When hot rodders in the ‘50s were coming to Culver City to gather at the Picadilly Drive-In on Sepulveda Boulevard or on the “hot rod alley” section of Jefferson Boulevard, how many of those guys could’ve predicted that their hobby would still be alive and well in the 21st Century? When George Barris was planning the first Cruisin’ Back To The 50’s car show, who could’ve predicted that a neighborhood car show on the streets of Culver City would grow into one of the most successful 1-day events in the area?
This year marked the 10th anniversary of Cruisin’ Back To The 50’s, presented by Barris and the Exchange Club of Culver City. In between the 9 am opening ceremony and the 2-3 pm awards ceremony, the streets of downtown Culver City were packed tight with rods, customs, trucks, lowriders, muscle cars, and sports cars—plus vendors, concessions, and thousands of spectators. Barry Meguiar, host of TV’s “Car Crazy” was Grand Marshal and Blackie Gejeian was there as the Honored Guest. The main stage hosted live music from Lynda Kay, the Dynotones, and the Blasters—as well as the award ceremony where trophies were presented in more than 50 categories. As long as there are hot rodders, George Barris, and Culver City, we predict there will be many more Cruisin’ Back To The 50’s car shows.