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Old 06-16-2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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Default My First L.A. Roadsters Show

The Silva Family was headed out west to attend the L.A. Roadster Show, so I decided to talk Kevin into covering the event for us. Enjoy:

As a kid growing up on the east coast, "The L.A. Roadsters Show" seemed a world away. I lived vicarious...

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:08 AM   #2
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I'm pretty much in your shoes, always wanted to go, never made it. Only difference is you've fulfilled your dream. I almost had it nailed to go to the 50th but things didn't align. Thanks for "going in our place".

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting.....cool
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:35 AM   #4
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Default Re: My First L.A. Roadsters Show

ah the allusive press pass. great pics i also want to go someday
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:35 AM   #5
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sounds like it was a blast, great photos
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:55 AM   #6
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Good seeing you again Kevin, you looked all official with the press pass.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:07 AM   #7
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I hope to make it out there someday...

For now I will have to live vicariously through all the posts here on the HAMB.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:29 AM   #8
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As a guy from the Carolinas ... Los Angeles seemed like a world away when I would read about the LA Roadster show. Being a 32 Ford roadster owner, I have always been interested in the Roadster show and their history as a club. I always read the stories that Jack Stewart and Neal East wrote about 32 Fords and the LA Roadster event. About 20 years ago ... I finally decided I HAD to go. I have been four times now ... and had a great time ... every time.

If you are a participant of the roadster show ( roadsters only side ) ... you recieve a nice pewter mug on Sunday afternoon. They are prized by Roadster owners ...

I am proud to say I have four of them ... sitting in a place of honor in my home.

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Old 06-16-2008, 11:34 AM   #9
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In pic #15, what are the heads on this engine?
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:01 PM   #10
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I hate people riding around in golf carts making everyone get out of their way..........

Walk it, like the rest of us

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**Just to add...when you've been hot by a golf cart twice in the same day (and not by old people who need one), it gets annoying. Most shows here shut down all motorized traffic after the gates open. I can understand old people needing one, the handicap.... but not some young person/VIP who needs to pull up to every swap table and take up all the viewing space..... you get the picture.....

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Old 06-16-2008, 12:08 PM   #11
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You sent the right guy for the job man............good job Kevin...........
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:12 PM   #12
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Nice to see old 397 still has that one-of-a-kind paint scheme. I like that car!
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:17 PM   #13
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I hate people riding around in golf carts making everyone get out of their way..........

Walk it, like the rest of us
Oh we walked it... and then some!

Jack... being the classy guy he is, gave us the lay of the land then we were on our own...just like the rest.
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:34 PM   #14
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Well HRDave, the truth of the matter is, MOST of the guys in the golf carts either are approaching 80 (eighty) years old, OR have a health condition that no longer will allow them to "hoof it" all around the Fairplex grounds, in order to make the LAR show a winner each year, the entire membership starts the show areas on Thursday before Fathers day, lining spots, exhibition area, etc., then Sat. & Sun. All members are up at 3AM going about their annual duties to make this prestigious show a winner for the public to enjoy for Fathers day!!
So, cut them a bit of slack, they are very tired about the time you see them in their golf carts! I'm only 75 & when I drive my 32 roadster down to help out with the show every 3 years or so, I get pooped out too!!------Don
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:46 PM   #15
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Kevin-

It was my first one too and I LOVED it!! Killer swap, Killer cars, and tons of it all! I've never seen so many nice sedan, coupe, roadster and phaeton bodies/ projects for sale in one place!
I worked at the Hop Up booth (look for the big red balloon) grilling "Hop" Dogs at lunch time, cooking up 188 weiners in less than an hour. The Bean Bandits, Peter Vincent, Don Dillard, Elmo Rodge, Wil Sakowski, Pete Chapouris, Robert Williams and many more stopped by and had a few eats. We had a hoot!

Anyway, I'll be back next year, with more sunblock and better walking shoes!
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:50 PM   #16
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If you are a participant of the roadster show ( roadsters only side ) ... you recieve a nice pewter mug on Sunday afternoon. They are prized by Roadster owners ...

I am proud to say I have four of them ... sitting in a place of honor in my home.
I have one and I'm proud of mine too.

My first time ever as a spectator at the L.A. Roadsters was in 1973.



I've posted these photos before, but if you want to see them again, here's the link:

http://public.fotki.com/2002p51/show...73-la-roadste/

The first time I ever went as a participant was in '05.



We had to drive the round trip from San Diego on both days. It's a neat feeling, driving through the "roadsters only" gate.
I still have the sticker on the headlight!

And if you'll forgive me a little L.A. Roadsters story;

In 2007, we were at the Goodguys event in Charlotte and some folks from the L.A. Roadsters were taking in the show while traveling the East Coast on vacation. When they walked past our car and saw the sticker on the headlight and the dash plaque inside the car, they got all excited about seeing a car "back east" that had been in their show. We had a great time talking to them and hanging out for awhile. This hobby can be a very small world.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:36 PM   #17
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Well HRDave, the truth of the matter is, MOST of the guys in the golf carts either are approaching 80 (eighty) years old, OR have a health condition that no longer will allow them to "hoof it" all around the Fairplex grounds, in order to make the LAR show a winner each year, the entire membership starts the show areas on Thursday before Fathers day, lining spots, exhibition area, etc., then Sat. & Sun. All members are up at 3AM going about their annual duties to make this prestigious show a winner for the public to enjoy for Fathers day!!
So, cut them a bit of slack, they are very tired about the time you see them in their golf carts! I'm only 75 & when I drive my 32 roadster down to help out with the show every 3 years or so, I get pooped out too!!------Don
Here Here. Props to the LA Roadsters for putting on this phenominal show year after year. I have seen the same faces in their red shirts and white pants workin there asses off all weekend for as long as I can remember. The membership in this club is not getting any larger or younger for that matter.
WE ALL SHOULD THANK THESE GUYS FOR THEIR EFFORT!!
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:43 PM   #18
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WOW, a HAMB press pass AND a golfcart tour of the lay of the land.... who woulda thought.
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Old 06-16-2008, 03:19 PM   #19
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Kevin,

Great pics ... thanks for sharing!

It's been too many years since I've attended "Father's Day" ... your thread has inspired me to make the drive down south next year for the 45th Annual event.

I first met Jack Stewart in the 70's at his house in Southgate ... still remember that day vividly ... as a young teenager, I thought Jack was so cool ... he had some great stories to tell (BS'ed with my dad & I for several hours) ... I suspect that he's much the same today? ... when it comes to the history of this hobby of ours, he's "been there, done that"

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Old 06-16-2008, 03:35 PM   #20
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That little T RPU gets around... Thanks for the great pics.
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