On March 8th and 9th, rodders and fans of pre- ’74 classic cars overtook Old Town Temecula for the annual Temecula Rod Run.

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Amidst the classic hot rods, there were a few rarely seen vintage vehicles, like this Marlin…

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… or this hearse, complete with zombie driver, casket, and corpse!

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Do you think this Marlin owner chatted with the owner of the turqoise Marlin above?   I do.  I think these Marlins are growing on me.  I love the exaggerated geometry of these cars – their lines and proportions are so unusual compared to other vehicles of the time period.

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Wes and I both are huge fans of the cab-over trucks.  Just like the purple cab-over we saw at the Whittier Area Classic Car Show just weeks ago, they have a unique look and an unusual yet attractive presence.  We certainly wouldn’t mind having a cab-over as our next project.

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Wes and I own a ’57 Willys, and were thrilled to see this ’48, which was filled with interesting details, like the Craftsman wrenches that were used as interior door pulls.

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Themed to perfection, this van was done with just the right mix of retro and kitsch.

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This ’59 Buick garnered quite a bit of attention.  From the lines in the paint job to the lines in the pulls, this ’59 was filled with customized details that delighted hot rodders.

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Further proof that hot rodders will customize just about anything, right?  Lucky kids.  Even Fido has a teardrop trailer to cruise in.

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Wes has always been partial to the Corvairs, including rampside trucks like these.

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I love the details on this Olds – the little design touches throughout the car really lend to the overall design of the vehicle.

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One of only two cars with a rumble seat at the show, this hot rod was nicely finished in a classic style.

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There were plenty of classic and unique hot rods at the Temecula Rod Run – stay tuned and we’ll bring you round two tomorrow!

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