PASO ROBLES SHOW
Memo Ortega recently came across some more of the photos he took at the late 1980s Paso Robles West Coast Kustoms show.
[box_light]Memo Ortega is a well known name in the SoCal Custom Car and LowRider Scene, but perhaps not as well known as it should be. Memo has been working on custom cars and Low Riders since the early 1950’s. He became good friends with Custom Car Icon Gil Ayala, and in the late 1950’s he even bought Gil’s famous 1942-46 Ford Coupe as a persona driver. Today, in 2015, 80 years young, Memo is still chopping tops, and any other custom car work you can think of from, his garage work-shop. Check out more of the Memo Ortega Stories in the Memo Ortega Files on the CCC[/box_light]
Cruising to East Los Angeles
Remembering some of my early cruising days back in 1951, ’52, with my old 37 Chevy. A car I will never forget. I did a lot of work on it to my liking, thats wats customizing is all about. When I got the car I was 14 going on 15, years old and I just wanted a kool kustom to kruze them wheels off… which I sure did. I filled the door handles and truck-lid, and installed ’40 studebaker tail-lites on my rear fenders. I made me some plain side hood panels also, and installed some ’40 Ford headlites on my front fenders, and eventually painted it metallic green. An of course I lowerd the heck out of it. It was so low that at one time I got stuck on the railroad tracks. Theres a lot more that I did on this car, check it out in one of rik’s early Memo Ortega Stories.
I grew up in La Verne, Ca where one of the older krusers told me about a kustom shop in East Los Angeles called the Ayala bros. He mentioned that maybe one of these days you might want to go over there, and check it out since you like our kustom cars… The older kruzers in my neighborhood had some neat kustoms… those were the ones that gave me the kustom bug. Well I told one of my friends if he would like to kruze over to East LA with me on a Saturday to see if we could find that Ayala’s Kustom Shop, since I had never been there before. Yeah lets kruze there he had never been to east LA either. So comes Saturday and we just took of to East LA, even if we did not know where the place was, we had no address, no nothing. When we got to East LA, we asked at this auto shop for directions. Turned out the guys in the shop knew about the Ayala’s and told us where it was.
Well we met Gil an his brother Al an they really liked my ’37 Chevy. From that moment on we went to that East LA shop pretty often on Saturday afternoons. We got to see kustoms there but we never bothered the workers in the shop, mostly we talked to Gil, he was always nice and we became friends. One other guy I remember from the Ayala Shop was Johnny Rosier he would later get a ’53 Mercury that was done at the Ayala shop. We got to know him a little better, he was kool, took time to talk with me an my friend, two young teen kids instrested in kustoms… he liked that. He allways asked us how come u guys come way out here to East LA, that’s real far from where you guys come from. Because we like krusin we always said! His car merc so was kool just seeing him leave the Ayalas shop was a huge plus for us… Just one of my many great memories from the 50’s.
Johnny Rosier later had this 1953 Mercury hard-top that was restyled at the Ayala Shop. It was a really beautiful car with an amazing paint job. I remember clearly how Johnny slowely took off at the Ayala shop to go for some cruising on Saturday nights.
Paso Robles WCK show
I recently came across some more photos we took at our 1980’s visits to Paso Robles how. This was such a great show, great memories. So back to Paso Robles Part 2. I know the Paso Robles West Coast Kustoms car shows are no more, but so many of us still remember them… awesome times we all had there. Never to be forgotten! So many of us out there met and made so many new friends were made that we still talk to and together we remember those were neat times in Paso Robles. So many cars to look at. This show I went there with my G.M.C. chopped truck which I had just painted in two tone blues. The first time I went there it was in black paint (I see that one of the pictures I found was with the truck painted black). Now the truck lives in japan with the Pharaohs Car Club with Junichi last time I heard.
Later on the show was moved to Down Town Paso, where it was even better and the night kruzin was the thing to do. On some of these photos you can see one of my grandsons posing with some cars, good memories from back in the 1980’ss. Nowadays the show continues in the town of Santa Maria, Ca,
This one was from earlier when I took my GMC truck (in the background) when it was painted all black. Thats my friend Richard Crawford aka “Thinnman” with his ’55 Chevy low rider panel wagon.
Bill Reasoner had brought his personal 1951 Mercury named “Cool 51). Beautiful car, that bill and his wife sitting on the right side of the photo. I heard Bill’s old Merc is now also in Japan.
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