Grabbing a smoldering cup of coffee, I planted myself down to check my email. The dispatch came from fellow blog follower, Bob Lampert. He had passed " A Quarter Past Nine" onto an ol' buddy of his and here's what came back.
"Wow! What a trip to the past. 58-60, I spent a lot of time "Cruising El Cajon Blvd". As I recall, the routine was Oscar's next to Hoover High School then out to Dobb's in La Mesa with occasional side trips to the Oscars' on L.V. Rd., Midway and Rosecrans, and the drive-in at 32nd and El Cajon on the North side of the St. Remember the "Purple Cow" on Mission Gorge Rd?
I had a 29' Model A roadster with a big flathead that I drove at Paradise Mesa on rare occasions and then there was always "Hourglass Field" or the "Straight on Mission Gorge Rd.
Right after I went into the Army I heard from friends that they had "Drag Race Riots" on El Cajon Blvd. The PD even came up with radio codes for drag racing. As I recall "Code 12" was Drag races eminent and "Code 13" was Drag races in progress. That was on one of the radio code cards I got way back when.
The picture below, maybe my old memories are distorted a bit but I don't recall a B of A on the South side of El Cajon Blvd. across from Oscars. Oscars was on the North west corner of a T intersection. There was a side lot that faced the Oscar's building that ran North and South on the West side of the building and the main parking area in the back ran East and West.
The "Other" car lot, remember the "House of Hardtops", Euclid and El Cajon?
You are right, "What a wonderful time to grow up."
Doug's memory is pretty good...the photo was from the El Cajon Oscars, no B of A, and I'll find a photo of "House of Hardtops." Anyway, that's what this blog is all about. It's meant to inspire, have fun, day dream, and open thoughts about the coolness of car culture.
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