Tridents of Southern California
The Tridents car club was formed April 6th, 1959 with six charter members. The club grew fast, and by 1960 it consisted of 24 active members. The club was sponsored by Berg Sign Co. and 76 Union Oil, and registered in the State of California. Bill Sharpe was the first President, and he was one of the original members.
President Gary Canning
November 16 - 20, 1960 the club held their Tridents Rod Custom Autorama at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The show was produced by Silvergate Production of San Diego. In 2019 Steve Beeler told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that the club made a ton of money off those shows. "Back in those days, clubs would have what is called a "Poker Run" with a rock'n'roll dance afterwards. A Poker Run is kind of a race through town with specific stops you have to find, and when you stop, the guys there give you an envelope with a playing card inside. When you get to the end of the run you have seven envelopes and take the best 5 cards you have and makes a poker hand. The highest hand wins a prize. The there's the dance with a bunch of girls car clubs attending too." Steve remembered that the Tridents would rent a double-decker bus, have a small band in the back and drink beer all through the run, "What a ball," he told Kustomrama.
The Tridents had their own club newsletter. Tom Von Pertz, who joined the club in 1960, acted as the editor of the newsletter for a while. In 2019 Tom told Sondre Kvipt that he would write it up, and that Gary Canning would print it at his home print shop; "Gary also did all the Tridends cars, etc."
Cliff D. Hall
Curt Van Diest
Dennis La Perna
Gary "Dago" Giambrone
Tom Von Pertz
Steve Beeler's 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Two-Door Sedan
Dennis Dodson's 1954 Chevrolet
Bill Sharpe's 1955 Chevrolet
Tom Von Pertz's 1954 Chevrolet
Ron Johnson's 1955 Pontiac
Ron Prewitt's 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
Richard Corgiat's 1957 Chevrolet
Steve Beeler's 1957 Oldsmobile 88
Tom Von Pertz's 1960 Chevrolet Impala
Steve Arnold's 1965 Chevrolet Malibu
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