The 14th Annual Cruz’n for Roses Car Show ran like the well-oiled machines on display at the South Pasadena event.

From race cars and classics to exotics, antiques and even TV and movie cars made appearances.  And Rose Parade enthusiasts even got a glimpse of South Pasadena’s upcoming float – minus the roses of course.

iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan, made a last-minute decision to add this one to his Spectacular September of Auto Shows.  Click play below to hear the complete coverage in this iDSC Podcast and while you do, scroll through the great pics he took at this year’s event.

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Recording date – September 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA

Spectacular September of Auto Shows!

Clinton Quan: They shut down the street and all the cars are lined up on the North and South side of the street. It’s the South Pasadena, I believe, Tournament of Roses. It’s for the South Pasadena float.

They even brought out the float. Obviously, they haven’t put any flowers on, but the skeleton of the float was on display there.

You’ll see a lot of classic vehicles and custom hot rods as well. They also had almost an entire block of celebrity vehicles, such as cars from The Dukes of Hazard, Knight Rider.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith, here, with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

“…an entire block of celebrity vehicles, such as cars from The Dukes of Hazard, Knight Rider.”

Clinton Quan: Hello, my friend.

Tom Smith: Thank you for joining us again. This podcast is a little bit of a surprise, as we are in the midst of covering The Professor’s September- Nope, excuse me, The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows, dun, dun, dun, dun. But, while the Professor was out and about at auto shows, as he does almost every weekend, here in Southern California, he unexpectedly, unplanned, unplanned-ly hit one called-

Clinton Quan: That isn’t a word.

Tom Smith: Yeah, I make up my own words, dude, it’s my podcast.

Clinton Quan: Okay.

14th Annual Auto Show

Tom Smith: Unplanned-ly! Cruz’n for Roses, this past Sunday, he hit that one after the Japanese Classic Car Show… Are we going to call, actually, Cruz’n for Roses an official part of the Professors Spectacular September of Auto Shows? Dun, dun, dun, dun.

Clinton Quan: We can include that.

Tom Smith: Dun, dun, dun, dun. Fantabulistic. We just added something, but it wasn’t even on the events page.

Clinton Quan: No, it wasn’t.

Tom Smith: Do you know how many listeners are going to be disappointed? Like, “dude, it wasn’t on the events page, you didn’t talk about it in the first Spectacular September of Auto Shows podcast you did, and then all of a sudden, you just go, and you didn’t tell us.”

Clinton Quan: We gotta throw in a few surprises here and there.

Tom Smith: Frowny face. So, Cruz’n for Roses. I’m guessing that one might be in the Pasadena area.

“…you didn’t talk about it in the first Spectacular September of Auto Shows podcast… then all of a sudden, you just go, and you didn’t tell us.”

Clinton Quan: It’s actually in South Pasadena.

Tom Smith: South Pas.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, and this show, it’s also celebrating its 14th year, just like the Japanese Classic Car Show. Interesting, it’s held on the same weekend as well.

Tom Smith: Alright, so the Japanese Classic Car Show is Saturday in Long Beach. Cruz’n for Roses is the Sunday, same weekend.

Clinton Quan: Same weekend, on Sunday.

Tom Smith: And they’re both just one-day events?

Clinton Quan: They’re both one-day events, yeah.

Tom Smith: Separate podcast, boys and girls, for the Japanese Classic Car Show. Of course, both this one you’re listening to and that one have some pretty cool pics that the Professor took, so check those out, for sure.

South Pasadena Venue

Cruz’n for Roses being in South Pasadena, which South Pasadena’s actually the old part, right? The old town part of Pasadena?

Clinton Quan: Yes, that’s correct.

Tom Smith: Cool shops and restaurants and stuff, right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah, there’s a lot of really cool shops, boutiques, restaurants.

“…there’s a lot of really cool shops, boutiques, restaurants.”

Tom Smith: Yeah. So, if you haven’t been, if you’re a Southern Californian-ite… Yeah, if you’re from Southern California or not, South Pasadena’s something cool to check out. And definitely, do it for when they’re running an auto show. Of course, if you want to do it for Cruz’n for Roses, you’re gonna have to wait about 363 days at this point, but-

Clinton Quan: Yeah, they shut down the street and all the cars are lined up on the North and South side of the street.

