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MOONEYES OPEN HOUSE

Drive Staff February 04, 2023 All Feature Vehicles

Most of the cars at Mooneyes open house are not seen at the usual car shows

It’s not technically a car show, but an Open House, and the streets surrounding Mooneyes headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, were filled with hot rods, vintage rods, race cars, custom cars and motorcycles. Cars were bumper to bumper along both sides of Norwalk Blvd. The Mooneyes parking lot, the Café parking lot, and the shop across the street were packed with hundreds of cars. Most of these cars are not seen at the usual car shows. The only thing hotter than the cars was the weather. The temperature was around 90° but the humidity made it feel like 100°!

Most of these cars are not seen at the usual car shows

The “Mooneyes,” dragster is a running clone of Moon’s original Potvin-blown small block Chevy. In 1963, the original car took A/Dragster top honors at the Winternationals in Pomona, California.
Out on the street, cruisers are looking for a parking place

The Mooneyes Open House was free to the public. Fans came from all over to mix with other fans of this legendary auto parts and service supplier. Since 1956 (at this location) Mooneyes products and logos have been an unforgettable part of Hot Rod nostalgia, easily recognizable to gearheads and novices alike.  The famed Mooneyes logo has adorned more cars than any other in history and those two peeping eyes are still iconic.

Live music went all day from the Hot Rod Trio, DJ Dan Moses, the coolest cars and bikes rolling in all day and as always, the signature “Chico” burgers are served at the Café!

Thanks to Shige and Chico for their open house and for taking pride in producing high-quality Mooneyes products.

Thanks for the Show!!

The famed Mooneyes logo has adorned more cars than any other in history…

The store and shop parking lot were packed
Dean Moon’s original ’34 Ford roadster sits in front of the Mooneyes Open House
Ray Dunham brought his outstanding, small block powered, ’33 Ford hot rod roadster

“Van Go” is a wildly customized, small bock Chevy powered, ’63 Ford Econoline Van

A good number of motorcycles were on-hand.

One of the few VW’s to first enter the U.S. in 1949.
Proud owner Scott Aoyagi shows his amazing ‘split window’ A rare ’47 Chevy fastback.
A rare ’47 Chevy fastback.
Steve Metz drove his small block Chevy powered, rusty ‘47 International, one ton pick-up from Monrovia, CA.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the November 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.

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