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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | June 14, 2011
Doug Auzene wore his signature purple satin Road Kings jacket Sunday as hundreds of vintage car owners convened at Burbank’s Johnny Carson Park. The 22nd annual car show had many people ambling past rows of cars with their hoods up and engines on display. Auzene, of Burbank, displayed his 1955 Chevy Bel-Air wagon that was passed down to him from his father-in-law, C.R. Holder. Holder operated what was once Rocket Muffler in Burbank and used the red wagon to transport people to their homes as their cars underwent service.
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By Joyce Rudolph | September 18, 2012
The Burbank Road Kings car club is still on the gas. The 60-year-old organization has pooled funds raised from two car shows this year and distributed $18,000 to its community charities during a dinner meeting on Sept. 11 at the Elks Lodge. President Rick Kalisz conducted the meeting and called for a moment of silence to remember victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and their families. Representatives from local charities took the stage to thank the Road Kings for their donations and to deliver a synopsis of what their organizations do. Burbank Historical Society board members Les and Elaine Rosenberg accepted a donation on behalf of the historical society.
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By Bryan Mahoney | June 5, 2012
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)
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 2, 2013
Ten members of the Burbank Road Kings took a road trip of a charitable kind the Sunday before Christmas. They played Santa Claus, but instead of arriving by sleigh, they delivered a special gift to a woman in need via classic vehicles. The car club wanted to help a family this holiday season and heard about Sarah Haynes through local businessman Charlie Cusumano, who supports projects to help the military. Haynes served four years as a Marine and is now in the reserves while she cares for her mother and sister who have health issues.
NEWS
August 21, 2002
Molly Shore In November 1952, 17 local men became a driving force at Southern California drag strips when they formed the Road Kings of Burbank. Jimmy Miles, one of the founding members, will talk about the club's early years during a 50th anniversary event at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Burbank Central Library. "It was such a different era," Miles said, adding that Burbank had none of the heavy vehicle traffic it experiences today. Driving on Alameda Avenue, only three or four cars would be on the road, he said.
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By David Laurell | June 17, 2009
Burbank, like every other American city, is an ever-changing place. Some changes are great — like the revitalization of Downtown Burbank, while some we mourn — like the loss of those great chile rellenos at El Chiquito and the late night jazz and nightcaps at Chadney’s. One other thing that has stood the test of time in our city is the camaraderie and charitable contributions of the Road Kings of Burbank. Established in 1952 as a racing club, the Road Kings membership has included some of drag racing’s most famous such as Don Prudhomme, Tommy Ivo, Ken Safford, George Sakora, Owen Engle, Denny Cross, Nick Sfetsku, Joel Embick, Ed Drugmond, Bill Loven, Don “The Beachcoomer” Johnson and Frank Ney. As they have done for the past two decades, the Road Kings of Burbank rolled into Johnny Carson Park for their 20th annual Picnic and Car Show on Sunday.
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By David Laurell | June 14, 2013
For aficionados of either art or autos, the Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery and the Road Kings respectively catered to both the canvas and car-loving crowds by offering enjoyable events this past weekend. The Creative Arts Center kicked off its month-long exhibition with the work of artist and illustrator Ignacio Gomez at a reception last Friday. Highlighting some of the most important works Gomez has created over the past 50 years, the exhibit, titled "Ignacio Gomez: A Retrospective", includes the artist's paintings, illustrations, drawings, giclées, sculptures, papier-mache and mixed-media creations.
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By Joyce Rudolph | June 6, 2013
Mark Sellers describes the music his band Wildhorse plays as southern country rock with a soulful rhythm-and-blues feel. “I always add southern to it because I grew up in the South and that is really where country rock came from - you have the Eagles and the Allman Brothers and Creedence Clearwater Revival - so we play '70s classic rock,” Sellers said. But they shake things up with Motown hits like “Heard It Through the Grapevine” and R&B tunes such as “Soul Man” - music that inspires people to dance.
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April 2, 2003
BURBANK SERVICE CLUBS Bethel 97 of the International Order of Job's Daughters recently had an Enchilada Dinner -- to the delight of Mexican food fans. Proceeds from the festive and fiesta-like event fund costs for its annual Grand Bethel trip. Bethel 97 was able to send 16 members last year and a like number will be sent again in June. Two members were chosen as Grand Bethel Girls in 2002 -- Stephanie Enokian as a Grand Bethel Senior Custodian and Jayne Allen as a representative to Montana and Colorado.
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By David Laurell | June 14, 2013
For aficionados of either art or autos, the Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery and the Road Kings respectively catered to both the canvas and car-loving crowds by offering enjoyable events this past weekend. The Creative Arts Center kicked off its month-long exhibition with the work of artist and illustrator Ignacio Gomez at a reception last Friday. Highlighting some of the most important works Gomez has created over the past 50 years, the exhibit, titled "Ignacio Gomez: A Retrospective", includes the artist's paintings, illustrations, drawings, giclées, sculptures, papier-mache and mixed-media creations.
