It’s a scene repeated dozens if not hundreds of times all around America; the local weekend car show. Three Day Holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the 4th of July are particularly suited to this activity. You know, the local car club puts on a casual run what ya brung gathering at the local park or shopping mall or district. And so it was that my local version of the mythical Mayberry, that being Montrose, California, did the same on July 7, 2019.
Montrose is a meandering shopping village sandwiched neatly in between Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, and La Crescenta California; three residential burbs in the footfhills of the Angeles Forest mountains, less than half an hour north of Downtown Los Angeles. Montrose has everything you’d want for a stroll to shop, eat, drink, and meet up with friends, or host a car show. Babies in strollers, joggers, hipsters, and old folks all welcome. This event has been happening here every 4th of July for decades. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and supported by a variety of local car clubs. What’s particularly nice is that the streets are blocked to traffic, so the cars are parked up on the meandering street with most of the stores open; it’s a friendly, safe and easy way to see the cars, enjoy an ice cream cone or a hot dog, and connect with friends, and so much more pleasant than a big giant, hot asphalt parking lot. Among the attractions is one side street loaded up with all sorts of fuel burning dragsters and boats, so they put on a “cackle fest.” And if you’ve never heard or smelled a nitro burning drag racer warming up or zinging up and down the tach, you ain’t lived totally yet. It’s great fun and always draws a crowd.
The story’s in the cars, bikes, and photos, so here they are, thanks to Kirk Gerbracht….and please remember you can doubleclick on any image to see it full screen and in high res