Our Annual Picnic

President's Message


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. 


Thanks to Steve Waldron for another year of great T Shirts.

Many thanks to our famous racing and hot rodding artist Bob McCoy for our amazing 2013 T shirt art !

SPEEDWAY MOTORS sponsors of our 2012 and 2013 Annual Picnic.


SPEEDWAY is one of the oldest speedshops and the Prowlers are one of the oldest hot rod clubs

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Prowlers Honor Past Member Roy Cariola with a Visit

Prowlers received an email from Mark Cariola, Roy Cariola's son, requesting some information about how to get their Dad a club jacket.  Roy was a member back in the 50's and had recently been talking a lot about how much fun he remembered having when he was in the club.  Roy's member number is 2/2.  Roy was known for having one of the fastest '36 Ford coupes around.  At one time in the late 50's at El Mirage he was known for turning 131 MPH with his 3/8x3/8 Ford flat head.  After running at the dry lakes for years Roy turned to drag racing at Paradise Mesa drag strip right here in San Diego county - one of the first drag strips established here in San Diego.

After ordering the jacket, Bill Larson, the club's current President, asked the family if they'd like the club to make a trip up and visit Roy on the day that they were going to give him his jacket.  The family was just thrilled to think that we would do this.  It took a couple of months to get things squared away, but we kept in touch with both Mark and his sister, Janine.  When time got close Janine gave us the info we needed to set up our visit.  Roy has a very loving and caring family and they made us all feel very welcome and it seemed like we had known the family for years.  We had 7 cars show up for the visit.  Janine made a fantastic DVD of the club's visit and gave one to each of the guys who showed up.  We were just glad that the family was willing to let us help with the presentation of the jacket to Roy.  Below are some pictures that were taken on that special day.


Roy Cariola was member number 2/2 when the Prowlers were going on their second round of bringing in new members in the late 40's.   
 Roy's '36 Ford Coupe was running a 3/8 x3/8 Flat head.

Club cars in front of Roy's at the Classic Hyatt La Jolla Village Towers where he now resides.  L-R, Monte Hale's '29 Ford Model A Roadster, Bill Larson's '32 Ford coupe highboy and Clem Chavez's '34 Ford coupe.  There's Roy's daughter as she was walking around taking movies and pictures that she later turned into a fantastic DVD.  Thanks Janine!!




 Here's the guys saying hi to Roy after we got parked.  The family had everything just set up perfectly for us so we could park right at Roy's front door.





Here is Roy and most of his entire family.  What a wonderful shot.

After the jacket presentation Roy and his family had us up for cake and coffee, and cheese and crackers.  While we were up at Roy's place he tooks us into his back room where we were all in ah of his collection of over 360 various types of model cars.




Here is proof of a true Prowler.  Roy had the flyer for the club's 60th Picnic and Car show posted up with his model collection of hi-boy '32 roadsters.  Way to go, Roy!

Finally, this is a great photo of all of the Prowlers that made the trip along with Roy.  The club would like to thank the entire Cariola family for letting us participate in this great event and making us feel so welcome.


"Once a Prowler, always a Prowler"...