President's Message

It is the end of 2019. The SD Prowlers are entering our 73rd year driving souped up old Fords and enjoying every minute of life.

The Prowlers hot rod club have chosen a new president so it is time to begin another chapter in this book.

The roaring 20s are just around the corner. Look forward to more traditional hot rod fun!

 

ps: Hey we have a very nice 2020 calendar available.  There are three pages dedicated to our history and the rest are pictures of our contemporary "driven daily" hot rods...all on nice paper and excellent photography of course. The cost is $10 . If we have to take it to the Post Office add $5. If interested email jimrinob@cox.net. 

Want to Become a Member?

Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, just email us at andys32vic@yahoo.com . We look forward to hearing from you!

 

News

Upcoming Events Short List !

Jan 24-6  GNRS @ Pomona Fairplex

Feb 20-2  Big 3 Swap Meet

Apr 3-5    Del mar Good Guys

May 5      Freddy Castro Remembrance

Editorial on Today's Trendy Rods by Jim Reid

For the last several years there has been a resurgent style in the rodder community worldwide. The quest to recapture the original experience of rodding from it's heyday in the late 40s and early 50s in itself is commendable. We all know the primer look now often recaptured in flattened black polyurethane or even faux aged paint layers and rusty rivets meticulously painted on new fiberglass bodies and also the cars that test the limits of safety.

 

That "heyday" period was a time of some social change and hot rods were a part of it. The media was hysterical about illegal drag racing, death jalopies, hot rod hell, juvenile delinquents and put the blame on the cars themselves.

 

The car clubs that survived decided they could eliminate everything the detractors could point to. The hotrods were chromed, fitted with roll bars, seat belts, big brakes, shiney paint and pinstriped detail. They survived. The primered or rusty and unsafe "death wagons" went extinct.

 

To this day the SD Prowlers require a member's car be painted and upholstered and have quality detailing. The like-minded L.A.Roadsters even refused their member Gray Baskerville entrance to their annual Father's Day show because of a fender still primered after a dent repair, albeit after a couple years.

The L.A.Roadster bylaws even require their members to wear slacks to any public event where they are seen as a club to elevate their preceived status in the community and protect their hobby.

 

So for my friends that want the suede look for their ride just realize that style only lasted a scant ten years. True traditional hot rods have had shiney paint, upholstered interiors and have been safe for a solid 55 years.  They have a respectable legacy for which we have fought hard in the courts of law and courts of public opinion so we all have the right to drive hot rods today.

 

jim

president, s.d. prowlers