The long distance award may go to Harry Orpwood from Christchurch, New Zealand! He shipped his very cool looking 390 Ford powered ’30 Ford Tudor to the States a couple of months ago and will return a few days after the Roadster Show
L.A. Roadster sign
The L.A. Roadster Club cars on display
This ’32 Ford high boy Roadster uses wires wheels and a 327 Chevy motor to get the cool vintage look. Marshall Topping of Costa Mesa did a good job
Some of the 800 Roadsters that attended the Show
Scenes from the non-Roadster “preferred parking” area. This area is separate from the Roadster Show and had over 600 Hot Rods in it
We talked to John Benadom of Huntington Beach, California “The L. A. Roadster Club people are the most gracious people in all of hot rodding and very generous to me and to others,” said Benadom. “This is my first time selling my things at their swap meet and I have been very successful.
Jeff Huntoon of Hot Rod Electrical in Long Beach and a friend volunteered to strip the swap meet area. I don’t know if he used his ’36 Ford Pickup?
Bill Cuebas’ black ’32 Ford Roadster with red upholstery from Melbourne, FL
Saturday afternoon, Barry Meguire caught up with them to video a segment for “Car Crazy”.
Roadster owners walked up the hill and into a fast moving line to the Free barbecue
Some great desert after the barbecue
Mr. & Mrs. Dave Cook from Capistrano enjoy the barbecue
The L.A.Roadsters 50th birthday logo being worn be a younger hot rodder.
The tables seated some 500 people at a time and roadster owners entered a fast moving line past the food servers. Then they recognized old friends from past shows and formed excited groups.
Another active and hard working member is Jack Stewart (r) with Sally Bollen, “We sold out all our swap meet parking,” Stewart beamed. “We’ve never had so much success as we had this year,” Jack could say the same for himself!!
The barbecue dinner was catered by Blake’s Place and the food was delicious. The site was located on a knoll overlooking the Los Angeles County Fairplex and was shaded by a forest of trees.
Dick Scritchfield, an original member of the club said “There were six or seven of us who founded the club back in 1957,” and “We wanted to encourage guys to return to the original roots of hot rodding in roadsters.”
One of the last hot rodders to leave was John Pickle of Ramona who has been bringing his roadster to the L. A. Roadsters Show for the last eight years. “This is the best of the best when it comes to hot rod roadster shows,” said Pickle. Pickle and Tom Stirkle started the Over the Hill Gang group of car clubs nearly thirty-five years ago.
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