Hot Rods, Hamburgers, Customs, Olympics and Coca Cola…

What better way to celebrate the end of the week, than with a car show on a Friday evening? Or for those of you like me ( my wife describes me as car obsessed), how about encountering a car show totally by accident?  Well, that’s exactly what occurred last Friday evening, as my wife and I were driving home after going out to dinner.

As we were exiting the mall, I spotted a coned off section of the parking lot that appeared to be full of custom cars, classic Chevrolets and hot rods, all in close proximity to the Ruby’s diner (http://rubyscruise.com) located towards the west side of the mall. Since my wife had some shopping to do for her mom, she dropped me off so I could check out the cars, and would return when she was done. So off I headed into the middle of this unexpected, surprise (at least for me) car show. As I made my way through the aisles of the parking lot, checking out the diversity of cars in attendance, I realized that I recognized several of these cars from other cars shows. And just when I was wishing I had my camera with me, my wife drove up. By the time we arrived home, I had decided to grab my camera and head back to the car show before I lost the remaining daylight. Within 15 minutes, I was back at the mall, with camera in hand, ready to capture the cars gathered for the evenings event.

My first subject for the evening was this beautiful matte green, 1932 Ford 5 window coupe as seen below…

Matte green, 1932 Ford 5 window coupe_3/4 front view_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

One of the most unusual and obvious features on this car is the engine; in this case, the owner chose to install a 401 cubic inch Buick “nailhead” motor as seen below.

Matte green 1932 Ford 5 window coupe_401 c.i. Buick nailhead motor_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Matte green 1932 Ford 5 window coupe_front cowl & pinstripe detail_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012After walking around the car multiple times, shooting it from a variety of angles and focusing on specific details, the owner approached and we struck up a conversation.

I asked if he had shown this car down at Cars& Coffee in Irvine, since this was one of the cars that I recognized. It turned out that I was correct; the owner had shown this car only once at Cars&Coffee, back in March…

Matte green 1932 Ford 5 window coupe_left front wheel & motor shot_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Matte green 1932 Ford 5 window coupe_headlight housing & engine detail shot_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012His car looked just as good on this night as it had the first time I saw it. The build quality and detailing found throughout this car is spectacular…

Matte green 1932 Ford 5 window coupe_3/4 left rear shot_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Next up was this beautiful, plum-colored 1932 Ford sedan…

Plum colored 1932 Ford 4 door sedan_3/4 front view_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Plum colored 1932 Ford 4 door sedan_front grill detail_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

Mounted up front ahead of the grill, and secured onto the period correct California license plate, was this vintage Olympic Games of Los Angeles, circa 1932 badge (as seen above and below)…

1932 Ford 4 door sedan_Olympic games of Los Angeles, Ca. 1932, commemorative grill badge_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

And located out back, applied onto the rear body work, was this design accent celebrating the artistry of pin stripping…

Plum colored 1932 Ford 4 door sedan_Pinstripe detail at back of car _Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

Parked just up the row at the opposite end, was this black 1963 Lincoln Continental, as noted by its license plate.

Black 1963 custom Lincoln Continental _front view_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012The black paint on this car was flawless; every surface smooth as glass and acting like a mirror, reflecting all of its immediate surroundings.

Black 1963 custom Lincoln Continental _3/4 rear  view w/ reflections_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

Black 1963 custom Lincoln Continental _hood emblem & reflections_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Located just across the row, was this stunning example of a true American classic; a flamed, chop top Merc. And what was even more amazing was that this car appeared to have been driven to the event, and not brought in by trailer.

Aqua Blue with magenta flames, chop top Mercury coupe_3/4 front view_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Every surface and detail on this car was flawless, and obviously a lot of time and effort had gone into the building of this custom show car.

Aqua Blue with magenta flames, chop top Mercury coupe_front grill detail_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

But even cooler was seeing that the owner actually drives this car, and had brought it to the show to share with others; a true celebration and tribute to the Southern California car culture.

Aqua Blue with magenta flames, chop top Mercury coupe_front view_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Parked several rows over behind the Merc, was this black on black, 1950s vintage Ford F-100 custom truck…

Black  1950's vintage Ford F-100 custom truck_3/4 side view and reflections_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012complete with a Ford Motorsport  / SVO V8 engine tucked in between the front fenders…

Black  1950's vintage Ford F-100 custom truck_engine detail_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

and once again, another black paint job that shone like a mirror…

Black  1950's vintage Ford F-100 custom truck_rear fender reflections and wheel detail_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012And parked over in front of the diner, amongst the other hod rods on display, was this raspberry colored coupe with polished aluminum velocity stacks rising skyward through its front hood…

Raspberry colored hot rod_ injection stacks thru hood and reflections_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

Raspberry colored hot rod_ injection stacks thru hood, reflections & Ruby's diner neon sign_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012Back over across the lot, and half way up the nearest row, was this black vintage Pontiac coupe with red interior…

Black vintage Pontiac coupe_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

complete with rear trunk badging as seen below…

Black Plymouth Sedan_rear trunk badge_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

Below are several of the classic Chevrolet sedans that were present; the first being this beautifully presented, pale green 1950 4 door Deluxe, parked next to the black Pontiac…

