One Show with Two Girls Sitting on Three Hot Rods…

One Show with Two Girls Sitting on Three Hot Rods…

The year is 1954 and the place is the National Guard Armory in Exposition Park, just a stone’s throw from USC in Los Angeles. It’s the set-up and press day for a hot rod show and a photographer from the L.A. Examiner is grabbing glamor shots of B movie actresses Vivian Mason (The Lost Planet) and Ina Anders (48 Hours to Live) posing with a few cars that will be on display. First up is a cool little modified that according to the sign belongs to Stanley Weishart(?) and took a year to build. Features a Cragar head and weighs 1200 pounds. The second car is a little more recognizable as the Belmont SanChez-Porter Special, which had recently been featured in the March 1954 issue of Hot Rod before it was painted as you see here. Last but not least is a GMC Six-powered Model A Roadster, owned by Bert Leithold of Riverside, Ca. This well-crafted hot rod was later campaigned at Bonneville and featured in Hot Rod’s April ’56 issue.

All photos were part of the Los Angeles Examiner Photographs Collection, and now courtesy of University of Southern California digital archives

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