I have owned my car for three years.  It is totally restored both mechanically and cosmetically. As seen on the title it is a true 80,000 mile car.  It was the “top of the line” Oldsmobile for 1956 It has had several awards, including, last year at Rods and Roses.
I am retired so my wife and I have plenty of time to  enjoy it.  My favorite thing to do is to cruise down State St. and then sit on the sea wall on Cabrillo boulevard and talk to people who are interested in classic cars
-Alan  Lerner

Coast to Coast

I was born in Santa Barbara, and raised in Carpinteria until the age of 10. My family then moved east to New Jersey to live near my Dad’s family. I attended middle school and high school in New Jersey, graduating from Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, then graduated from Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania.

I obtained my degree in Ornamental Horticulture, and Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Contracting and Management, graduating December, 2015. After graduating, I moved back to Carpinteria to join my family, who had returned to the west coast after thirteen years in New Jersey. I secured a job shortly after moving back at The Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, and continue there at this time.


Soon after arriving in NJ in 2002, we obtained a Willys CJ-5 from a gentleman who was giving it away for FREE. My uncle Jimmy trailered the CJ-5, later to be called ‘Dutch’, to our house. My Dad tinkered with it at times but it mostly sat in back of the barn untouched for about 6 years.

We eventually sold the Farm and moved down the street to the house my grandfather built. When I turned 16 and knew I wanted to have Dutch running for my senior year of high school. My Dad and I got to work restoring the Willys to get it running. The summer of 2006 we had a visit from Carpinteria’s Brad Stein Family where Jeremy and Eric Stein had come east to look at colleges for Eric. Both Eric and Jeremy helped push Dutch to its new spot in the backyard where ‘Operation Dutch’ had begun.

July of 2010, a month after my high school graduation, the jeep was running and road worthy! Over the course of the next 5 years Dutch saw everything from local east coast car shows, to the forests of the New Jersey pine barrens.

In June of 2015 Dutch was shipped out to Carpinteria on an enclosed trailer, unaware of his new destination. Now that both Dutch and I are here in Carpinteria, neither one of us will ever need to shovel snow again!

Too Hot To Handle!

In the Winter of 1956 the original owner of this car, an old family friend, surprised his wife with a new ’56 Pontiac. It wasn’t too long afterwards that the Burbank police surprised HIM when they showed up at his door to confiscate it! Seems he’d bought a “hot” car!

The old friends needed another car right away and, since they only lived a couple of blocks from the local Chevy dealer, they went over to shop. In those days, if you remember, you ordered a car exactly as you wanted it and it was specially built. Well, every car on the lot was spoken for except one. Your’re looking at it! A 1957 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe.

This is exactly the way it appeared that day. Every major component is original. The odometer has never been touched, and indicates actual mileage,  49,000.

  • Don Kent

Substance, Character, and Power…

As a young kid, living in Los Angeles, I was always into cars.  I swore to myself I will someday own a Lamborghini Countach.  Well, I lied to myself.  I started collecting cars and it’s like Coke vs Pepsi and Ferrari won.  I love Ferrari’s then found a passion for Porsche, McLaren and Mercedes.  I don’t know how to turn wrench’s, adjust timing, align things, I know how to modify for looks and modify for speed, then pay to have it done.  I have done this with many super cars.

 Then, two years ago, I wanted something with substance, character, and power……. I wanted to build something where I can take it up any mountain, then drive it to any four star restaurant.  With that in mind, enters the 1970 uncut Bronco. 

 I searched for the perfect Bronco and found the 1970 in Long Beach.  Had no engine and no interior, but a pretty straight body/frame.  I bring this to my friend Fabian in Chatsworth and said, “I want an ICON Bronco, but I want my spin on it”.  With that said, Fabian started working on it and I picked out every piece and part of this bronco.  Not knowing this would be a 2 year complete frame off everything new restoration.  I knew we needed power, so, replaced the 6 Cylinder with a 500HP Coyote Crate engine.  I knew I wanted to beat this thing up, so we got Dana 44/60 Axles. Needed to stop, Brembo 6 piston fronts, 4 piston rear with 20’ HRE Wheels. Corvette Seats, full power, Diamond Stitched, LED Aircraft lighting, etc.

