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.
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.
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.
Sparkly paint on this ’54.
Order up: One burnout, heavy on the smoke.
Details on Norm Schmidt’s ’40.
and the interior.
Vince Yamasaki’s Frenched custom.
Woody Downing’s ’32 Ford roadster.
SUV 57, the wagon predecessor to the modern SUV!
It was family time on the Big Bad Beach Cruise.
Room to spare for a travelin’ rod.
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.
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.
Richard Trusty’s ’33 High boy.
And it sounds as good as it looks.
Too hot to handle?
Tony’s ’54 Gasser. Straight front axle, Cherry Bombs and caged.
Gary Sinclair’s 1915 Ford T-bucket leg-burner. Love the long-tube headers
To the driver’s meeting.
. Chrome love.
Car girls, Holly and Amanda.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
Coronado, Orange Avenue.
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.
Over the hood on Orange.
Leaving Coronado for the Strand. Pickups – newer and old.
Green light. Hit it … with respect!
Tom Harmon’s quick rat.
What nice ’63.
Elena LeBlanc and Norm Schmidt.
The Silver Strand at sunset.
This is why rods are built.
Ya gotta drive ’em.
Elena and Norm.
Power transfusion to Zubi’s ’63 Nova SS.
Mark Mendelsohn’s Bonne wagon.
Lowriders roll in.
Low and slow
The end of the day for a wedding.
Finished trunk with a spare belt for the ’33 high boy.
Sunset, the great equalizer of enthusiasts.
Jessica’s Charger SRT8.
with color-changing lights.
Coronado Bridge return, to the Classic Malt Shop, 3515 Midway Drive.
Lining up for burgers (beef, buffalo or ostrich) and good ’50s diner food.
Hustling up the orders.
’40 Ford heading home.