Santa Barbara Drags

The Oilers presented the TROG at Santa Barbara this weekend to delight of  hundreds of old Hot Rod fans. The epic event was truly a first class happening in a world class city. I don’t think I have been to such a truly organized event like this in a long time. Everything went smoothly for our group and we enjoyed a day of racing like it used to be on the beach front road in front of the luxurious Hilton Hotel. The weather was perfect, the crowds were enthusiastic and the cars were outstanding.

The very scenic setting was just amazing with blue skies and white clouds overhanging the beautiful Santa Barbara Mountains. Each race was unique in that a starter flagged each car or motorcycle to and even start and another flagged the winner at the end of the eight mile course. The flatheads and early overheads poured out the horsepower and did their best to reach the finished line. Many transmissions were in trouble but to the non-synchronized  gears. It was 1959 all over again for me.

We walked the pits early on, attended the driver’s meeting and watched the races all day long. We watched from both sides and from the starting line and finish line. Absolutely heart throbbing racing and adrenaline that ran high during the whole day. Picking your favorite car and  betting your buddies who would win. My favorite roadster was the Salt City Speed Shop 34 roadster that was first class.

The Hilton had a wonderful lunch bar that we enjoyed and still could watch the races and oversea the Customs by the Sean exhibit in the atrium of the Hotel. Several famous customs were on display and I and remember several of them from my youth and early California days. Again, the venue provided perfect backgrounds for photo opportunities. Louie from Street Scene was taking some wonderful videos of the event and customs. Please see his work on his FB page Louie Mayall.

I would like to thank the TROG and Oilers for an epic event and look forward to a repeat next year in the same venue. Congratulations on you apparent success.

Stay Tooned!



A first class street full of upscale hotels.
My favorite coupe was this lady’s 3W and she could drive it fast.

There were lots of 29’s at the drags. This one was really nice.
This 3W also hauled the bacon down the strip in fine style. Sweet sounding engine.
A strong runner with SBC.
Dick had his RB special coupe which ran great all day long.

The finish line was where I liked to stand most of the time. The skies were beautiful.
The Walsh Boys debuted their beautiful roadster and did some fine tuning for the race.

Justine ready for the first race in his new roadster.
He is lined up against this T!
A beautiful roadster racing is a site to behold! Congrats on you build.
T roadsters were plentiful as they were light weight for racing.
My favorite roadster was Salt City’s 34.
The flathead ran pretty well and looked perfect to me.
We all clapped on his return trip and he waved back.
The famous Oragne Crate wowed the crowds with each pass.
In the staging line ready for another pass.
The Rotunda provided a perfect place to showcase the Customs.
The lawn also provide a perfect location for the customs and easy viewing.
Special display of famous customs were out front on the lawn.
Watson’s Chevy drew lots of attention.
The final run for this little coupe!

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