Week of May 21-25
|21||Laguna Hills* - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|22||Downey* - Bob's Big Boy Broiler Drive-In - 7447 Firestone Blvd. - 5PM - 10PM - Flyer|
|22||El Cajon* - Cajon Classic Cruise - Main St & Magnolia - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|22||Laguna Niguel* - Monarch Sunset Cruise at Chelas - Alicia Pkwy. & Niguel Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|22||San Clemente* - Tommy's Family Restaurant - 1409 S. El Camino Real - 5PM - 7:30PM - Flyer|
|22||Simi Valley* - Weekly Cruise Night - See Flyer for Location - Changes Each Week - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|22||Yorba Linda* - New - Hwy 91 Black Jack Run - Duke's Cafe 23030 E. Park Dr. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|23||Anaheim* - Angelos Cruise Nite - Brookhurst & Ball - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|24-26||Santa Maria - 32nd Annual Cruisin' Nationals - Santa Maria Fairpark - Info|
|24||Buena Park* - Classic Car Fridays - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|24||Escondido* - Cruisin' Grand - Grand Ave. Downtown - 5PM - 9PM - Info|
|24||Garden Grove* - 12891 Historic Main Street - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|24||Ladera Ranch* - Car & Bike Show - Ollie & Jax Pub & Pizza 27742 Antonio Pkwy. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|24||Redondo Beach* - Cruise at the Beach - Ruby's Diner 245 N. Harbor Dr. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|25||Escondido - American Heritage Car Show - Grape Day Park - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|25||Frazier Park - 5th Annual Ridge Route Run - Downtown Frazier Park - 7AM - 3:30PM - Flyer|
|25||Fullerton* - Classic Car Saturday - 1712 W. Orangethorpe - Noon - 4PM - Flyer|
|25||Huntington Beach* - Donut Derelicts - Magnolia & Adams - 6AM - 9AM|
|25||Oceanside - 101 Cafe Color Cruises Red Vehicles - 631 S. Coast Highway. - 8AM - Noon - Flyer|
|25||Palmdale* - 4th Saturday Cruise - 10th St. West & Rancho Vista Blvd. - See Flyer for Times|
|25||Riverside - Film Premier of Fast & Furious 6 + Car Show - 8032 Limonite - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|25||Yorba Linda - Free Oil Filter - Filter Exchange - Auto Zone 18528 Yorba Linda Blvd. - 8AM - 2PM - 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.
There’s no better American tradition than when a father and son spend quality time restoring classic cars.
...and Mike & Gary Brown are the best example.
…and right there I knew, we’d be friends (with the exception of him trying to kill me).
Since the age of 4,
I made plans to visit
When I got to
After showing me around his garage, his grandmother’s garage (project cars), we decided to take a visit to Mike’s house to check out 2 other cars, a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Fastback 351 4v and another 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible.
When we arrived, there I met the man with the stoic face yet laid back, funny personality, Mike "Maverick" Brown. Mike by the age of 18 had already known all the tricks of the trade. He sold his first car (a’63 Ford Galaxy) at the age of 16. Mike’s hobby became a full time passion in which he passed down to both his son's, Gary & Jason. When Mike is not with his car club the ‘SoCal Cougar Club, he and Gary spend time finding the next great project. Between these two men they have a total of 11 cars and it’s clear that they know what they are doing.
Spending my afternoon with these wonderful, smart, passionate people (mom & wife Sharon, brother Jason, Gary and Mike)- I really wanted them to adopt me.
by Ryan Cash
Over the weekend I went to check out the lovely Nicole of ‘NicCoCo Creations’ featuring her lovely designs at ‘Roadkill Ranch’ (blog coming soon) in
After hanging with them, I decided to take a shopping trip with my friend Stacy. She was showing me all the greatness Downtown Fullerton has to offer. We visited a couple stores that unfortunately are over priced- being used clothing. Although adorable, the items were a little too much over my budget.
Trying to find the perfect outfits for my trip to VIVA
‘ModTex’ is a Buy – Sell – Trade store that offers “Mod Fabrics & Recycled Fashion”. In other words it’s that glorious feeling when you go to a garage sale and find the cutest vintage stuff for a cheap price!
I spoke to store manager, Jason Vrolik, who informed me they have only been in business for 4 months, but from what I could tell, the store is a big hit in the neighborhood and now a favorite of mine.
In the end my day was filled with laughter, great company, and new adorable outfits to add to my closet. A girl couldn’t ask for more.
Meeting Founder and President Nasario Bastida, with his lovely wife, Cristina, for the first time was like catching up with an old friend of 25 years. I met the couple at the ‘Sam Torres Empire Show’ and with open arms they greeted and introduced me to other chapters (other blogs to follow soon) of the notorious club the, ‘Uniques- OC.’
It was interesting to see this power couple preparing for an epic event and still have time to sit down and answer a few questions.
Established since 1989, President Nasario and his wife Cristina have dedicated a lot of time and effort to make the ‘Uniques’ a success.
“Noticing LowRiders in movies is what got me motivated. They made me want to be a role model in the community.”
…and that is exactly what Nasario has become. The ‘Uniques’ make plenty of contributions to the community with toy drives, picnics, and by supporting other community affairs with their attendance.
“Seeing the struggles within the community is what makes me want to help out.”
The passion that is shown allows for greatness to be seen. Being a family man, Nasario, would love for his kids to follow in his footsteps.
“I’d like for my motivation to be passed down to my kids. I want them to acknowledge their roots and what it takes to appreciate hard work.”
With 21 years in the car scene, it’s dedication that allows for Nasario to continue a better road in life.
by Ryan Cash
Being “fashionably late” is something a lot of women hold a high regard to. For females, “looking good” takes a lot. The dress, shoes, undergarments, and the accessories all make a complete look.
There are moments when I want to dress casual, but still feel girly and a hair accessory by ‘NicCoCo Creations’ always does the trick.
I first met Nicole at a fashion show. Her display caught my curiosity and as I approached to look- Nicole greeted me with the friendliest demeanor. She explained that the bow (I had picked up to look) was crafted with hand selected fabric, bottle caps, and adorned inside was a lovely picture of the “Notorious Bettie Page." I thought it was the simplest, yet adorable accessory to add to my outfit.
This lovely entrepreneur has been in business for about a year and her success took off as soon as she started putting the word out of her adorable inexpensive designs.
Nicole’s passion has made her a well known success with several pin-up models. She has been featured in several photo shoots and has her items for purchase at ‘8 Degrees Jewelry and Accessories’ in
by Ryan Cash
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