The Odd Squad Car Club
A Unique SoCal Car Club Is Open to All Comers
hSince the day cars were made available to the general public, car clubs have been an important part of hot rod culture and helped to push the hobby ever further. The emphasis of these clubs was always focused on the idea of taking vehicles as they came from the factory and finding ways to improve the looks and performance through whatever means possible. Groups of builders and drivers joined forces to push the limits of their machines and gathered together on rural strips of asphalt to hang out and pit their hottest cars against those of other clubs. Southern California, in particular, has always been at the forefront of this movement and continues to be the place of origin for many new trends. Whether it’s traditional hot rods, lead sleds, lowriders, or whatever other automotive style you might identify with, chances are the SoCal car culture has played a large role in its development.
One such Southern Californian car club is called the Odd Squad. Blake Weddington, the founding member, wanted a plaque on his own car, but after taking just one look at how the car clubs around him treated their members, he realized he wanted to make a new club with its own—rather different—set of rules. Blake says, “Many car clubs will put you through the ringer when you’re pledging to get into their group, making you undergo all sorts of activities as a sort of initiation and then make you pay dues as well as build your car a certain way to meet their laundry lists of requirements.” That’s never what Blake and his friends in the car scene were about, and in 2012, the Odd Squad was born. “From the beginning, the Odd Squad was a club meant to be about the people,” Blake says. “Sure, cool cars are a must in any car club, but they only serve to bring people together. As a result, this club has no dues, there is no set requirement to be at any of the meets, and the kind of car you drive is much less important than the kind of person you are. The only real requirement is that your car be older than 1965 to keep the club more about traditional hot rodding than muscle cars.
“We don’t ever want anyone to show up to one of our cruises and see a bunch of guys with tattoos standing around their cars and feel intimidated, you know—if someone comes to one of our meets and gets out of their car, we’ll greet them with a handshake and be very friendly. That’s a big difference between our club and a lot of the other ones we’ve seen out there,” Blake adds. The meets are not members-only, so all other car clubs and car people are welcome. There is no status within their club and no one is better than anyone else. As a result, they have guys who make six figures and guys who make just enough to get by, but they are all bonded together as equals by the cars they love. The cars themselves display the lack of strict rules and range from the slickest-of-slick 1950s Mercury, to one of the rustiest rat rods
you could imagine, along with everything in between. One of the really cool parts is that most of the guys in the club have more than one classic car, and many of them are used as daily drivers.
Member Dameon Daniels says, “One of our favorite parts about this club is the use of period-correct accessories on many of the vehicles that really set them apart from others. Some of the trucks and cars within the club have so many cool little details that you could look at them 50 times and still notice something new.” Each car tells a story all its own, and each one reflects the owner’s individual style. Patina seems to be a staple of the Odd Squad, as many of the cars wear their original paint and more than a few bumps and bruises they have acquired over the years—vehicles within this club exude character and charisma, causing them to stand out anywhere they show up.
Things started off small, with only a few people meeting in the morning for coffee and through the use of social media it quickly grew to a solid group of about 30 guys who gather to escape the monotony of everyday life for a few hours with likeminded individuals. HOT ROD recently had the opportunity to cruise the coast with Blake and his friends as they drove their cars up Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from a coffee shop in Marina Del Ray to Neptune’s Net in Malibu. More than 50 classic cars lined up to make the drive and completely fill the quaint café’s parking lot. The laid-back feel and great group of people made for a fun event where anyone would feel right at home.
After eating a great lunch at the seaside restaurant, the group headed to a couple spots to take some photos. After spending a day with this car club, we can say the Odd Squad is full of great people and home to a unique and interesting group of cars. Anyone who shows up to their meets is sure to be met with a handshake and a smile and will likely have a great time with this relaxed group of car enthusiasts.
If you’d like to know more about the Odd Squad, go to OddSquadCC.com, the group’s Instagram page @oddsquadcarclub, or you can just show up to one of the meets every Wednesday night from 7–9 p.m. at the Coffee Bean at the corner of Hughes and Venice Blvd. in Los Angeles, or every Tuesday night from 7–9 p.m. in the Spires parking lot in Long Beach.
01] The club and those taking part in the cruise completely filled the lot of Neptune’s Net seaside café to enjoy a delicious lunch. 02] Odd Squad member Gianni Diaz’s 1950 Ford F1 has so many little detail pieces on it that really make it a fun truck...