Steve Carpenter is all knowing when it comes to the motorcycle end of the business.
In SoCal, come Father’s Day weekend there’s only one place to be and that’s the L.A. Roadsters Father’s Day Swap Meet and Car Show. But it really begins before the show. Over the years, out-of-towners came early and wanted something to do. Nowadays drive- and fly-ins along with locals are all looking to pack as much hot rodding as they can into this weekend.
There’s one more rodder’s haven to visit on Father’s Day weekend: Nostalgia Speed & Cycle (NS&C) (1048 W. Collins Ave., Orange, CA 92867, (714) 744-4597, www.nostalgiaspeedandcycle.com). Developed by Kelvin Waddington and Steve “Carpy” Carpenter the two literally come from different ends of the earth and now have set up shop in the birthplace of hot rodding. Waddington comes from Down Under (Castlemaine, Australia) and Carpenter from England. Waddington should sound familiar to American hot rodders and readers, having appeared on the pages of Street Rodder on multiple occasions. He brought us the ’33-34 Ute (Australian roadster pickup), the American version of the ’33-34 Ford phaeton, and most recently the 6-inch stretched ’28 Ford Model A closed cab pickup—all stamped out of fresh metal. Carpenter is an ex–motorcycle dispatch rider. (And that explains a lot!) He specializes in building café racer motorcycles from ground-ups to bolt-on accessories.
There’s a “nostalgic” storefront built right into the showroom. (I found the doughnuts in
NS&C also has a service department that will cater to the needs of hot rodders who desire maintenance through more extensive service work. It too will handle all types of classic motorcycles. (Shortly, NS&C will be offering a midweek club meeting setting for local two wheelers.)
NS&C (occupies the old Gary Dagel’s hot rod store) has undergone an extensive renovation yielding a superb-looking and functional speed shop for rodders. There’s an over-the-counter sales department that handles many of the popular street rod lines of products as well as a service center in back for rodders who need help. But that’s for the four wheelers, what about those who like their kicks on two wheels? Carpenter has integrated his café racer motorcycle business as an integral part of Nostalgia Speed & Cycle. You are sure to get your café racer fix; parts and service are on hand.
Come the Saturday morning of the Father’s Day show this is a great meeting and launch point on your way to the Pomona Fairplex. Come early and load up on coffee and doughnuts, or if you head home in the early afternoon you can grab some hot dogs and other refreshments.
In back, parts storage is plenty. Seen are Brookville bodies as well as their own stretche
The service bays are filled with cafe racers of all makes.
The parts counter is like any parts counter—plenty of parts are on hand and lots of bench
Local rodders check out Carpenter’s V-8/60-powered belly tanker, future project.
Modern and vintage parts for both rods and bikes are on the showroom floor.