**** NOTE: My November 2012 posts have been lost due to system issues. They are: Good Guys Show, Nostalgia Drags and my Day of the Dead shoot...hoping to recover them. Sorry if you came here to specifically see those posts.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mooneyes USA Open House 2011

I worked in a very quick trip to Santa Fe Springs, CA after arriving in Huntington Beach with my wife and kiddies for a little summer get away from the desert. Visiting family and hitting the beach beckoned all of us but then there was the likelihood of a car show that tugged at me. Naturally, I found one. It's a challenge not to find a cool car event going on any summer weekend in  Southern California. For obvious reasons all outdoor events start melting away around May in Arizona. Not all, but most. Before I delve into a sad comparison between the two locales I'm going to move on...knowing full well I'm missing something f&*$ing awesome in California this weekend.

The parking area at the Mooneyes Speedshop is limited. Cars filled the adjacent burger joint and the tile store's parking lot across the street. Nice Clipper, eh?

Right up the Mooneye'd driveway in the premium parking spot I was happy to see the beautiful bad-ass sparkle of my amigo Mike Bello's kustom '53 Chevy (see the archives for 2011 Viva Las Vegas Part 1 for the lowdown). He and his wife Adela were as surprised to see me as I was them. We caught up a bit and he offered me lunch this time...a nice cold Corona.
Over beers Mike's buddy told me (because Mike's too modest) that this car is going to be featured in the Showcase of Kustoms at this year's Long Beach Motorama at the end of September.
Congratulations, Mike!

Artist, Max Grundy's "Lonely Boy" Merc

There were some nice bikes. Julio's lowrider Harley was a standout on it's first show appearance with the new kick-ass paint.

"Cali Style"

"Plum Loco"

Wave "hi" back to the the shift knob...

According to those I talked to nice rides were in and out since early in the morning. I got there around 2pm and missed a lot but also caught some cool rides in the day-long rotation of gatherers. 
The shop had a lot of cool stuff and was packed when I ventured in. I shall visit again I'm sure.
Keep on Moonin'.


Bubba Harmon said...

Some real nice photos. I feel your pain with the heat brother. Triple digit temps and 70% humidity on the East Coast this weekend had me bail on a local show that I really wanted to do. Keep shooting and have a Corona for me.

Bill Garrett said...

Thanks Bubba! I heard about the heat going on--it's the humidity that kills! That's gotta be miserable!
I'm heading out today for a show and it will be in the triple digits --but the humidity will be nothing.
Hang in there friend!