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.
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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!!