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
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.