WOODIES ON THE WHARF 21ST ANNUAL, SANTA CRUZ, CA – WORLD’S TOP CLASSIC WOODIES CAR FESTIVAL & PARADE 6-27-15
WOODIES WERE ONCE MADE WITH REAL WOOD, but by the late 1960s, like chrome and class, the real stuff was replaced with simulated prouduct. Today, woodies simulated or not have all but disappeared from auto assembly lines…. SCROLL DOWN FOR HISTORY
Not far from the World’s largest Woodie Gathering is the Worldes Oldest Wooden Roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Mid-Fairway see the famous Boardwalk sign, Carousel and edge of another roller coaster
Black Woodies on parade
Nice selection of woodies at the end of Wharf – That’s the Pacific Ocean just behind the Dolphin Restaurant
Nice cream color Ford Woodie in parade
White Beauty – you don’t see many pure white ones
Bridge that woodies are crossing over looks out at beach and boardwalk
WOODIES WERE ONCE MADE WITH REAL WOOD, but by the late 1960s, like chrome and class, the real stuff was replaced with simulated prouduct. Today, woodies simulated or not have all but disappeared from auto asembly lines…. Here’s a little history of the WOODIE:
Woodie (car body style)
A Woodie is a car body style with rear bodywork constructed of wood framework with infill wood panels. Originally, wood framework augmented the car’s structure, where later models featured applied wood and wood-like elements. The appearance was largely an American car feature, as European and Asian car manufacturers rarely offered it.
Ultimately, manufacturers supplanted wood construction with a variety of materials and methods to recall wood construction — including infill metal panels, metal framework, or simulated wood-grain sheet vinyl, sometimes augmented with three-dimensional, simulated framework. In 2008, wood construction was evoked abstractly on the Ford Flex with a series of side and rear horizontal grooves.
1930s and 40s
As a variant of body-on-frame construction, the woodie originated from the early (pre mid-1930s) practice of manufacturing the passenger compartment portion of a vehicle in hardwood. Woodies were popular in the United States and were produced as variants of sedans and convertibles as well as station wagons, from basic to luxury. They were typically manufactured as third-party conversions of regular vehicles—some by large, reputable coachbuilding firms and others by localcarpenters and craftsmen for individual customers. They could be austere vehicles, with side curtains in lieu of roll-up windows (e.g., the 1932 Ford)—and sold in limited numbers (e.g., Ford sold 1654 woodie wagons). Eventually, bodies constructed entirely in steel supplanted wood construction—for reasons of strength, cost and durability.
1950s and 60s
In 1950, Plymouth discontinued their woodie station wagon. Buick’s 1953 Super Estate Wagon and 1953 Roadmaster Estate Wagon were the last production American station wagons to retain real wood construction. Other marques by then were touting the advantages of “all-steel” construction to the buying public. By 1955, only Ford, Mercury, joined in 1965 by Chrysler offered a “woodie” appearance, evoking real wood with other materials including steel, plastics and DiNoc (avinyl product). As the appearance became popular, Ford, GM, and Chrysler offered multiple models with the woodgrain appearance until the early 1990s.
The British Motor Corporation (BMC) offered the Morris Minor Traveller (1953–71) with wood structural components and painted aluminum infill panels—the last true mass-produced woodie. Morris’ subsequent Mini Traveller (1961–9) employed steel infill panels and faux wood structural members.
I came upon this Greyhound bus station in downtown Santa Cruz and had to stop and pay tribute to my deer friend, Polly, no longer with us . She used to take the Greyhound up to the Bay Area to visit me and I now know the exact location and station she departed from . Which she was still here to do that but it was a bittersweet discovery.Thanks for indulging me as we remember a wonderful person and many good times and visits on the Boardwalk and Wharf.
One of the popular restaurnats, Ideal Bar and Grill, located at the foot of the Wharf. Polly and I had at least one memorable meal and visit here..short video
Has to be one of the oldest Woodies this day, vintage 1930s
Announcer tells Woodie owners ‘Back to Cars’ as the Woodie Parade is about to begin.
How It All Started
Woodies, Santa Cruz, Ideal Bar and Grill, Stagnola’s Restaurant, Woodies on the Wharf, CA, Boardwalk, Amusement Park,