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I know who started it, but how on earth did it become so big so quickly....?

Nowadays I could understand, but back in 1975, there was NO mobile phones, NO internet, and a lot less cars.

I have heard of people coming down from Leeds, and allsorts of places to go to the Chelsea cruise, it was the biggest and the best around, but how did the word spread...?

THe very first cruise seems to of had a wealth of great cars trawling the Chelsea embankment and the Kings Road, and by the looks of things there were 1000's of people attending this spectacular event.... I was just 5 years old back then and was NOT part of the action until around 1978 when I got to go up there in " True Blue " the blue and flamed lowrider MK2 Zodiac, and I have been going eversince, albeit not every month in recent years.

Enlighten me.........:D
 

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Custom Car announced a date and a route and promised it would work if everybody went. Seem to remember they even printed a map.
 

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It had been happening for years , was a bike cruise prior to them being shoved to one side by those pesky Custom cars :incheek: I don't know about CC Steve, I remember a map in Hot Car ! I believe Kerby Kason is credited with being the driving force behind it and who wrote the letters to the mags.

How did it get so big so quick ?Word of mouth plus everyone actually bought the 4 /5 mags that were out there . Back in those days we'd go to the opening of an envelope if a 'custom car' was involved , we had something like 5 or 6 Custom Clubs within 10 miles of Portsmouth, same guys at most of them but we were using them:tup:
 

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Who remembers this.............

 

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was it a sticker Dave. Looks like Mick Kason Plymouth drag car a little bit. Did he make the stickers if they are?
 

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Sold one of those on e-bay this year,seem to remember it went for a lot of money for a sticker.......it was one of those re-usable plastic/not sticky kind of things. Bought mine at the '76 CC Show off Ian Austin,a mate of Mike Kasons,so could be a link there.
Hey Dave,didn't you bid on it?:D
 

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Sold one of those on e-bay this year,seem to remember it went for a lot of money for a sticker.......it was one of those re-usable plastic/not sticky kind of things. Bought mine at the '76 CC Show off Ian Austin,a mate of Mike Kasons,so could be a link there.
Hey Dave,didn't you bid on it?:D
Yes I did, I have the T shirt but not the sticker................. Dave.
 

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Thanks Nick that's what I had remembered. As Kev said a number of people had been going there for a while anyway. The bikers had used it for some time and the Uxbridge Valley club(SOTF) were going up there before the announcements.
 

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Hello. Some one was selling Chelsea Cruise window stickers either in Garys Shack or on the cruise (probably both). I did have one in my VW until some dickead that was painting it removed it from the car. The sticker (from memory) mentioned Chelsea Cruise 1977/1978.
 

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The 'Uxbridge Valley cruisers' who then became 'The Spirit of the Fifties' had been cruising Kings road and the chelsea bridge dog stall on saturday nights about a year or so before the Custom Car announcement for the first one in may 1975. A few other rods and customs too were cruising Kings Road on saturday afternoons as well. Bikers had been using the dog stall on chelsea bridge since the 50s and it served as a good hang out where we all could park together.
 

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I can remeber going along to it, Only cars I recall were Havoc, Minor van, a pick up Mk1 Escort with a fibreglass blower on the bonnet! and a Morris 1100 with a 1750 Maxi lump as well as my blue bespoilered 1600 Capri! I know there were more but my memory is failing at my age! Also went to first Custom Car Show at Cyristal Palace before that in a orange A35 sallon. oh dear! AVG
 

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Chelsea Blues

I used to go along to the cruise with my mate Steve Bolton, who drove an orange Pontiac Tempest, which he had flip fronted and repainted in Ford Apollo Green.I remember how depressing it got at one point when the majority of cars were unaltered Ford Escorts,Marina's and the like who'd attempt to smoke the tyres in the wet.For obvious reasons this was about the time I gave up going.
Used to head up to the Trinity Road for more action.
Whatever happened to the group of cars known as the Werewolves of London?
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I never knew who organized it but
We used to go to heston services meet up with some others
then go to Chelsea if it was on that week
heres a pic of my mates car
thanks to Plumpcars for the pic :tup:

 

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I'd often go shopping for clothes in the Kings road as a kid, You'd often see american cars about years before the cruise started. Here's a couple I snapped in the early '70's.


 

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I never knew who organized it but
We used to go to heston services meet up with some others
then go to Chelsea if it was on that week
heres a pic of my mates car
thanks to Plumpcars for the pic :tup:

Aha...thats the 57 that I was trying to find out about.Did it reside in the Croydon area around 75-76? What happened to it?
 

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Whatever happened to the group of cars known as the Werewolves of London?
Spike
I expect they've all gone the way of the DeSoto - BBs would know. There was Alan Gould with a Superbird, Witt Gamski with a '69 Charger possibly Dave Bird with a Mopar don't know the others - none are really into American cars anymore. Alan plays with Indian motorcycles, Witt races a Ferrari (won BritCar championship last season) and Dave bird has some interesting British stuff tucked away
 

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Yes we all lived in and around croydon
I had a 1950 black chevy around that time as well
I lost touch with what happened to it
I tried the DVLA last month but no trace
 
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