Our Annual Picnic
Hello to our website visitors. The San Diego Prowlers are now well into our 71st year. It is August and it's hot even in San Diego. This was our first Summer since the early '70s that we haven't staged our annual
"Picnic and Ol' Timers Reunion". It really feels good to relax a little and have time to drive our hot rods and maybe even work on them a little.
As promised we are reinventing 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.
Want to Become a Member?
Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, use our contact form or just email us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome to our new / updated website.
Jim Reid - Active Prowler Member
Member # 101
Secretary 2010, 11
“Street rods move the body. Roadsters move the soul!!!”
Hi! I’m Jim Reid. I don’t know when I really became a hot rodder. My revered Uncle Harold and grandfather were mechanics. I first subscribed to Hot Rod magazine at 14. I hung around the neighborhood gas station after my paper route to see the hot rods that would drop in to visit. I ditched my homework to watch 77 Sunset Strip hoping to see Kookie’s T roadster for just 3 seconds! I could never shake the desire to build a "cool" car.
My first hot rod came out of a 1927 Ford T bucket and Model A frame I bought from Carl Burnett in 1964. One afternoon in 1966 I found an invitation to a Prowler meeting left on the seat by Curt Holmquist and later joined the Prowlers. I drove that car less than a year when it became obvious the T Bird engine and 39 ford box wouldn’t ever live up to my expectations.
"One roadster on the road is worth two other rods in the garage."
In 1970 I got married, you probably know this story. The real estate market was hot. I turned the roadster into a house down payment and focused on being married, holding a job and raising a family. After 32 years of watching hot rods cruise past my house on Sunday afternoon while I was mowing the lawn, I started a third roadster in 2001 and brought it to a Prowler meeting in late 2008.
“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.”
I wanted it to capture elements of the late 40's homebuilt Model T modifieds of the dry lakes, salt flats and dirt tracks. I've used designs and in some cases used retired parts of early racecars mixed with more contemporary ideas and materials and have kept it homebuilt. The engine is a 302 Ford with a 4 speed aluminum toploader and old Champ quickchange. Four corner aluminum drum brakes are from 1976 and 87 Buicks. Wheels are Ford pattern 15” and 17” wires. The steering gear is an old Schroeder racing unit. An old Ford windshield is chopped to less than half height. Instrumentation utilizes Stewart Warner gages from the 60's.
The rest of this story is about now. The Prowlers are my brothers. We cruise, dine, talk about old times and new. We are a social club organized around the traditional Ford hotrod. We build, drive and dream hotrods. Hotrods are in our blood. We encourage younger guys to get a hot rod and enjoy this hobby. We treasure and share our traditions and do good things.
If you would like to be a part of this tradition, consider joining the Prowlers. The basic requirements are a 1948 or older Ford with three modifications, in finished condition and attention paid to detail.