Baldwin & Sommerfeld Automotive Service

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A photo of Baldwin & Sommerfeld Automotive Service. "Baldy" can be seen on the left in the photo.
Baldy working on the B&S Garage Lakester at the B&S Garage.

Baldwin & Sommerfeld Automotive Service was run by Robert "Baldy" Baldwin and August "Gus" Sommerfeld. The repair shop was located at 1010 Genesee in Los Angeles, California.[1]

The shop consisted of four or five wooden swing door single garages in the shadow of an apartment building that they were built for. The year was 1945, and they built hot rod cars and motors. Vic Enyart believes that Mojave Timing Association was headquartered at the garage and that it was run by Baldy and Gus.[2]

Baldy and Gus ran at the lakes, on the street, and on the track. Their oval track roadster was a basic roadster powered by a 4 Port Riley.

Ike Williams

Ike Williams and Julian Doty worked as mechanics at B&S Garage.[1] By the mid-1950s Ike had taken over the shop. In 2018 Ike's daughter, Andria Williams told Kustomrama that she remembered that in the late 1960s Ike received a form from the city asking what B&S stood for; "We joked, and he did fill out Bull & Shit!"[3]



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