The 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show: Cool Cars displayed under Heat Wave Conditions

This past weekend saw the return of the 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show, held in the midst of the current heat wave that descended upon Southern California, and Saturday’s weather was no exception. By the shows start at 9 AM, the temperature was already racing towards 90 degrees ( 32 degrees Celsius).

My first encounter of the morning was the hot rod flamed, black 1956 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe race car from a local shop; Whittier’s own VW Gold MIne, as seen below…

Black 1956 VW Karmann Ghia with flames_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Black 1956 VW Karmann Ghia with flames_race motor detail _12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked just down the street from the Karmann Ghia, was this sole representative from Stuttgart; a white 1964 Porsche 356 SC coupe.

White 1964 Porsche 356SC_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White 1964 Porsche 356SC_rear view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Further down the street was this beautiful 1930s vintage Chevrolet sedan; with a visible case of extreme negative front camber…

Grey and black, 1930s vintage Chevrolet Sedan_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

I did overhear the owner talking to a friend about the car’s airbag suspension, thus the  extreme camber angle when the car is lowered.

Grey and black 1930s vintage Chevrolet Sedan_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Out back, the car even included a period correct, fold down luggage rack, positioned just above the rear fuel tank…

Grey and black 1930s vintage Chevrolet Sedan_rear view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Further down the street was another classic; a Black, 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville (as seen below).

Black 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Black 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville_front grille and bumper reflections_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Hanging out with the other Cadillacs parked along Cadillac row…

Black 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville_parked on Cadillac row_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked around the corner, and located at the far end of the street, was this white, fiberglass bodied twin turbocharged roadster (below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White twin turbocharged roadster_dash detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Race inspired, purpose-built interior (above and below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_interior detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White twin turbocharged roadster_motor detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Turbocharger and polished exhaust pipe (above and below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_turbocharger and exhaust detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Twin turbocharger symmetry (below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_motor/turbo symetry detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked directly across the street was this beautifully prepared, candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster, complete with flames…

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

While shooting the car and studying some of its unique details, I met the owner who was nice enough to share some of the details behind the building of this hot rod. I learned that this car is actually a showcase for the owner’s business, which just happens to be a paint and body shop (Bravo’s Auto Body), specializing in custom paint, and that is located in nearby Pico Rivera.

Obviously, all of the body work, paint and flames were produced in-house by the owner himself, Manny Bravo. The body panels were as smooth and flat as glass, which was the perfect medium for catching reflections.

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_3/4 rear view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

One of the hidden and easily overlooked details on this car is its quick change rear end; fortunately the owner mentioned this fact to me, so I crawled under the car to get this shot  below.

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_quick change rear end detail _12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

While in the process of shooting the right side of the car (below), the owner asked if I had noticed anything odd about the paint and flames on this side of the car. As I looked closer, the owner suggested l take a look at the opposite side in direct sunlight. Once I walked over to the driver’s side, I immediately understood what he was talking about. Apparently, between the painting process and the materials used, he was able to apply both the red paint and the flames in a way that depending upon the lighting, the contrast between the background  and the flames will shift.  When the car is viewed in shadowed lighting, the red background reads as a dark value and the flames appear lighter in color. However under direct lighting conditions, the flames read as the dark value, whereas the red background reads as the lighter value. Definitely an interesting effect…

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_side view /passenger side _12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Further south down the street, was this root beer brown metallic, 1934 Ford 3 window coupe.

Root beer brown 1934 Ford 3 window coupe_3/4 front view with reflections_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012Root beer brown 1934 Ford 3 window coupe_headlight housing with reflections_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Root beer brown 1934 Ford 3 window coupe_chromed engine, components and firewall_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked over on the west side of the street was this bright orange, 1930s vintage Ford highboy roadster, built along the lines of a 1960’s AA/Fuel altered race car, complete with a big block, fuel injected motor, and included a period correct “Moon speed equipment” fuel tank secured just ahead of the front axle…

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_3/4 front view_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_headlight reflections_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Overhead view of the Kinsler fuel injection venturi /”stacks”…

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_Kinsler fuel injection venturi/stacks detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_interior detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_3/4 rear detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_hand lettering on back of car_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Located further down the street was this white 1955 Corvette coupe, represented by the owner as an original condition, unrestored vehicle…

White on red 1955 Corvette_3/4 front view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White on red 1955 Corvette_Interior detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Arranged out back in its trunk was a period Coca Cola display, which included a vintage Corvette advertisement…

White on red 1955 Corvette_Coca Cola memorabilia in trunk _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White on red 1955 Corvette_3/4 rear view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked across the street and located south of the Corvette, was this lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe with canvas side and rear shades.

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe_ 3/4 front view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe_ 3/4 rear view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe_wheel & hubcap reflections _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe _Hood badging detail _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe _engine detail _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012Located just to the north of the lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe, was this two toned Tri-5 Chevrolet Bel Air / Nomad wagon…

Butterscotch and white Tri-5 Chevrolet Bel Air / Nomad_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked over on the east side of the street was this pristine, 1955 Chevrolet Panel in sea foam green and white, and in better than new condition…

Sea Foam Green & white 1955 Chevrolet Panel_ 3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Sea Foam Green & white 1955 Chevrolet Panel_ Side view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Reflection in the side of the black 1963 Lincoln Continental parked to the left of the drivers side…

Sea Foam Green & white 1955 Chevrolet Panel_ reflection on side of black Lincoln Continental_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

And parked just several cars north of the 1955 Chevrolet panel, was this beautiful 1963 Buick Riviera. Looking at this car brought back fond memories of my dads black on black 1964 Riviera…

Lite blue metallic 1963 Buick Riviera_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue metallic 1963 Buick Riviera_wheel detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

The last car I photographed from the show was this amazing copper-colored, 1950 Ford  coupe; lowered suspension and complete with a chopped top, shaved door handles, frenched headlights and smoothed bumpers front and rear.  Obviously a lot of time was spent block sanding the entire body, as the finished paint simply glowed, displaying flawless, distortion-free reflections. By far one of the nicest customs in the show.

Copper colored 1950 Ford Chop Top Coupe_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Copper colored 1950 Ford Chop Top Coupe_side view reflections_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Copper colored 1950 Ford Chop Top Coupe_Rear trunk & bumper reflections_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Ironically, these photos are just a small sampling of the many cars assembled for this years show. Given the huge spectator turnout, there seemed to be something for everyone, regardless of the high temperatures. Hopefully next years show will witness another collection of equally cool cars, but hopefully under much cooler conditions.

(All photos by the author)

12 thoughts on “The 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show: Cool Cars displayed under Heat Wave Conditions

  1. Awesome. Love looking at your photos. I live in La Habra and often see these classics traveling north as I am going south on Beach. Thank you for posting pictures of these treasures.

    • Thank you for another email.
      Between Whittier and La Habra, there seem to be allot of owners with cool cars, and who participate regularly in the local car shows.
      I also appreciate your comments regarding my photography and hope you continue to enjoy my future postings.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Hi Rob,

      Thank you for your feedback regarding my latest blog post.
      I hope I was able to convey the spirit of this years show, and illustrate the diversity of makes and models present from my perspective.
      Regards,
      Chris

  2. Hi Chris. Would you mind me using the top pictures of the Karmann Ghia? It is not for commercial use. But it will be on a large poster on public display. At a car show in the UK. Many thanks, James

    • Hi James,

      Thank you for your email.
      I appreciate your request to use my Karmann Ghia photo for your upcoming show.
      Because you asked first, you have my permission to use my image.
      Best of luck with your car show.
      Regards,
      Chris

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