Hanging Out: 1972


The Wild Bunch Blog has some interesting photos (supplied courtesy of Richard McCloskey) of the cars, guys and girls who cruised along Van Nuys Boulevard some 41 summers ago. These young people and their gas guzzling muscle cars were enjoying their last summer of cheaper oil. In 1973, after the Arab-Israeli War, OPEC got together…

The DePauk Family in Van Nuys.


Phil DePauk, who now lives in Virginia, has been a follower of this blog for a few years and he graciously sent me some new (old) photos from his family archives. He is the young boy in these photos. Phil DePauk and his extended family lived in Van Nuys in the 1940s and 50s and…

Friday Night Chrome.


The chrome, metal, motor and wheels crowd gathered at Bob's Big Boy, as they do every Friday night, to partake of a parking lot full of old restored cars. One old man had an old crank shaft Model T and was showing a crowd how to turn the engine on. There was a very long…

Shopping for a New Car with an Old Lady.


I went shopping for a new car with an old lady. My mother. Our first stop was Honda on Santa Monica Blvd. A kindly, older salesman, who couldn’t have been more than five feet tall, approached us. We asked him about the Civic and he let us go for a test drive. With my mom…

Van Nuys Bl. Circa 1940


Valley Relics posted this circa 1940 color photograph of Van Nuys Blvd. facing south (towards Sherman Oaks) near Victory Blvd. Two things in the photo stand out that are different from today: the streetcar running up the center of the street and the diagonally parked cars. For many years, people have spoken about the loss…

Cruising Returns to Van Nuys Boulevard.


2009 has been the year that the American auto industry was temporarily rescued from its deathbed by an infusion of Federal money and the “Cash for Clunkers” program. And this year has also seen the return of cruising on Van Nuys Bl., which was once the heart and soul of the auto culture parade in…