On October 11th, the Road Kings Car Club will be hosting their annual Car Show at the Santa Anita Horse Race Park in Acardia, CA. The Road Kings are one of the oldest hot rod clubs in the nation, we know how to put on a great show! This show fills-up fast and there are some huge benefits for registering before September 30th!

Here's what pre-registrants get:           
  • Free t-shirt
  • Infield parking
  • Awards and Giveaways include $500 in drawings
  • All registrants receive Dash Plaques and Event poster.
Here's the best part the Road Kings have kept their prices to $20 pre-registration / $25 day of show. Best Deal in Town.  Visit this link and fill-out the registration form to join the fun!Santa Anita Show Flyer - 2015

The Road Kings, one of the oldest hot rod enthusiast clubs in the nation, will hold its Annual Charity Car Show inside the beautiful Santa Anita Park infield on Sunday, October 11, hosting hundreds of special-interest street rods, street machines, classics, antiques, customs, and muscle cars. This show takes place on the infield  at the historic Santa Anita Equestrian Thoroughfare.

Proceeds from this event, as well as all club events, are donated to local Burbank and San Fernando Valley charities.

The show participants file through the infield tunnel at precisely 7:00 a.m. on Sunday and park on the grass along the adjoining rails and fences of the famed horse track. While early risers were putting the final polish on their own version of fast horses, they were also given the opportunity to watch real steeds being exercised trackside.

Of course, a feature attraction of this event is that show-goers can win a trophy with their car, plus, they're able to watch and wager trackside, offering the opportunity to have a little fun and perhaps win some bucks.

So come join us on Sunday, October 11th.  Arrive at gate 6 to enter your ride, special section for late Model cars up to 2015.  Tunnel closes at 9:30.  You don’t want to miss out on the nine live horse races, vendors , raffles, silent auction, 50/50, food, live music, free five $100 drawings for cars participants,  It is only $20 to pre -register, or $25 day of show. The fee gives you a free T-shirt, gorgeous Dash Plaque, poster, custom awards and so much more.  Call for further info 818-842-5464 or 818-253-1227.  See you there!!

Special Attraction

Actual Trophy


AUCTION AMERICA JULY 17th and 18th, 2015

For those who missed the Auction, I want you to know what a great time we all had.  We all got into the cars assigned to us, drove them up the ramp, into a tunnel, and down onto a turn table that rotated the car a 360, and then the Marines pushed us out the door, where Chuck Hansen and Greg Semis were waiting for us in golf carts directing us where to park.  OOPS, did I mention we came out the rear-end of a C130. 

Lunch was served to us on both days.  On Saturday there were about 300 bidders watching while we drove some of the most unbelievable cars.  Steve Holgate and his wife were life savers.  Janet made breakfast for all of the Road Kings including the Marines.  To make sure we all had enough to eat at lunch-time, Janet also brought enough homemade food for all of us, including drinks and snacks. 

Nick Sfetku and Hank Ahlers handled the turn table, and yes, Brian Miller from Auction America was very impressed with the Road Kings, as always, handling the hard stuff.  One regret, I wish I had taken more pictures of the guys during the down-pour while they were driving the Open Air Cars on Saturday.  They looked like they had been on weekend maneuvers.  Yes, it was more fun than you can imagine, and Auction America paid us for having so much fun.  Can’t wait till next year!

Many thanks to Road Kings, sons and friends attending for all your support….. Don B

Ray Astamendi
Hank Ahlers + 1 (great guy)
Nick Sfetku
Steve Holgate
Fast Eddie
Dave Maher
Jim Nicholson
Mike Fea
Greg Simas +( his Son)
Lou Bartoletti
Danny Nelson
Ron Myers (prospective Member)
Jim Gascoigne
Herb (and 2 more from Chamber of commerce)


Don't forget to check our Cruisin' page to see the latest shows and cruises.

Burbank Road Kings +
Irwindale Speedway +
Pep Boys +
Mrs. Cleo Shelby +
"Fast" Jack Beckman =
A GREAT Saturday Night in Southern California!

L to R: Randy Kerdoon (KNX Radio Sports Announcer), Cleo Shelby,
Fast Jack Beckman, Fast Eddie Salvatore. (Photo bomb credit to Big Lou Gysin)

Irwindale Speedway, Pep Boys and the Road Kings collaborated on a great night of hot rods, celebrities and racing this past Saturday Night, June 27, 2015. "Fast Eddie" Salvatore, President of the Road Kings, put in lots of hours, pulled in lots of favors, and almost single handedly put on one of the best evenings we had all attended in a LONG time.

Honorary Member Fast Jack Beckman attended the event with his young son and another little race buddy.  Currently on a National Championship hunt in NHRA Fuel Funny Car, he took time out from his schedule to join his Road King buddies at the Irwindale Speedway… as Jack put it, “I love watching cars turn left”.  Anyone that has had the good fortune to meet and talk to Jack, will agree that he is a Super Star in so many ways.  You can’t imagine a more down to earth and friendly guy than Fast Jack.  Thanks for joining us Jack.

We were honored with the presence of Mrs. Cleo Shelby, widow of the famous automotive guru and father of the Shelby Mustang and Cobra, Carroll Shelby.  Cleo is a very gracious and personable lady with lots of history to share about Carroll.  We really enjoyed being her hosts at the track.  Cleo, and her daughter Simone enjoyed the night of Southern California racing and hot rods.

It is events like this that make being a part of The Road Kings of Burbank so special.

Enjoy a slide show of photos take at the event by Steven Holgate,
Don Baldaseroni and Ben Curtis

Click here to go to our Club History Page where you will find scans of some GREAT historical documents provided Original Road King Jay Lewis
Click here for a really nice story about the Road Kings at Bob's celebrating
63 years in Burbank. An equally nice interview with one of our newest Kings
Bruce Borst!
Road King Racing News!!!
Follow this link to a report on a couple of our Road King Honorary Members
If you are a part of an organization that is sponsoring an event and you want the information posted here Contact the Road Kings Webmaster.

Follow this link to our Road King Charities page of our website. Each year our club donates substantial money to varied charities in the Burbank area, and this year (2015) was no different.

The Road Kings of Burbank were established in 1952 in Burbank, California.  The Club was initially formed as a racing club….with a few hot rods mixed in. Many of the early members had reputations for their drag racing exploits. In this web site you will be enjoying many of these exploits past and present.

Over time the club has become more hot rod than racer oriented, but the club still has a number of members that race in NHRA and in Nostalgia Drags along with numerous other types of organized racing organizations. Racing aside… It is very common for 20 to 30 cars to go for a long weekend to taste wine, enjoy dinner, and even display their cars at a car show.

The Club produces two charity car shows a year to benefit the high school auto shop programs, community-based help organizations and other recognized charities. Donations from the Road Kings events have topped $375,000 in the last decade alone.

In 1999 at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion, The Road Kings were recognized as the Justice Brothers Spotlight Club. Other recognition has come from the Congress of the United States, Eagle 1, City of Burbank and others, for the charitable and civic exploits of the club. With over 100 members, the Road Kings continue the Racing and Rodding traditions of the past

Be sure to check the Club Calendar under "Happenings"


Click here to visit
Road King Tommy Ivo's
new web page

Chock-Full of GREAT stories,

Photos and Videos...


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