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!
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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
Monte Hale - Active Prowler Member
Member # 112
Prowler of the year 2005, 06, 07
I'm Monte Hale, a Prowler on his second tour. I was introduced to the Prowlers by a very close friend named Larry Hunter, but didn't join until the late 60's. I joined the club with a 32 Model B Roadster which was originally built by Glenn Tuttle. I stayed in the club through the early 70's. Now, many years later, after remembering how much fun it was, and even more importantly, remembering all the "brothers" and the tight knit clan we had, I decided to build another rod and try to join again.
I built a full-fendered '29 with the help of Lee Bright, and the support of many of the other Prowler brothers. I ran the '29 in primer for a number of years, and finally decided it was time to finish it up so I could see about joining the club again. It was really great to be made to feel so welcome by everyone. And, at this point, I would like to say "thanks" to all the guys for making this happen.
Now for a bit about my car. I picked up the '29 from Ron Wheeler when he had his shop in El Cajon. With the help and guidance of Lee Bright I got it to the way she sits today. We changed a few things such as, adding suicide doors and making sure she sits nice and low, running with a 300 horse 350 Chevy, a 400 tranny, and Ford 9" with 350 gears. I built a one-piece Carson style top that Armando upholstered, along with the interior of the car.
After running in primer for a number of years, I took the '29 in to Dalton and Sons in Santee, and they finished up the body work and painted it for me in what we call "Lee Bright Green" with gold pearl. Finally, Mark Leuck put the finishing touches on it with pin-stripping.
I also have a '57 Chevy pickup with a big block Chevy, a 400 tranny and another Ford 9" with 3.0 gears. The '57 has a 1969 Caprice front clip, a power tilt front end, as well as power everything else. Again, Armando finished the interior, and Bob Owens did the paint job in my garage. The color is 1970 Monte Carlo tan with gold pearl.
Now for the next project . . . I'm getting ready to start one more rod - - a '30 Sedan Delivery, which should keep me busy for quite awhile. See you on the street!