|10||Granada Hills* - Tuesday Cruz-In - Chatsworth & Lindley St. - 6PM - Flyer|
|10||Laguna Hills* - Dark - Show Returns on 01-07-14 - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|11||Downey* - Bob's Big Boy Broiler Drive-In - 7447 Firestone Blvd. - 5PM - 10PM - Flyer|
|11||Riverside* - Original Roadhouse Grill - 3838 Tyler St. - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|11||Simi Valley* - Weekly Cruise Night - See Flyer for Location - Changes Each Week - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|11||West Covina* - Car & Bike Show at Hooters - 3041 E. Garvey Ave. N. - 4:30PM - 7:30PM - Flyer|
|12||Anaheim* - Thursday Night Cruise at Angelos - Brookhurst & Ball - 5PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|13||Buena Park* - Classic Car Fridays - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|13||Carson - Road Kings So. Bay Cruise Night - 270 E. Sepulveda Blvd. - 6PM - 10PM - Flyer|
|13||Garden Grove* - 12891 Historic Main Street - 4PM - 8PM - Flyer|
|13||Riverside - Tuxie's Carshow - 6030 Magnolia Ave. - 5PM - Flyer|
|14||El Segundo - ADM Camino Christmas Toy Challenge - ADM 610 Lairport St. - Noon - 4PM - Flyer|
|14||Garden Grove - Elks Lodge 1952 - 11551 Trask Ave. - 10AM - 2PM - Flyer|
|14||Huntington Beach* - Donut Derelicts - Magnolia & Adams - 6AM - 9AM|
|14||Ontario - No Boundries presents Toys for Tots - 725 N. Milliken Ave. - 1PM - 5PM - Flyer|
|14||Oxnard - Mullin Automotive Museum - 1421 Emerson Ave. - 10AM - 3PM - Info|
|14||Redondo Beach - New Date - Cruise at the Beach Christmas Car Show - 245 N. Harbor Dr. - 9AM - 3PM - Flyer|
|15||Buena Park - Picker's Paradise Automotive Swap Meet - Elks Lodge 7212 Melrose St. - 7AM - 1PM - Flyer|
|15||Carson - Canceled Next Show will be in March 2014 - Coffee & Donuts at Back in the Day Classics|
|15||Lakewood* - Classic Cruisers Association - Fuddrucker's - 5229 Clark Ave. - 1PM - 5PM - Flyer|
|17||Granada Hills* - Tuesday Cruz-In - Chatsworth & Lindley St. - 6PM - Flyer|
|17||Laguna Hills* - Dark - Show Returns on 01-07-14 - Chick-fil-A - 24011 El Toro Rd. - 5PM - 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
I recently went to witness the notorious annual ‘Ink N Iron’ festival at the ‘Queen Mary’ in
The day started early and I was accompanied by the lovely pin up model, ‘Tamera Von Tart’ and hair accessory stylist, Nicole from ‘NicCoCo Creations’. Of course we were running a bit late, but that didn’t stop us from looking classic. We knew we had to start the day right with a quick bite to eat- a lot had to be covered and we needed all the energy we could get. We arrived to the famous ship, but found ourselves walking a bit from the parking structure to the entrance. It was a workout especially since we had to rock heels, but we managed. We checked in and arrived to what seemed a world of its own- a lot of talented, good looking people and classic cars.
Music was blaring LIVE on stage and Nicole had to make a quick stop at the “Queen’s Court” to give some beauties flowers for their hair. Afterwards we made it into the tattoo convention which featured according to the website, "280 of the best tattoo artists from 30 states and 25 countries representing all the tattoo styles”. Tamera had a photoshoot set up with the saavy Susana Vestige of 'Vestige Photography' and the recognition got her another shoot with Steve Pure of "Team Rockstar Images" where I got to meet the adorable "Suicide Girl Tita".
We made our way to the bar in the Grand Saloon where bartender Jose made us a concoction of blueberry vodka and cranberry juice- it was BOSS! We moved down out to the dome to check out the classic cars and thats where my heart stayed. There were Kustoms, Hot Rods, Convertibles, Trucks, Trailers and much much more! I was like a kid in a candy shop.
After a few pictures we decided to mingle with the crowds and vendors. Tamera introduced me to Founder 'B. Sinclair' of 'Bombshells Against Bullying' (blog coming soon) which is a GREAT cause with beautiful women. Across the way I met pin up sweetheart, 'Kandy K' from 'Steady Clothing' who offered some very nice eye candy...Oh! and the clothes were nice too. She introduced me to the oh so handsome Doug who was kind enough to model the menswear.
All the talking made for a late lunch, but allowed us to meet up with Tamera Von Tart's dashing men (friends that is) Rommel and Shawn. These men were looking dapper and made the start of the evening exciting. After drinking, mingling, walking around the top decks and visiting the 'Observatory Bar' we decided to work our way back downstairs and witness, 'Iggy and the Stooges' perform. Making it a perfect end to a RAD day.
