The SO-CAL Woodies hosted the last Woody meet of the year at the beautiful Lantern Bay Park in the front yard of the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort. The grassy park overlooks the very scenic Dana Point Harbor and the shoreline of the blue Pacific. The event is only four years young and is a favorite of our group and especially for my wife and me. We still call the Laguna Niguel area our home since we arrived there in 1984 and raised our family. The venue is one of the best in my mind and is not crowded. The 5 star hotel is worth the visit and has been a gracious host for car events for many years.
The attendance was down a little this year but there were still around 90 woodies on the grass and many surf related vendors selling their goods. One vendor had a full inventory of 46-48 Ford Woody parts and I think he sold most of it including doors, fenders, trim and many other hard to locate woody parts. The club also had a special luncheon which was very tasty. The weather was picture perfect and the sun was shining the entire day. We visited with the many car owners and meet some new owners for the first time. As I have stated many times, Woody folks are some of the friendliest you will ever meet. Walt and I met the new owner of a Thelan built woody that we knew the history of from the 80’s. He is making it perfect again. Woodies seem to age well in our climate and I love it when the owners realize they are special and are high maintenance like their first girl friends.
Thanks to the SO-CAL Woody club for a wonderful day at the Beach.
We arrived early and captured this nice photo of the Woody club setting up for the day. They have theÂ Vendors set up first and then the woodies start arriving around 8:00 am. The Marriott in the background is absolutely stunning and every room has an ocean view.
This is the first time I have seen this 36 with black fenders and side curtains. A very nice stock woody.
I thought this fresh 37 was the best Woody in attendance in the Hot Rod Woody class. Perfect wood by Chris Messano.
Little details like the front radiator cover were everywhere throughout the car.
Many cars were decorated with a Halloween theme. I liked this dark green example with the giant spider on the windshield.
While not often seen in volume, there were several 37’s in attendance including this near stock blue one.
The end of the season always brings forth woodies on the block. The above 1946 was a great deal in my mind. A fresh car with new wood and a modern driveline was offered for $65K or offer. The car was equipped with IFS, 350/350, A/C etc. and a fresh interior. Â Seems like a deal to me.
The shoebox woody continues to grow in popularity. This fresh yellow 51 was a high end build and parked right behind us. Very sanitary build.
An LS series engine with a squeaky clean installation and excellent routing of all hoses and lines spelled quality build.
The shoebox interiors are done up in style and offer exceptional comfort for long road trips. The inner steel structure really helps reduce the old “Woody squeaking”.
A late arrival was this tasty 38 deluxe with BRG paint and very nice wood.
Monday’s Future Woody for 2015 October Wood
Starting with a skeleton like this takes some foresight to see the potential for and outstanding 1940 woody.
A few months later Ryan has the profile down to his liking. Ryan starts with the stance (wheels and tires) and then builds the car to his magic formula for success.
A few months more and the chassis is complete save the exhaust (now completed in stainless). This woody will be breath taking when completed.
Nice work Ryan and Jim.