For the past 16 years the team at SO-CAL Speed Shop in Pomona, California, has put together a free pre-party for those folks who are attending the big L.A. Roadsters Show ’cross town the next day. Held on Friday, cars start showing up in the early morning, though SO-CAL doesn’t open their doors for the event ’til the afternoon.

Coveted parking spots around the facility for invited hot rod owners and their cars are planned months in advance, and anybody else who wants to show up with a car can find a place out in the street where the police help park them four-wide in front of the shop. An estimated 400 cars took advantage of the opportunity, though when one left another took its place.

Food is available but instead of the mobile In-N-Out Burger stand used at past events, this year several taco trucks were brought in to feed the masses. One truck was offering exotic fair such as buffalo meat, rattlesnake, or alligator—something for everyone.