“In the beginning” there were two guys who wanted to form a car club with members who had the same interests as they did about owning a car that reflected their preferences from the earlier years.


These two guys (Don Mabe and Pat Sullivan) contacted several of their friends with similar interests and told them about their idea of a car club. A car club with no particular structure, but one formed to have a good time with others interested in the activities and events that can be enjoyed through their involvement with cars.


On July 5, 1988, the first meeting was held at the Seal Beach City Employees’ conference room, with Sullivan and Mabe directing the program. There were eleven people who attended and agreed that forming this club would be a great idea.


The original name was determined to be the Bay City Rodders, which had no specific members in charge, but all agreed to continue with Sullivan and Mabe doing the chores needed for the club development.


The following list is the people who attended the first meeting:


Pat Sullivan

Don Mabe

Bill Meads Jack Osteen

Don La Perna

Nick Barber

Dan Milton Dale Smith

Jim Cavin

Cliff Cortese

Roger Yacoby



Today the club membership consists of forty-five families, including one of the original members, Jim Cavin. Although the club’s main objective is still to have a good time with others interested in the activities and events that we enjoy, we now have a little structure, with club officers, which consist of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and club historian.


We have monthly club meetings to discuss events and plan our shows, and have an event designated as a club event each month.  An event can be a rod run, car show, manufacturer’s tour, museums, other events of interest, or just getting together for dinner.


We host two car shows a year. In early May, we host the “Bay City at the Beach” show held at Marine Stadium in Long Beach and on the second Sunday in September, the “Belmont Shore Car Show” on Second street in Belmont Shore.  All proceeds from these shows are donated to various charities serving the local communities. Last year the Bay City Rodders donated over $20,000 to charity.