President's Message

It is July 2021. The SD Prowlers are doing well. We continued to meet throughout the Kung Flu pandemic outdoors in El Monte Park (Lakeside, CA.)

The venue seems to suit us well. We have entertained going back to the restaurant who always welcomed us to use their banquet room but have opted to stay in the park. Attesting to So Cal reputation for nice weather, we have not missed a meeting and at least half the members drive their hot rods.

Heading into 2022 and contemplating our 75th anniversary, we are being encouraged by our contemporaries to host another picnic.

We have reserved El Monte Park, Section 4 on June 4th, 2022.

We will keep you posted here. Until then, Keep the Shiney Side Up!

Want to Become a Member?

Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, just email us at andys32vic@yahoo.com . We look forward to hearing from you!

 

News

Upcoming Events Short List !

Labor Day  Swap @ Santee Drive-in

Oct 3-5      Del mar Good Guys

May 5      Freddy Castro Remembrance

June 4     Prowler 75th Anniversary

Andy Bekech - Active Prowler Member

Member # 35 / 2

Club Secretary 2008-2009

Club Historian (forever)

 

Andy was especially proud of his all steel 1932 Ford Victoria that was originally owned and built in 1950 by Bob Stewart (a Prowler). 

 

Andy was voted a Life Member in 2017.

 

Ed and his son Bob were the originator of the "Dago" dropped front axle.  The top of the car was 'chopped' in 1950 by Jaoquin Arnett of the famous 'Bean Bendits'.  The car ran at the El Mirage dry lakes in the early 1950's.  In one run it made 127.5 MPH, while running under the banner of the Russeta Timing Association (R.T.A.)

 

 

The Ford Victoria was featured in the 'Hop UP' and "Car Craft' magazines in the 1950s.  It made the front cover in April 1952.

 

Andy owned the car from 1956 to 2010.  It was rebuilt twice, once in 1957 and again in 1980.

He also had a beautiful 1940 Ford convertible until about 2009.  He considered this car as close to a roadster as he wanted to get.  As a retired fire fighter he of course paints his cars 'Fire Engine Red'

 

Andy recently sold the dark blue 1940 Ford Coupe which was previously owned by Fred Castro. The word is it has been taken all the way down to the frame and is being repainted and upholstered. Can't wait to see it!

 

 

 

 

Andy is the perennial Curator of Hot Rod History and Prowler historian. He interviewed by publications for articles about our hobby and individual hot rod aficionados trying to locate an old car.  The Prowlers would appreciate readers with stories about Prowlers or their old cars, pictures, etc. to contact us. See our home page for the contact information. 

Someday there will be time to tell some stories about some of the other cars Andy has owned below...