A Message from the President

John Burge, President of Great Autos

Welcome to the Great Autos of Yesteryear website. I'm John Burge, President of Great Autos.

The club was formed over 30 years ago as a place for LGBT car enthusiasts who did not feel welcome in many single marque car clubs. What started as a couple dozen individuals has now grown into an organization based in Southern California with more than a thousand members around the world.

We welcome all individuals interested in automobile collecting and restoration; however, owning a car is not a criterion for membership. Sign up for a free trial membership today to access our online newsletter and see what you’ve been missing. 




Message to you
Sunday, 20 August 2017
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  • San Diego Pool Party - Aug. 13!

    Details under Event below. Application in Solenoid.

  • Drive-In Movie! Fri, Sept 29

    See Event below or Solenoid for details

  • SAVE THE DATE - Oct. 21

    Casual Concourse IX 2017 in Palm Springs

  • Online Roster - Aug 2017 Update!

    Keep up with your long time friends!

  • Join Great Autos for fun!!!

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Cruise NightsLOOK TO YOUR RIGHT! >>>>

We have local cruise events in your area, just click on it! This is where prospective members get to meet existing members in a casual setting, usually over a restaurant meal, and always with tire-kicking before and after the event. There's no charge for these events (other than the meal cost), so come on down and see what it's like to be a part of Great Autos! 

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Local Cruise Events

New members especially are welcome to our local cruise events. Click below on an area for updated information!

LA Area

LA/West Hollywood

Sunday, August 20th
Brunch at DeSano Pizzaria
4959 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Los Angeles

For more info, please email Edward Garren at or call him at (213) 596-9674.


SF Valley


Wednesday August 9th
at Magnolia Grille
10530 Magnolia Blvd,
North Hollywood, CA 91504

Wednesday August 23rd
at Corky's Restaurant
5043 Van Nuys Blvd,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Meet in the parking lot
at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm

Contact Rick Lee
(805) 527-2264




Long Beach cruises will be on hiatus until further
notice. George’s 50’s Diner is beginning its reapir
and remodel. Look for details in future Solenoids!

Questions, call Carmi or Sue at (562) 427-AUT O.

SG Valley

For more info, contact Mitch Braiman (626) 798-AUTO  

So Cal

Palm Springs


Wednesday, August 2:
Dinner Cruise-in at Woodys Palm House. 450 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Tire-kick at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6. 3-course menu

Sunday, August 20:
Brunch Cruise-in to Billy Reeds, 1800 North Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Tire-kick at 10:30 am, Brunch at 11. RSVP by Aug 18

Saturday, August 26:
Coffee and Cars at Koffi Roasting House 71380 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA. 9 am to whenever. No RSVP needed

Contact Richard St. Amant for more information at or 310 989 7700.

San Diego


The 2nd monthly Hillcrest Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, August 19th under the gay flag. Set up is from 12pm to 1 pm. The show will be from 1 pm to 4 pm. Normal Street will be blocked off from Harvey Milk to University for us to park our cars. The venue is steps away from the Hillcrest Brewing Company brew pub and restaurant serving pizza, wings, salads, etc. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Kimball Vincent (619) 861-7800

Orange Co

No cruise this month.
Please check back in September.

For more info, contact Jerry Garvin.



Central Coast


 Contact Rick Tibben
at 805-931-0828
for general area information.




Contact Lincoln Sarmanian at 206-567-4338 or email




The Houston area’s monthly
dinner meeting will
now rotate between various
locations around
the Houston area.

Meetings are on the
1st Wednesday
of each month (next is August 2nd)
at 7 pm.

For location for the upcoming meetings,
call Rob Ziegler
at (281) 917-2191.

Las Vegas

Contact Jay D’Angelo (702) 400-3749


Sunday brunch

9:30 am at Scott's Generation
5555 N. Seventh St., Phoenix.

Every Friday (except the 1st Friday of the month)
at 6:00 pm
825 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix.

You are always welcome to join us!

Contact Roger Irland
602-999-6594 or email



Call John Criswell for information on local events. 505-873-3310