Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:31 PM
You've been missing out big-time if you haven't gone to one of these BBQs just because your Datto truck or Dat car isn't road worthy. In the past it was a 2 day event at a local motel with a pool, had a local cruise to a Datsun dealership for photo ops, a band at sunset, oh yeah... and a lot of cool Time- traveling Datsun Trucks!
In my experience the current one-day event Is still a very rare and unique experience. It is low-key uncrowded opportunity to see trucks ranging from projects-in-progress, to box-stock super original, to 70's retro So Cal fiberglass customs, to chop-tops. There is no swap-meet, show, or trophy competitions to distract truck owners away from hanging near their rides. It is a hang-out and a picnic, to lounge in chairs, sun, talk Dats, photo trucks and meet etc.
It's free, in a park, with lots of room. Just bring some food to grill &/or share, hang out and see how the truck owners did their builds or where they got their inspiration. It has been my experience that they like meeting new people (even newbies) , networking forbparts, and sharing ideas . The only thing limiting your experience... is if you're not asking the stranger next to you "Hey, do you know who owns this cool truck? I want to find out how he did this!" while pointing to something on his truck. It's the ultimate compliment...and introduction in one sentence.
My favorite part is sitting and talking with George Koepsel (sp?) who was the local San Berdoo/ Fontana delership owner "back in the day." He enjoys answering questions about running a dealership, what the trends were. It is great to hear his stories about his experiences. I just found out his son worked for a dealership too. I can't wait to meet him and hear his experiences too.
The only smoke this year will be from the BBQ, ash if you drop your hot dog in the coals, and hot air from the truck owners telling their acquisition stories and wrench-turning tales! Come hang out, eat a burger, and meet the creative guys who build and keep these great old Datsuns trucking!
I've been to four or five of these BBQ's over the years, made new friends at each event, and had a blast every time. And....I drove my daily driver every time! Don't miss out cuz your Datsun isn't road-worthy. Meet you there!