Missouri Famly, LA Auto Show, the Pantry


After my cousin Tim posted a picture of our grandfather in a WWI Navy uniform (I never knew he was in the Navy) I got a little curious about my family. I Googled my grandfather and learned he was born in Missouri. I’m pretty happy about that because I liked riding Route 66 through Missouri last summer and everyone we met there was really nice. Wendy and John who we hung out with in Seligman, AZ are from Missouri too!
My Grandfather’s parents, brothers, and sisters in 1894. He was born in 1895 and didn’t make this photo.

My Grandmother was born in Mississippi near Tupelo on the Natchez Trace. She was a librarian and school teacher in Forrest City, Arkansas before marrying my grandfather and moving to California in the late 30s. 
My Grandmother Mabel Wren and Grandfather Hayden Law 1937.
My father was their first kid. He was born in 1940.

Now I’m trying to find information on Robert M Law who was a motorcycle dealer in Orange County, CA. I bought an old license plate frame from his shop at a swap meet and when I mentioned it to my father several years later he said Robert was his cousin and he had bought an AJS from him in the early 60s. I know he was a Parilla dealer and I think an AJS, BSA, and later a Honda dealer in Fullerton or Anaheim.

We were on our way to the Pomona Swap meet Sunday when we decided to go go to Venice to see what’s going on at Deus Ex Machina and maybe have a look at a BSA over that way. As we approached LA Lori suggested we stop by the LA Auto Show on the way. We ended up spending the whole day there sitting in cars and falling in love. Aston Martin, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar, Jeep, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Morgan, Porsche, Rover, Volkswagen, and Volvo all had cool stuff for a Route 66 road trip. Go to their websites and take a look. Their pictures are better.
A Land Rover displayed in it’s own pond.

Porsche 904 Carrera GTS 
Bentley with projector behind it.


After the Auto Show we walked to the Pantry for dinner. They serve Country Fried Steak prepared and breaded on site. It was great! The people beside us had sirloins and said they were great too!
Since 1924 and I’d never been there.
The food’s as good as our favorite places on the road and the people who work there are fun too!

Hallway in Figueroa Hotel. It looks like a fun place to stay. A reviewer called it “Moroccan chic.” We’re going to stay there and do some exploring soon. It looks like it’s less than a mile from the pre 1936 downtown LA Route 66 terminus  at 7th and Broadway.

This Jaguar was parked next to us and I thought it looked cool

We left the Pantry and still made it home in time to listen to the choir and eat a few cookies!

Bonus shot through the window at our favorite old Ford parts store CW Moss last Monday.

Links from this post:
CW Moss
The Original Pantry
Figueroa Hotel

By Underachiever

Underachiever born in Southern California, raised in Texas, finished back in California, burning time between California and Arizona. Motorcycles, coffee, tacos, old stuff, and new stuff.

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