Bench Racing at Clark Field
In just four years the Hermosa Beach Fall Classic Car Show has become one of California's premier events for auto collectors. But in characteristic Hermosa fashion, there was none of the typical car show snootiness evident at Clark Field on Sunday. The day began with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Hermosa Beach Women's Club. Then the Redondo High School band took the stage. Many of the top cars belonged to local residents, including Chamber of Commerce President Mike Ludwig's prize winning Lincoln Zephyr and brother Lee's rare AC Bristol. The show ended with a tribute to retired Vasek Polak racecar driver Milt Minter. Minter's presence inspired hours of reminiscing among South Bay auto racing alumni, or what retired racing mechanic Bruce Robles called "bench racing."
The inspiration for the Shelby Cobra can be seen in this AC Bristol owned by Lee Ludwig.
Lynn Zamboni won the 1999 LA Street Pro Racing Series last month in this Easy Reader sponsored Porsche.
1919 Indian board racer owned by Cheryl Dunkel.
A 1957 MGA owned by Gail Robklard and Mike Katz
The Hummer of its day, a 1940 Army Scout Car owned by Marc Lasky.
This 1952 Cadillac-powered Allard JTX has been in Brian Dietz's family since 1967.
Proceeds from the show will go to Project Touch, which is celebrating 25 years of helping local teenagers with counseling and crisis intervention. Project Touch can be reached at (310) 379-2797. ER
Photos by Randy Angel and Kevin Cody
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