Ramblers of Long Beach

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Photo courtesy of Bruce Bartlett.
A Ramblers group shot taken in 1951, at the club's first anniversary party. The anniversary was held at Bruce Bartlett's folks on Golden Ave. in Long Beach. Bruce's mom baked and decorated the cake. The older gentleman in the photo is Claire Chapman, Don Chapman's dad. Photo courtesy of Bruce Bartlett.
Ed Hemry's 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan. Ed bought the car from Bobby DeMarco around 1951.
Jim Keeter's 1930 Ford Model A Coupe. Jim joined the club a year or so after they got it going.
Bruce Bartlett's 1953 Studebaker Starlight coupe of Long Beach, California. Bruce was a member of the Ramblers of Long Beach car club, and his Studebaker was restyled by Sam Barris at Barris Kustoms. The build was completed in 1954.
Glenn Springer's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. Glenn was a member of the Ramblers, and his big brother Jerry was one of the charter members in the club.
A group of "Ratpack" Ramblers members in 1954. Photo courtesy of Bruce Bartlett.

The Ramblers was a car club from Long Beach, California. It was started in 1950, and the charter members and most of the members went to Poly High. A few went to Wilson. Bruce Bartlett was a charter member. Monte Trone was a good friend of Bruce, and a member of the Long Beach Cavaliers. Monte had been a Cavaliers member for a while, and he gave Bruce some good advice and pointers that was very helpful for the newly established club.[1]


Dick's Body Shop

In 2019 Bruce Bartlett told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that Dick Farguson at Dick's Body Shop did work on the majority of their club cars; "He did really nice work and the best part for all us high school kids, he was very reasonable. He did a '47 Cad for me just before I graduated."[1]

Members

Bill Dodd
Bill Loveliss
Bob Back
Bob Boyson
Bob Curtis
Bob Highbee
Bob Saxton
Bruce Bartlett
Don Chapman
Ed Hemry
Glenn Springer
Gordon Harker
Jerry Springer
Jim Keeter
Johnny Callos
John Ward
Larry Olson
Nick Friesen
Sherwin Scott
Wayne Kirby

Club Cars

Jim Keeter's 1930 Ford Model A Coupe
Ed Hemry's 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan
Bill Loveliss' 1941 Ford Coupe
Bruce Bartlett's 1947 Cadillac
Bob Highbee's 1951 Chevrolet Hardtop
Bruce Bartlett's 1953 Studebaker Starlight Coupe
Glenn Springer's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
Don Chapman's 1954 Studebaker


References



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