There may not be a Bob's Big Boy in your area, but chances are you may be familiar with this old diner, which got its start as Bob's Pantry in Glendale, CA in 1936. The oldest surviving Big Boy is in Burbank, CA which was built in 1949 and currently is a registered California landmark. This location has been host to a weekly car show every Friday, so I had to check out the scene.
It wasn't as big as I had expected - images of Scottsdale's Pavilions show were in my mind - but this is Los Angeles, baby, with carhops and classic cars galore in all their glory. From a 1966 Barracuda to a Hennessey-modified Cadillac CTS-V coupe, there was something for every kind of automotive inclination. To wit:
- 1960 Dodge wagon
- Authentic Shelby Cobra
- Henry J hot rod
- 1965 Bonneville convertible with a 421
- 1971 GS 455
- Apollo 5000 GT
- 1956 DeSoto Adventurer
- 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer
- 1970 and '73 Pontiac Trans Am
- 1953 Chevy sedan delivery
- 1962 Bel Air 409 "bubbletop"
- 1960 Pontiac Bonneville
- 1953 Studebaker
- 1956 Chevy Bel Air convertible
With daylight saving's time in effect already, chances are the light will last a little longer as the evening progresses, so the next time you make it to Los Angeles you should dodge the gawdawful traffic and pay Bob a visit.