Hot Rodding in Pasadena, 1948
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.”