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Victoria's Memorial Arena under construction 1947 and finished early 50's.
Another shot of the arena under construction on the right. The guy with the 35 Ford must have worked there the car is in all three pics.
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Did I mentioned I really like the 40's styling...?
This is one time it's good to be a part of the "older set" (74). We experienced a "charmed period" (40's-60's) that will
never be repeated. The birth of TV, no A/C, the new Tri-Five Chevys, hot rodding, muscle cars! We lived it! I want to try to share a taste of it with those who followed us.
Jess…. had an Olds like that….. never knew it qualified as a dune buggy.
1950's downtown Long Beach, CA
In downtown Long Beach, there has been a drastic makeover, over the years. One of the big events from the 50’s was the annual Xmas lights strung out over the whole street, creating a spectacular lit up street. Families came out in droves every year to see these lights, PJs and all. That was mesmerizing in itself as little kids. But, as we got our driver’s licenses, the lights took on a new meaning.
We used to cruise down the Pine avenue during the Xmas season to see the whole street lit up with lights and decorations all the way down to the ocean. The high school cruising scene brought many hot rods and cruisers down this main drag to see the street and buildings all lit up while driving towards the ocean. On some weekends, it was teenage dating, “cruise central” as the holiday season ran into December.
There were old variety stores, like Woolworths on a prime location down the main drag, Pine Ave. Most of the stores had some kind of lights and decorations. (c-6, c-7, and some stores had bubble lights, etc,) Back then, those big colored lights really lit up the dark street. Those old decorations can’t compare to today’s extravaganzas. But, we were mesmerized by the abundance of lights. If it snowed, that would have been perfect. Actually, in 1949 Long Beach (all of So Cal) recorded 3 days of snow…it was an eye opener and very cold.
But, the closest big name cross street (Pine and Broadway) was the location of Buffum’s Department store. The chain expanded to most areas of So Cal. Long Beach had 2 stores, the flagship downtown store and the cool one in the Harbor/Marina District. The one in the downtown area was my dad’s favorite.
Buffums' main store at Pine and Broadway in Long
Beach consisted of an older, 1914 building
and a six-story 1925 addition.
Buffums' Store for Men was a 1941 addition
south of the main store along Pine Avenue
In 1964, Buffums' leased and remodeled an adjacent
building to the west, thereby creating "Buffums' Broadway Shops."
In the 1960s, Buffums' opened a new "Varsity Shop"
for young men across the alley from the Store for Men on Pine Avenue.
100 Broadway at Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California
"The chain of Buffum’s stores went all across the So Cal landscape, from Mission Valley in San Diego to Newport Fashion Island, all the way up to the Glendale Galleria. 15 + stores in all. The one in Pomona was the largest besides the downtown Long Beach store. "
Bob Harrell Oldsmobile more door
The first attached photo looks like the Granatelli-Sabourin car that National Champion and Indy winner Johnnie Parsons took over after his 500 winning car was sold out from under him. I'm not sure of the track but this would have been the 1950 season.
As for the second photo is this a young Lee Kunzman?
Thanks for posting, Rootie!
Yes that is Kunzman , mid/late 60s. No idea of the track but looks to be a IMCA race.
I have no details on the Sabourin car but it looks like Milwaukee to me which would have been dirt in 1950. But in that shot it appears to be paved. In 1954 Sam Hanks drove that car a couple of times (once at Milwaukee) with the #1 on it as he was 1953 champion. Just a guess on my part though.
Rootie..Who is in the #8 midget
That A Coupe just Rocks! Love the wheelbarrow wheelie bar tyres!
Wilbert had gotten out of the Navy earlier in 1946 before he was killed in a crash at Funk's Speedway (Winchester, Indiana). He had been a flight instructor in the service.
Williams Canyon, Colorado
So what did this guy do wrong to deserve a ticket?
1952 Buick Ranger concept car at the 1952 Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto,Ontario.
"The Buick Ranger featured a western theme. It was built from a Roadmaster convertible and was said to be painted El Rancho Beige and Canyon Brown. However, a black & white photo of this car shows it to have had a monotone scheme. The wheels were clearly darker so perhaps the brown paint was applied to them. Brown may also have been the color of the convertible top’s fabric. Fitted on at least the driver’s side door (possibly both doors) was a rifle (type unknown) and holster! "
1952 Chevrolet Royal Canadian concept car at the 1952 Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto,Ontario.
"The 1952 Royal Canadian was very similar to the 1950 version. Described as “breathtaking in beauty and excellence,” it was finished in two-tone paint – Parade Scarlet and deep Guards Blue (roof). Again, gold-plated hardware decorated the exterior. "
1952 Pontiac Fleur de Lis concept car at the 1952 Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto,Ontario
"Two Pontiacs, both Silver Streak four-door sedans, were less flamboyant than the Royal Canadian. (Canadian Pontiacs, incidentally, were built on a Chevrolet chassis and used a mix of Chevy and Pontiac components for the interior.) The grey-white Fleur de Lis had a fabric and leather interior of grey-white and French Blue while its companion, the Magnificent, was finished in a less subdued scheme of a metallic green lower body and special new crinkle-finish champagne top. Inside were cream nylon duck and green fabrics combined with a forest green carpet."
Center right of pic -
Defamation of character of rod builders in general.
Not to mention parked in crosswalk.
Casablanca, the best "B" movie ever made.
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