Harry’s 1955 Ford Thunderbird

Harry Sutter’s car has been in storage since 1968 and underwent a ground up restoration in 2017.

It has the following options:  Hardtop, Convertible Top, Power Steering, 4-Way Power Steering, Telescopic Steering, AM Tube Radio, Tonneau Cover, Seat Belts, True Wire Wheels, Wide White Wall Tires, Ford-o-Matic Automastic Transmission, Engine Dress-up Kit, Original CA Black & Gold License Plates.

Only 16,155 produced and the first year of the Ford Thunderbird. Special color: Aqua Blue/Green exterior with matching interior.

Be sure to look for Harry and his 55′ Thunderbird at the Rods and Roses car show July 1st!


From the Cow Pasture to the Road

BIG thank you to Clyde Freeman for sending in the remarkable story of his 1930 Plymouth. Clyde is a long time supporter of the show. Be sure to find Clyde on Linden Avenue this year for the 20th annual Rods and Roses on July 1st 10am-3pm. Thanks Clyde!

First acquired in August 1966 from a cow pasture, this 1930 Plymouth was in pretty bad shape.  It was over 30 years later before it was “road ready.”

The first real time it was used was for my son’s wedding in 2003.  Next came Rods and Roses in 2010, the first time in a car show.

Since then, many people have seen it driving around Carp for a “Sunday afternoon drive”, at Fosters Freeze for First Friday, the Installation Dinner when Mike Dawson became President for the Carp Lions Club, as a Carp Beautiful entry for both Fourth of July Parades and Christmas Parades.

While on the road many times and for many enjoyable “rides”, there was always something missing – the Trunk!   The original was beyond being saved.  Thus it took several years to finally find one – outside of Fresno, Calif.

Today, there is a Trunk with the spare tire mounted on the rear.  Fortunately, the spare tire mount and the mounting bracket for the Trunk had been saved and in good condition.   Yes, all the other times it was driven, there wasn’t a spare tire until 2015.

This 1930 Plymouth is finally complete.  Can you say “a labor of Love?”

Rods and Roses 20th Year!

We are very proud to announce applications for the 20th year of Rods and Roses are officially open. The show has grown from flagging down vintage cars into a parking lot, to showcasing over 200 beautiful vintage American muscle, classic and hot rods spanning over several blocks in downtown Carpinteria with over 8,000 attendees. This will be a banner year for Rods and Roses and we hope you will join us Saturday, July 1st 2017 10am-3pm on Linden Avenue. For more show details, visit http://www.rodsandroses.com. See you in July!

U2 Presented by Salesforce

As part of the Centerplate team, Mike Lazaro had the privilege of assisting Salesforce to produce their annual event, Dreamforce in San Francisco. The 32,000 attendees enjoyed a private concert by none other than Bono himself! Mike was awarded the position of warehouse and distribution lead. Over 750 staff assisted in the success of this event and it was a Beautiful Day! 

5 Year Restoration

Be sure to make it out to Rods and Roses this Saturday, July 2nd on Linden Avenue in charming Carpinteria CA! This week’s featured car is a beauty!

1959 Studebaker truck: This truck was bought in Santa Paula, CA., in 1959 at the Studebaker Car dealership on Main Street.  It was used on the Open Ridge Ranch by the R.J. McClintock family, purchased for his wife.  From the first day, she never liked the truck, she thought it was the ugliest thing ever, so most of its life was spent in the barn in many pieces.  Some years later, R.J. decided to find her something else, came home with a camper shell and told her it was the new station wagon.  This truck is a V-8, 3-speed with overdrive, 64,000 original miles and is driven every week!

Gearing Up for Rods and Roses

We are excited to announce Bones Fab as one of the 2016 Rods and Roses sponsors. For more show information taking place on July 2nd in Carpinteria, visit http://www.rodsandroses.com

Bones Fab is a 12,000 square foot shop out-fitted for all your projects needs. We are a full service shop and a dealer for all the parts that we use. From minor upgrades to full blown restorations, we can handle it all . We specialize in the completion of your project. Now also doing paint and body work! Stop by and chat about your project and get a free guesstimate! Please look around and let us know if we can help you with your ride.

About “The Special Bus”:  It is a 1954 Chevy c4500 Wayne bodied short bus, which I found on EBay located in Illinois.  The plan is to make the bus into a rolling display of what we can do and what we sell. It definitely attracts attention. We are going to leave the bus in the original patina and the original lettering is still visible. It has “Elgin Special School District Rt #1” on the sides.  It really is a “special” bus. We have made some good progress on this project already.  The front suspension has been upgraded to a later model gm 1-ton truck with disc brakes and power steering.  The rear of the bus has had the last 10 ft of frame remade out .250 steel plating for strength.  The Dana 70 out of the same truck was narrowed 2” per side and hung with a custom 4-link kit.  The bus rides on Air Ride technologies Air bags and Shocks.  It can air down for the cool look and also easier boarding.  For power and reliability we swapped in a 12-valve Cummins diesel engine. It has been hot rodded with a Hamilton Cam and valve train, Arp studs and hardware, Cometic Gaskets and a set of Compound Turbos for power and looks at the shows. It is backed by a NV4500 manual 5-speed transmission for nostalgic reasons.   The interior is the original mint green.  We have upgraded the dash with Dakota Vhx Gauges and Vintage Air.

Come see the bus for yourself at Rods and Roses July 2nd!

North American International Auto Show

2016 began with a bang in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. Mike Lazaro flew out for 10 days to manage one-million square feet of the world’s most impressive automobiles and concept cars. In addition to the small little footprint to manage, Mike and the Centerplate team was also tasked with hosting a champagne reception for 15,000 guests who were entertained by Huey Lewis and The News who’s hits include, “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin”. The keynote speaker for one of the many functions over those 10 days was non other than the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder.

With all the glitz and glam, nothing compared to the real crown jewels – the cars themselves. Take a pic at some of our favorites!


Start Your Engines!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Rods and Roses Car Show! The 19th annual show will be held on historic Linden Avenue in Carpinteria on Saturday, July 2nd. Fill out your application online or for more show details visit www.rodsandroses.com.

Lovin Los Alamos

It’s 99 degrees in Los Alamos and the cars are just as hot! We are proud to produce the car show this year at the 69th annual Los Alamos Old Days. A beautiful variety of cars from Stingrays to Cobras to a Rolls Royce and a Cuda. Old Days is hosted by the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club and is a major fundraiser to support those missions statement to help youth programs in town and surrounding areas. We are proud to be part of their efforts!




Glowing Review!

This weekend Carp Events again had the privilege to produce the second annual Glow in the Park to benefit Doctors Without Walls Santa Barbara Street Medicine. From concept to completion Carp Events could not be more proud of this beautiful event. Thank you to the vendors who worked with us on design and layout, to the pilots who worked in partnership to produce an unforgettable event, and to the wonderful volunteers, students, board members and staff of Doctors Without Walls who supported the Glow. 

For Glowing reviews and photos! See the links below.