Tom Smith: Alright, very cool. And was there a charity tie-in, or something that raised money for a float, or something that you-

Tournament of Roses Tie-In

Clinton Quan: Yeah, it’s the South Pasadena, I believe, Tournament of Roses. It’s for the South Pasadena float.

Tom Smith: Okay. So the Rose Parade, this car show literally ties into the Rose Parade?

Clinton Quan: Yes, that is correct.

Tom Smith: The little money raiser for the Rose Parade float that part of town puts into the Rose Parade?

Clinton Quan: Yes, and they even brought out the float. Obviously, they haven’t put any flowers on, but the skeleton of the float was on display there.

Tom Smith: What’d it look like?

Clinton Quan: I believe this year, what is it? The theme, is it three birds or? I’m trying to remember.

“…they haven’t put any flowers on, but the skeleton of the float was on display there.”

Tom Smith: Four dogs? Three Dog Night?

Clinton Quan: No, no, no.

Tom Smith: It’s just the skeleton?

Clinton Quan:    Yes.

Tom Smith: So it’s just a bunch of chicken wire with boards underneath it on wheels?

Clinton Quan: Yes, you could say that.

Tom Smith: Fascinating. So, Cruz’n’ for Roses at the South Pasadena area, there, what’d we have at that show?

Clinton Quan: Well, the theme for this show is-

Tom Smith: Three birds?

Clinton Quan: Classic cars and hot rods. So you’ll see a lot of classic vehicles and custom hot rods as well.

Celebrity Vehicles on Display

They also had almost an entire block of celebrity vehicles, or what you could call movie vehicles, or television show vehicles. Such as cars from The Dukes of Hazard, Knight Rider.

Tom Smith: Oh, nice. Knight Rider, Kit.

Clinton Quan: Yes, I remember that was one of my very favorite shows.

Tom Smith: You got Kit, you have the General Lee.

Clinton Quan: General Lee, the Dodge Charger.

Tom Smith: What was Starsky and Hutch’s vehicle?

Clinton Quan: I didn’t watch that show-

Tom Smith: I don’t think it had a name.

Clinton Quan: But it was a muscle car.

Tom Smith: What was the actual name of it?

Clinton Quan: Yeah, I never watched that show, so I don’t know.

“…they had a Camaro from the Transformers…”

Tom Smith: It was a red coupe with a racing stripe thing on either side, whatever, and a matchbox car then. Batmobile there?

Clinton Quan: No Batmobile, but they had a Camaro from the Transformers, I believe.

Tom Smith: Oh, the yellow one? Killer Bee, Super Bee-

Clinton Quan: Bumblebee.

Tom Smith: Bumblebee, alright. What about the Green Hornet? That was just on the other night.

Clinton Quan: Nope, no Green Hornet. But they had a Jaguar that was-

Tom Smith: Isn’t it Jag-you-are?

Clinton Quan: Yes, correct.

Tom Smith: The coupe, Jag-you-are from what?

Clinton Quan: I’m trying to remember the film-

Tom Smith: So it wasn’t actually celebrities hanging out in their cars, like Jay Leno showing off some of his stuff, it was cars that have made it into TV shows and movies. Was it the actual cars, or replicas, or who knows?

Clinton Quan: That, I don’t know. Some of them could be the actual, I’m sure some of them are probably just replicas.

Show Timing 

Tom Smith: Got it. So Cruz’n for Roses, South Pasadena, sounds like a fun show. You went to it last minute, how come?

Clinton Quan: Well, I was looking for something fun to do on a Sunday and I had some free time, so I decided to check it out. I’ve been to the show before, and I just remembered that it was this coming weekend.

There’s been a number of weekends I didn’t go because it was the same weekend as the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. But that car show has moved now until late December or early October, so that’s why.

Tom Smith: The PV Concours?

Clinton Quan: Yeah, it’s the last Sunday, this September.

Tom Smith: I thought you just said December.

Clinton Quan: No, I said September. I’m sorry, I said September.

Tom Smith: Well, we’ve got it recorded, whatever it is. Either you said it wrong or I heard it wrong, but we’ve got proof right here, baby. So they had the celebrity cars, what else did they have there?

