Culver City, California, is proud of its role in Hollywood history. MGM studios took up a big portion of town during most of the 20th century, and thousands of classic movies were produced there.

In the Fifties, the town played a part in the history of hot rodding as a magnet for many L.A. area car nuts eager to show off their rides at local diners and on local streets. The spirit of those days is relived every spring during the Cruisin' Back To The '50s car show, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Culver City and presented by famous builder George Barris.

The downtown area is closed to through traffic as street rods, customs, pickups, lowriders, muscle cars, classics, and more, crowd half a dozen city streets. Live music, vendors, and thousands of spectators take up every bit of room not taken by the cars.

Cruisin' Back To The '50s celebrated its 11th year in 2014, and we were there to relive a little hot rod history. The following is a small sample of the vehicles there to help celebrate.


One of the signs that summer is around the corner is George Barris returning to Culver City, California, for the annual Cruisin' Back To The '50s car show.

The show always draws some impressive lowriders. One of the nicest was Rosario Onorato's amazing blue 1964 Chevy, which has been in his family since it was new.

Screens in the hood sides of Russell Collins' 1934 Ford coupe show off the 350 Chevy engine. Russell's daily driver was treated to a 4-inch chop, black cherry pearl metallic paint, and 20- and 17-inch five-spoke wheels.