Our Annual Picnic

President's Message


Hello to our website visitors. The San Diego Prowlers are in our 72nd year.  It is March and San Diego is already seeing signs of Spring. The carshow and event calendar is filling up. 

Ken and Swede have been to both Yuma and Imperial this month. We have designated the TrueLine show next Sunday as a club event and are looking forward to the Del Mar GoodGuys event April 5-7.


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

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!


New Website!

Welcome to our new / updated website.

Jim Reid - Active Prowler Member

Member # 101

Secretary 2010, 11

President 2012-2017


“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.

  The '27 roadster body got a new frame and running gear using the new Ford/Shelby 289 and automatic.  It was fast (really fast!) and fun.  We drove all over So.Cal.--Visalia, L.A.Roadster shows, Huntington Beach, the annual Prowler run to Palm Springs at Easter and Halloween Parties in Pauma Valley. 



"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.