Torrance in the mid 1960s
Dennis McKee remembers that when he got his car and drivers license in the summer of 1962 Torrance cruisers would cruise school in the morning, before school started, and after school was over. They would then go home for a few hours before they would all meet at McDonald's hamburger stand at the corner of Crenshaw and Artesia Blvd. No indoors just walk up and eat in you car or standing around mostly. As the evening got later they would go cruise Hawthorn Blvd. to the A&W Drive In. A year or two later they built an A&W about a mile north of McDonalds at Crenshaw and Redondo Beach Blvd and Torrance cruisers started hanging out there instead. It was across the street from El Camino College. Friday and Saturday nights they would meet at a hang out and drive to Lakewood Blvd, and cruise the Lakewood Mall, one of the first shopping centers. It was also near Hody's drive in. Then they would cruise the A&W on Bellflower Blvd. Then cruise Bellflower Blvd. a few times. This was after the Clock drive in was gone, as Dennis never saw the Clock as it was before his time. After Bellflower they would head to Harvy's Broiler by the way of Tweedy Blvd., another cruising street. When they got to Harvy' s, which would later become Johnnys Broiler, you would cruise in and out untill a parking spot opend up. You just had to be lucky to be in the line at the time someone was leaving. They sat there until it got late or they were kicked out because they were not buying any more food. By then it was around 10 pm to midnight and they would head back to Torrance. If McDonalds or El Camino A&W was dead they would go to Hawthorn A&W, if that was dead they would sometimes go to the Witchestand drive in further north. That was what the Torrance cruisers did in the mid 1960s.
Custom Cars of Torrance, California
Delwyn Triska’s 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Roger Squires' 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline - Pastime
Jack Fields' 1954 Chevrolet
Mick Tully's 1954 Chevrolet - The Golden Galleon
Howard Gribble's 1956 Ford F-100
Steve Drale's 1958 Cadillac Brougham
Dennis McKee's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Joe Hurst's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Joe Burgasser's 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Jack Fields' 1960 Ford Starliner
Mike Perello's 1960 Ford Starliner
Erik Hernandez' 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
Joe Hurst's 1961 Buick Electra
Carl Darling's 1961 Ford Starliner
Howard Gribble's 1961 Ford Starliner
Mike Smith's 1962 Chevrolet Impala
Howard Gribble's 1964 Chevrolet Impala - Bloody Mary II
Mike Smith's 1965 Buick Riviera
Custom, Body and Paint Shops of Torrance, California
Citizens of Torrance, California
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