The Outriders Car Club recently held their 32nd Picnic at Oak Canyon Park in Irvine, CA. The 2011 event once again featured some of the best examples of automotive excellence that can be found anywhere.
The Outriders is one of the oldest car clubs still existing today. Since 1932 this relatively small band of enthusiasts has been a part of the foundation that the hot rodding scene is built on. Their membership is very limited so being asked to join is something very special. But limited membership doesn’t mean limited influence, popularity or fun!
In the history of hot rodding, or for that matter any facet of automotive related culture, there is probably no entity that has contributed more to its growth than the car club. These groups of enthusiastic people have fostered atmospheres that helped provide friendship, fellowship, belonging, purpose, education, innovation, recreation, and competitive spirit that lie at the center of the hot rodding community.
Getting a ticket for this yearly event is difficult too. But if the club didn’t keep a tight rein on admission, this gathering of friends and friends of friends could morph from a cherished yearly tradition to just another Southern California mob scene in no time at all!
This is also a way of saying that your humble scribe was not among the lucky few to attend this year’s gathering. Thanks to Doug Dwyer, his trusty camera and photographic skills, we are able to appreciate the sights and the vibe of this year’s event.