Archive for October, 2011

Aloha Tony Rodrigues

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Sending a Hot Rod Pioneer off in Style

Anthony, “Tony,” Rodrigues Sr., one of the 50th state’s true hot rodding pioneers, passed away May 27, 2011 at age 69. A native of the Big Island city of Hilo, the retired plumbing contractor attended Hilo High School and enlisted in the United States Army in 1959. (more…)

Doheny Wood 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Classic Woodies and Their Owners Gather for a day at the Beach

There is something special about Woodies at the beach, and in Southern California near Dana Point lies Doheny Beach, which will do just fine. The weather for the SoCal Woodie Club event was a perfect beach day, warm and sunny. (more…)

Mini Cackle

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Photo By Paul Sadler Tom McEwen’s Tirend Activity Booster, recently restored by Mike Kuhl, fires up and comes alive for a thrill-seeking crowd at the Prolong Twilight Cruise mini-Cacklefest.

Since it was initiated by Steve Gibbs and coined by Greg Sharp, Cacklefest has entered the hot rod lexicon and vintage race cars are being restored, recreated and fired up all around the globe. For example, at the recent Prolong Twilight Cruise at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Gibbs and volunteer event coordinator John Duran assembled more than 20 nitro-burning diggers as a preview of the amazing Cacklefest planned for this year’s California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California. (more…)

SO-CAL and Walden Open Houses

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The Shows Before the Big Show

A bunch of years ago a little club called Roadsters of Los Angeles hosted a car show for all of their friends. Well, that little car show has grown into one of the largest events in California, and it has spawned a bunch of events that happen the week before the show. A couple of the largest are the SO-CAL Speed Shop and the Walden Speed Shop open houses. They have grown into events in their own right, with people lining the streets trying to catch a glimpse of some of the historically significant cars that often show up at the open houses before they make their official appearance at the L.A. Roadsters Show on Father’s Day weekend. (more…)

My Inaugural Trip to the Indy 500

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

From left to right: Robert Hight, John Force, Courtney Force and NHRA President Tom Compton on pit road.

My inaugural trip to the Indy 500 was a whirlwind of fans, Indy drivers, media and a lot of walking. For three days I was all over the place with my drivers Robert Hight, Mike Neff and my youngest daughter Courtney. We signed autographs and mingled with fans three different times at my John Force Road Show on the corner of 16th Avenue and Georgetown, just outside the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At first I wasn’t sure that was the best place. As soon as I got into Indy I drove down to The Speedway at 1 a.m. to check it out. Every day more and more people came by. (more…)

Marina High Customs & Classics Car & Motorcycle Show

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A Show to Benefit the Marina High Cheerleaders Team

The 7th Marina High Customs & Classics Car & Motorcycle Show benefited the high school’s cheerleading team.  A high school car show is like a grab bag, you never know what you’re going to get.  This show attracted some very nice cars and some well-done daily drivers. (more…)

One Shot

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Outside of dba256 was just as colorful as the exhibit inside.

To promote the annual Doin’ it for the Kids Charity Car & Bike Show, organizer Maggie Marquez recently hosted a pinstripers exhibit art gallery/wine bar at dba256 in downtown Pomona. Titled One-Shot: The Art of Pinstriping, the exhibit comprised artwork and artifacts from numerous artists including Von Dutch, the originator of modern pinstriping and young artists like Stroke and Chillin. (more…)

A Gift From Christopher

Friday, October 7th, 2011

How low can you go? Pretty darned low when you slap on a set of Aerosport/Universal Air Suspension airbags governed by a Dakota Digital three-level levelers.

The Story of a Father and the Son Whose Memory Lives on Through This Flamed and Supercharged ‘09 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8

Chris and Beth Davis from Tulsa, Oklahoma, own this flamed and supercharged ‘09 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8, which they built as a tribute to their late son Christopher, who passed away from a rare bone disease just a few days before his 21st birthday. Christopher led a normal, healthy life as a child, and shared a common interest in Mopars with his father, who likewise learned to love Chrysler products through his father. (more…)

New Products

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Rancho’s new Performance Suspension Kit for Popular Wrangler TJ/LJ Series

Rancho has released a new suspension system for the 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ/LJ Series. The Rancho systems incorporate its Jeep heritage and engineering excellence into each design. (more…)