Tridents of Southern California

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Bill Sharpe's 1955 Chevrolet of Lynwood, California. Bill was a founding member and the first President of the Tridents of Southern California car club, and his Chevrolet was restyled in the late 1950s. The car was named "Dracula."
Bill Sharpe's Tridents courtesy card. Bill was a founding member and the first President of the club.
Tridents President Bill Sharpe crowning "Miss Autorama" in 1961. The Tridents judged the competition, and the girls were chosen on how well they could present themselves to the public, their personality, and their appearance.
A newspaper article about member from the Tridents attending the 8th annual Youth Safety Run from Lynwood to San Jose. Bill Sharoe, Paul Rose and Dave Eppley drove one car, while Tom Hutson, Jim Wanke and Dale Lake drove the other.
The souvenir program for the 2nd annual Tridents Rod and Custo-Rama that was held November 16-23, 1961 at the Pacsadena Pacific Auditorum in Pasadena, California.
Steve Arnold's 1965 Chevrolet Malibu of Gardena, California. Steve was a member of the Tridents of Southern California car club from 1969 to 1972. In 1967 Steve installed lifts on the Malibu.
A Tridents of So. Cal car club plaque. Photo courtesy of Steve Arnold.

The Tridents car club was formed April 6th, 1959 with six charter members. The club grew fast, and by 1960 it consisted of 24 active members. The club was sponsored by Berg Sign Co. and 76 Union Oil, and registered in the State of California.[1] Bill Sharpe was the first President, and he was one of the original members.[2]

The club held meeting every Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Maywood City Hall.[2]

President Gary Canning

Gary Canning was the President of the club in 1960.

November 16 - 20, 1960 the club held their Tridents Rod Custom Autorama at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The show was produced by Silvergate Production of San Diego.[1]


Bill Sharpe
Bill Perry
Carl Hecht
Charles Anderson
Dale Lake
Dave Bowman
Dave Burgeson
Dave Eppley
Dennis Dobson
Duwayne Humphrey
Ed Watson
Gary Canning
George Jacobs
Harvey Christensen
Jack Kirkhuff
Jim Ballard
Jim Roberts
Jim Wanke
Johnny Baker[3]
Larry DeRaiser
Neil Underhill
Nelson Burow
Paul Ashley
Paul Rose
Roger McBride
Ron Miller
Ron Prewitt[3]
Steve Arnold
Tom Hutson
Tom Von Pertz
Wayne Dickey
Wayne Renken

Club Cars

Dennis Dobson's 1954 Chevrolet
Bill Sharpe's 1955 Chevrolet
Ron Prewitt's 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
Steve Arnold's 1965 Chevrolet Malibu


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