Bobby and Melinda Walden moved to SoCal a few years ago after Bobby made a name for himself in his home state of Texas for his fabricating skills. He continued that trend working for some notable shops in the SoCal region before the pair opened the 7,000-square-foot Walden’s Speed Shop in Pomona, California, in 2005 (with a team of fabricators led by Jim “Jake” Jacobs, Wesley Kent, and Blake Tomlinson).

Organizing an open house before the roadster show a few years back, the pre-event party has recently become a “must attend”, especially for the traditional-minded hot rodder. This year the gig ran till 10 p.m., and Walden’s handed out 650 free ice cream bars, 12 cases of water, and seven cases of Dr. Pepper. Looking around, you could see everyone had a good time.