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Bob Smith's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Carl Burnett's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Chuck Gibson's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup

San Diego Prowlers Car Club

The Prowlers Car Club of San Diego, California was established in 1947. The club is still active in 2010 and is one of the oldest continously active hot rod clubs in the United States. The club was established out of a desire to race, and the need for a car club in order to become members of the Rusetta Timing Association. Before they decided to join R.T.A., Ed Stewart a member of the Southern California Timing Association offered the fellows a chance to race as his guest at the El Mirage dry lakes. The rules of S.C.T.A said that you had to have a roadster to race, coupes and sedans were not allowed. Based on this the guys, they were around seven, decided to form a club to gain membership in the Rusetta Timing Association which allowed all car models and styles. Forming a club, they needed a name, so after pitching back and forth they decided to call themselves the Prowlers, as they were always on the go. Frank Wilkinson came up with that name.[1]

Made up of strictly Ford vehicles the club rules requires that in order to become a Prowlers member you have to own a 1948 or older car. In addition, 3 major modifications from stock condition is required to qualify for consideration as a Prowler club car. The vehicle must also be painted, upholstered, and running in a safe manner.[1]

Ace Carnahan
Bernie McNaulty
Bill Carpenter
Bob McCoy
Bob Smith
Bob Stewart
Bud Fleetwood
Bud Henry
Carl Burnett (Member #21 / 2)
Chuck Gibson
Danny Mryrick
Ed Stewart
Flo Miller
Frank Wilkinson
George Venice
George Sotier
Jack Sercranic
Jean Schffer
Jim Bradberry
Jim Smith
Joe Pirronello
John LaBarre
Les Hilgers
Marty Moore
Rich Sawyer


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