When there were far fewer people around, far fewer laws and regulations, when the legal speed limit was 75 mph, when gas was cheap, when driving was a pleasure, if you owned a hot machine you could point the grill down an empty road and go!

Peterson's Roadster

Bill Peterson and Bob Knowles were buddies and members of the Road Knights club. Peterson’s red ’32 roadster (left) was featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine. Knowles’ blue ’32 was what guys today call a highboy (although we did not use that term then.) Both cars ran hopped up flatheads. They were outstanding examples of hot rods, especially in the late 1950s when such cars were disappearing. Both cars are still in the area, and Knowles is still building neat cars. Pete Sukalac took this photo in 1958 at the site of the future Lloyd Center.
Copyright 2010, Albert Drake and Flat Out Press.