Traditional hot rods and kustoms are a niche within a niche within a niche of the automotive hobby. And even in this tiny space dedicated to speed, style and cool, it sometimes seems like hot rods get all the spotlight. There are much more events catering to hot rods, and while traditional custom cars usually are allowed to join the festivities, it's the wild fenderless jalopies that get the crowds' blood pumping.
Being a kustom guy at heart, each publication and every event devoted to the sinister, to the low and slow, gets my instant and full attention. Just like the monthly cruise of the Kustoms of San Diego. Usually held on the last sunday each month, they gather at the Seahive parking lot in Oceanside. And as I happened to be in town, I took the rental, my wife, and my three year old, and enjoyed a California morning dedicated to true American custom tradition.