I grew up in Visalia, CA. It was a small agriculturally oriented town in the central valley of California. Started in the late 50's building model cars in my room and listening to Doowop music on the radio. There wasn't to much overt rodding going on, but there was a local car club called the "Vapor Trailers" that is one of the oldest clubs still in existence. They sponsored drags at the local airport, but I don't remember seeing any roadsters driving around town. I can remember seeing an article in one of the magazines about the reliability run from LA up to Visalia, then on to Sequoia Park, and thinking "how come I didn't know about this when they came through here?" Never heard about any car shows locally, but my Dad started taking us up to Fresno for Blackie's autorama cuz they advertised it on TV. The first time I got to cruise "Main" was with a friend whose older sister took us along on a weeknight after a 4H meeting(how is that for geeking out?) It wasn't long after that the city council made Main a one way street and f'd up the cruising the same as they did to Fulton in Fresno about the same time. It was a lot like "American Graffiti" then. I can remember later on in the 60's, a guy with a T bucket with a hemi and 6-2's from Visalia named Gene Chan got one of those color "Car Portrait" pictures in 'Hot Rod' that they started doin. (someone on here has posted a bunch of them) Boy, were we proud of him. In 1963 a guy named Jeff Black was a contender in the Roadster show with a black '29 roadster. Everybody was talking about how much he had spent on chrome for it and didn't win. I used to read Rod&Custom, Car Craft, and Hot Rod, Especially in Rod & Custom they used to talk about all the shops, drag strips etc all over LA. I didn't get down there much back then(just trips to Disneyland with family) until I was a little older, that's why it's such a pleasure to read the recounts of other Hambers such as Mazooma1, kinda flesh out some of the stuff I just read about at the time.