Words and pictures by PVT Runner Ian.
A few months prior, I was made aware of an upcoming event that I’ve had on my bucket list to attend. It was an open house day at Mooneyes in Santa Fe Springs. This event happens once a year, usually in July and it’s a small gathering of hot rod fans, as well as a few select Japanese and European classics.
Mid summer in SoCal, you can just about guarantee that it’s going to be a hot day outside but the clear skies made for a great opportunity for those candy paint jobs to shine.
The event took over 3 separate lots around the main store, each with its own set of quality cars to check out. Of course a plethora of big body cruisers made their presence known, laid out on the floor in proper fashion.
I personally am not too well-versed in the details of this era of cars, but how can any gear head not appreciate the level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into these vehicles? Just the shape alone of these sleds, gorgeous!
Another fun part about the event is the attendees themselves, dressed to impress and to represent the culture of hot rodding properly. It’s not just about the cars, it’s a lifestyle. This is a culture, embedding deep into the roots of SoCal style and it’s going nowhere anytime soon.
Though I might not know too much about these cars, it was still a great time. Great vibes, music of course and good company.
Also, to wrap the weekend: a new addition to the family. Many adventures ahead, stay tuned y’all!
By the way, I want to live in that picture.
How I felt about the opening of Shark Week 2019:
Yeah that pretty much sums it up. Anyway, here is my version of Shark Week:
Looked like fun times back then. Nowadays AC comes standard on cars. Back in the 70’s all the way up to the 90’s AC was optional.
Now imagine working in this blazing heat in a shop or something of that nature. I can’t believe I survived doing that years back. It’s been humid this whole week, which made it hard to get anything done on the cars. But today I managed to get some maintenance done on the ol’ Civic.
Good thing that the temperature drops at night; I was able to get more things done and tidy up Ryu so he wouldn’t look like I’m living in it lol
With the maintenance all done and car all cleaned up, it makes me feel like:
In the early 1900’s when Japan still occupied Taiwan, the Japanese would go out fishing using ancient Ryukyu style harpoon techniques, which some call it dart fishing. The Japanese would not pass down this style to anyone else, however the Taiwanese would secretly study their methods and teach themselves this ancient traditional art.
Liuqiu Island has many names in Taiwan, one of them is called Little Ryukyu. This style of fishing is still being used this very day to catch Sailfish and Marlin. Those types of fish will mostly appear in bad weather. Because of the wind and waves, the fast water sweep bait fish up towards the surface. Sailfish would chase the food near the surface making it easy for the fisherman to spot.
This style of fishing does no damage to the ocean. Many fishermen opt for calmer waters, bigger catches, bigger ships, large amount of horsepower, and bigger nets. But this old method of fishing only suits the few and the dedicated (kinda like owning a Civic), it takes skills and experience. With a small crew and big catch, you can cash out a whole lot of money and feed your family while you’re at it.
Definitely something I wouldn’t mind doing when I retire… I wouldn’t mind doing that now. There’s something about fishing that’s just as relaxing and exciting as cars. Find your peace on the water the same way you find peace on the street. It’s just as dangerous on the water than it is when you’re at high speed. It’s a lifestyle that only some can relate to, and some are able to live. Peace.
Owning a car without A/C can be hectic for some. When I used to live in Sacramento, this is how I cooled off. 🍧🥤
Speaking of cooling off, did y’all get your free slurpees this past Thursday?
I remember waiting for the temperature to drop to tolerable levels in Sacramento, then I would pick up a slurpee and cruise around. Vivid-bright colors, like the ones you see in slurpees, always sets off that summer time vibe, and Thrilla Krew does just that with their clothing. Peep out this Thrilla Krew x Slushcult collaboration:
This also brings back nostalgia for me. Gas stations served as sanctuaries during the hot days and nights. Though, us Runners never trashed anything, the way the characters are acting resembled how we acted on the highway. Steve Nazar is the man behind the drawings. If some of you don’t know his artwork, look up T&C (Town and Country) Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage. I remember playing the NES game as a kid, I used to suck at the surf level 😅.
Since moving to San Diego, beach life is second nature out here. It’s another reason why I like Steve Nazar’s work. It’s the cool color combinations that’s easy on the eyes, and the way he draws his pictures puts you in a beach party realm, which is something you will see out here. I’m glad the weather hasn’t been too hot lately, unlike my home town in the state capital. Temperatures have been getting rather cool at night, making it good kickback and beer chugging weather lol
Stay cool y’all. Remember to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the little things. Peace.
P S., did you know JHPUSA sells Thrilla Krew gear?