The CAL-RODS Car Club was started in 1954 by Don Scurti (a Junior in 1954) on the advice of Clyde Gorsuch so the boys would "have something to do". Mr. Gorsuch had talked to Scurti for almost a year until they finally decided to form a club to teach the boys how to work on their cars and to learn what makes them run.
The Cal-Rods of the San Gabriel Valley, our trademarked name, currently have approximately 300 families, with over 500 total members. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. We have members from all walks of life and on average, 120 members attend our monthly meetings. We usually feature a guest speaker from the racing community to share their history and interests with the club.
Many organized events are held during the year. These include both the guys and the ladies. Friends of Cal-Rods are also included by invitation. The purpose of the events are to have fun with all who attend as well as raising funds for many charities throughout the year. The events include our annual old-fashioned picnic, poker runs, a car show charity benefit , Christmas Toy Drives, several 1 to 3 day fun runs and a beautiful Christmas holiday dinner-dance. We also attend many local car shows as a club and often exceed 80 Cal-Rods participants in a group.
The Cal-Rods and Cal-Rodettes, as many of the ladies are known, own many fine cars. The variety runs from stock restorations to traditional street rods, pro-street, and full on race cars. But the main thrust is still nice people enjoying the other club members, with the cars being the common bond.