Hot Rod­ding in Pasadena, 1948

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Greg Henkels

En­closed are some pho­tos taken by my el­dest brother Jim in 1948 around Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia. Jim was 21 years old, had just been dis­charged from the Navy after serv­ing in WWII, and was just get­ting into the hot rod hobby. Jim was the old­est of 15 chil­dren raised on Pasadena Av­enue in Pasadena. We lived just blocks from the Rose Bowl, and my brothers, with Jim, fre­quented the area to race their cars! As you can see from the pic­tures, Jim was quite the wom­an­izer. He al­most al­ways had a pretty woman ac­com­pa­ny­ing him on his ex­cur­sions.

Our fam­ily, the Henkels, was al­most al­ways iden­ti­fied on the streets of Pasadena with vin­tage 1920s and 1930s Lin­colns, which we drove, crashed, junked, and ul­ti­mately re­stored in our garage on Pasadena Ave.

Jim passed away at 90 this March, and I dis­cov­ered the pic­tures among his be­long­ings.

> Greg Henkels de­scribed this photo and the photo at up­per right as “taken at 726 N. Pasadena Av­enue in 1948.”

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