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

Johnny Vinta - Associate Prowler Member

I was born and raised in Hawaii.  We came to the mainland when I was fifteen and it wasn't long before I realized people need to mobile here to make it and be cool. I needed wheels!!  

My first car was a 1946 Chevy two door coupe.  Bought it when I was 16.  I tinkered with it and changed the engine twice and did little things to make it look different.  

My second car was a 1952 Cadillac Coup de Ville which was painted Candy Gold, and lowered.  I entered it in shows at the Balboa Park Electric Building and the Community Concourse.  Man I was hooked!  I have since just always had a hotrod in the works and I always did my own work and and paint.

I started with a 1915 'T' bucket roadster pickup.  It is now 66 years later and I'm building my last car, I swear it!  It is a 1948 Custom Ford convertible that is a frame up restoration.  

In all I remember about 10 cars.  Most of them I built from the frame up and painted by myself.  I remember a 1925 Ford roadster, 1925 two door sedan, 1932 Ford Victoria, 1955 Ford pickup, and a 1931 Ford Vicky.

Some of those cars were with me such a short time I barely got to know them.


One car I won't forget is the 1925 Ford Roadster that won the Oakland Roadster show....the same car I rolled at the 1969 Prowlers picnic. I took it apart and totally restored it again.  

My brother-in-law drives a 1930 Ford coupe I built.  My favorite toy today is a 1921 Woody delivery wagon.  I got it shipped out of New Jersey and restored it.  And someone in Italy is driving around in a 1951 5-window pickup I restored.

I first joined the Prowlers in 1967.  I left to work on the Alaskan pipeline in the early 70's then lived in Washington and in Oregon.  We finally returned to San Diego and I have rejoined the Prowlers in 2012.  My current club car is a 1935 Ford humpback that, yes, I have rebuilt from the frame up.