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
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
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  • 6/25/17 - Private Car Collection in Torrance

    See Solenoid for sign-up (june 14 deadline)

  • 33rd Annual West Coast Meet

    Cambria Pines Lodge, Jul 6-9, 2017 Register now!

  • SAVE THE DATE: Aug. 13

    Pool Party in San Diego! Stay tuned!

  • Online Roster - 6/1/17 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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Jul 6, 2017 - Jul 9, 2017

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, June 18th
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 June 14th
at Magnolia Grille

10530 Magnolia Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91504

Wednesday, June 28th
at Bob's Big Boy
8876 Corbin Ave.,
Northridge, CA 91324

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

San Diego


Sunday Brunch, June 18th
Bella Vista Social Club & Caffé
on the ocean view terrace.
They have a huge parking lot which is empty
on Sundays, perfect for us.
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
10:30 am tire kicking, 11 am brunch

Questions? Contact Kimball Vincent (619) 861-7800

Orange Co

No cruise this month.
Please check back in July.

For more info, contact Jerry Garvin.


Palm Springs


Wednesday, June 7:
Dinner Cruise-ln to Shame on
The Moon Restaurant,
69950 Frank Sinatra Drive,
Rancho Mirage, CA.
3-course meal
about $25 per person.
Tire kicking at 5 pm, dinner 6 pm.
RSVP by Monday June 5 at 1 pm.

Sunday, June 18:
Brunch at Rick's Desert Grille,
1973 N. Palm Canyon Dr.,
Palm Springs.
Tire kicking 10:00 am,
Brunch at 11

Saturday, June 24:
Cars and Coffee
at Koffi,
71380 Hwy 111,
Rancho Mirage.
See you there at 9 am

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


Central Coast



Saturday, June 17:
Cruise through Atascadero Colony.
Meeting at 10 am at Atascadero’s
sunken gardens.
The tour will end at the historic Printery,
with lunch at the A-Town Diner.
Email Rick Tibben if you’d like to join us.

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




Contact Lincoln Sarmanian at 206-567-4338 or email




Contact Rob Ziegler
at 281-917-2191
or email 

Dinner at
Fiesta En Guadalajara Restaurant,
Wednesday, June 7th.

Meet at 7pm
at 3522 Irvington Blvd,
Houston 77009,
in the historic
Northside Village



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


Las Vegas

Contact Bob Cardillo at 702-435-0758 for more information. Email 


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