Sometimes the only way to get street rodders to follow the rules is to see what we’re doing and write the rules around that. A perfect example is the L.A. Roadster Show, where coupes, sedans, wagons, pickups, Vickys, customs, and just about every other variety of pre-’75 iron have been crashing this topless party for years. Nobody has the heart to kick them out on Father’s Day—instead the L.A. Roadsters Club relegates the non-roadsters to a designated area of honor known as Specialty Parking.
This year’s reconfigured show layout relocated Specialty Parking farther from the swap meet and closer to the roadsters and vendors. Seeing these cars parked where we expected to see roadsters pushed us a little out of our comfort zone. Then we remembered that this whole hobby is about taking something familiar and modifying it into something out of the ordinary. As usual, Specialty Parking was full of out-of-the-ordinary rods and customs—every one of them was an example of imagination, modification, and change.