In the 1930s an "older" guy named Harry Westergard ran around the streets of Sacramento in a stripped down and modified 1929 or 1930 Ford Model A roadster. He and other roadster owners hung out at Jack's Stack Associated Flying A Gas Station at the corner of 18th and L in downtown Sacramento, across from the Capitol. At the gas station Harry met Norm Milne and Dick Bertolucci. Street racing was all these young bucks could do, as there were no facilities for organized competitions. They raced after dark, usually just a block or two ahead of the local police. The war interrupted the nights at Jack's Flying A station, and all was quiet until the summer of 1945. In 1945 Norm decided to form a club in order to legitimize their activities and to try to get rid of the outlaw stigma. The first meeting of the newly formed club, the Capitol Auto Club, was held in Harry's chicken coup shop on Fulton Avenue in September 1945. The club went on to be the Thunderbolts Car Club. Because of this, Jack's Stack Associated Flying A Gas Station is known as the place where hot rodding was started in Sacramento.
Custom Cars of Sacramento, California
Norm Milne's 1938 Ford Convertible Sedan
Mel Falconer's 1939 Ford
Gene Garret's 1940 Ford
Harold Ohanesian's 1940 Mercury Convertible Sedan
Al Lauer's 1941 Cadillac Convertible
Duane Aspengren's 1949 Hudson - Night Train
Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford Pickup - The Capri
Bobbie Nessur's 1952 Ford
Otto Rhodes' 1953 Ford F-100 - The Mountain Pearl
Don Tognotti's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Green Voodoo
Bob Yoas' 1957 Chevrolet Corvette
David Rolin's 1957 Ford - The Tormentor
John and Rebecca Hackler's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Hot Rods of Sacramento, California
Pinstripers of Sacramento, California
Body, Fender and Custom Shops of Sacramento, California
Custom Paint Shops of Sacramento, California
Custom Car and Hot Rod Clubs of Sacramento, California
Dealerships of Sacramento, California
Citizens of Sacramento, California
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