If you have ever traveled along Interstate 5 through the populated areas of Southern California, you probably know that to arrive at your destination in one piece, you need to keep your eyes on the road. Six lanes of bumper-to-bumper traffic all doing 90 while talking on their cell phones can be a challenge to navigate safely – not to mention keeping an eye out for a classic boat along the side of the road (like we are all programmed to do).
That’s exactly what fellow Woody Boater Bob Newcomer did this week when he spotted a rare Chris-Craft Barrel Back on display in SoCal – he slammed on the brakes, merged over through 5 lanes of traffic, took the next exit and snapped a few photos so everyone at his local ACBS Chapter would believe him. Then Bob e-mailed the photos to our friend Dave Anderson (Wicked Wahine) – who sent them to us here at Woody Boater.
Bob notes in his e-mail: This display is at the Dunkel Machinery Moving Co (I-5 between Valley View & Artesia Blvd exits) which has decorated their entire building in Christmas Lights (about a block long) and is so awesome that it slows traffic on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. – Merry Christmas, Bob
But that’s not all… We zoomed in on one of Bob’s photos to discover what appears to say Police – Chicago Park District on the transom. Just when you think you know where most of the beautiful and rare Chris-Craft Barrel Backs are around the country, another one pops up – and of all places, in a Christmas display along a busy section of Interstate 5 in SoCal!
And yes – our sources in Southern California confirm that this Barrel Back with the Chicago Police history is in fact, the real deal. If only a boat could talk… Imagine the stories it could tell.
Makes you wonder, if it was originally used as a Police boat – did it have a “Cop Motor”, or “Cop Prop” or “Cop Bilge Pump” or….
Nice work Bob & Dave!