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Folks Of Interest So Cal Speed Shop closing it's doors.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by quickchangeV8, Aug 24, 2020.

  1. quickchangeV8
    Joined: Dec 7, 2010
    Posts: 535


    I just saw over on the Flat Spot on facebook that So Cal Speed Shop is closing and will be under a new name. I don't have any details but apparently So Cal Speed Shop was another victim of Covid 19.
  2. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 24,096


  3. That sucks, but glad to hear they will reopen under a new name.
  4. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 1,297


    Web site is still up

    From the website:

    SO-CAL Speed Shop Locations
    Please note that all locations are individually owned and operated.

    Does this ownership / name change affect all 7 locations? Or just one?
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  5. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 9,599

    from Nebraska
    1. Central Nebraska H.A.M.B.

    Check out Roadster Supply 714-583-4118 Ask for Ray. Website It's owned by the man that ran the ordering and shipping for So-Cal Pomona. Selling the same parts and a lot more. I've bought 100's of parts for my customer chassis with no problems.
  6. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    Sad. Another part of our history moving to the dumpster.
  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 31,473

    Jalopy Joker

    see that the Pomona, CA walk-in store closed - still filling online orders
  8. Damn shame to see that iconic brand close down but also glad that at least some of the products will continue to be available
  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 34,126


    Looks like same string different yoyo. If you ever Google "SoCal" or SCTA you get so many listings that you aren't hunting for that you have to refine your search. That may be a bit of it along with new folks running it.
    At any rate I like their parts and hope they stay around no matter what they change the name to.
    I can see stores that don't do a big mail order volume being hit hard right now and the rent and utilities go on no matter how many parts you sell.
  10. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 4,214

    from Colorado

    It would be interesting to know who owns the SoCal Speed Shop trade name now. Alex maintained the state registration paperwork from the 3/3/46 start date. That was the key to using an iconic name. The passing of Pete was a blow to the operation. Throw in the covid-19 and SoCal joins a list of companies that have gone under.
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  11. As mentioned their website is still up and operational and nowhere does it state the store is permanently closed.
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  12. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 9,599

    from Nebraska
    1. Central Nebraska H.A.M.B.

    I was recently told by a So-Cal associate that Alex still retains the rights to the name. As to the closing the same person said they were wrapping up operations and cleaning out the building. I don't think they've been answering the phone?
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  13. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,589

    from So Cal

    I thought Pete Chapouris bought the company years ago.
  14. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 979

    from SoCal

    Surprising. Based on my observation, the classic car / hot rod market is BOOMING due to COVID19 and the fact that a lot of people are staying home and working on their cars.
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  15. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 7,513

    A Boner

    What happened to Jimmy Shine?
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  16. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,170


    Shine has had his own shop for a couple of years.
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  17. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 8,044

    from Nebraska

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  18. If some of the So-Cal guys have opened a very similar shop under a different name it sounds like the cost to retain the So-Cal name may be the issue.
  19. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,968

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Here's the thing...
    I just talked So-Cal Speed Shop in Pomona.
    So-Cal Speed Shop is not closing completely. We will still be able to do on line ordering but the physical location will be closed to walk-in customers.
  20. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 979

    from SoCal

    That makes sense, Dave. Thanks.
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  21. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 11,624

    Atwater Mike

    We've seen some sh*t, haven't we?
    There was a gaggle of hot rods ('32 roadsters and some 'Ts, 7 or 8, driving south on 99, out of Modesto last Thursday.
    ALL the drivers and their lady friends had masks on...
  22. I half expected to read that Ecklers bought them out. They did just about every other old car parts supplier.
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  23. Mike
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,540


    Ecklers is now owned by Mac's.
  24. low down A
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
    Posts: 500

    low down A

    other way around, eckler's bought mac out
  25. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 7,007


    To be clear : Eckler's bought Mac's Auto Parts. Mac Van Pelt (Van Pelt Sales) remains as one of the premier suppliers to the flathead world. There is some confusion between the two, which there absolutely should not be.
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  26. Sorry to hear this.
  27. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 19,448

    from oregon

    What a shame to lose such a high caliber build shop and parts source, have never seen a brick/mortar store that went strictly online do any good.
    At least I got to attend one of their Fathers Day open house shindigs during LAR's.
    It was a hoot.
    Blues4U likes this.
  28. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 10,005


    At least the Hoffman group didn't buy it!

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