Week of May 16-21
|17||Buena Park* - Classic Car Fridays - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|17||Escondido* - Cruisin' Grand - Grand Ave. Downtown - 5PM - 9PM - Info|
|17||Garden Grove* - 12891 Historic Main Street - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|17||Ladera Ranch* - Car & Bike Show - Ollie & Jax Pub & Pizza 27742 Antonio Pkwy. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|17||Redondo Beach* - Cruise at the Beach - Ruby's Diner 245 N. Harbor Dr. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|18-19||El Mirage - SCTA Land Speed Racing - El Mirage Dry Lake Bed - Info|
|18-19||Pomona - NMCA West Coast Shootout Car Show - 2780 Fairplex - 9AM - Flyer|
|18-19||Santa Barbara - Wheels and Waves Classic Car & Hot Rod Show - Info|
|18||Bell Canyon - 10th Annual Nuts About Cars - 30 Hackamore Lane - 1PM - 4PM - Flyer|
|18||Cerritos - MoparFest 3 - 18803 Studebaker Rd. - Noon - 4PM - Flyer|
|18||Chatsworth - Classic Ford Car Show - California Car Cover 9525 De Soto Ave. - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Chino Hills - 4th Annual Hot Rod & Bike Show - The Shoppes Grand Ave. & Peyton Dr. - 10AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Fullerton - Muckenthaler Hot Rods & Customs Show - 1201 W. Malvern Ave. - 8AM - 2PM - Info|
|18||Huntington Beach* - Donut Derelicts - Magnolia & Adams - 6AM - 9AM|
|18||Las Flores - Las Flores Classic Car Show - Oso & Antonio Pkwys - 6PM - Flyer|
|18||La Verne - Car Show - La Verne Courtyard Foothill & White - Noon - 6PM - Flyer|
|18||Oceanside - 101 Cafe Color Cruises - Yellow Vehicles - 631 S. Coast Highway. - 8AM - Noon - Flyer|
|18||Orange - Salem Cruise In - 6500 E. Santiago Canyon Rd. - 7AM - 10AM - Flyer|
|18||Pine Valley - 11th Annual Run to the Hills - Historic Highway 80 - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Pomona - All AMC Car Show - 1101 W. McKinley Ave. - 10AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|18||Rancho Cucamonga - 3rd Annual Cruisin' for the Kids - Corner of Haven & Arrow - 9AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|18||Redlands - 22nd Annual Car Show & Chili Cook Off - Sylvan Park - 7AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|18||San Bernardino - San Bernardino Rendezvous - 770 Show Case Dr. - 10AM - 6PM - Flyer|
|18||Simi Valley - 8th Annual Charity Car Show - Simi Valley Town Center - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|18||Simi Valley - Rock 'n Roll Cafe Cruise Night - 2196 Tapo St. - 3PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|18||Stanton - 12th Annual Spring Car Show - 7800 Katella Ave. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|18||Upland - Classic Car Show & Toys for Tots Drive - Historic Downtown Upland - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||Anaheim* - Hooter's Car & Bike Show - 2438 E. Katella Ave. - 4PM - 7PM - Flyer|
|19||Buena Park - Picker's Paradise Automotive Swap Meet - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 7AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|19||Carson - Coffee & Donuts at Back in the Day Classics - 21126 S. Avalon Blvd. - 7AM - 10AM - Flyer|
|19||Fullerton - Muckenthaler Concours d'Elegance - 1201 W. Malvern Ave. - 10AM - 4PM - Info|
|19||Hesperia - 6th Annual Open House Car & Boat Show - 10360 I Ave. - 9AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||La Habra - 4th Annual Collins Cruising for a Cure - 401 N. Palm St. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|19||Marina Del Rey* - Million Dollar Breakfast Club - Starbuck's 4700 Admiralty Way - 7AM - 10AM - Flyer|
|19||Newport Beach* - Octane at Newport Dunes Resort - 1131 Back Bay Dr. - 8AM - 10:30AM - Flyer|
|19||Oceanside - El Camino Wildcat Foundation Car Show - 400 Rancho del Oro Dr. - 10AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||Old Town Pasadena - Concorso Ferrari - Colorado Ave. - 10AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|19||Riverside - Mopars in May at CSDR - 3044 Horace St. - 8AM - 3:30PM - Flyer|
|19||Riverside - 5th Annual Phil Braybrooks Memorial Car Show - 3230 Motor Circle - 7AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|19||San Diego - Plastic Fantastic XXXVI All Corvette Show - Seaport Village - 7AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|19||Whittier - 5th Annual Car Show - 9800 S. Mills Ave. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|19||Woodland Hills* - Supercar Sunday - Topanga Canyon & Erwin St. - 7AM - 10AM - Info|
|20||Foothill Ranch* - Von Fink Cruise Nite - Miguel's 26592 Towne Centre Dr. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|21||Laguna Hills* - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
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'Swing Kids' has EVERYTHING to capture the era of the 1940s - music, love, passion, style, AMAZING dance moves, and of course classic cars. With a lot of wrong things happening in Germany many sought dancing as an outlet to get away, however, during a time when swing music was banned, a group of kids come to terms with the price for freedom.
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