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Crusin' nights on Van Nuys Blvd. circa 1972

Crusin' nights on Van Nuys Blvd. circa 1972 as captured by Richard McCloskey.

Although many believe the "Valley" in "Valley High" represents a certain area in LA, it's actually a shout out to all the Valley's around the world and anyone that aligns with the California lifestyle. With that being said, one of our favorite things to do is highlight different valley's and the world they live in.

A piece of youth culture that originated in the 1950s and was later revived in the 1970s, was a pastime spent showing off cars, doing donuts and hanging out with all your buds. This night (held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays) started on Van Nuys Boulevard, from Ventura Boulevard at the south end up to Roscoe Boulevard at the north end.


A main stopping point was Bob's Big Boy in which he continues...

"Bob's Restaurant had a large drive-In food service area in the back, and from the earliest days, there were long lines of cool cars full of young people waiting, both along Van Nuys Boulevard and on Clark Street, to get into Bob’s to park, get a burger, fries and a shake, and most importantly—to be seen!

At the southern end of Van Nuys Boulevard, June Ellen’s Donuts—at least the parking lot—was the "turn-around" spot for cruising. Most people stopped for at least a few minutes before resuming their cruise back north, certainly long enough to show off their ride, make some conversation. Many of my photos were shot in that parking lot in front of the wonderful glowing "June Ellen’s" sign."

Richard captured the essence of this night every Wednesday of 1972. His photographs are a moment frozen in time revealing the fashions, cars, city life and youth of the time. 

(C/O The Lalist)

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