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The 48th L.A. Roadsters Show In 2012 – A Dad’s Day Delight

By D. Brian Smith
Photography: D. Brian Smith

If you’ve hung out on the pages of Redline Review for the past several years, reading our articles and checking out our way cool photos of cars at rest and at speed, you know that there are certain traditions that we participate in every year. One such can’t miss car show is the annual L.A. Roadsters Show. The L.A. Roadsters Show is always held on Father’s Day Weekend, and for the last many years, it has been at the L.A. County Fairgrounds.

Non-Californians may not be aware of this, but the L.A. Fairgrounds aren’t actually in Los Angeles County. The L.A. Fairgrounds are actually in Pomona County. Seems sort of strange doesn’t it? Now you have yet more ammunition in your belief that California is the Land of Fruits and Nuts.

That adage may well be true. I’m just lucky that I reside here, but was born in Miami Florida, which makes me the exception to the adage.

Before I sidetracked myself by providing the California Geography lesson, I was talking about automotive traditions. One such automotive tradition that Redline Review pays strict adherence to is going to the L.A. Roadsters Show with my Dad every Father’s Day Weekend. Going to any car show with Dad is always a treat, but it’s that much more special, when the event falls on Dad’s Day or Father’s Day Weekend.

For 2012, Dad and I rolled out of our Oceanside beach bum abode at around 8 am and managed to get to the Pomona Fairgrounds for the show at around 9:20 am on Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend. Going on Saturday brings up another tradition. It’s stupid to go on Father’s Day Sunday, since the cars and the swap meet parts will feel picked over or feel and look like leftovers. In other words, the show’s off the boil by Sunday. What self-respecting gearhead would wait to go to a car show on the last day of the event? I ask you? I shouldn’t even have to bring this up, but I will, in an effort to instruct the younger generations of gearheads that are coming into the old car/auto enthusiast hobby.

Upon our arrival in Pomona at the L.A. Fairgrounds (go figure), we jointly stated before casting our eyes lovingly on the old street rods, okay remember to pick your favorite car of the show. That’s another tradition of any car show or race that we attend. There’s always a favorite. After all, we’re living in a Republic, in a veritable Democracy. We pick our favorites here, unlike in some Communist country.

So, without further adieu, why don’t we stroll the show? Dad and I will point out some of the hot rods and custom machines that caught our fancy. We also have a photo of our favorite street rod of the L.A. Roadsters Show 2012, but we won’t divulge which car it is until the last captioned photo. Yes, that’s right. We both picked the same car. Great minds and gearheads often think alike.

If you and your pops don’t have some of these same sort of car show/auto race traditions yet, it’s never too late to start. You might surprise yourself at how much better you and your old man get on, if you start spending some quality old car time together. Give it a go and remember where you got the idea, at Redline Review, where It’s All About Speed and spending some quality time with your Dad, especially on Father’s Day.

We’d like to give credit to the builder/owner of this righteous bare-to-the-bones and built for raw speed hot rod. But, the car’s current caretaker neglected to fill out the show tag. Since we had an abundance of other photos to take, we couldn’t wait around for the owner to show up. Next year, we’ll find Mr./Ms. Anonymous.

We’d like to know the details of this turbocharged enhanced mill that’s powering Mr./Ms. Anonymous’ hot rod. Wouldn’t you? Perhaps next year we’ll find out.

L.A. Roadsters members, Bob and Melinda Northcott dwell in Indian Wells, California. They have constructed and own a delicious 1933 Ford roadster, with Merlot hued paintwork and 350ci Chevy V-8 power.

My Dad grew up during the infancy of hot rodding. He knows more about 1932 to 1940 Fords than anyone I’ve ever met, and that’s saying something, considering what I do for a living. Dave Bethards, of Camarillo, California has a ’34 Ford phaeton that has an old school street rod appearance, with wide whitewall tires, beauty rings, artillery wheels and full fenders, similar to how Dad would build it. The phaeton has seen quite a bit of use, which is what we like the most about Mr. Bethards’ beauteous boulevard cruiser.

Here’s the rear view of Mr./Ms. Anonymous’ Model T roadster. This minimalist hot rod has massive appeal.

The cockpit of the minimalist T is terrific, but we don’t think it’s built for comfort. It’s All About Speed!

Reno, Nevada resident Tony Taormina has a kelly green 1932 Ford roadster pickup. He’s a member of the High Desert Racers club. From all appearances, we’d guess his RPU will haul horrifically fast.


His ’32 roadster pickup has a bit more in terms of creature comforts than the aforementioned minimalist T roadster a few photos ago, but not much more.


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