Monday, June 22, 2009

Night Cruising the Streets of OC

Scooter recalls cruising the boulevards at night in his 1930 Model A coupe, with the radio on, and taking in the scene...

As it was said by Huey "Piano" Smith, "Dont Ya Just Know It"! for sure, til this day, growing up in the early days of Orange County, is always a close to the heart, memory! The smell of orange and lemon to this day lingers, cruising Main street in Santa Ana in the 30 model A coupe, flathead powered, three carbs, lowered to the ground, that old Delco radio blasting away, KRLA, KFWB, Hunter Hancock, "Slippin and a Sliden" Ooooohhhhh Yeah! Little Richard! And then? well! "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Lets Go Strollin"! Should you like to step back in time for a little visit and spark up some old pleasant times past, I suggest another evening viewing "American Graffti"! Pretty close to the truth for that era! I'll be back!
The closest I got to "cruising" the streets of OC at night was on my motorcycle with my friend Greg. We'd head out at night on our Kawasakis and rode all over OC, going from one place to another. Shooting pool at Linbrook Family Billiards was favorite hang out, then grabbing a late night snack at Norm's in Santa Ana, catching a movie at the Villa Twin theater in Orange, or riding out to the Newport Beach pier.


  1. I wonder if I might know Scooter? I had a friend who had a 1930 Model A coupe too. We took it down to Newport Beach one night. I was only 16 at the time and worked at Beno's Donuts on Tustin in Orange. I believe that he worked for the phone company on Batavia back then - probably '62 or '63.

  2. A couple of my buddies and I would cruise all over the southland on Friday and Saturday nights. In 1965 we had cruised all over the place in my 50 Ford, when we finally ended up back in Orange. We had driven around all night with a glove box full of fire crackers and finally got the nerve to throw one out the window near the Taste Freeze on Glassell near Chapman College. Ron had no sooner thrown it out than red lights and a siren came up behind us. The cops had us spread eagle against my car, and I just knew I was going to spend the night in jail. One of the cops asked me if there was anything else in the car that they should know about, and I said yes, and told him about the fire cracker in the glove box. He opened the glove box and hundreds of fire crackers fell out on the floor of the car. They probably had a hoot over that and took the contraband home to their kids. No jail time, lol.

  3. Used to cruise "Taco Villa" on Harbor in Fullerton where "Eddie" the bouncer would roam through the parking lot yelling, "Let's go! Let's go! So we'd just drive down the street to the Orangefair parking lot or park across the street from the old Carl's Char-broiler on Harbor.

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