 After waiting 2 years for this, I couldn’t be happier.  Building an old classic car is difficult, takes time, but the payoff is way worth it.

Steve Garfield

Thank you to all the 2015 Participants!

As we close the books on this year’s Rods and Roses Car Show, we would like to express our gratitude to all the drivers, sponsors, attendees, volunteers and staff members who make this event the success it is. It takes a village to make it all happen. A really cool village!

Save the date for next year Saturday, July 2nd, 2016!

For photos of the event or to share your own CLICK HERE.

Our 1965 featured car is…

The 18th Annual Rods and Roses car show is just FOUR short days away… we are proud to post our final pre show blog story.

Not only will this classic 1965 Mustang convertible be featured in the show, it will also be the star of our Independence Parade after the car show at 5pm. Grand Marshall Guy Robitaille will kick off the parade while being chauffeured by owner Don Wood’s son Larry Wood. This will be the second time the car is used to ferry a dignitary in a Carpinteria parade: Mayor David Lawrence rode in the car too!

We hope you will find this article as fun to read as we did!

“I ordered this 1965 Mustang in April 1965 but it wasn’t delivered until August, 1965 because they had run out of, first, 3-speed transmissions (got a 4-speed at no additional charge) and then wheels.

Brand New August 1965 Riverside, CA

Brand New August 1965 Riverside, CA

The car has been around:

I didn’t have time to dig up photos for 1971 – 2001, but I put a couple more 99,999.9 miles on it during that period.

In July 1982, at 257,580 miles, I had Jennings Auto Marine overhaul the engine (with enhancements), clutch & transmission.

In May 1988, on the Northbound 101 around Noleta, when the freeway had the median dug out about 18” below pavement level, I couldn’t dodge a bouncing trailer that had come off a pickup truck and did a Dukes Of Hazzard leap into the sunken median. Subsequently, I had Allen’s

Body Shop in Santa Barbara fix the front end with new R.F. fender, new valence & apron and new bumpers. Later that year (July) I had Allen’s paint the entire car, and had Nation’s Auto Trim install a new top & back window.

In October 1993, at 389,698 miles, I had Tony’s Automotive in Carpinteria rebuild the engine again, and Soloman’s in Santa Barbara rebuild the transmission.

The car has not been driven a lot since then, but son Larry & I have been working on it periodically.

We purchased a lot of interior parts in that time period but procrastinated on installing them because we weren’t sure we knew enough to do a good job. Finally, in 2013, Larry started prep work in earnest.

There are lots of anecdotes about this car, like the time, around 1971, I changed the water pump (one of many times) on the side of the road in the Santa Ana Pass. Or the time (1967) we drove the car up Glacier Park, Montana’s Inside North Fork Road (unpaved) and back in the rain, which got the car covered in mud. (Couldn’t find the photo; sorry.)

Come visit during the show to hear more anecdotes and look over the car’s logbooks.”

2014 - 49 yrs old

Rods and Roses Overhaul…

Not only is this the 18th year of Rods and Roses but Carpinteria is celebrating it’s 50th year as an incorporated city! As a tribute to that milestone, we will be featuring a few cars from 1965 during the show as well as in the parade which begins after the car show at 5pm.Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 9.01.24 AM

In honor of the 50th anniversary, artist and Carpinterian ,John Wulbrandt has created the Golden Jubilee logo to signify 50 years of cityhood.



We were inspired by John and thought we would give the Rods and Roses logo an overhaul too! Thanks to Darrell at Rockwell printing, we are proud to unveil the 2015 edition of Rods & Roses!

Rods Logo

We are also excited to share this year Rods & Roses will feature over 200 American classic, muscle and hot rod vehicles! Custom and speciality trophies as well as merchant plaques will be awarded throughout the day to outstanding entries. This year is sure to be the best yet! See you at the show!