Pale green 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 door sedan_3/4 front view_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

followed up by this spotless, late 1940s vintage blue 4 door, with period appropriate chrome front grill and accessories…

Blue 1940's Chevrolet 4 door sedan_front grill detail_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

Another of the cars parked out in front of Ruby’s was one of the many 1960’s muscle cars in attendance; in this case a black, 1969 Camaro Z-28, showing off its spectacular paint finish…

Black 1969 Z-28 Camaro_with 1932 Ford hot rod reflections in front fender_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

As evidenced by the reflection above, parked immediately to the right of the Z-28, was this bright red hot rod; a 1932 Ford highboy roadster complete with flames…

Red 1932 Ford highboy roadster with flames_ 3/4 rear view_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

And its ultra clean engine compartment.

Red 1932 Ford highboy roadster with flames_engine compartment detail_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

Classic flames and stamped louvers…

Red 1932 Ford highboy roadster with flames_ flame detail  3/4 front view drivers side_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

complete down to the pinstriped accents…

1932 Ford highboy roadster with flames_ louvers and flame detail, drivers side_Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

As the sun set and the neon signs and architectural trim lit up, it was time for one last photo to capture the spirit of the event…

Red 1932 Ford highboy roadster with flames_twilight shot with neon sign _Ruby's Diner car show_ Whittier,California_August 3, 2012

So should you find yourself in Whittier on a Friday night (from May through October) with some time to burn, just look for the Ruby’s Diner in the Whittwood Towne Center, and you will be rewarded with a local car show that weekly celebrates some of the nicest hot rods, classics and muscle cars from throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

(All photos by the author)

14 thoughts on “Hot Rods, Hamburgers, Customs, Olympics and Coca Cola…

    • Thank you for your response.
      This post is a departure from the type of cars I normally shoot, but I think just as cool as the sports cars I have featured up to this point.
      I’ll be interested to see what other feedback I receive in regards to this departure.
      Thanks again for you continued support and for the reblog.
      Regards,
      Chris

  1. Thought these cars looked familiar. Saw a beaut of a hot rod yesterday going up Beach Blvd as I was heading down and figured the driver was headed to Ruby’s.

    • Thank you for your comments.
      I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to find out about the Ruby’s car show. I’ve also found it interesting to see the diversity of cars present over the past two weeks.
      For instance, Friday evening had an amazing collection of 1950s vintage Chevrolet trucks show up, many looking like they had just rolled of of the showroom floor…
      Thanks again and Regards,
      Chris

  2. Amazing shots. A really cool selection of cars. Being from Australia we don’t see many/any of these.

    I like this departure, it’s clear you love your porkas but you could probably take photos of a rusty el camino and write enough about it to keep me interested!

  3. Awesome cars….wow!!!My husband builds, designs, custom paints, does ground up frame off rotisserie restorations on whatever the customer wants from antique cars to hot rods to street rods to muscle cars to four wheel drives to trucks and pick ups to classics….resto mods and etc. etc. etc. He does it all in house for the customer. It has been a learning time for me to see what goes into building custom cars:) Love your photos and blog:) you can see our web page….www.holtonsecretlab.com We are in OR.

    • Thank you for your comments.
      I now have your husbands website bookmarked and will do the same for hotrodcowgirl.
      I enjoyed reading your post about your recent car show trip, and your photos of the silver Ford F-100 truck, and the blue custom Ford bronco.
      My roommate in college had a 1973 bronco, but nowhere near as nice as the one you showcased. It must have been difficult to part with it, as you mentioned in your post.
      Thanks again for the feedback and website information, and I’ll look forward to reading your future postings as well as following your husbands ongoing projects.
      Regards,
      Chris

      • Stay tuned…I need to update the web site. I had it re-designed this summer and still learning what and how with updates…and the blog…yes…I need to update it too…so much to do…so little time:)

      • Thank you:) My husband currently is building a 1928 Dodge Coupe with a V-12 Jag in it. Usually our car projects get put on hold as we often are run over with customer vehicles. His dream is to take “Jagged” to the grand national roadster show:) I need to update the web site more as we switched it to Word Press so that I could keep it current…I just need more time in the day. Currently the customer cars we have in the shop are 66 GTO, 2 1935 Dodge Pick Ups, 1946 Ford, 1953 Willy’s, 72 Nova, 67 Cougar, 56 F-100. We stay pretty busy. We bought the Bronco back in the early 90’s and never had the time to finish it for ourselves. Our shop is the “Secret Lab” due to our location here in the middle of no where…this is where I grew up and we love the heritage and the peaceful quiet:):):)

  4. I’m getting a 1961 Lincoln Cont. Saw the picture of the 63 your blog, man I’m so excited, it’s going to be a lot of work but I can’t wait. I also have an 1953 austin healey, fun little car, but I’m looking to get some american metal. Love the blog, keep up the good work

    • Hi Nate,
      Thank you for your feedback.
      The black 1963 Lincoln at the car show was amazing, but very cool to hear that you will be restoring a 1961 Continental; they are one of the true classics of the 1960s.
      Best of luck with your project.
      Regards,
      Chris

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