By Tony Baker
Californias vital coast was once fertile floor for decent rodding, and all motor activities ordinarily, through the Forties and Nineteen Fifties. scorching Rodding in Santa Barbara County takes the reader again in time with a set of exceptional images from the earliest days of the recent rod circulation. This publication contains photographs of the 1st drag strips within the nation, rough-and-tumble jalopy racing, early road-racing motion, and many nice scorching rods and customs. stick with neighborhood hot-rodders as they take journeys to El Mirage dry lake and the world-famous salt apartments at Bonneville, Utah, and stopover at a long-lost international as visible via photos taken from the private albums of people that contributed to the delivery of a tradition that will unfold around the kingdom.
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This shot shows the Gopher parked across the street from the McNally residence on Robbins Street. As can be seen in this picture, there was a lot more open space in Santa Barbara back in the 1940s. This neighborhood has been densely developed since this image was taken. ) 32 Dick Jacobs of Santa Barbara drove this metallic purple 1937 Chevrolet coupe, pictured here in Montecito at Lee Hammock’s home. He has put “high-lows” on it, that is, larger wheels on the front for a cooler look. Whitewall tires, a spotlight, long whip antenna, and rear fender skirts top off this late-1940s custom.
51 Don Lanning is seen here sitting in his newly acquired Deuce roadster, parked in the driveway of a rented garage in Santa Barbara’s west side (that is the foot of Television Hill in the right background). Don would go on to a successful career teaching shop class and coaching football at his alma mater (class of 1955), Santa Barbara High School. ) In this view of the 1957 car show at Pershing Park, prominent Santa Barbara landmark Television Hill stands out in the background. Visible at the top of the hill are the newly completed studios of local station KEYT-TV.
37 The J&S Garage at 1610 East Valley Road, Montecito, has been has been in continuous operation for nearly a century. Started in 1919 as a limousine service for the wealthy families in the area, the business soon became a general automotive garage when purchased by Elroy Jenkins in the 1920s. Jenkins operated the garage until 1964, when he retired and sold it to Jay Roach of Santa Barbara. Under Roach’s ownership, the garage became a Philips 66 service station and also became known as a meeting place for the local hot-rodders.
Hot Rodding in Santa Barbara County (Images of America) by Tony Baker
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