Our Annual Picnic

President's Message

 

Hello to our website visitors and a big Thank You to everyone that attended the LAST Prowler Picnic and Ol' Timers Reunion on June 25, 2017. It was our 70th anniversary and a fitting finale to this annual event. The weather was perfect, well it was a little warm.

We had attendees from as far as Hawaii to the West and Detroit from the East. 

There were about 180 cars.  We started the morning with free coffee and donuts. The IDEAS provided fine music while Big Devereau served his tasty barbeque. 

All the t-shirts were gone early as are most of the 93 commemorative plaques cast this Spring at Monte Hale's Backyard (there's a piston in every plaque) Foundry!  We still owe a couple to folks so if you would like one let us know.

Our club will now reinvent 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. 

 

Thanks to Steve Waldron for another year of great T Shirts.

Many thanks to our famous racing and hot rodding artist Bob McCoy for our amazing 2013 T shirt art !

SPEEDWAY MOTORS sponsors of our 2012 and 2013 Annual Picnic.

 

SPEEDWAY is one of the oldest speedshops and the Prowlers are one of the oldest hot rod clubs

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Prowlers Making Hot Rod history - The 1990's

Throuoghout the 1990's whenever hot rods gathered in Southern California, you were likely to see a heard of Prowlers.  Here you can see 20 of the Prowlers in one of our annual group photos.  They are:  (back row left to right)

Fred Castro, Swede Sommer, Hank Williams, Bob Wolin, Paul Olsen, Mike Gooch, John Noble, Roger Frafke, Marty Simonides, Dick FitzeK, Pete Morrow, Bob Blandon, and Ed Iagman.

(Seated in the car)

Jim Jenks and Milt Mitsingas with Milt's roadster.

(Front Row left to right) Dave Hayward, Marty Moore, Andy Bekech, Ken Polesky, and Bob Smith.

 

  

Here you see Milt Mitsingas and Dave Hayward in Milt's highboy on the way home from the Temecula Rod Run in 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another photo of Milt's car at the 1995 Temecula Rod Run.

At least once a year the Prowlers were invited to the Cajon Speedway to show off the not rods during a breat between Stock Car races at the speedway.  The crowd always gave us a nice hand.  We kind got a kick out of doing it too.

In September of 1995, the Prowlers came out for the Vintage Race Weekend at North Island (Naval Air Station) in San Diego.

Many times during the 1990's the Prowlers would come out in force at the North Island Speedweek in Coronado each September.  Here you see Les Hilger's very cool old school 1932 roadster.  Next to it is Larry Duda's hot orange 1933 Ford Vicky.

Other Prowlers in attendance were Bob Wollin, ken Polesky and Hank Williams.  Yes red was still a popular hot rod color.

 And lets not forget a few more Prowlers at the event:  Pete Morrow, Fred Castro and Bob Blanton with the coolest 1940 Ford Coup you ever saw.

Great shot of John Nobles '29 Ford roadster.  This is just one of his great collection.

Hot rods as art?  Sure as shown here Chris Callahan had a professional photo shoot for a major magazine.  We never saw it published, but my what a beutiful photograph ... right !!!

 

 

Another car show in 1997 shows a couple'a shots of Ace Carnahan's beautiful 1933 Ford Roadster.  What a great hot rod.

 

 

 

This smooth '39 Ford standard belonged to Roger Prafke member #143.  After Roger sold the '39 he built another nice '27 "T" roadster. 

This is Roger Prafke's '27 "T" roadster that we were talking about above.  A home built rod only like Roger can build.  Note the red "T" track style roadster behind Roger.  It has quite a history.  It belongs to Artist, Cartoonist, Car Builder,  Race Car Driver and former Prowler Bob McCoy. The car ran at the Lakes and Bonneville as a modified roadster.  The license plate says it all "217 MPH"!!

Here is Hank Williams' cool looking 1937 Ford coupe, done in the old school style.  Han has owned many other street rods and has always done them in top quality.

 

 

Heres another one of Hanks rides.  This is a shot of the first of 2 roadsters that Hank has owned. This was his '32 Ford hi-boy.

Here is one of the Prowler's annual picnic flyers.  It was the 48th picnic and the two cars shown were also featured on the special t-shirts we alwsys have printed.  The cars are Bob Blanton's 1940 Ford and Bob Smith's 1927 T roadster.

Bob Smith #102 with his LOW '27 Ford Roadster.  He still owns this ride today.  Bob's made a few changes to this rod also. Go the members listing and you can see what she looks like today.

Pete Morrow #52 before he flamed his '27 Ford Roadster.  This shot was taken at the rear of the S.D. Auto Museum early '90's. Pete still owns this ride today and is go'n strong.

 

One of two rides that Ken Polesky #119 owns.  Picture taken at the rear of the S.D. Auto Museum in Balboa Park early '90's.

Lee Bright had many fine hot rods.  This white "Tub" is shown at one of our brunches at Humphrey's restaurant on Shelter Island in the mid 1990's.

Lt. to Rt.,  Andy Bekech's Vicky and Dick Fitzek 3 window.  This picture was taken in the early '90's at the S.D. Auto Museum. The vicky was one of two of Andy's rides then,  the other ia beautiful '40 Ford Convertiable.  Andy being a retired Fireman can you guess what color the '40 is?  Yep you got it "RED" !

For the Prowlers 50th Anniversary the club commissioned a '32 Ford Model made by Ertl. Only 500 were produced. Quite a collectors item.

Here is another shot of Freddy Castros '23 T at the Outriders picnic at Newport Dunes. This photo was literally stumbled across by fellow club member Andy Bekech at a swap meet - what a lucky find!

 

 

 

Great shot of the club at one of our yearly picnics at Simpsons in 1997.