President's Message

It is March 2022. The SD Prowlers are doing well. We are excited to see things open up in the hot rod world. We have cautiously ventured to the Grand Nationsl Roadster Show and most recently the Early Times Mid- Winter Run. I heard today that Escondido's Cruisn' Grand event has been permitted and will commence on April 1...Hooray!!


The Prowlers are preparing to host our 75th Anniversary Picnic on Saturday June 4 at El Monte Park. We will have a live band (The Ideas) playing favorite oldies. Big Dev will be there with his famous BBQ truck. We will have event t-shirts and free dash plaques for participant cars while they last.

This event will cost $3 per car (for the park)


As many businesses discovered adapting to pandemic restrictions there were new ways to do things. We had to give up meeting in our comfortable indoor restaurant and chose the outdoor setting at El Monte County Park in Lakeside, CA. Attesting to So Cal reputation for nice weather, we have not missed a meeting and at least half the members drive their hot rods. As of our meeting tomorrow March 3, 2022 we will have met 43 times outside with no rain. 


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

Apr 1-3     Del mar Good Guys

May 5      Freddy Castro Remembrance

May 11    Cajon Cruise 

June 4     Prowler 75th Anniversary

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 !!