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So... Where Were You In '62?

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For those of us who were fortunate to be cruisin the boulevard in the late 50's and early 60's... it was all about Lookin Cool ('bad' or 'bitchen'). After a night at the local drive-inn movie with our best steady (we all went steady back in the day), we’d head to our favorite hangout... think 'American Graffiti' and you'll know exactly what we’re talkin about.

   For many of us in Southern California our "Mels Driven-In" was 'Oscars Drive-In'. In San Diego there were several. The two with the most activity was Menlo Oscars and Clairemont Oscars. The way it would typically go was to make a slow appearance... make a couple laps through the lot to be sure everybody is aware of your arrival, show off your hot date… and of course your ride (even if it had a straight six, it was all yours and still acceptable). Back then it was equally critical for the girls to be seen… come Monday back at school they were required to furnish bragging tales of the weekend to their friends.

   Once parked… and depending on how cool your car was, you’d pop the hood for that all-important examination of the power plant. Next would come the process of ordering food… by turning on the headlights to summon the carhop (on roller skates). The typical order was Oscars famous hot deep-dish pie (35¢) and a cup of coffee (10¢).

   During the course of the evening the guys would gather in the parking lot, while the girls would congregate off in their circle. If all went well, a few cars from another part of town would cruise in looking for a race. With the roar of engines, trays on the ground, and the girls scrambling back to their designated ride, the lot would empty in an orderly frenzy as we all headed to one of several designed drag sites. Once at the site, we’d race for about an hour or two… and head back to Oscars where we'd regale the events of our victories. Good times… and nobody ever got killed or even hurt… we had rules... and those rules were followed!

   Sometime in 1963 it all came to an abrupt end. Oscars was once again turned back to families with four-door station wagons. We were, according to all the rules of growing up, preparing for the next phase of life. Some headed straight off to college. For many the road took us to South East Asia.

   Quoting Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness... "
Check out Oscars Menu (1962)… those times and prices are all but a memory....



The Journey Continues

Drag Racing from the 60's in So Cal
Official Website of Carlsbad Raceway      

      Early 60's Drag Racing
Lions Drag Strip - 1961 - First Televised on TV

                  Winter Nationals Pamona 1965 
             Dragmaster Video - 1958
      Drag Racing Crashes (very dangerous sport)
Tribute to drag racing (1965)

            Our Fallen Drag Racing Friends 


       Firing Up Vintage Dragsters At Dode's (Dragmaster) Car Party (07/29/2012)

Part of So Cal Culture... Lowriders


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