Seligman, AZ Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Now what came before the automobile? Horse and buggy? Earth shoes? The
automobile has defined the modern lifestyle in much the same way as the
ol' Bunsen burner.
Swooping Union 76 Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Automobiles have been a part of the Southern Californian car culture
for decades. And what better way to reflect on the automobile era than
to take a peek at one of the declining icons of yesterday, the old Petrol
Pumps. With their definite "space age" modernistic architecture,
these old petrol stations remind all of the days when the traveling like
the "Jetsons" seemed like a sure bet before the millennium. Well,
at least electric cars are almost here. Check them out here at Roadside
Car Wash Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Another icon whose googie and boomerang architecture is on its last legs
is the classic Car Wash. Although these relics of the past still dot the
local landscape, will they soon go the way of the drive-in theatre, only
to be replaced by low overhead hand-wash sites? Will recent taxes on these
"past futuristic" finned dinosaurs finally spell doom? Only
time will tell. See them here at Roadside Peek'sRetro
Santee Drive-in and Swap meet
Santee, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
At Roadside Peek'sDrive-in Theatres,
check out the open air theatres that are still open to the public. Or
see the abandoned drive-ins that only exist in memory. Now showing: Drive-ins
of California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Ohio, and other states
of the East.
Los Angeles, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
In the not too distant past, auto dealerships competed for the consumer's
interest by showcasing their cars in snazzy space-age state-of-the-art
buildings. Others utilized huge signs to achieve the same. Check out RoadsidePeek'sAuto Dealerships section for a look
at some of these.
Pep Boys Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
If you have an automobile, you will auto problems. Here at Roadside
Peek'sAuto Shops and Muffler Parts,
see some of the more unique automotive repair shops in town. From the
spectacularly painted-out building of El Pedorrero to the "Tomorrowland"
look of Mr. Auto, auto shops hold their own in this land of googie-ism.