What do you get when you attend a “Star Wars de Mayo” party?? It’s easy – a bunch of festive people with their own interpretation of costumes.
According to Wikipedia (yes, I trust it’s knowledge as far as the next sentence goes) – “May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture, books and honor the films. It is called Star Wars Day because of the significance of the "May Fourth Movement" as an anti-imperialist, cultural, and political movement, a major theme of the original films and of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Because the phrase "May the Force be with you" is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say "May the fourth be with you" on this day.” (photo -bleow- courtesy of Instagram)
It also helps that it’s the day before Cinco de Mayo which gives people, in the U.S at least, more of a reason to start early in the weekend to go out and get drunk with little to no judgment.
I, of course, started my weekend celebration on the 4th and there was no other place I could’ve had a great time in than at ‘Gasser Lounge'…
The night was chilly, but of course that didn’t stop me from rockin’ a grayish blue dress with small white flowers with a hint of yellow all over. I matched yellow pumps in which I purchased at one of my favorite thrift / modern shops- 33 Rooms and my hair was styled with victory rolls adorned with a shimmery gold flower hair accessory.
My friend Lilly joined me for a night that would include Long Island Iced Teas, shots of Patron, Jäger mixed with Red Bull, and Sex on the Beach (the drink not the actual *clearing throat*). We arrived around 10p and walked up to a driveway filled with motorcycles, good lookin’ men and a taco truck.
After making my way thru the crowd I came across “Obi-Juan Kenobi” with the lovely “Padme Im-a-chola” by his side and entourage “Darth Vato” and “Yodale”. A good looking bunch I clearly didnt want to mess with.
Inside I got to see a “Storm Trooper” and “Boba Fett” (Derek and Ashley Hildebrandt) share a kiss.
I met the lovely Elizabeth who bought me the first two rounds of alcohol. Elizabeth- a
As the evening was coming to an end and the goodbyes were being made, I met "Princess Ade-Leia" and "Edgar Villa" who represented both Star Wars and the Mexican soldiers, 'Adelita' and 'Pancho Villa'. Two more great reasons to LOVE "Star Wars de Mayo".
by Ryan Cash
Story: If my life mirrored a movie scene.
Day: Saturday, April 27th
Place: ‘Pin Up Girl Clothing’ and ‘VIVA Cantina’
I joined the vivacious Nicole from ‘NicCoCo Creations’ to Micheline Pitts
I met Nicole outside the store so we could walk into the unexpected and as we entered the ceiling to floor glass double doors, the scene was a snapshot out of a 40's movie. The women styled in “vintage” or “modern vintage” dresses and the men wore suits, ties, and shiny shoes. The smiles were endless and the friendly energy filled the room.
Chilled cider served in the back across the eclectic artwork from the talent of Leobarda “Lucky Hellcat” Grijalva made nice eye candy.
Nicole was my intro lady. Talent knows talent and I was able to meet some pin up models that worked with Nicole in the past. I got to meet the elegant pin up models, Ashley Nichole and Angelique Noire, who radiate classy (blog coming soon). I also got to know the gorgeous pin up model Erika Reno who's also a make up artist, and while the stylish and hilarious Tamera Von Tart showed me the custom made classic jewelry pieces she makes, we all enjoyed seeing the set up of what was soon to come.
Doris Mayday was gathering the crowd so the rockin’ ‘Rhythm Shakers’ could start performing (yes, there was a band playing). Soon as the music started pumping, Doris Mayday started to show off her smooth moves. It was a great start for what lied ahead.
While the release party came to an end the party continued after at ‘VIVA Cantina’. VIVA is the hidden gem of the SFV. A lot of great artists perform and the eclectic scene makes for an epic night. I met up with my ladies Nicole and Tamera Von Tart where I met, cool cat ‘Skratch’ (from Skratch’s Garage) who is, as his business card states, “ I ain’t the best, but Im better than you!”
It was great seeing everyone pumped up to see the Rhythm Shakers continue their performance and to hear DJ Chuy “spin the wildest wax on the planet.” When the music started so did the dance moves- feet stomping (courtesy of Jose Valdez), skirts twirling (courtesy of Miss Ruby Rockabilly and Erandi Moren) and cheers belting to what ended up being one of the best weekends of my life.
by Ryan Cash
Since I can remember when I would hear people talk about ‘Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend’, I always wondered what an annual show of that magnitude could possibly hold. I will admit that the “VIVA” experience always seemed so out of reach. However, by the grace of God and some wonderful people in my life, this year, the dream of attending “VIVA” became a reality.
Leaving work in the mid afternoon made for a long road trip ahead. My friend Stacy and I pre-packed for the trip and with her
We walked over to a few casinos and started to gamble. I made a quick $45 win, but soon lost when I wanted to gamble some more. Eventually, we met up with some friends at the ‘Paris Hotel and Casino’. Soon our late evening turned into and we walked over to our room exhausted.
