The LA Roadster Show…

The Los Angeles Roadster car club goes all the way back to 1957, and they held their 46th annual LA Roadster Show this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.  It’s an impressive event.   My wife and I went yesterday, and it was great.   I knew it was going to be fun because this was the line waiting to get in… 


I knew we’d see some great cars.   The LA Roadster Show is so big that they run trams to bring people from the parking lot into the event.   The tram runs through the swap meet area, and the hot rods, restorations, and cool customs out there were impressive…there were more than 2,000 street rods and customs!  Every single one was a show quality car.

See what I mean? 

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My personal favorites are cars and trucks from the ’50s and ’60s, and I especially like ’55 and ’56 Ford pickups.   My Dad had a ’56 Ford as a company truck for his upholstery business, and every Friday during the summer when I was a kid I helped him make deliveries of freshly-reupholstered furniture with it.    Those were good days, but so are these.

Take a look at this yellow ’56… 

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There were a few new cars there, too, like this 2010 Corvette Gran Sport convertible on display by Richard Hibbard Chevrolet…

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You’ve probably guessed I like Corvettes almost as much as I like motorcycles, and that red one was a beauty.  They’re world class sports cars, regularly out-handling and out-accelerating foreign sports cars costing five or six times as much.   Ah, an opportunity for another question….any of you guys remember the name of the TV show that featured Buzz, Todd, and a new Corvette in the early 1960s? 

The LA Roadster show is huge, so I called Steve to find out exactly where the California Scooter booth was.  He found Sue and me before we found the booth, and when I got there, Carlos was having a good time telling folks about our bikes… 

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Carlos is a cool guy, and he knows the motorcycle manufacturing business well.  He’s been with Pro-One and California Scooter for 20 years, and he’s equally at home in the factory, working with our suppliers, and telling folks about our motorcycles. 

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I was doing my normal thing, having a blast grabbing shots of the action with my Nikon, when I saw Shelley.   Shelley’s an interesting entrepreneur with impressive academic and design credentials…she started Zombie Kitten Originals, a cool collection of women’s clothing inspired by sci-fi films from the ’50’s and ’60’s.    You should visit the Zombie Kitten website…it’s cool!


After grabbing a few shots at the booth, I went out and wandered around a bit…check out this wagon…

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Back in the California Scooter booth, the Sarge (our latest example of John’s incredible custom-bike-building talent) was getting a lot of attention.   I saw our friend Norman checking it out, and my first thought was that his shirt was a pretty good match for the bike…

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Norman’s from Massachusetts, and he was in town for a few days to take in our beautiful So Cal weather and visit the Roadster show.  Norman and I had a great conversation about motorcycles, Boston, and a few other topics.  He makes the bike look good, don’t you think?

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I wandered around a bit more and I found another incredible ’56 Ford pickup truck.   That powder blue and the wide whitewalls work well together.   The only thing missing on this truck was a California Scooter painted to match!

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We had a lot of action at the California Scooter booth.   The custom car crowd is a good one for us…guys and gals who appreciate nostalgic style, craftsmanship, design simplicity, and the kind of quality that naturally results from intense attention to detail.   Our California Scooters grabbed a lot of attention, and we really like being at these events.

My last shot of the day…a self-portrait…

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7 Responses to The LA Roadster Show…

  1. Joe says:

    You bet, Shelley. Thanks for stopping by and being such a great guest. The next time you’re in our neighborhood, stop in for a factory tour. We’re right across the street from the Fairplex.

  2. Shelley says:

    Thank you so much for taking my picture and including me & my website in your blog!

  3. Joe says:

    Matt, you’re 100% correct. “Route 66” ran for 4 years (1960 to 1964) and it was filmed entirely in black and white. I never missed an episode.

  4. Matt Leide says:

    The TV show you’re asking about is/was Route 66 staring Martin Milner as Tod Stiles and George Maharis as Buz Murdock.

  5. Carl Mungenast says:

    Mary and I used to spend 8 weeks in So Cal every year. We are now going to start our annual visit again and it will probably be in the Jan-Feb 2011 time frame.

    Steve Lorenz (Arcadia Cushman) has worked out an arrangement to represent CSC and I look forward to working with him in Portland Indiana in a few weeks to get the product out to an even broader audience. On that same trip I’ll be showing the bike at the AMA’s Vintage deal in Mid Ohio (Mansfield Ohio). This is a huge event that draws 10’s of thousands.
    Like you, I’m loving helping CSC grow and prosper.

  6. Joe says:

    Thanks for your kind words and your help, Carl. Even though I’ve been out here for 30+ years, this was the first time I made it to the LA Roadster show and it definitely was cool. Please let Bobby know we’re ready to make that run to the Rock Store and he’s more than welcome to come along. We’re having dinner with Bill Murar this week and I’m looking forward to that, too. When are you headed back to California?

  7. Carl Mungenast says:

    Just returned from Sturgis, S.D. where the annual Cushman Club meet was held. The CSC was shown and discussed with hundreds of interested gear heads. I’m sure some sales will result! It was fun; but I need to see the Roadster show since a regular group from the St. Louis area has been going for years and consider it a “must do” for gear heads. Thanks for letting us live these experiences through your lens and words. Great job as always.

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