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December 2nd, 2009

The 9th Annual Woodies At The Beach Show

Woodie shows have a feel all their own. Thanks to the laidback participants, and the fact that most are held at a beachside location, they are a great way to spend an afternoon.


Woodie shows have a feel all their own. Thanks to the laidback participants, and the fact that most are held at a beachside location, they are a great way to spend an afternoon.

That was the case at the recent 9th Annual Santa Barbara Woodie Car Club Show, held August 15, 2009, at the Santa Barbara City College. The event was situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect for the more than 85 Woodies that attended.

The weekend began with a Friday night meet at the local Lemon Tree Hotel, and the crowd on hand was looking forward to a great, sun-filled weekend. Hot rod guys may start lining up at other shows around 4 a.m., but apparently the only thing that Woodie guys get up early for is to go surfing. Registration for this Woodie show started around 7 a.m., and no one was admitted earlier than that, perhaps because entry for this show was free. Yep, the Santa Barbara Woodie Car Club gains its funds from the silent auction (which was filled with beach-related items), and even then, they give the proceeds to various local charities, with this year’s proceeds totaling 5 G’s.

The Santa Barbara Woodie Car Club is already busy working on next years show, but there are still a few great Woodie shows taking place before the end of the year. The best place to find upcoming shows is at the National Woodies Clubs website, www.nationalwoodieclub.com.

Trust us, your blood pressure and state of mind will thank you.


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Doug and Pat Blasingham made the trek up from the OC’s Trabuco Canyon with their ’40 Ford Woodie.
The Santa Barbara Woodie Car Club opened registration at 7 a.m., and they meant it. They didn’t want any “early birds.” Hear that, ’32 Ford guys?
When Cliff Parker is on the road with his ’40 Ford Woodie and away from his Oxnard, CA, home, he sleeps in style in a Teardrop Woodie trailer.
Woodie owners really know how to tailgate!
Bill Sampson, president of the Santa Barbara Woodies Car Club, was the master of ceremonies for the show.
This ’33 Rolls Woodie began life with an all-aluminum Sports Saloon Hooper body, but it was re-bodied in 1941 with wood, as the aluminum was needed for the British war effort
We think that this is technically a Woodie. But one thing we’re sure of is that John Van Dyke’s ’30 Graham Model 46 is probably the most comfortable, not to mention most stylish, way to go surfing
We have been to many shows, but the Santa Barbara City College setting may just have been the prettiest we have ever seen.
Not your typical Woodies, but very cool nonetheless. Stephan Karolyi and Paul and Shirley Kenny of Thousand Oaks, CA, had their ’60 Morris Mini Traveler and ’66 Morris Mini Traveler (respectively) on hand.
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The Santa Barbara Woodies really know how to award some great trophies.
One of the trickest Woodies at the show was this ’51 Ford owned by Chris Miller of Sylmar Calif. He actually brought two, as his is another one is a ’48 Ford that features cool surfboard-shaped taillights that was for sale.

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