Woodies Surfboards and Art Exhibit
Weekends of October 22 to December 18, 2011.
Nothing conjures up images of classic California Beach lifestyle more than the great American Woodie automobiles, and the surfboards that always go alongside. We have invited owners of Woodies from Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to display their cars at the museum, and the surfboards shown have been made by Ventura County residents.
A display of art work showcasing Woodies will include featured artists Evelyn Jenkins Drew and Ralph Allen Massey. Evelyn Drew's artwork has been used on the Surfrider label of Rosenthal Estate Wines. Paintings by Ralph Allen Massey will include "After Hours" and "Hawaii 48".
The exhibit is sponsored Rosenthal Estate Wines.
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Malibu Pier by Evelyn Jenkins Drew
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Hawaii 48 by Ralph Massey
Woodies have influenced our language: The first Woodies, which were used to ferry passengers from train stations to hotels, were called “depot hacks.” Later, “hack” became a slang term for taxicabs that provided the same service. In the ‘60s, the early history of Woodies influenced the name for another form of transportation that carried a lot of people and luggage: the station wagon.
“In their early years, Woodies were not produced on an assembly line, but were hand-made by independent craftsmen that added a look of carved elegance to what began as an unfinished body,” said Karen McClaflin, Executive Director of the California Automobile Museum. “Later, U.S. car makers turned to wood to re-create that elegance in cars that stood out from the crowd as buyers were starved for a new, stylish look after years of war when no cars were produced at all.”
In the U.S., however, the first Woodies were built for their utility. Wooden bodies were added to truck chassis which could handle the weight of many passengers and luggage at travel resorts, train stations or by sports teams, and became known as station wagons or estate wagons. In 1928, Henry Ford began mass producing Woodie bodies for the Model A after purchasing a half-million acres of hardwood forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In the ‘40s, General Motors followed suit by producing Woodies on its own assembly lines.
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters that made this exhibit possible:
Rosenthal Wine Estates
Surfboards: Augie Castaneda , Hurvey Favre Felix , Shawn Demmon , Mike Ortega , James Kaye
Skeeter Rader : Coachmen Car club
Glenn Eldridge : Westcoast Gearheads
George Pumphrey : Santa Barbara Woodies Club
Brett Hardison : Ventura County Model T Club
Evelyn Jenkins Drew
Ralph Allen Massey
Rick & Elaine White : 50 Ford Woodie (Country Squite Wagon)
Jerry Reisinger : 52 Pontiac Tin-Woodie ( Chieftain Station Wagon)
Bob Gehricke : 50 Ford Woodie