In Southern California, our car show season starts early with the Grand National Roadster show in late January. With some last-minute updates completed, the ’56 Belair is finally ready to enjoy a full calendar of shows for 2018. We heard about Jeff Fun Run on the internet and since it was 1 week before the Roadster Show, this was the perfect event to kick off the season.
Jeff’s Fun Run is put on by Pickups Limited in honor of member Jeff Hornsby who lost his battle with cancer and for 2018 they have partnered with the folks at Cruisin’ for a Cure to raise money for cancer research. What makes the run so “fun” is that all vehicles are welcome and it’s a chance to visit some of the premier parts suppliers and custom shops in Orange County!
With the start of the event being at Ken Grody Ford in Buena Park early Saturday morning, there was plenty of time for coffee and donuts while checking out everyone’s rides. Once the run began, cars were directed to go in groups and follow the instructions to each stop. Once at the stop, there were folks there to greet you with a raffle ticket and more coffee, donuts and water.
Mattson’s Custom Radiators and The Fan-Man
Mattson’s Radiators and Fan Man are in the same building and appear to be part of the same business. They make some of the best custom radiators and stock the best electric fans in the industry. I enjoyed checking out the giant CNC router table used to cut out the custom fan shrouds.
D&P Classic Chevy
As a Chevy Tri-5 owner, I had certainly head of D&P Classic Chevrolet so it was a treat to get to visit. This is probably the largest hot rod and resto shop I have ever seen. I would worry that my car might get lost. Many cool projects in the works here.
The next stop was Nitrous Supply which is a full-service retail shop for all things nitrous oxide. They sell everything both in store and online you need to add horsepower to your ride. This is one of those places that I probably would never know was right here in Huntington Beach. These guys are the experts on nitrous and since everything that I know about NOS was learned from the Fast and Furious movies and Street Outlaws, if I ever get a chance to build a drag car, I will definitely be visiting these guys.
Cambra Speed Shop
Located in Orange, CA, Cambra is a top-notch restoration and hot rod shop. I was impressed at how clean and organized this shop was. They are working on a couple cars that will debut at the Roadster Show and we were able to get a sneak peak at these incredible projects. Craig Chaffers, who I had worked with on Overhaulin’ back in the day, was on hand to give us the low down on the projects. Great shop and I am looking forward to returning here again.
Fast Lane Factory
At the Fast Lane Factory in Anaheim, we were greeted by business owners, Joe and Brandon. They had prepared extra stock of shop t-shirts for every participant that stopped by. This was very cool and shows that these guys are interested in promoting their shop. In addition to the cool free t-shirt, they had some cool projects in house and were definitely passionate about their business.
The last stop and site for lunch and the raffle was BRC Fabrication in Brea. As far as clean and organized fabrication shops go, this place is at the top. It was clean enough to eat off the floor and the fabrication tools were laid out with an amazing amount of workspace around each tool. This place is the real deal!
Jeff’s Fun Run 2018 is in the books. Overall, we had some great sunny (but chilly) weather and met some awesome folks. It was really cool to see so many hot rods and classics on the street of Orange County all at once. We will definitely make plans to do this run again in 2019.