Big Bad Beach Cruise #10, San Diego car-show gallery

Big Bad Beach Cruise #10, April 27, 2013

Cars from all clubs around San Diego County gathered at the Foster’s Freeze, 5129 Waring Road in the Allied Gardens neighborhood.

Cars from all clubs around San Diego County gathered at the Foster’s Freeze, 5129 Waring Road in the Allied Gardens neighborhood.

Around 60 cars and twice as many enthusiasts split from the Foster’s Freeze in Allied Gardens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the sunset cruise to Silver Strand. The cruise was organized by the Whammer Jammers club and was open to all makes, models and years. And there was something from just about every era. There were hot rods, of course, from T-buckets to roadsters, coupes, sedans and pickup. There were three Cobras, a Ford GT and a Ford Raptor SVT. There were projects, lead sleds, re-creations and a sweet ’67 VW Beetle.

a fine split-window was among the 60 cars on the cruise.

a fine split-window was among the 60 cars on the cruise.

At the driver’s meeting all were advised by Tom Harmon (“1QWKRAT” pro street Chevelle) that this cruise is not a sanctioned meeting, it is for a fun. “Don’t be stupid, don’t get hurt and ‘represent,’ ” he said. Zubi in his silver ’63 Nova SS would be the lede car and gave seasoned guidance: “I will not go over 55 mph. If we do, we stretch it out too far and leave people behind.”

And after a quick prayer to keep our angels about us, the gathering fired up for sunset at the Silver Strand on Coronado Island, then back across the big bridge to the Classic Malt Shop in Point Loma.

A caravan of 60-plus customized cars is a sight to see. Here are some of the sights.

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Silver streak.

Silver streak.

Sparkly paint on this ’54.

Sparkly paint on this ’54.

Order up: One burnout, heavy on the smoke.

Order up: One burnout, heavy on the smoke.

Details on Norm Schmidt's '40.

Details on Norm Schmidt’s ’40.

and the interior.

and the interior.

Vince Yamasaki’s Frenched custom.

Vince Yamasaki’s Frenched custom.

Woody Downing’s ’32 Ford roadster.

Woody Downing’s ’32 Ford roadster.

and engine.

and engine.

SUV 57, the wagon predecessor to the modern SUV!

SUV 57, the wagon predecessor to the modern SUV!

It was family time on the Big Bad Beach Cruise.

It was family time on the Big Bad Beach Cruise.

Room to spare for a travelin’ rod.

Room to spare for a travelin’ rod.

Bad Asps. Some of these guys had gone on a 230-mile cruise earlier in the day.

Bad Asps. Some of these guys had gone on a 230-mile cruise earlier in the day.

You don't see one of these every day.

You don’t see one of these every day.

Glenn Rogers with his  "Snake Eyes.” These Cobras are by Superformance, built to the specs of Carroll Shelby Licensing.

Glenn Rogers with his “Snake Eyes.” These Cobras are by Superformance, built to the specs of Carroll Shelby Licensing.

Glenn’s work space. The paper clips on the steering wheel are to clip the maps for a drive route. Sort of a paper GPS.

Glenn’s work space. The paper clips on the steering wheel are to clip the maps for a drive route. Sort of a paper GPS.

Richard Trusty’s ’33 High boy.

Richard Trusty’s ’33 High boy.

And it sounds as good as it looks.

And it sounds as good as it looks.

Too hot to handle?

Too hot to handle?

Tony's '54 Gasser. Straight front axle, Cherry Bombs and caged.

Tony’s ’54 Gasser. Straight front axle, Cherry Bombs and caged.

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Gary Sinclair's 1915 Ford  T-bucket leg-burner. Love the long-tube headers

Gary Sinclair’s 1915 Ford T-bucket leg-burner. Love the long-tube headers

Love the long-tube headers.

To the driver’s meeting.

To the driver’s meeting.

. Chrome love.

. Chrome love.

Car girls, Holly and Amanda.

Car girls, Holly and Amanda.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

Coronado, Orange Avenue.

Coronado, Orange Avenue.

Eyes right, for the Hotel Del.

Eyes right, for the Hotel Del.

There was also a Can Am Spyder in the group. That’s Russ Prigg’s ’49 Olds woodie to the right.

There was also a Can Am Spyder in the group. That’s Russ Prigg’s ’49 Olds woodie to the right.

Over the hood on Orange.

Over the hood on Orange.

Leaving Coronado for the Strand. Pickups – newer and old.

Leaving Coronado for the Strand. Pickups – newer and old.

Green light. Hit it ... with respect!

Green light. Hit it … with respect!

Tom Harmon's quick rat.

Tom Harmon’s quick rat.

What  nice '63.

What nice ’63.

"ARTZ 32"

“ARTZ 32”

Elena LeBlanc and Norm Schmidt.

Elena LeBlanc and Norm Schmidt.

Coastal cruising.

Coastal cruising.

The Silver Strand at sunset.

The Silver Strand at sunset.

. Wild deuces.

Wild deuces.


This is why rods are built.

This is why rods are built.

Ya gotta drive 'em.

Ya gotta drive ’em.

Elena and Norm.

Elena and Norm.

Power transfusion to Zubi's '63 Nova SS.

Power transfusion to Zubi’s ’63 Nova SS.

Mark Mendelsohn's Bonne wagon.

Mark Mendelsohn’s Bonne wagon.

Surf wagon?

Surf wagon?

Lowriders roll in.

Lowriders roll in.

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Low and slow

Low and slow

The end of the day for a wedding.

The end of the day for a wedding.

Finished trunk with a spare belt for the ’33 high boy.

Finished trunk with a spare belt for the ’33 high boy.


Hump backs.

Hump backs.

Sunset, the great equalizer of enthusiasts.

Sunset, the great equalizer of enthusiasts.

Jessica’s  Charger SRT8.

Jessica’s Charger SRT8.

with color-changing lights.

with color-changing lights.

Coronado Bridge return, to the Classic Malt Shop, 3515 Midway Drive.

Coronado Bridge return, to the Classic Malt Shop, 3515 Midway Drive.

Lining up for burgers (beef, buffalo or ostrich) and good '50s diner food.

Lining up for burgers (beef, buffalo or ostrich) and good ’50s diner food.

Hustling up the orders.

Hustling up the orders.

’40 Ford heading home.

’40 Ford heading home.

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard