Surf City Garage Fun Run A spectacular showing of 16 corvettes from Southwest Corvettes participated in the May 15 run to Surf City Garage. The staff greeted us with a gift bag containing a bottle of Speed Demon Wax Detailer among other items. The detailer was not just a sample size but a full sized bottle! The Surf City Garage hospitality continued on to include coffee and donuts stacked on sticks to start the tour. For entertainment, music from the 60’s played as a backdrop for the tour of the facility. Entertaining us also was Walt Wendelstein who became the new bean bag champion. This entitled him to a free Surf City T-shirt and the admiration of those of us who were lucky enough to observe the event. An awesome restored model of a 50’s diner complete with soda fountain and dining booths continued to take us down Memory Lane. Interesting also was the restored gas station dating back to the 1950’s. Inside the garage was a sizeable collection of muscle cars including eleven Pontiac GTO’s ranging from 1967 to 1970. We learned that the owner of Surf City Garage, Tim Miller, happened to own a Pontiac GTO as his very first car when he began driving. This led him to collecting GTO’s and eventually developing his own product line for car care. Back in the day he found products of this sort to be lacking in quality. We learned, too, that Tim was also an avid racer and often took his car to the Lion’s Drag Strip in Long Beach. This Drag Strip existed from 1955 to 1972. It was named after its sponsors the Lions Clubs International and featured many races that were sanctioned by the American Hot Rod Association (AHRA). This track was eventually torn down through the efforts of the Los Angeles Harbor Department. Each restored model at Surf City looked like a brand new car. We were assured; however, there are still many projects that remain to be worked on. A favorite was the Chevrolet truck, close to being a 1920 model that had no doubt been lying in a field somewhere for many years. This love for cars runs in the family. The love for cars and love of the business is evident in Carrie, Tim’s daughter, not to mention the previous generation, Tim’s father, Frank Miller, an avid hot rod racer. We were able to view only about 60 cars (about half of the collection) at the Surf City Garage. He has about 60 more cars stored in several buildings in the area! It can be said that this was a truly fun experience for all ages…even our 90 year old guest brought by Jan Hayes!