 delivery out for a great photo shoot. Â He is really putting some effort in this delivery and it shows.
Don lives in a little milder climate (AZ) and sent along some photos of his latest Chevy acquisition. Â I have always preferred the post model over the hardtop. Â The wheels make it period perfect for me.
Don has a collection of tri-fives. Â The nice 55 came from Jim at CCC. Â Don has always been a traditional builder but to him these cars are very traditional and would have been a big hit in my high school days. Â Nice pair, Don.
Frank has his newly acquired Deuce hiboy back on the road with a new paint job. Â Note the SO-CAL insert and maroon dash.
Joe’s restoration at Crouse’s in CO is a thing of beauty. Â I am sure thankful some people restore these legends instead of making them a modern day street rod.
This is a fresh Brizio Â built car with a Sid’s interior. Â Someday someone will restore it to its former beauty. Â Roy has built some very nice roadsters over the years. Â This is a real roadster if you know what I mean. Â They are all real cars but only a few can have bragging rights.
Now your’e talking! Â I would love to see a whole lot full of hot rods like this, but I will settle for just few. Â The LARS is the place for the Hot Rods. Â I love the 5 window for a change.
Sometimes a nice late model Ford delivery looks good to me.
This little 5 window would look good at Bob’s Big Boy or anywhere he wanted to go. Â He needs a haircut before the race.
John has another one of my favorite roadsters that Roy built. Â I watched this one go together when I lived in the Bay area. Â I copied the chassis for Lucy. Â Mine will not feature the roll bar or Halibrands. Â It might be nice to have a set of Halibrands for a different look.