Monday, July 23, 2007 California Rides
Every surfer needs a woodie - cheap, large enough to carry a good number of people, surfboards and equipment, and they could be fixed up some with basic woodworking skills. You then have your "archetypal vehicle of the surfer." The Beach Boys mention them, and there may be more here in California than anywhere else. It's the climate warm, dry but not desiccating, with rare rainfall. You take an early station wagon (or truck) where the car's bodywork is made of wood, and you fix it up, or not. There's the Old Woodies folk if you are into such things. Or more surfer specific, there's this. See also the 1942 Hudson Super Six Station Wagon at thee 2007 Rodeo Drive annual Concours D'Elegance here.
This one, a Chevy panel truck from way back when, probably the late twenties, is very woody. It may be a bit over the top, what with the popsicle-stick grill and all. But you really have to be into it. This one was in a car shop yard, at Robinson and Charleville, in the flats of Beverly Hills of all places.