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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Magazines Feature the Prowler's Cars

The Prowlers like their hot rods.  Everyone knows that, but others must too because the San Diego Prowlers had their cars on the cover of most every major Hot Rod magazine in America during the 1950's and 60's. Unfortunately, most cover cars today are the pro-built, mega buck varities that are sometimes hammered into a hardly recognizable form - that's if it's a metal car. Something has been lost forever, we fear. Here are a few of the memorable ones.

 

 

 

 

While not on the cover, in March 1951 Frank Marsh was the first Prowler in a long series to appear in Hot Rod magazine. Frank had a flathead powered (What else!) 32 Vicky

 

  

We miss Frank.  He was quite a guy and one that I fondly remember.  When I was at San Diego High School I remember sitting at a desk in my history class that Frank had carved his name in!
 
Jim Bradbury #28 comment Aug 28, 2013

Hot Rod magazine was first published in 1948. Judging from this cover it's obvious that Robert Petersen was heralding a whirlwind phenomena overtaking the country.

 

Cover of March 1951 issue of Hot Rod magazine

 

 

 

Here's Bob Urquart (#65) and brother Norm (#58) on the front cover of the 1962 October issue of Hot Rod Magazine showing off his DeSoto powered "T". 

In February of 1964, Ed Thompson (member #38) consented to have his beautiful 'Blown' 1927 T roadster on the cover.  What a great car!

 

 

A First!! 4 Prowler cars on the of the 1968 December issue of Rod and Custom Magazine.  From top to bottom, Bruce Hamliton (#87), active member Bob Wolin (#86), Curt Holmquest (#72) and R&C's best appearing car trophy winner member #84 Gary Rickles.

This is a special article from the 1999 issue of American Rodder regarding the fantastic turn out of over 281 hot rodders and their rides for the Lee Bright Memorial Run to honor Lee after he passed away in 1998.  Lee had been a member of the Prowlers for over 36 years and was well known for his various low ride'n fast run'n rods.  Everything from High Boys, Tubs and sedan deliveries such as the famous "Mother Trucker".  Lee was also known as the "Muffler Man" for his great muffler shop with the logo of "No Muff Too Tuff".

 

 

Ed Thompson's (#38) '27 "T" roadster with flat head engine shows up on the cover of July 1958 issue of Car Craft magazine.  Fellow members seated are Rusty Case and standing is Dave Butlemer member # 36.

 

 

 

Member Bob McCoy (#25) the famous artist, race car driver and cartoonist has his flamed '40 Ford sedan on the front cover of the 1956 October issue of Car Craft magazine.  Bob's '40 sedan may well be the most photographed car in magazine history.

 

 

This is Andy Bekech's (#32) '32 Ford Victoria which he only sold a couple years ago.  If you look in some of our other history info you'll see this ride when it was being raced on the flats.  Andy is still an active  member of the Prowlers and is our club historian.  Thanks to Andy we have all these great shots and information  from the past.

Heres "Sailor Bob" Smith with beautiful wife Bonnie on the front cover of the 1958 March issue of Hot Rod Magazine.  Bob, member #102 had this '27 "T"  Roadster which had also been owned by Hoot Gibson and Carl Burnett.  Bob is still an active member today and has another '27 "T" and a '32 roadster. See Prowler history from the 1950's. Fast-forward almost 50 years. Today, the proud owner of this hot rod is Prowler member, John LaBarre who is committed to having this historic roadster on the road soon after a thorough rebuild. Can't wait, John!

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Madruga's (#53) 1929 Ford Roadster in the 1961 issue on pages 34 and 35.  In this Article it mentions " 3 years and $3,400 has been invested".  That was the good ol days!

 

 

Marty Moore has a great showing on this 1959 issue of Car Craft magazine.  Marty owns 3 '39/'40 Fords.  A convertible, Sedan Delivery and this '40 "Shop" pickup.  All his cars are outstanding and he still owns all three today. See Prowler history from the 1950's.

 

 

 

 

John Dougherty (#73) with his rare '29 Ford Cabriolet.  John is a retired school teacher and he still returns to the yearly reunions !

