So-Cal Speed Shop Party
For the past 14 years SO-CAL Speed Shop has organized a pre-Roadster show party at their rod-building facility in Pomona, California. The gathering actually goes back even farther than that, when hot dogs were served to the folks who dropped by before the show to see what the shop was working on. Each year more people and more cars showed up, so soon Pete Chapouris and his gang were having the event catered by the In & Out hamburger chain and feeding (for free) more than 1,300 hungry rodders. This year, police estimates put the crowd at 5,500 participants, and roughly 500 cars were parked in and around the shop for the five-hour shindig. Next year will be the 15th anniversary, and you know we'll be there for that landmark event, too!

Walden's Hot Rod Shop Party
Originally based in Texas, Bobby Walden made his mark in the hot rod world by being a metal craftsman of the highest order. Moving to California earlier this decade, he worked on some high-profile projects at SO-CAL Speed Shop before opening his own shop in Pomona, California, a few years ago, where he continued to develop a line of steel roof inserts and replacement door panels for most any '30s-era hot rod out there. Walden's pre-event party on Friday evening is a low-key affair (with free ice cream!) and rods and kustoms of every type show up.