We hate to play on a timeless clich, but sometimes there's just no better way to put something. For instance, from the time you're old enough your mother has always pounded the, "Don't judge a book by its cover," aphorism into your skull. When it comes to life, those few words may be the best advice ever given. To that end, if one were to take the title of the L.A. Roadster Show at face value, and opt not to attend because they're not the roadster type, well then they just missed out on one happening truck show.
When one reads the title: L.A. Roadster Show, it's easy to confuse the show as being a roadster-only event. True, inside the gates are only pre-'38 roadsters, exclusive to finished and painted ones at that, but don't let the title fool you. Outside the fence that houses the roadsters is a come-one-come-all event for any pre-'75 vehicle, regardless of top. In fact, outside the roadster temple is just as packed with a wide variety of rides as it is inside.
For the past 44 years the L.A. Roadsters Car Club has put on the event over Father's Day weekend. In that time the show has become a Southern California tradition that has folks coming from all over California, and outside its borders as well, to spend the weekend in the Golden State. Besides hosting a roadster and car show event, the weekend also yields a massive vender midway that encompasses the latest products the aftermarket has to offer, even down to a 50-foot Hawaiian shirt booth. Not to mention, in the same parking lot as the open car show is one of the biggest swap meets this side of the Mississippi. Inside the swap meet one can find anything needed to get started on a new truck project or finish off an ongoing project. Here's just some of the stuff we managed to spot over the weekend.