Ventura– Car enthusiasts arrive in the fall at Antique Adventures on Sunday, August 7, as early attendees enjoy lively conversation about classic cars, lots of fresh coffee and lots of hearty laughter.
JHE the first birds helped each other get set up, including portable chairs, and spent the first few hours talking about their rides, what they were doing to improve them, and sharing a joke or two along the way.
Group organizer Tom Berger of The Pharaohs noted that he likes to arrive early and greet the gang as if they were part of the family. He spent his early hours polishing his 1937 Ford Slant Back.
“We don’t open until 9:30 a.m., but we do welcome a few latecomers,” he said. “My summer has been good. Ventura is a great place.
He said the group met outside Antique Adventures every Sunday of the year, as long as it wasn’t raining.
“I have new mufflers, and it doesn’t feel like the same car anymore,” he said. “I’ve worked on cars all my life. We like to come here and be surrounded by friends. That’s what it’s all about anyway. »
Jim brought his 1961 Ford Unibody and spent the morning getting his car ready to show it off.
“The bed and the cabin are one piece,” he said. “They’re not worth much, but they’re popular.”
He noted that it’s always car show time at Antique Adventures.
“You’re in Southern California,” he said.
Jim prepares his vehicle and shines it at least once a week.
“I have too much to do to constantly tinker with cars,” he said. “There are people who are paid to do this.”
Dennis Thornton brought his 1956
Chevy Belair Hardtop without a post between the doors.
“I live in Santa Paula,” he said. “Yesterday I went to Filmore, and they have one there. I go there, then I come here on Sundays.
He said the only thing he did to his car was change the wheels.
“I put a pusher, a 17-inch fan on it,” he said. “When I go down to LA, and it’s hot, and I look like it’s going, it was kinda hot. When I got home, I put a big push-pull fan in front of the radiator .
He said Chuck from Antique Adventures makes the coffee, but Dennis likes to bring his own Cup o’ Joe.
“They usually have donuts in there, but I don’t get into that,” he said.
Tim also brought his 1956 Chevy Belair which has a pole in the middle.
“I put money and a lot of blood and sweat and beer into it,” he said with a smile. “Working on cars keeps you out of trouble. I sold my
Harley, so I have a hot rod. I feel safer in a car than on a motorcycle.
He likes to take it on the highway, go to car shows and show off his car.
“I won a bunch of trophies with that,” he said.
Antique Adventures is located at 6587 Ventura Boulevard in Ventura.