Classic Cars Add Local History and Flavor
By Sean Telles
South El Monte, CA – An interesting, little known triangle exists in Whittier Narrows behind the Ramada Inn. One vertex is a secured parking lot of older army vehicles, another is a community organic farm run by a local non-profit, and the final point of interest is a local, classic car club called “Thee Untouchables.”
Within their collections there are vintage Cadillacs, hot rods, trucks, and more. Three cars worth noting are a 1938 Chevy, a 1938 Plymouth, and a 1948 Plymouth. Most all vehicles look like they should be showcased in the world famous Petersen Automotive Museum, but thankfully, they are here in the San Gabriel Valley.
Club President Bobby Valenzela and his wife Arlene started the car club in 2005 after their experience with a club closer to Downtown LA. Bobby wanted a place where people could be encouraged to learn about classic cars in a relaxed environment – without fines or mandatory meetings. And more importantly, he wanted to belong to a club that welcomed both men and women.
The club is open to anyone – even if your only wheels are on the bus – and sees itself as family oriented. Members pay no dues and their focus is on community building through events such as shows and fundraisers. They often just text out a time or place to meet for the next car show– so stop on by and meet your new favorite people. You can email the group through its website at www.theeuntouchables.com