Our Annual Picnic
Hello to our website visitors. The San Diego Prowlers are now well into our 71st year. It is August and it's hot even in San Diego. This was our first Summer since the early '70s that we haven't staged our annual
"Picnic and Ol' Timers Reunion". It really feels good to relax a little and have time to drive our hot rods and maybe even work on them a little.
As promised we are reinventing ourselves back into "doing whatever we want" for a change and leave the event planning to promoters who enjoy that stuff!
We are still the unchallenged "oldest hot rod club" continuously corrupting young men since 1947 so please dig in to our webpages and visit the hot rod club that has been there the whole time. See the men, cars and their hobby from post WWII to the present that was the laboratory of power and style that helped shape today’s automobile.
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The San Diego Prowlers making Hot Rod history - The 1960's
In the 1960's the Prowlers continued to be the Club everyone knew about. Whether it was racing, cruising, shows and just having fun - we did it all, with class.
The group here from left to right back row is, Dave Hayward (member #52), Bob Urquhart (member #65), Joe Perronello (member #68), not known, Gordy Kolberg (member #56). Bottom left is Ed Thompson (member #38). Group in the middle front row, Everett Nicholas (member #57) and Allen Parker (member #64). Back row, Norm Urquhart (member #58) and Merle Rhodes (member #66). The numbers following the names are their member numbers. By the way, this picture was taken in the old Electric Building in Balboa Park and the Prowler banner in the back ground hangs in our club house to this day.
This is Dave Shaffer member #55 with his orange '34 Ford 3- window coupe with a Chevy Corvette engine. Dave still has this '34 and is in the process of returning it to original. In this picture he is displaying a trophy he won at the 1960 "Ted Bentley" Motor Sports Show held at the old "Great Western Building" which has now been torn down.
Bob Smith lead'n the pack on a run in '68. The other cars we see here are Jack Oposensky, Phil Gearhart and Bob Wolin's.
This is a great shot of 7 of the club cars outside Hoover High School in July of 1967. From left to right, John Mogarts '40, Tony Grotto's '31sedan, Bob Wolin's '31roadster, Bruce Hamiltons '29 roadster, Lee Brights '29 roadster pickup, Mike Hemis's '27 T roadster pickup and Bruno Cirello's '34 sedan.