The L.A. Roadsters club show has long been a staple for many SoCal hot rodders over the Father’s Day weekend, this year seeing the 47th such event. While it changed venues a couple of times as it grew in the early days, the show has been held at the Fairplex on the L.A. County Fairgrounds since 1980, with few changes over the past 21 years. This year, however, saw some major changes to the event.

While the venue remained the same, the layout was substantially different, caused in part by some structural changes to the facility. The old covered area where the 200-plus vendors had previously set up had been torn down since last year’s show, and the vendors relocated inside Building 4, which is also used as the main building at the Grand National Roadster Show every January. With the main part of the show, that for finished pre-’36 roadsters, also relocated to the inner fairgrounds, the whole vibe of the show was altered, along with the layout.

No longer did visitors have to enter through the preferred parking and swap meet areas, making these sections quieter than in years past, but the event seemed to be divided distinctly into two halves. Speaking of the swap meet, and this scribe will readily admit to spending more time there than elsewhere over the weekend; it was one of the best ever, or was that just because I managed to get everything I wanted, and more? Whether the economy can be blamed or not I’m not sure, but prices, for the most part, ranged from reasonable to cheap!

It’s hard to write about this year’s show without coming back to the new layout, but it remains a must-attend event, not just for the sheer quality and numbers of cars in attendance, but for the chance to check out the vendor booths, the cacklefest (performed twice on the Saturday), the superb swap meet, and the open house events held at local rod shops on the preceding days. An action-packed weekend at the core of hot rodding’s Mecca for sure …