Our Annual Picnic

President's Message

 

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. 

 

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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Dave Adams 1935 Ford Coupe 

I was hooked on hotrods by the age of 9. I had my eye on a '31 Ford pickup gasser and a '55 Chev. Growing up, my Dad bought and sold cars in San Diego. I was lucky to have my hands on all makes and models of cars. He tried to convince me that cars should be left stock but I wanted them faster and louder. I wanted a hotrod. 

 

Fast forward to my first hotrod.  A 1931 Ford 5 window coupe with full fenders and a rumble seat.  As a lover of cars, after a couple years of fun, it had to go so I could have a new toy. My collection of cars over the years have included:  '65 Impala SS, '67 Camaro RS, '55 Chev 2dr post, '53 Bel Air post, '68 Camaro RS/SS, '68 El Camino, '64 El Camino, '56 Bel Air post, '56 Nomad, '68 Camaro SS, '59 Buick Invicta, '49 Ford business coupe, '67 Impala convertible, '55 Chev gasser, '72 Chev pickup, '67 GMC pickup, '68 Camaro and my favorite, a '35 5 window Coupe.

 I met my wife Lorrea at her Dads Celebration of Life. Beside the fact that we both love cars, we also both grew up in San Diego. Lorrea was around cars her whole life. Her Dad was Bob Biehler who built hotrods, raced stock cars and was friends with many of the Prowlers. When she was young, her family attended Prowler picnics. When we got married, she came with a '66 Chevelle.

In 2014 we were lucky to have the opportunity to buy back the '35 5 window coupe I sold to a friend. We also made the decision to move to San Diego. We packed up, kissed the kids goodbye and brought the '35 and '66 with us. We have had a blast driving all over San Diego county. Lorrea met Monte Hale, talked about the Prowlers and the rest is history.

About Lori’s dad, Bob Biehler

In 1973, Bob started building a '23 Model T turtle deck with fenders .

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 It was painted red, white and blue to celebrate the bicentennial year. Lorrea fondly remembers this car and has pictures of it from the Prowler picnic at Santee Lakes. She mentioned on several occasions "what ever happened to that car."  I decided I had to find it.

I was able to track the car to North Hollywood. With many pictures and details from my mother in law, I was able to confirm that yes, this is her Dads car. And Yes, she had to have it !!