Stretching from Ventura to Santa Maria, California, a colourful and colourful neighborhood of scorching rod golf equipment bloomed in the course of the heart of the 20 th century. sizzling Rodding in Ventura County takes a glance on the humans, areas, and, exceptionally, the vehicles that made up this historical interval in automobile tradition. have a look into the golden years of sizzling rodding via classic photographs of the 1st nationwide championship drag races; stopover at long-lost drag strips reminiscent of Goleta, Saugus, and Santa Maria; and achieve entry to scorching rodding's paramount golf equipment just like the Motor Monarchs, the Kustomeers, and the Pharaohs.

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After shaving the physique, Little reversed the trim items from a Ford Crestliner and fastened them at the aspects. The wheels sported white sidewall tires and Oldsmobile hubcaps. Little complete the auto in black paint, with grey trim round the home windows. (Courtesy of Ambrose Little. ) a well-liked hangout and assembly position for the Kustomeers was once American Welding, at 1070 Ventura street. Owned and operated via the Monahan family members seeing that 1928, the store usually serviced the oil undefined. loved one Jim Monahan was once a constitution member of the Kustomeers and later grew to become well-known in Ventura urban executive. Ventura’s oldest and best-known automobile upholstery store, Mac’s Upholstery, has been in company for over 60 years. based through “Mac” Maclaren, the store lined the seats and interiors of many neighborhood sizzling rods in the course of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties, because it does this day. initially situated at 20 North Ventura road, the store was once moved to its present deal with in a historical development at 1241 East Thomson while redevelopment replaced the face of the street within the Nineteen Seventies. The enterprise is operated at the present time by means of Mac’s son, Paul Maclaren, additionally renowned for construction and racing off-road automobiles. Paul was once a member of the late-1950s Ventura automobile membership the crimson Devils. (Courtesy of Paul Maclaren. ) L. N. Diedrich Inc. used to be popular within the Ventura automobile enterprise group as an after-market elements provider and computing device store. Many neighborhood sizzling rodders labored there at one time or one other, so much particularly Ron Williams. It used to be positioned on Thompson road, west of Seaward road. (Courtesy of Dennis Williams. ) obvious right here sprucing the window of his sister’s yellow 1933 Plymouth coupe on the Richfield provider station, situated at 2909 Loma Vista, is gentlemen member Marv Houghton. at the back of the wheel is Marv’s sister, Marilyn, and to the perfect is Marv’s destiny bother-in-law, Keith Baker. The Ventura landmark 5 timber is noticeable within the upper-left heritage. (Courtesy of Marvin Houghton. ) Marv Houghton may cross directly to a protracted, profitable profession with the Ventura Police division, emerging to the rank of captain. he's obvious right here astride a classic Harley-Davidson on Meta highway. even though the golf equipment of Ventura had a superb dating with the neighborhood police, there has been one officer, nicknamed “Red Ryder” after a Western comedian booklet lawman, who appeared to have a private grudge opposed to sizzling rodders. He used to be renowned and disliked via every body at the scene within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties. (Courtesy of Marvin Houghton. ) Gardiner “Gard” Taylor’s Polly gasoline station used to be situated at 292 East Meta highway, at the nook of Palm highway, and offered items from the Wilshire Oil corporation. The brand-new provider station, obvious the following, was once on a stretch of Meta highway that will later turn into a part of Thompson road. (Courtesy of Marvin Houghton. ) Merle’s Drive-In was once the guts of social existence for warm rodders through the Fifties. positioned on the Five-Points intersection at the east finish of Ventura, it used to be additionally the start line for Saturday-night cruising, or “running the drag,” because the locals referred to as it.

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