BY ART HALL
Well it was a steaming hot day in the southland and I had to motor into Santa Fe Springs, even hotter. I wish these guys would plan their parties in the spring or fall when the sun is a little lower on the horizon. Nevertheless a good time was had by all those who chose to brave the triple digit temperatures, even myself.
Road Dog Customs in Santa Fe Springs was having their second annual “thank you” open house and after attending the first I didn’t want to miss the second. Leo and Sonny put on quite a gig to showcase their operation and share their appreciation with the community.
Again the ‘let’s join forces’ theme was present as along with new and old motorcycles there were hot rods and customs. I have mentioned in previous articles how I feel that if it has an engine it can be of interest to us all and more of this combining of vehicles should help us create increasingly interesting shows and events. Such as it was here with some very fine custom rods, rat rods, classic cars and motorcycles all in a kind of counter culture atmosphere.
This year was a bit special as Leo had worked on the new Fast and Furious film with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. He was able to secure the Dodge Charger that was used in the film as well as Paul Walker himself, Wow! Plus, Leo and his team had built a cool, customized Springer Softail for Paul which was unveiled for the first time at the party. Being a movie star didn’t seem to adversely affect the guy as he hung around a good part of the day and chatted with anybody who got close enough, a very pleasant fellow.
Road Dog Customs’ shop is situated on a couple of alleys which have the back of some other complimentary shops adjacent to them. All the shops joined in and were a part of the fun. The facilities were open for a tour seeing where the bikes are fabricated and painted in the modern spray booth.
There was plenty of food provided by a huge Mexican style BBQ and all the free beer you should drink (some of us should drink less). Entertainment ran all day long with several different bands on stage, my favorite being the country western guys. The live entertainment included Spliff Decision, a reggae roots band. Diablo Dimes played some great country blues. Brian Jay and the Last Call Boys played some Rockabilly. Russell Scott and his Red Hots returned this year for some good old rockabilly. As well as Los Mysteriosos with some very raw Spanish rock.
All the trophies were hand painted or custom made by different artists such as Dennis Jones Custom Pinstriping, D.A. Designs, Aggressive Designs, Alex’s Pinstriping, the Harpoon and Sonny and the employees at Road Dog Customs, with Donations for raffle prizes donated by Mooneyes Speed Shop and Dice Magazine. Drop by and tell them I sent you.