 

 

 

 

 

Middle row first car on the left is Pete Morrow's '29 Ford Roadster on the 1960 June issue of  Car Craft magazine. Pete is an active member to this day  ====>

The article reads as follows;Pete Morrow, an active member of the San Diego,  California Prowlers is the owner of this '29 Ford roadster painted in brilliant Huntsman Red lacquer finish. black pleated, rolled Naugahyde with white trim graces the interior bucket seats. Dashboard was constructed from the center grille bar of a '57 Chevrolet pickup truck.Lowering of sleek rod includes, zeed frame of 10", dearched springs-2", dropped axle and 8" channeling.  Pontiac taillights and wire wheels added.The power plant for Morrow's '29 is a hopped up '57 Chevy 283" mill with triple carbs and Corvette cam.  Extensive use of chrome on engine,  firewall is enhanced, adds show points. Small headlights are motorcycle lamps mounted to the deuce radiator shell. Wheels give unusual appeal.  '32 Ford chassis has '40 Ford rear end, brakes and spindles, stock steering. Shocks are Monroe. $3,500 is invested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details of Pete's '27

 

 

 

 

Glenn Tuttles '32 Ford roadster as a cover car. This is the roadster that Monte Hale later owned when he joined the Prowlers on his first tour.

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1997 was the Prowlers 50 year anniversary.  American Rodder Magazine gave us a great 6 page spread in their 1997 May issue. 

Thanks American Rodder. We really appreciated this article.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a real honor for the club to share the same issue with the famous artist/hot rodder/race car driver and former Prowler,  Bob McCoy.

In this picture we have one of his great oval track drawings which I'm sure was drawn from memory of the experience. There is also a picture of his '40 Ford sedan and his 217 mph track "T" roadster.

 

What a rodders history this gentleman has.  What's so fantastic about this guy is he can not only really do the racing and rodding but he can put it on canvas so it can be saved for history.

 

 

This is a great shot of Andy Bekech the clubs historian standing next to Bob McCoys great lakes runner the "Red Hawk" from the '90's.  If you look in some of our history sections youl'll see where this is not an unsual place to find Andy.  He's spent his time behind the wheel of his own out at the Paradise Mesa Drag strip. Thanks again for the shot Andy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Coe "TC" had a great article in the 1974 February issue of Street Rodder on the '36 Ford Coupe below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Lee Bright and Danny Brent showing off their '29 Ford Sedan Deliveries.  This was an article from 1001 Custom and Rod Ideas magazine.

Just like Lee this is just one of many of the rods that Danny has built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heres another one of Lee Bright's Sedan Deliveries, a '40 Ford.  This was an article in one of Street Rodder magazines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a great write up in the Oct. 1977 issue of Custom and Rod Ideas on Marty Simonides'  '27 T pickup which he still owns today and looks just as beautiful as the day he finished it.

 

 

 

 

This is the cover for the April 1955 Hot Rod Mag.  At the bottom there's a great shot, left to right are two roadsters: Joaquin Arnett, of the "Bean Bandits" Club and our own Ed "Axel" Stewart at Paradise Mesa drag strip. We don't know who the coupe is but it sure is great look'n!

  

Great cover shot of Danny Brent's '34 Ford 2dr. Sedan. This was in the 1976 May issue of "1001 Custom and Rod Ideas" magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

In 2005 Ken and Wendy Polesky's '33 Ford Sedan Delivery came forward to take "Best Homebuilt" at the 2005 Del Mar Goodguys show. Ken's '33 Delivery then entered the running for "Homebuilt Heaven" at the Del Mar Nationals and competed against a year's worth of "Best Homebuilt" award finalist's. The winner was chosen by online voter's and Ken walked away with that honor as well.  Members are truly proud to have Ken's award winning Delivery in the Prowlers.  This just goes to show that there are still a few of us still putting rods together in our own garage's. Below are some of the articles on Ken's great award.

 

 

 

 

This article was in the 2006 GoodGuys Yearbook.

 

 

 

Great article from 2006 July Rod and Custom

 

 

 

 



This article was in the 2006 July issue of Street Rodder. 

 

 

 

Rod & Custom March 2014

This March 2014 Rod and Custom magazine features Les Hilgers '33 3-window. The article titled "Orange Once Crushed" is a reference to it's color (obviously) and a history of bad luck.

Les has had this retired gasser for 14 years. It still has the '57 354" hemi but the pushbutton Torqueflite is replaced with a 700-R4 and a Currie Ford 9" replaced the Olds rear. He has upgraded the  front end with a Pete and Jakes dropped axle and disc brakes. 

 

 

 

Les is keeping it period old school...he found a '33 bench seat, Sun tach, original dash and instruments with some Stewart Warner's hung below, banjo steering wheel, you get where this is going.

 

 

 

Aparently the battle scars will remain evident to enhance this coupe's "edgy" look.

 

 

The engine was running so well there was no reason to tear it apart. It did get shiney new repop valve covers and a new intake system.