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
Bob was asked by Bruce Hamilton if he'd like to join the Prowlers at an Ol' Timers Picnic. Good timing was never a membership requirement to belong to this club and that was evident on this fated day. Bob recalled years later, "The Prowlers is one of the oldest clubs in the country, started in 1947. These guys still have the bitchinest cars. My biggest goal in life was to someday have a car cool enough to join the Prowlers. I had a few pretty rough hot rods, but when I got out of the Air Force, I started building a full fendered '23 Model T roadster. It turned out pretty cool and we were cruizin'. Every year the Prowlers have a picnic and we were invited. We cruised in and parked right in the middle of the coolest cars in town. WOW! We were havin' fun now.
Well old Bob, being a beer drinker at the time, started right in. After a while, they had a chug-a-lug contest so, of course, I had to get involved in that.. Shortly after, I was hammered and planked out on a picnic table when a member of the Prowlers, Bruce Hamilton, came up to me and asked me if I would be interested in joining their club. The only word I could get out without puking was "Noooo!"
Well that ended my dream. Don't let alcohol get in the way of your dreams!
(that account is from "The Old Car Nut" book series by David Dickenson)
This roadster from 1973 was painted with the Centennial in mind. It is still around and in fact has been reacquired by Bob's daughter, Lori and her husband, Dave now in Washington State.
It looks like an old hemi with an articulated air cleaner...a major necessity on a car that just has to look sinister.