“Starbuck’s and Goldstein’s took a liking to us and supported us,” Chew said. “My feeling was, and still is, that as long as the vehicles are licensed and insured, our hot rods are no different from a person with a Mercedes, Lexus or Honda parking their vehicles, getting out and patronizing the establishments. And the rest is history — the Early Rodders was born.”
Longtime Early Rodder Don Tubbs couldn’t agree more. “It can’t get any better than this. A beautiful morning, a good cup of coffee and hot rods,” he said. “We started as a group of about six cars. We had the other lot (at the movie theater) for overflow, just in case — but now we even fill the overflow!”
Tubbs is an active, avid member of the group along with his son, Danny, and grandson, Michael. Danny is the proud owner of a 1964 black Cadillac and a 1961 Chevy Impala. Right now, Michael is just an enthusiast, but may be seeking his own hot rod in the future.