Walden's After-Party Party
Though they specialize in making new doorskins and roof panels for most hot rods between 1928 and the late '30s, Bobby Walden's shop can do all levels of fabrication and assembly, from a simple chassis to finished drivers. But their close proximity to the SO-CAL Speed Shop-about a mile away-made it easy for a few rodders to show up on Walden's doorstep four years ago to see what they were working on. Now hundreds of folks stop by between 5 and 10 p.m., check out projects in the shop as well as what's in the parking lot, grab a free ice cream (Walden went through 600 of them Friday night), and soak in the traditional vibe. You can see more photos at www.streetrodderweb.com.

The Swap
The Roadster Show's Legendary Swap Meet
Though the event is usually referred to as "The Father's Day Show," the given moniker for Southern California's oldest annual hot rod function is the L.A. Roadster Show and Swap-a name that puts the swap meet section of the event on par with the car show. And, in this particular case, that equal billing is perfectly warranted.

For decades this swap meet has been the place to find, buy, and sell whatever you could possibly want, from just a pair of framerails to complete, driveable cars and everything in between. And even though the show didn't officially open until Saturday morning, several hundred vendors were set up early on Friday to take advantage of some of the early birds looking for bargains, with the hearty ones staying well into the sunny afternoon Sunday to make sure they had sufficiently cleared out their garages.

Deals are, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but we wandered each and every aisle scanning for items of interest, noting the prices along the way. Some "asking prices" were outrageous, and we didn't check back later to see if they had actually sold, nor did we check on the low-priced items, either. For those who were not able to attend, this is a slice of the swap meet but, for dozens of more images, check www.streetrodderweb.com for more coverage.

Specialty Parking
Non-roadsters at the L.A. Roadster Show
2010 L.A. Roadster Show and Swap

There's a reason they call it the L.A. Roadster Show. In fact, there are two. One is that it happens in Los Angeles, the other is that it's a show for roadsters. So don't even think about trying to sneak your coupe, sedan, wagon, or pickup into the main event. If it's not topless, it's not getting in. But that doesn't mean you have to go home. The L.A. Roadsters Club reserves the huge parking lot adjacent to the swap meet for pre-'75, non-roadsters, and any roadsters not wearing the shiny paint required in the main show area. They call this section "Specialty Parking" and it draws hundreds of participants every year-not just locals, but rodders from all over California and out of state. And as anyone who's been there can tell you, Specialty Parking draws cars every bit as nice as the roadsters on the other side of the fence. In addition, the L.A. Roadsters have started to use the Specialty Parking area to highlight milestone years, makes, and models. This year's event included a special '35-36 Hot Rod Corral, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the fat fender era.

This portion of the L.A. Roadster Show keeps getting bigger, better, and more popular, making Specialty Parking one of the best "car shows next to a car show" in Southern California.