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
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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  • Great Autos Gives Back - Sat. Nov 11

    Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda

  • Sunday, Dec 3, 2pm - Holiday Party

    in Corona del Mar - Register by Mail - Details in the Solenoid

  • Online Roster - Nov 2017 Update!

    Keep up with your long time friends!

  • Join Great Autos for fun!!!

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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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LA Area

LA/West Hollywood

Sunday, Nov 19th
at 12:30pm
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, November 8th
at Corky’s Restaurant
5043 Van Nuys Blvd,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Wednesday, November 22nd
at Lancer’s Restaurant
697 N Victory Blvd,
Burbank, CA 91502

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

Orange Co

3rd Sunday Breakfast Cruise at “The Farmhouse”, Strawberry Farms Golf Course in Irvine, Nov. 19th! Park your car before 9:30 am and come to the veranda of The Farmhouse Restaurant, (seating is first-come/first-served.) No “tire-kicking” before breakfast—we’ll do that afterward! Located off Jeffrey Road, south of the 405 at 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine 92612. RSVP by e-mailing Jerry before Thursday midnight Nov. 16th.

For more info, contact Jerry Garvin.


San Diego


The ongoing Hillcrest Classic Car Show sponsored by Great Autos will be held on the third Saturday of the month, November 18th, on Normal Street between University and Harvey Milk. It’s the perfect venue for visibility...in the middle of Hillcrest right under the giant rainbow flag. Set up is from 12 noon to 1 pm. The show is from 1 pm to 4 pm

Questions? Contact Kimball Vincent (619) 861-7800

Palm Springs


Wednesday, November 1: Dinner Cruise-In to LuLu California Bistro, 200 So. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Park in the parking structure behind LuLu. Tire kicking 5:30 dinner at 6. MUST RSVP.

Sunday November 19: Cruise-In Potluck Dinner at John Burge and Mike Steiner’s garage, 12 noon to 3 pm. Directions and required food list will be provided upon RSVP. MUST RSVP.

Saturday, November 25: Coffee 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.


Central Coast


Sunday, October 29th
Drive tour through
historic Paso Robles
Contact Rick or Jim Lee

 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 November 1st)
at 7 pm.

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

Las Vegas

The Car Show on Eastern
in Las Vegas/Henderson is
every Saturday
from 7 AM to 10 AM
at 9500 South
Eastern Ave.
in the Sansone Richmar Plaza.

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