|3||Granada Hills* - Tuesday Cruz-In - Chatsworth & Lindley St. - 6PM - Flyer|
|3||Laguna Hills* - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|4||Downey* - Bob's Big Boy Broiler Drive-In - 7447 Firestone Blvd. - 5PM - 10PM - Flyer|
|4||El Cajon - Cajon Classic Cruise Parade of Lights - Main & Magnolia - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|4||Pomona - Prolong Twilight Cruise Night - NHRA Museum 1101 W. McKinley Ave. - 4PM - 8PM - Info|
|4||Simi Valley* - Weekly Cruise Night - See Flyer for Location - Changes Each Week - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|4||West Covina* - Car & Bike Show at Hooters - 3041 E. Garvey Ave. N. - 4:30PM - 7:30PM - Flyer|
|5||Anaheim* - Angelos Cruise Nite - Brookhurst & Ball - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|5||Irwindale - Thursday Night Thunder - Irwindale Dragstrip 500 Speedway Dr. - 5PM - 10PM - Flyer|
|5||Seal Beach* - Aircooled Anarchy Meet & Greet - In-N-Out 12359 Seal Beach Blvd. - 7PM - Flyer|
|6||Buena Park* - Classic Car Fridays - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|6||Costa Mesa - First Fridays Roadshow & Toy Drive - 77 Fair Drive - 5:30PM - 7:30PM - Flyer|
|6||Garden Grove* - 12891 Historic Main Street - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|6||Huntington Beach - SoCalLx Club Meet-n-Greet - 19102 Beach Blvd. - 6PM - 11PM - Flyer|
|7||Fullerton - Rotors, Wings & Wheels Fest - 4011 W. Commonwealth Ave. - Noon - 6PM - Flyer|
|7||Harbor City - 7th Annual Simpson Winter Sale & Car Show - 1407 W. 240th St. - 8:30AM - 12:30PM - Flyer|
|7||Huntington Beach* - Donut Derelicts - Magnolia & Adams - 6AM - 9AM|
|7||Indio - Riverside County Classic Car Show - 82-503 Hwy. 111 - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|7||Irwindale - Mooneyes Xmas Party Show & Drags - Irwindale Speedway - 6AM - Info|
|7||Fontana - Auto Enthusiast Day - 9300 Cherry Ave. - 11AM - 4PM - Info|
|7||Lakewood* - Fuddrucker's Christmas Show - 5229 Clark Ave - Noon - 4PM - Pre '78 Cars - Flyer - 3 TVs & more|
|7||Ontario - 15th Annual Christmas on Euclid Show, Shine & Shop - Euclid Ave. - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|7||Palm Springs* - Palm Spring Cruising Association Cruise Night - 72-840 Hwy. 111 - 1PM - 5PM - Flyer|
|7||Redondo Beach - 6th Annual Cruise at the Beach Christmas Car Show - 245 N. Harbor Dr. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|7||Ventura - Ventura Auto Swap Meet Hot Rods & Harleys - 4667 Telegraph Rd. - 7AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|7||Westminster - Latin Gents Cruise Night - 13425 Beach Blvd. - 2PM - 8PM - Flyer|
*= Recurring Cruise Nights
Most people know the movie La Bamba because it depicts the story of legendary singer Ritchie Valens. La Bamba is a tear jerker in the end, but it definitely is a classic that is a MUST SEE.
Donna's Dads cruel joke - 1950 Ford Custom; "Bobbo's Gift to Ritchie - 1959 Ford Thunderbird; Bob's fix-up car towards the end of movie - 1948 Packard Super Eight; The Ice Cream truck - 1953 Chevrolet ½-Ton; Rudy's ride - 1955 Pontiac Chieftain
The ‘Dukes' car club is one of the longest running clubs that tie into Chicano history. In the 1950s the influence of cars was first introduced, but it wasn’t until 1962 that a few neighborhood kids made this influence into a passionate organization. During the years the organization grew and created several chapters throughout
I remember growing up and hearing of the ‘Dukes- So Cal’ and how they stood out from the rest. I got to meet the men behind the car club at the annual car show held at Point Fermin in San Pedro, CA.
I started the day looking forward to meeting new clubs and by the end of the day, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a charcoal grey 1947 Fleetline and the beauty hypnotized me. This car belonged to The Dukes.
When I first saw the ‘Dukes’, I must admit, it was pretty intimidating; the stoic faces and tattooed covered arms made me feel as though I would be walking into an unfriendly crowd- this was not the case when I approached them.
I first met Jason Fernando Ruelas who stood proudly with his pastel yellow ’38 Buick Special. Not only was he friendly at first approach, but the passion he expressed as a ‘Duke’ made me want to sign up and become a member (obviously it’s not that easy to join). Jason was exposed to the creativity at an early age when his father, the late Fernando Ruelas, had taken the time to show Jason the hard work it took to build pedal cars. It was then that Jason’s talent sparked for classic cars.
“Watching my father work on cars made me want to be hands on”
...and that is exactly the talent that showed with his favorite car, the ‘ 38 Buick Special.
Jason’s knowledge of auto mechanics helped him with a career as a long shore man mechanic and he wisely advised,
“Get a good education, but if that’s not what you want to do, get a good trade.”
The ‘Dukes So Cal’ are locally and internationally known. With 32 chapters, 2 chapters in Japan, 1 in Australia, and 1 in Sweden, its no wonder the ‘Dukes’ stand out from the rest.
Jesse Gonzalez, an original member since 1976, represented the ‘Dukes’ by showing me his 1950 Chevy Deluxe, “Style Line 4 Door” that wore the “registered design of the ‘Dukes’ hat and cane” on the back of his car. He informed me that his “favorite car is the 2 door ’47 Fleetline”- a classy car for a classy man.
Joe Rodriguez, President of the Riverside chapter, was the character of the bunch. He and his wife, Becky Rodriguez, shared jokes and stories on not only the love they had for cars, but also for each other. Joe has 25 years total in the car scene and 20 of those years are with the ‘Dukes’ and his loyalty stands out with his '41 Chevy Special Deluxe.
“Cars are my life. I always wanted to be a Duke. Not only did it better me in life, but it showed me the true value of family.”
Some car clubs have the potential to be GREATER than the rest and this has been true for the, ‘Dukes- So Cal’.
by Ryan Cash