Hot Rodding in Santa Barbara County (Images of America)

Hot Rodding in Santa Barbara County (Images of America)

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1467132187

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Californias central coast was fertile ground for hot rodding, and all motor sports in general, during the 1940s and 1950s. Hot Rodding in Santa Barbara County takes the reader back in time with a collection of remarkable photographs from the earliest days of the hot rod movement. This book includes images of the first drag strips in the country, rough-and-tumble jalopy racing, early road-racing action, and lots of great hot rods and customs. Follow local hot-rodders as they take trips to El Mirage dry lake and the world-famous salt flats at Bonneville, Utah, and visit a long-lost world as seen through photographs taken from the personal albums of people who contributed to the birth of a culture that would spread across the nation.

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IMAGES of America HOT RODDING IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY A pair of unidentified Santa Barbara hot-rodders tears around the lemon packinghouse on Salsipuedes Street sometime in 1941. This scene evokes a different time in Santa Barbara, when there were still large unpaved areas in places that are now unrecognizably developed. The packinghouse is still there, although altered and no longer used for lemons. It can still be seen today as one passes by on Highway 101. (Courtesy of Jack Chard.) ON THE

mid-1960s and became a second home to many a hot-rodder. The center of all the action was the control tower, seen here on a busy race day. Jerry Gaskill is probably up in the tower directing the action as various track officials mill around in the foreground. The timing lights can be seen at lower right. This image was taken in the early 1960s, judging from the ambulance visible in the background. (Courtesy of Mark Mendenhall.) Jerry Gaskill was a native of San Luis Obispo. Shortly after

into the late 1960s as evidenced by this image of the Santa Barbara Oldies But Goodies car club taken at the 1968 Roadster Roundup in Pismo Beach, California. The group pictured here is in Lee Hammock’s 1929 Ford Model A pickup, parked off of Pomeroy Street. (Courtesy of Lee Hammock.) Here is another shot of Lee Hammock’s roadster pickup, seen at a highway rest stop somewhere on the Central Coast. Parked behind him is a 1929 Ford Model A roadster hot rod belonging to Jack Chard. (Courtesy of Lee

numerous car shows for every variety of hot rod or classic car each season. The north county seems to be as active as ever with a popular dirt track in Santa Maria, and the big hot rod community in Lompoc has plans for a new drag strip. A new generation of hot-rodders is on the scene now, and it looks like hot rodding in Santa Barbara will go on for some time to come. One CARPINTERIA’S THUNDERBOWL Carpinteria’s contribution to hot rod culture was the Thunderbowl racetrack, home of jalopy

Montecito is Santa Barbara resident Doug Powers, sitting on the fender of his yellow chopped 1932 Ford coupe. In the background is East Valley Road, also known as Highway 192. (Courtesy of Don Lanning.) Walt Williams of Ojai and his wife, Ronda, sit proudly in his neat little yellow 1931 Ford roadster. Williams has just won first place at a car show held at Santa Barbara High School in 1959. He has installed King Bee headlights and used old-school (by 1959) lever shocks. (Courtesy of Walt

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