Mooneyes Open House 2016
SoCal Performance at its Finest
SoCal performance part manufacturer Moon Equipment held its Open House event recently, and it was a perfect representation of the hot rod kulture that was born in the ’40s and continues to this day. Dean Moon, the namesake for this highly recognizable company, was a dyed-in-the-wool hot rodder who pioneered a look and a style that is unmistakable and whose contribution to the sport of going fast is immeasurable. In January, the folks at Moon have their annual Xmas Party (an event every rodder should not miss), which is a traditional car, truck, motorcycle, van, and basically anything with wheels show that happens at another historic go-fast SoCal icon, Irwindale Speedway. The Open House show is quite a bit different. Sure, there are cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans, bicycles, and plenty of other things that had wheels designed to go fast, but the feel is different, the location is more intimate, and the parking is terrible. Held around the grounds of Moon Headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, it is literally where from Monday through Friday their hard-working employees sweat out the speed parts that Moon is famous for. Self-guided tours were available of the well-worn shop area, where camshafts, wheel discs, and other speed parts are made, complete with the dust and dirt of the previous week’s work still evident on the machines and floor. Across the parking lot is Moon’s sales building with finished parts available for sale, as well as a whole host of shirts, stickers, and other tchotchkes bearing the iconic double-eye logo, along with plenty of Ed Roth reprints and shirts. As far as the “show” was concerned, it was lined up on both sides of Norwalk Boulevard, stretching down about a quarter-mile with vendors and showgoers setting up camp on the sidewalks. The crowd ranged from traditional upper-middle-aged rodders who still carry the torch of their youth in the form of a finely appointed custom ride, to the everyday rides that bear the scars of being a daily. A large contingency being both young and old brought out their rat-rod creations of all shapes, makes, and year ranges, and there was even a little lowrider kulture that straddled the line of showstopper and rat-rodder. One aspect of the show that was great to see was that the scene was multigenerational, and did not show any signs of slowing down. Young and old stood side by side to admire each other’s ride, and respect was paid to the source that brought them together.
Moon Equipment started in SoCal in the hot rodding heydays, and has persevered to modern times. For more information about future events, log onto www.mooneyesusa.com or stop by the retail store in Santa Fe Springs, California, for a walk through of 60-plus years of SoCal hot rod history.