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Temecula Fall Rod Run
Old Town Temecula, CA
Oct 10, ‘09
Story and Photographs
by Roger Rohrdanz

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Roger Rohrdanz

  Because this show is near Halloween, some of the participants wore costumes or decorated their hot rod. This theme and the Friday night cruising adds a little twist to this fun run. The weather for the event cooperated and we had mild, sunny days. Over 600 cars came from as far away as Nevada, Northern California and Arizona. Some hot rodders took some extra time to enjoy the other attractions the Temecula area offers.

  The promoter of this event, P & R Foundation, is a non-profit corporation that supports various charities in the Temecula Valley. Ray Waite (event announcer) and Randy Haapala lead the Foundation’s support of charitable events. Without the support of the Drifters Car Club, this car show would not be this good.

  As usual, Front Street was covered with an eclectic bunch of hot rods & people. Thanks to the large crowd, the interesting shops that line both sides of Front Street were doing a booming business. There was no shortage of good eats, to feed the hungry crowd, with food ranging from BBQ’d turkey legs to homemade tamales. After the huge Raffle, the awards ceremony included 70 winners. A good time was had by all and, as always, we look forward to next year’s event. 

  For future show information and the list of awards contact; www.rodruntemecula.com


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One of the aluminum billet, custom machined brake rotor awards sponsored by John Force Racing.

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(l) Ray Waite (event announcer) and Randy Haapala lead the P & R Foundation’s support of charitable events.

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One of two arches that introduce you to Front St. and Old Town Temecula.

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Below the banner that announces the Fall Rod Run is a sharp ’54 Chevy Bel Air Convertible belonging to Barry Penn.

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Because this show is near Halloween, some of the participants decorated their hot rods.

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Because this show is near Halloween, some of the participants decorated their hot rods.

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This orange, chopped top, ’34 Chevy Tudor fits the theme. It is owned by Bob & Doris Stires.

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A Halloween pumpkin? No, a very unusual ’51 English Ford Prefect! Owner Jack Serrato “shoe horned” in a small block Chevy and drove in from Ventura, CA.!

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Jerry Macenas from near by Glen Ivy, CA. brought his Halloween themed, ZZ4 powered, ’40 Buick Coupe.

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This bright green, 420 ci Chevy powered, ’68 Camaro belongs to Rashell & Robert Tye from Corona, CA.

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Hank Miklaski is a Drifter from Murrieta, CA. and he drives this very clean ’32 Buick Sedan with LT-1 Chevy power and an 8.75” Chrysler posi rearend. His “break in” cruise was to the Woodward Ave Cruise in Detroit, Michigan!!

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Don Kaujawa from Murrieta, CA. drives his son Dylan’s chopped and primered ’51 Ford Pickup. The dual quad, small block Chevy exhales thru huge exhaust stacks.

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A “Fun” ’63 Ford Falcon Convertible

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An immaculate ’47 Ford Sedan Delivery owned by Mark & Corky Woody.

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The very popular Swing Inn Café

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This awesome blown 392 Hemi powered, all steel, ’41 Willys Americar has front spoke wheels, and a padded dash. The owner builder is Jim
Boatright from Murrieta, CA.

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A very rare small block powered, ’33 Willys Delivery with a straight axel, spoke wheels and lots of flames. The owner is Gary Schmitt.

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 Menifee, CA. is the home of Jim Spurbeck and his special Olds powered ’50 Olds Sedan Delivery.

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Before Bob Munda realized his ’51 Plymouth Concord was a very rare car, he had transformed it into this 572ci Hemi Gasser.

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How perfect, straight axel, great stance, a classic 426 powered, ’64 Plymouth Fury. The proud owner is Winfield Wood of Fallbrook, CA.

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The roll cage and the rear child seat set Brett Yehling’s ’57 Chevy Bel Air apart. He drove it here from Temecula using the ZZ430 power.

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Vito & Linda DiCaiula brought their cool “work in progress” ’50 Plymouth Business Coupe.

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Friday night cruising adds a little twist to this fun run

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Scenes from the Rod Run

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