Our Annual Picnic
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.
Want to Become a Member?
Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, use our contact form or just email us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome to our new / updated website.
The GoodGuys have chosen to feature the San Diego Prowlers Car Club at this season's get together April 10, 11, 12, 2015 in Del Mar. The Prowlers are honored to receive this recognition. Drop by our indoor display of members cars and our history booth and say "hi!". Look for the large Prowler banner.
Carl Burnett, Hot Rodder and Businessman
Carl Burnett. I met Carl in 1964. Somebody told me about a guy that was selling Ford stuff out of his back yard. I drove my '56 Ford station wagon to his home out on Rolando Knolls drive and bought a '27 T roadster bucket ($75) and 'A' frame ($25). Thoughout the build of that car and the ensuing years we became pretty good friends.
He parlayed that backyard operation he called "Hot Rod Haven" into a large modern store on Poplar St. He called that business "Antique Automotive." An addition later expanded his space about 4 times with a car storage garage that held about 40 cars. All this happened between 1964 and 1968.
You may have noticed I qualified our relationship a little. Yes Carl was a fellow hot rodder and friend but he was also a businessman. This was the heyday....the roaring 20's of hot rodding and he was in the middle of it...buying and selling. Everybody complained his prices were too high but he had it and you needed it. Everyone complained but everyone admitted they could depend on Carl to have the part or get it. There was only one competitor selling old parts in the San Diego area. His name was Ferris Rand in Escondido. All his stuff was outside and so were his pigeons.
Carl had a the eye of a perfectionist collector, the shrewd business acumen of a middle eastern rug dealer and was in the right place at the right time. He brought our hot rodding community the best and the most. Carl's contribution to San Diego hot rodding was immeasurable.
The picture shows Carl's Antique Automotive on Poplar St. The building on the right was the first built about 1964. The larger garage on the left was added about 1966. The door shown on the addition is the first of two. The second is at the far west (left) end of the building not visible. This picture was taken in the Fall of 1970.