|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
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
The 'Gatos- SoCal' is that one car club that you can just sit back and crack jokes with. When I met with the men from the 'Gatos' they were blaring some great tunes and enjoying the sea of cars at the 'Pomona Fairplex Classic Car Show'.
The men gathered around to answer a few questions for 'Style Me Classic' and the answers were pretty interesting, however, some things I just can't write about.
It started about 4 years ago at a BBQ when they realized they all shared the same passion for classic cars. Fred Hernandez initially started the club with the intentions of gathering friends and having a laid back hang out. With 12 members and 12 cars these men are hands on (on the cars that is).
Victor Ramos owns a "1950 GMC Pickup" that took 2 years to build. His love for classic trucks made his search a perfect find. "I was looking for this model, however, this just had the frame and cab so everything else I built."
Robert rode in a '60 Corvair. A family heirlum that had been passed down through his wife's grandfather and that one day Robert plans to pass down to his "future kids" and if that doesn't happen then "Fred will inherit this classic car."
These gentlemen attended the 'Pomona Fairplex Classic Car Show' to support their neighboring community. As "Robert" explains, "we are just buying stuff, displaying our cars, and hanging out with friends." Something they also contribute to their hometown, *Chino.
Omar Cortez is the one with the 1955 "Pink" (according to the group) Cadillac which Omar likes to say is a "Salmon" color, but its debateable.
Jose Gonzalez has a '53 Mercury which is still a working project, but one that he plans to restore and sell.
These men were exactly what I anticipated in an ALL male car club. They were friendly, jokesters and gentlemen. What more can a girl ask for?
*If you'd like to meet these cool cats- on July 27, 2013 they will hold their 4th Annual Rockabilly Car Show in Chino.
by Ryan Cash
Over the weekend I attended, ‘The Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show’ and the experience was AWESOME!
I first met with VP Kim Cross who was sweet as pie. She took the time to explain the layout* which I’m sure will be helpful when you attend “West Coast’s largest classic car show.”
During my afternoon I got to see a lot of beauties (cars that is) on display. The variety definitely gave me my money’s worth. I also met a few people that showed me the camaraderie they had to support the community.
I walked around the vendors side and was amazed by the talent I came across; artwork by “Graphics Express” (blog coming soon), “Old Car Literature” by Alan Worthington, and vintage collectables by Tony Vargas.
…and after my 4 hour walk around the ‘The Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show’ I decided to say my goodbyes to V.P Kim and GM Matt Zarzana that shared a wonderful “story of the day” on a little boy diagnosed with Leukemia who’s wish (to find parts for a classic car he was restoring) was made by the ‘Make a Wish’ foundation and Sponsors George Cross & Sons, Inc.,
I can’t say it enough, but if you have yet to attend this great annual show, you still have time to catch 1 of the 7 shows they are holding this year (NEXT show is June 2nd)! (<--click date for more info)
*On the left, first section is ANY year Corvettes; the next section is pre ’59 Street Rods. The next section over is the pre- ’85 Classic Cars, and their largest section is a mixture of pre-’85 imports, ANY year Porsches, and pre-’85 Volkswagens.
by Ryan Cash
The end of summer is never something easy to accept. With vacations coming to an end, most people want to make sure they leave the season with one or several memorable experiences. I definitely got my memories in at the SFV (
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, President Joey Alcazar from USO (SFV Chapter) car club invited me to the, “End of Summer BBQ” that the council was having. He had explained that it was an intimate event, but other car clubs would definitely be there showing their support.
When I arrived the scene was full of laughter, kindness and good times. The mixture of family, friends and the local supportive LAPD made for a memorable day on my "Last days of summer."
This past weekend I went to ‘Bob’s Big Boy’ in
There were several prizes awarded such as; gift cards for best costume(s) and trophy’s for “Best Hot Rod, Cruiser, Custom, Classic, Truck, Muscle Car, and Manager’s choice”. Scroll down to see some of my favorite winners and participants.
Winner for “Best Truck” went to Marci and David J David who displayed their 4 door 1946 HUDSON Pick-up. David explained that his need for speed was the reason behind the engine modification. He wanted “250 horsepower at the rear wheels” and he accomplished that by installing a 5.4 Lincoln Navigator V-8 engine.
It's clear that with a dapper man such as Robert Corrado- there's no better way to arrive than with a classic such as this 1934 Packard. This black beauty won, "Best Classic" and one that a few dolls loved to pose with.
Winner for “Best Hot Rod” went to Alan and Elaine Behrse who brought in their 1929 Ford 5 window coupe. This dreamy blue Rod carried an 8BA engine with an Offenhauser intake, Stromberg 97 carbs, and Mercury heads. Carrying a transmission from a ‘39 Mercury and the Rear end from a ‘48
...And of course no car show would be complete without the lovely dames that show up.
First prize win for “Best Costume” went to Sydney Ralston who wore shimmery gold capris with a silk, black scooped neck shirt.
Second prize win went to Jennifer Zamudio who wore a lovely black dress with red trim and leopard bow pumps.
and one of the finalists was Arrika Brooke Palmer Smith who wore a plaid skirt, white button up school girl outfit and Mary Jane shoes.
For a chilly evening I was impressed with the car loving crowd! I was informed that EVERY FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, **Bob's Big Boy will be holding these type of "themed Cruise-In's". See the flyer below for further details and mark your calendar! See you there!
**The flyer pertains ONLY to the Burbank location. For more car show locations please see 'Car Shows Around Town" at the side of blog.
by Ryan Cash