It’s Saturday night and the lot behind Bob’s Big Boy restaurant on Riverside is once again taken over by the hot rods of The Road Kings.
The parking spaces are resplendent with steel, rubber and chrome. The meet-up is part reunion and part history lesson for the hundred or so roadsters gathering at the place where the sport of drag racing grew up.
Though 60 years after the Road Kings were founded, the boys aren’t lobbing spitballs over the diner booths at each other.
They no longer look over their shoulders from behind the wheels of their Model Ts, searching for the all-too-familiar blink of the Burbank P.D. (in recent years, a former chief of police even joined the crew). The Road Kings are not the outlaws they once were. But you can’t take away their history and their impact on motorsports. Both are tied to the history of Burbank.