Most car guys. (and gals), visiting Los Angeles end up at Mooneyes in Santa Fe Springs sooner or later, and we were no exception back in October when we were there. You always get a friendly laid back welcome from Bob, whether you’re buying car parts or just a T-shirt. As usual, the famous Moon vehicles were on display, the F100 truck, the Moonbeam, both dragsters and even Dean Moon’s ’34 Roadster, with its bobbed front fenders and chrome wires, a cool car from the old Moon catalogues that we hadn’t seen before on our previous visit in 2009.
What, or who, we didn’t expect to find was Dennis L’il Daddy Roth who was there picking up some parts. We had met him a couple of month’s earlier in the UK at the Hot Rod Hayride, and he recognised us right away, Dennis a great guy to hang around, as long as you can keep up with his quick fire conversation, and although he was in a hurry himself, found time to stop and chat and pose for a couple of pic’s next to his truck. Although it’s just a regular late-model F150, one of thousands like it in California, you just can’t help noticing who owns it…..
We managed to cram in more shop visits in our last two days in California, so in the next couple of posts lets just show you some pics of what we saw around town at various places in no particular order, so with no further ado, lets now jump across town to Orange, and Jimmy White’s Circle City Hot Rods…..
Although we’d called ahead to make sure they were open (some shops are closed Mondays), when we got to Circle City, Jimmy was out on an errand picking up parts somewhere, so we didn’t get the full personal shop tour and lowdown on the various project’s in there, however, it was the first time we’d been to the new shop and it certainly looked busy.
The first thing we saw in the shop was Jimmy’s own Hemi powered Model A Coupe which thanks to You Tube has become something of a legend. The shop mainly concentrates on fabrication work rather than full builds and this was evident by the number of early Fords recieving serious metalwork in the shop.
Besides the ’32 pictured above, a couple more Model A Coupe’s and a ’34 sedan, we saw a ’39 Lincoln Zephyr reduced to a bare shell, a ’57 Ranchero, a Fox Mustang, and even a speedboat!
Since Jimmy wasn’t around, we didn’t want to hang around and distract the guys from their work, so after buying the obligatory T-shirt, we headed back to the hotel to relax and get a little late afternoon beach time. Our last day would see a dash up the freeway to Burbank in North L.A. to visit Old Crow Speed Shop and Hollywood Hot Rods. Catch those in our next post here on Harmedia.co.uk.