The BIG car show awaited us the next day. Stacy and I woke up at and started the process of getting ready. A couple of hours later and Stacy had capris jeans, with a black halter, a red bandana over her updo of curls. I wore my orange dress and beige Mary Janes (featured in "Great Finds in Fullerton") and had my hair in side part victory rolls. We were ready to paint the town red (red lipstick, that is).
We arrived to the 'Orleans Hotel and Casino' and the line was long to enter, but luckily for us, we had purchased our tickets online and walked right up. We were greeted by the friendly security that checked us in and gave us our official “VIVA” wristbands. Before we entered I saw the lovely, ‘Doris Mayday’ whose classiness made me want to go play dress up all day with her. I introduced myself and asked if I may take a picture of her and instead of turning me away because she was already on her way out, she agreed and offered to take a picture with me. We talked for a few minutes and then with a kiss on the cheek we said goodbye.
Stacy and I walked in and right at the entry I met ‘Darling Danika’ and 'Jolee Blon’ (above) that were also on their way out, but were sweethearts’ and took a picture for ‘Style Me Classic’. Once introductions were made we walked into a crowd that was watching ‘Dick Dale’ perform, “House of Rising Sun” on stage- an
The afternoon was setting in and I made the rounds to meet some vendors. The variety I came across made me want to meet them all, unfortunately, a girl can only walk so long in heels. I met the good looking men of the ‘Trakaleros’ (above) who gave me a quick picture to represent their car club. Soon I passed the talented, ‘Satin Dollz’ (blog coming soon) who are, as they described, “modern day Andrew Sisters.”
The afternoon was coming to an end and I was in awe to see the many classics that were lined up. Many pinup models were taking pictures with these cars and I couldn’t help, but get a few shots of my own of the lovely Kristin and her dapper boyfriend Nate (above) and 'Stevie Rosalie' and her handsome boyfriend Tom (below).
The feet were becoming numb and I knew I had a few more things to cover. Not wanting to miss the icon, ‘Little Richard’ perform on stage; I chatted with a few more vendors and came across the extremely talented, ‘Leobarda Grijalva’ (blog coming soon) who is the embodiment of rocka/psycho-billy RAD.
Evening had soon approached and I was able to catch Little Richard perform, “Tutti Frutti” on stage- the man, still had it. My next stop was to catch up with the lovely Nicole from 'NicCoCo Creations', but to my amazement I met with the gorgeous pinup model, ‘Gia Genevieve’ who was, once again, the most darling person to talk to- making it the perfect ending to a day filled of laughs, smiles, talent, and networking.
by Ryan Cash
When most people think of car clubs they think it’s a bunch of “gangsters,” “juveniles” and of course, “men”. However, this is not the case with the ‘Gasoline Girls.’ Yes that’s right, a club full of females!
It started with President Kristin Cline, who decided she wanted to work with other females with the same passion for cars. She got her first classic, a 1955 Studebaker (photo courtesy of Gasoline Girls website), when she needed a car after her move from San Francisco to the South Bay and instead of buying a modern car that she would “drive all over town until it died” she decided to “invest in a classic that may/may not last as long but since it is a classic it can be restored and become an investment in itself if sold.”
Being into the rockabilly scene when Kristin would attend car shows, she noticed that a lot of the car clubs were ALL male members. Being one of the many females in the scene with a classic car, she asked herself, “Why aren’t there more girls who work on cars?” A realization that made her start, ‘Grease Girl’ a blog that, as Kristin explains, “Allows me to be the bridge and share what I am learning because there may be other females that want to learn, but don’t have the tools or information available to them.”
Hearing Kristin explain the very frustrating thing for me as a single parent who always thought that there were no resources for a passion I wanted to pass down to my son, the great concept of ‘Gasoline Girls’ made me want to reach out and connect.
Originally as a 4 member club, these women were brought together by fate. The laughter, stories and tears shared among this creative bunch showed me the true meaning of friendship.
I had to get to know these girls and I went in for a learning session at ‘Edelbrock Headquarters’ for some lessons from the pros that would teach about carburetors and tuning. “Usually a girl club, but the workshops are open to both men and women.”
‘Gasoline Girls’ welcomes perspective members from ALL skill levels -- from beginners, intermediate, and/or advanced learners -- to fix up their own cars . “When I started, ‘Gasoline Girls’ I did look into other girl clubs, but a lot of them didn’t have working cars and I wanted to make sure my club had cars you could drive around in.”
Being taken seriously is something Kristin and the other lovelies don’t fret on. When a girl makes an appearance at car shows they get the typical heckling from the ALL MALE clubs, but little do most know that they will quickly get schooled by the vast intelligence and beauty these women exuberate.
I was unable to meet all of the girls, however, Kristin, Jenn, Rochelle, and Rosa were such wonderful company that the notion of the "Gasoline Girls being a car club that not only teaches, but also empowers women” was something I witnessed first hand.