Norwalk Motorcade

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The Souvenir Program for the 1956 Norwalk Motorcade. Scan from The Keith Christensen Collection.
1955 Coachman Show Program

The Norwalk Motorcade was an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen Car Club. Because of the connection to the Norwalk club, it is also known as "The Coachman Show."[1]

The idea of the first annual Motorcade was conceived in July of 1954 at a joint meeting of the Coachmen, Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Sgt. Louis Casullo, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Norwalk Centours Motorcycle Club and interested parents. According to the Souvenir Program for the third annual Motorcade in 1956 "the teenagers wanted a chance to display results of their labor and prove the worth and need of organized clubs with proper adult supervision." The ball started rolling, committees were formed, plans were made and the Junior Chamber volunteered to sponsor the show.

The first Annual Norwalk Motorcade was held in 1954 at Excelsior High School in Norwalk, California. President and founder of the Coachmen, Keith Christensen was the Director of the show.

Norwalk Motorcade 1957

Cars Attending:
Norm Grabowski's 1922 Ford Model T Roadster - Kookie T
Buzz Pitzen's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Ed Cousins' 1932 Ford Pickup
Lloyd Bakan's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Jim Griepsma's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Dave Cunningham's 1940 Ford Sedan
Louie Bettancourt's 1949 Mercury
Joe Edd Ray's 1950 Buick Sedanette - XM105
Rod & Custom Magazine’s Dream Truck
Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet Convertible
Junior Conway's 1950 Ford - The Teardrop
Pete Angress' 1952 Ford
Ina Mae Overman's 1952 Lincoln Capri
Ed Russell's 1952 Mercury
Bob Schremp's 1954 Chevrolet
Earl Bruce's 1955 Mercedes 300SL
Dick Gonzales' 1955 Studebaker
The Kopper Kart
Ed Roth's 1956 Ford F-100
Jud Morgan's 1956 Ford F-100
Jack James' 1957 Buick Special
Kermit Hanson's 1957 Buick
Harry Okuda's 1957 Dodge
Dick Jackson's 1957 Ford Thunderbird

Norwalk Motorcade 1956

The third annual Norwalk Motorcade was held July 22 and 23, 1956 at Excelsior High School. According to Larry Watson 22 pinstriped cars were entered in the show. Von Dutch had four of those, Dean Jeffries had seven, and Larry Watson had eleven.

Cars Attending:
Santo Vasques' 1950 Chevrolet
Al Lazarus' 1955 Chevrolet
Danny Purinton's 1956 Mercury

Norwalk Motorcade 1955

The second annual Norwalk Motorcade was held July 16 & 17 at the Excelsior High School.

Norwalk Motorcade 1954

The first Norwalk Motorcade was held August 28 and 29, 1954 at Excelsior High School.



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