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
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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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