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By Joyce Rudolph | June 6, 2013
Mark Sellers describes the music his band Wildhorse plays as southern country rock with a soulful rhythm-and-blues feel. “I always add southern to it because I grew up in the South and that is really where country rock came from - you have the Eagles and the Allman Brothers and Creedence Clearwater Revival - so we play '70s classic rock,” Sellers said. But they shake things up with Motown hits like “Heard It Through the Grapevine” and R&B tunes such as “Soul Man” - music that inspires people to dance.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | January 2, 2013
Ten members of the Burbank Road Kings took a road trip of a charitable kind the Sunday before Christmas. They played Santa Claus, but instead of arriving by sleigh, they delivered a special gift to a woman in need via classic vehicles. The car club wanted to help a family this holiday season and heard about Sarah Haynes through local businessman Charlie Cusumano, who supports projects to help the military. Haynes served four years as a Marine and is now in the reserves while she cares for her mother and sister who have health issues.
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By Bryan Mahoney | December 18, 2012
Someone once told me the best thing about being a journalist was that I got a first-row seat to history. What I didn't know then - and what I'm only beginning to understand now - is how one defines “history.” For example, last February I watched Burbank High School graduate Sevada Armen compete in the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition. He brought every culinary skill he could muster to a time-limited, pressure-filled cook-off between top students from up and down the West Coast.
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By Joyce Rudolph | September 18, 2012
The Burbank Road Kings car club is still on the gas. The 60-year-old organization has pooled funds raised from two car shows this year and distributed $18,000 to its community charities during a dinner meeting on Sept. 11 at the Elks Lodge. President Rick Kalisz conducted the meeting and called for a moment of silence to remember victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and their families. Representatives from local charities took the stage to thank the Road Kings for their donations and to deliver a synopsis of what their organizations do. Burbank Historical Society board members Les and Elaine Rosenberg accepted a donation on behalf of the historical society.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | June 12, 2012
Johnny Carson Park on Sunday played host to hundreds of hot rods and custom cars and their fans at the 23rd annual Road Kings show. The event is one of two held annually by the Road Kings to raise money for community organizations and local high school automotive shop classes. In the past decade, the group has raised more than $375,000, according to organizers. At one end of the park was “Rat Poison,” a 1965 Shelby Cobra that weighs in at 2,780 pounds - with driver. Elsewhere, a 1931 Ford rat rod - a car featuring arrested decay, rather than the more usual custom paint and chrome - blared Johnny Cash on the radio, with its 1952 tractor motor exposed for all to see. There was also 68-year-old Gary Hendrickson, who wore tattered denim overalls and a cap, dressing the part of an early 20th century farmer and owner of a 1915 Ford Model T. “This event - or any event like it - would not be going on without this particular car,” he said.
THE818NOW
By Bryan Mahoney | June 5, 2012
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)
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | June 14, 2011
Doug Auzene wore his signature purple satin Road Kings jacket Sunday as hundreds of vintage car owners convened at Burbank’s Johnny Carson Park. The 22nd annual car show had many people ambling past rows of cars with their hoods up and engines on display. Auzene, of Burbank, displayed his 1955 Chevy Bel-Air wagon that was passed down to him from his father-in-law, C.R. Holder. Holder operated what was once Rocket Muffler in Burbank and used the red wagon to transport people to their homes as their cars underwent service.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | June 17, 2009
Joe Finkle first sprouted his rockabilly roots while growing up in Tennessee and now he’s bringing the sound to Burbank and other Southland locations with his band, Joe Finkle & the 7/10 Splits. The group rocked those who flocked to Johnny Carson Park on Sunday for the Burbank Road Kings’ 20th annual Picnic in the Park and Car Show. On the song sheet were Elvis hits and old Beatles songs the Fab Four used to do in Hamburg, West Germany, in the early 1960s, before they became famous in America, he said.
NEWS
By David Laurell | June 17, 2009
Burbank, like every other American city, is an ever-changing place. Some changes are great — like the revitalization of Downtown Burbank, while some we mourn — like the loss of those great chile rellenos at El Chiquito and the late night jazz and nightcaps at Chadney’s. One other thing that has stood the test of time in our city is the camaraderie and charitable contributions of the Road Kings of Burbank. Established in 1952 as a racing club, the Road Kings membership has included some of drag racing’s most famous such as Don Prudhomme, Tommy Ivo, Ken Safford, George Sakora, Owen Engle, Denny Cross, Nick Sfetsku, Joel Embick, Ed Drugmond, Bill Loven, Don “The Beachcoomer” Johnson and Frank Ney. As they have done for the past two decades, the Road Kings of Burbank rolled into Johnny Carson Park for their 20th annual Picnic and Car Show on Sunday.
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