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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:31 am    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

yeppers I remember the Cal style, boy were they cool then, one piece windows!!! Wink mirrors, now they are laughable and hideous......

having been born and raised in LA it's good to see a lot of my hometown city's mentioned but Huntington Park,!! wow talk about rough, moved in with my dad and went to Nimitz for one year and it was tough... can't imagine it now

good times back then though, man has LA and the world as we know it changed Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

63 vwnotch wrote:
yeppers I remember the Cal style, boy were they cool then, one piece windows!!! Wink mirrors, now they are laughable and hideous......

having been born and raised in LA it's good to see a lot of my hometown city's mentioned but Huntington Park,!! wow talk about rough, moved in with my dad and went to Nimitz for one year and it was tough... can't imagine it now

good times back then though, man has LA and the world as we know it changed Confused


You must be talking about a "Cal Look" VW. 63 VW Notch because there were some guys that took their que from the magazines like Hot VW's or VW Trends in our east side LA neighborhoods..........But not us "Chicano" Cal Style guys. We did not use wink mirrors or 1 piece windows, that was an Orange County or farther you got out of LA thing. We were influenced by the lowriders in our neighborhoods. We were buying are NOS original parts from the first restoration parts house for VW in the US. Vintage VW Parts behind Dodger Stadium and keeping the VW's all original like lowrider Bomba's, especially the mirrors which set our Vintage style VW's apart. Your right about H.P. being rough back then. I lost 8 chidhood friends to the violent madness growing up there.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

Sambanistas! Time for some more Los Angeles 1980's VW party and cruise scene history. As I said before the LA Volkswagen culture and party, cruise scene was a way of life for us Los Angeles teens from the South East, East and North East side of LA coming of age during those times. We were the first generation to get away from the 1970's gang wars and Lowrider car club wars we saw as young kids. All we wanted to do was party, have fun, cruise Elysian Park, Flat top, the Lodge, the Winery, scam on Cha Cha chicks, go to backyard house parties and our mode of transport during these times was our lowrider influenced Cal Style Volkswagens.

Our scene was an underground scene that combined Mobile DJ's, party promoters and their party flyers, with social party groups and crews and the pioneering Cal Style VW clubs that followed the Cha Cha chicks at these mobile DJ parties. Those VW clubs during these pioneering times of 1978-1984 were The "Bugs Buddies" syndicate who I was a part of and the Vintage Volksters C.C. We would hang out at GINOS II in Hollywood, The Center in Puente, The Copacabana in El Sereno, The Alexandria Hotel downtown LA and all the Mobile DJ dance places.

KCET in 2008 published a series of articles about that teen party scene in the East sides of LA. from the Mobile DJ and party promoter perspective. One of the pioneering DJ's John Guzman is my friend and back then was Mobile DJ "Face to Face". John was a fellow Vdubber back then as many mobile DJ's were including Victor Aleman from mobile DJ "Black Tie". We all knew each other from this social party and cruise scene. Below are the links to the articles that will really give an insight to our LA teen culture during these times in chronological order. Watch the videos clips and listen to the audio music mixes.

Well known DJ Frank Del Rio who I watched DJing and spin practice as a kid in Huntington Park and my friend John Guzman "Face to Face" are mentioned and featured in these mini documentaries from KCET including Johns music mixes from back then that drove the dance scene including the mixtapes that us Vdubbers would get from our DJ friends and play while cruising the Volkswagens.

https://www.kcet.org/history-society/backyard-part...california

https://www.kcet.org/history-society/backyard-parties-1970s-temporary-discotheque

https://www.kcet.org/history-society/backyard-parties-1980s-east-las-dj-culture

https://www.kcet.org/history-society/backyard-parties-1990s-party-out-of-bounds

https://www.kcet.org/history-society/backyard-parties-2000s-post-backyard
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

you guys are a few years older then, I'm 46 and lived in that area until '82.. then moving east to Pomona..While I remember the era and scene you're talking about I was obviously to young to drive and was into popping until about '82.. you probably remember The Midnight Poppers , Knights of the Round Table from that area, well that was my scene back then..

'82 and after was caught up by the heavy metal scene and later became part of the big hair bands and played the Hollywood Circuit... iirc Ginositol was a pizza place and sold a slice of pie the size of NYC for 75cents.... Unless I'm thinking of Graziano's, maybe Hollywood/Vine.... Good times back then...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

63 vwnotch wrote:
you guys are a few years older then, I'm 46 and lived in that area until '82.. then moving east to Pomona..While I remember the era and scene you're talking about I was obviously to young to drive and was into popping until about '82.. you probably remember The Midnight Poppers , Knights of the Round Table from that area, well that was my scene back then..

'82 and after was caught up by the heavy metal scene and later became part of the big hair bands and played the Hollywood Circuit... iirc Ginositol was a pizza place and sold a slice of pie the size of NYC for 75cents.... Unless I'm thinking of Graziano's, maybe Hollywood/Vine.... Good times back then...


