For five years in a row now, George Barris has been coming from North Hollywood to beautiful downtown Culver City to host the Cruisin' Back to the 50s car show, held in May. From the way this event is growing, we expect it's got a lot more years ahead of it. The Exchange Club of Culver City sponsors the show, with proceeds benefitting local kids' charities, and the city fathers let George shut down a section of the main drag and a few side streets and fill 'em with show cars. Actually George usually brings a handful of his better-know TV and movie cars, and the participants do the rest. This year, approximately 400 musclecars, lowriders, street machines, novelty cars, custom classic pickups, and plenty of rods and customs filled the streets-plus (almost forgot) a row of modified Smart Cars (they're customizing them already folks!). Any leftover space was packed with spectators, vendor booths, and concessions. Thousands came out to see the cars, check out the merchandise, listen to the live music, and, if lucky, get autographs from Butch "Eddie Munster" Patrick, Elvira, and, of course, George himself. The awards, as always, were custom made and plentiful. We'll be back next year.