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Every Year Mooneyes Has an Open House

Since 1950, the famed Mooneyes logo has adorned more cars than any other in history and those two peeping eyes are still iconic.

The current and the original location for Mooneyes is Santa Fe Springs, CA and it’s there at this time every year Mooneyes has an open house. Owners of vintage rods, customs, race cars, and motorcycles come from all over to mix with other customers of this legendary auto parts and service supplier.

You have live music with the coolest cars and bikes rolling in all day, and Chico’s world famous hamburgers! What else do you really need? Imagination, creativity, ingenuity, attitude, and style were all there for everyone’s enjoyment. Hundreds of cars were bumper to bumper along both sides of Norwalk Blvd. The Mooneyes parking lot, the Café, and the shop across the street were packed with cars. Most of these vehicles are not seen at the usual car shows. Add to that some cool choppers to go with the entertainment and lots of ink and you have the perfect mix of artistic and automotive subcultures.

Mooneyes leaders Shige and Chico prepare for the event.
Mooneyes leaders Shige (L) and Chico prepare for the event. The crowd gathers by the burger joint.

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The Mooneyes dragster
The Mooneyes dragster was on-hand.
The original garage (now museum)
The original garage (now museum) has lots of interesting equipment to look at. Also see bottom photo.

From the original garage (now museum)

Dunn & Reath” AA/Fuel Dragster
The recently restored “Dunn & Reath” AA/Fuel Dragster (here and left).
(L-R) Allen Hall, Chico, Derek Bower & Pete Eastwood
(L-R) Allen Hall, Chico, Derek Bower & Pete Eastwood. Derek & Pete brought the “Dunn & Reath” dragster.

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Across the street, the “Gonners” have started to move in.


‘65 Buick Riveria
This awesome ‘65 Buick Riveria has original 401 Buick “Nailhead” power. Owned by Lesiie Carlson.

‘65 Buick Riveria

’31 Ford 5 window coupe
This ’31 Ford 5 window coupe runs a dual quad fed small block Chevy. Owner Jason Ashley of Fullerton, CA also owns “In the Skin” tattoos.
39 Chevy 4 door “bomb”
A remarkable ’39 Chevy 4 door “bomb” owned by Cabriel Aragon of Whittier.
“Therapist” is a ’66 Ford van with 300ci 6 cyl Ford power
“Therapist” is a ’66 Ford van with 300ci 6 cyl Ford power. The owner is Tim Sutton.
’36 Ford 4-door sedan
A very rare ’36 Ford 4-door sedan convertible owned by Richard Sanchez of Whittier, CA.
Cisco Farias (L) with Chico.
Cisco Farias (L) with Chico.

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Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the November 2016 print issue of the Drive Magazine.