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La Verne Cool Cruise XII
La Verne, CA
Story and photographs by Roger Rohrdanz

I think the La Verne “Cool Cruise”, if not the best, is one of the best car shows in Southern California. Over the last 7 years it consistently delivers a well run, comfortably unique enviroment for some of the highest quality cars in America. Many of these cars come from “Indoor Shows” and are rarely driven on the street. This year the weather was perfect and “D” Street thru the middle of La Verne was a fantastic parking lot! Over 1,150 cool cars crammed in and around historic “Old Town. After most of the cars have been parked, the “Power Parade”, a feature that has been a hit with the crowd, was headed up by a “Gangster Wagon” complete with gangsters & “Tommy Guns”, followed by 30+ mostly Willys and some other bad blown cars driven thru the show to their parking spots. Ear plugs should be considered, but it’s a lot of fun. The Cool Cruise commitment to quality is obvious at “The Intersection” where the cars honored there are spectacular.

Over 10,000 free spectators were treated to lots of great Hot Rods, a good mix of vendors, lots of great food, the best rock & roll band “The Answer”, and the best emcee Dave McClelland, what more could a gearhead want??

This was the first year for the Cool Cruise Chili Cook-Off. It features hot rod personalities in a head to head competition, creating their tasty batches of homemade chili. All proceeds go directly to “Stevens Hope for Children”. The “Best Chili” award went to Fred’s Custom Wiring team and the “Peoples Choice” award went to the Pete Chapouris team. The winners feel Pete Santini and Ron Mangus chickened out. That sounds like a challenge to me!

The Vets of Loma Linda Hospital also received of a portion of the car show proceeds.

Thanks for the Show!


The “Tri-Five” row.


Just a small portion of the Motorcycle area.


“D” Street thru the middle of La Verne was a fantastic parking lot! Over 1,150 cool cars crammed in and around historic “Old Town”.
















Miss La Verne is Jessica Ortega, age 20. She plays catcher on the ULV softball team.  Following the teams appearance at the opening ceremonies of Cool Cruise, they won both games of their doubleheader that day.


The best Emcee Dave McClelland.


I don’t think they’ll fit in the Roadster!


Blossom (l) and Flower were the Coolest Cruisers.




Another award for Gil Palmer’s very sharp ’68 Chevy Camaro RS/SS.


Cool blue ’70 Chevelle 454 SS. Owned by Atticus Overbay of Chino Hills, CA.


Jerry & Belva Jordon drove their sharp ’65 Chevy El Camino from Apple Valley, CA.


You’d never know that Mickey Ford of Huntington Beach, CA. had a blown small block Chevy under that sleek hood of his ’34 ford Roadster.


Jodi Rudy of La Verne says, she built her ’62 Ford Falcon Ranchero at home “with no ratty help”!




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