It is March 2022. The SD Prowlers are doing well. We are excited to see things open up in the hot rod world. We have cautiously ventured to the Grand Nationsl Roadster Show and most recently the Early Times Mid- Winter Run. I heard today that Escondido's Cruisn' Grand event has been permitted and will commence on April 1...Hooray!!
The Prowlers are preparing to host our 75th Anniversary Picnic on Saturday June 4 at El Monte Park. We will have a live band (The Ideas) playing favorite oldies. Big Dev will be there with his famous BBQ truck. We will have event t-shirts and free dash plaques for participant cars while they last.
This event will cost $3 per car (for the park)
As many businesses discovered adapting to pandemic restrictions there were new ways to do things. We had to give up meeting in our comfortable indoor restaurant and chose the outdoor setting at El Monte County Park in Lakeside, CA. Attesting to So Cal reputation for nice weather, we have not missed a meeting and at least half the members drive their hot rods. As of our meeting tomorrow March 3, 2022 we will have met 43 times outside with no rain.
We will keep you posted here. Until then, Keep the Shiney Side Up!
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Upcoming Events Short List !
Labor Day Swap @ Santee Drive-in
Apr 1-3 Del mar Good Guys
May 5 Freddy Castro Remembrance
May 11 Cajon Cruise
June 4 Prowler 75th Anniversary
Joe's roadster was one of the early entries into the scene of the "T" bucket era. Along with Norm Grabowski and Tommy Ivo this was a new phase, an open field of hot rodding.
We were a lot closer to our heritage then which was RACING. Street racing, primered cars, loud exhaust, and leather jackets were all proof the kids of the era were going to "Hot Rod Hell" and that these cars were a serious social problem.
As 15 year olds we were transfixed by this car when we saw it in Balboa Park's old Electric Building. We totally understood what this car stood for because we already knew the "language".....this car was "bad" to the fullest measure, a "street rail" that was so well disguised from establishment disapproval with it's clean white top, chromed cowl lanterns, shiny red paint and pinstriping that masked the message of the 6-97's, wire cycle front wheels, rear slicks and "shadowy" touches of the iron cross.
Bill Pitts has documented Joe's hotrodding legacy in a four part effort called "Portrait of a Prowler". Mr. Pitts worked with Joe in the S.D. Fire Dept. He owns an old style (Sling Shot) dragster. He is the voice at the "Cackle Fests", at Del Mar Good Guys, El Cajon & Escondido Cruise Nights. He has a very extensive photo collection of old fuel dragsters from the past. A great guy to talk with about drag racing!
Please enjoy this history with us!
Click on each part below: