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May 5 Freddy Castro remembrance
June 9 Early Times picnic
The San Diego Prowlers making Hot Rod history - The 1970's
It was the 1970's, there was love in the air...there was Vietnam on TV every evening. We needed the cars to keep our sanity. We had a blast whenever we got together. It was a time when having good friends and a car to cruise in was very valuable.We could always count on our annual picnic to keep our spirits up. This one in 1974 was typical of them all. We had good friends, good food and created a bucket load of memories.
Here Frank Marsh is sporting one of our 'Satin' jackets, which was the rage in the 1950's. This jacket was also the original style jacket from 1947 -'52. Yes our picnics were family affairs. We always brought the wife and kids. They all enjoyed them and looked forward to the next one. Santee Lakes in east San Diego county is a popular place for our picnics. In June of 2006 we loaned the "Wally Parks-NHRA Museum" in Pomona, Calif. Franks original #31 Prowler club jacket as pictured. It is to be displayed in the club's glass display case at the museum. Also included with Franks items will be his photo with his 1932 Ford Victoria, his membership card and the Russetta timing tag.
Fred Castro's '23 T-bucket was typical of the day. Extreme style was the rule then. The TV show 77 Sunset Strip had just made the T-bucket roadster the essential hot rod. Fred's looked great and ran well. He drove it everywhere. Dan Biggs drives it today.
This was a great article in the '73 May issue of Street Rodder on the Phil Gerharts collection of manifolds,heads and air cleaners for flatheads.
This was an article of how street rodders take care of each other. An accident totaled Lee Brights sedan delivery known as "Mother Trucker" and seriously injured John Mogart's leg. Lee was lucky to come out with minor injuries. The club held a charity picnic and raffled off all sorts of equipment and supplies to help John with medical bills and possibly bail the delivery out of the "emergency ward". All the items that were raffled off were donated from half a dozen clubs throughout Southern Calif.