63 vwnotch Yup a little older we were High School classes of 1979-1984. I was class of 1983 and one of the younger kids of our Vintage Cal Style VW scene, hence the moniker VW KIDD stuck to me back then.
As a pop locker back then you must have known the Siberian Knights duo from Huntington Park. I remember Knights of the round table. So you must have also hung out at the Pop lock/break dance mecca Radiotron near MacArthur Park LA. The Vdubs used to cruise that place too.
You said earlier you attended Nimitz junior high then you remember Gage Bowl and across the street Gage Auto body that did all the custom high end Candy, Flakes and Pearls paint jobs and across from them on the other corner a VW shop called H & H.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

yep remember all the above, I used to walk to gage bowl for my video game fix of donkey kong Laughing I was in MNP and a couple guys I knew were in the movie Break Dance, while I was decent they were on another level altogether... I never liked the Cal look but honestly say I admire the Cal Style... and the brutal truth I never knew the difference until now Embarassed but there is obviously a HUGE difference..
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

I recently pulled out my Lowrider Magazines from the early 1980's that I used to collect back then and came across a picture of an outlaw Bugs Buddie C.C. Syndicate associate Vintage Cal Style Vert at an East Los Angeles Car Show summer of 1982. This picture was taken in 1982 and is in the Jan 1983 issue. This was owned by a guy we called "Farmer" and if you look closely you can see the 'Bugs Buddies" signature Playboy Bunny Air Freshener hanging from the rear view mirror. The Air Freshener hanging from the rear view mirror was the only tell that the VW was a Bugs Buddies Syndicate affiliated car and was to be left alone and not stolen. As you can see the Los Angeles Vintage Cal Style was still in its pioneer years of 1979-1984 and was still a regional East Sides of Los Angeles thing during this time. The farther out you went from inner city Los Angeles you would see "Hybrid" De-Chrome Cal Look/Cal Style VW's that had 1 piece windows, after market mirrors, dechromed but be "slammed" with chrome or polished Porsche alloys but in our East Side LA Neighborhoods during this time with the help of Vintage Volkswagen Parts, Glendale, we were striclty all about Vintage correct Low Rider "Bomba" influenced all original slammed Volkswagens with subtle chrome accessories. The style that has endured the test of time.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

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I recently pulled out my Lowrider Magazines from the early 1980's that I used to collect back then and came across a picture of an outlaw Bugs Buddie C.C. Syndicate associate Vintage Cal Style Vert at an East Los Angeles Car Show summer of 1982. This picture was taken in 1982 and is in the Jan 1983 issue. This was owned by a guy we called "Farmer" and if you look closely you can see the 'Bugs Buddies" signature Playboy Bunny Air Freshener hanging from the rear view mirror. The Air Freshener hanging from the rear view mirror was the only tell that the VW was a Bugs Buddies Syndicate affiliated car and was to be left alone and not stolen. As you can see the Los Angeles Vintage Cal Style was still in its pioneer years of 1979-1984 and was still a regional East Sides of Los Angeles thing during this time. The farther out you went from inner city Los Angeles you would see "Hybrid" De-Chrome Cal Look/Cal Style VW's that had 1 piece windows, after market mirrors, dechromed but be "slammed" with chrome or polished Porsche alloys but in our East Side LA Neighborhoods during this time with the help of Vintage Volkswagen Parts, Glendale, we were striclty all about Vintage correct Low Rider "Bomba" influenced all original slammed Volkswagens with subtle chrome accessories. The style that has endured the test of time.



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

A little bit of Cal Style history about the VW Syndicate The Bugs Buddies I have talked about in this tread early on. The Bugs Buddies wasn't a car club but a Syndicate of VW heads that was deep in the LA mobile DJ party and Cruise scene going back to 1979.

A holy grail score for me today. This Harry Hill frame and insert is not only rare but has sentimental value for me too. The original outlaw VW syndicate The Bugs Buddies members from Puente would run these and the Bugs Buddies members from Huntington Park like myself would run Nick Alexander frames & inserts until our DMV issued plates would come in. This actual frame & Insert was owned by an OG Bugs Buddie member, Raul who had them on his ghia vert back in the early 1980s & then went to another OG Bugs Buddie member Tony H, and then to another OG VW & Lowrider homie Conrad who turned them on to me. A very personal addition to my collection of frames! #vw_kidd #bugsbuddies #originaloutlaws

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Who Remembers The 80s CAL-STYLE Reply with quote

Early on this thread I mentioned the 2 Clubs in the pioneer years of the Chicano Cal Style era from 1979-1984 that were influential and well known in the LA Mobile DJ, party & cruise scene. They were the Original Outlaw VW Syndicate the Bugs Buddies and the Vintage Volksters C.C. The Bugs Buddies Syndicate preferred performance engines with dual carbs, accessorized and dumped on polished Porsche alloys, while the Vintage Volksters were also accessorized Vintage style but slammed on stock smoothies and mainly stock engines with pea shooters. The Vintage Volksters tire of choice was the Remington 520x15 bias ply 5/8" thin whitewall because of the lowrider influence and look of the 520x13 Remington favored by the them. Back then we called that style rollin on "gangster whitewalls" and later the full whitewall as used today would become the standard around 1984-85 ish but back in the early 1980's it was all about the thin whitewall.

The picture below is some of the Vintage Volksters parked at Elysian Park, Los Angeles at the Palm Trees were all the cruising and teen social scene centered around back then.

You can see in this picture below Robert H's. grey primer'd ragtop lowered on whitewalls with pre 1949 Big VW logo caps with Red paint detail bought from Bob Scott at Vintage Volkswagen Parts in Glendale. Behind it is Lenny from Frogtown's Oval that you can see with Bunny's 58 ragtop from Echo Park.

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