Archive for January, 2012

2011 31st Annual Wavecrest Woodie Show

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, California

When the San Diego Chapter of the National Woodie Club throws an event it’s a blast, and this 31st show was no exception. All of the things that make up a great show were included: great organization, around 300 participants’ vehicles and beautiful weather. Wavecrest is now considered the premier woodie owners’ event. The name Wavecrest evolved from the Wave Crest Inn in Del Mar, California, which was the first location of this event back in 1980. In those days, only 20 woodies turned up. (more…)

Matt’s Garage

Friday, January 13th, 2012

A Lifetime of Automotive Passion

Matt Tachdjian has always been a car guy. In the ‘50s, his father Mike Tachdjian had what we used to call a junkyard in Pasadena, California. Pictures from those early years are framed and hang in the lobby of his garage. His collection of 50-60 cars displays his interest in preserving some favorite memories from his past. It’s a family affair with his wife Linda and his son Cole participating in the hobby, as well. (more…)

American Classic Cars and Cal-Rods Team Up

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Collector Car Appreciation Day

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils announced July 8, 2011 as Collector Car Appreciation Day. The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.  SEMA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this event. (more…)

Riviera Paradise

Friday, January 6th, 2012

’65 Buick Riviera GS

I live in Pico Rivera, California, and I was initially looking to build a ’64 Chevy Impala, but it seemed everyone was after the same animal. My dad used to have a ’59 Buick Electra, as rare a car then as it is now. I’ve always been a fan of the General Motors Buick line, so I decided to take a path less traveled. I contacted some buddies and they put out feelers in search of a Buick. In the meantime, my friend Rob Fortier picked up a line on a ’65 Riviera. After checking out the Rivi, I fell in love with it, and the next thing I knew I was throwing down cash for the pink slip. With the car finally sitting in my driveway, I just couldn’t seem to get a handle on what I wanted to do to my new ride. After researching to mine a few ideas, I realized that I needed some help. So, I reached out to my friend, the extraordinarily talented automotive rendering artist Steve Stanford from Orange County, California. Steve sketched some incredible masterpieces, and advised candy green and pearl finish, custom interior and cool wheels. (more…)