Something for Everyone

Clinton Quan: Well, as I mentioned, mostly hot rods and classic cars, but there’s a little bit of everything. I saw a Dodge Viper, there was a 1957 Lotus Eleven race car. I saw Aston Marin V8 Vantage, a number of classic Porsche 911s-

Tom Smith: Box of chocolates.

Clinton Quan: A Detomaso Pantera. So, you’re getting a little bit of everything-

Tom Smith: Detomaso Pantera?

Clinton Quan: The Pantera, yes, you remember the Pantera?

Tom Smith: Say that again, though. I do remember the Pantera, but what’d you say before that?

Clinton Quan: Deta-mosa Pantera.

“…they were staring at the car. That one caught everyone’s attention, that was a gorgeous, gorgeous vehicle.”

Tom Smith: Deta-mosa?

Clinton Quan: Yes, D-E-T-M-A-S-O.

Tom Smith: Okay, well, you’re teaching me more. That’s why you’re the Professor, you’re just dropping the lessons, giving you pearls. Here you go, here’s another one, free credits for college, no problem… Sorry. So the-

Clinton Quan: Mercedes Gullwing was well.

Tom Smith: I did see that one, I love Gullwings, those are so cool, the old ones. What year was that, like 70 something?

Clinton Quan: That one, I believe it’s mid to late 60s and gorgeous. This was a dark gray. And pretty much everyone who walked by that car, they just stopped, and they were taking photos, or they were staring at the car. That one caught everyone’s attention, that was a gorgeous, gorgeous vehicle.

Hot Rod Sidebar

Tom Smith: Now, you mentioned hot rods. I’ve been wanting to do a podcast on- and if anybody’s out there that has somebody that’s in the know because this is… Professor, who, in your estimation, would be the go-to, universal expert on all things hot rod?

Clinton Quan: You should speak to the director at the NHRA museum, National Hot Rod Association Museum-

Tom Smith: That’s a good idea. You know what I’ve been meaning to do?

Clinton Quan: At the Pomona Fairplex, yes.

Tom Smith: Because that’s another reason– and we have to do another podcast on this, too– another reason why Southern California is the automotive capital of the United States, automotive capital of the world, is because we’re the home of hot rod, right?

“…another reason why Southern California is the automotive capital of the United States… because we’re the home of the hot rod…”

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: We did the import tuning scene, which, actually, that’s a podcast that we’ve recorded that I haven’t even released yet. But home of the hot rod as well, which is kind of the same thing, right? The same concept?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: But spaced out for a different generation, right?

Clinton Quan: That’s true.

Tom Smith: Isn’t it?

Clinton Quan: Yeah. And we’re talking about American cars versus Japanese or import cars, yes.

Tom Smith: Just same thing but different.

Clinton Quan: Same thing but completely different.

Cruz’n for Roses Wrap

Tom Smith: Alright, fantastic. So, this is beyond an honorable mention. It’s officially part of the Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows, dun, dun, dun, dun.

Clinton Quan: Yes, and I think we can put this on the calendar for next year.

Tom Smith: Next year, it will be. It will be.

Clinton Quan: It’s also a judged show as well.

Tom Smith: Oh, it is?

Clinton Quan: Yes. They hand out awards. They don’t drive the vehicles up to the stage, but they do hand out awards for the various class of vehicles.

Tom Smith: Alright, well, very cool, Cruz’n for Roses. Any idea what the attendance was on this one?

Clinton Quan: I don’t know.

Tom Smith: You’re good with all kinds of things, but it’s usually the attendance numbers, you’re like, I don’t know, dude. They had a bunch of really cool cars, I can tell you all about those. How many people came? Eh, whatever… Alright, anything else?

Clinton Quan: It is a free show, yes.

“It’ll probably be the third weekend in September of next year as well.”

Tom Smith: Okay, that’s a good thing. So, mark on your calendars for next year or, better yet, just on a daily basis, go to iDriveSoCal because we love to have the traffic. Come on over to iDriveSoCal, we’ll have it on the events page.

And, like all the other awesome events that we have on the events page at iDriveSoCal, iDriveSoCal.com. Come and check us out, we’d love to have you. Professor, anything else?

Clinton Quan: I think that’s it. It’ll probably be the third weekend in September of next year as well.

Tom Smith: Okay, we’ll put it on the calendar. Alright, Professor, thank you, as always, for iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you, as always, for tuning in.