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"The Coolest Show on Earth"
April 30, 2017 10am to 4pm
Half Moon Bay (CA) Airport
vintage police cars at Pacific Coast Dream Machines show

Vintage Cop Cars Inspire Memories of the Legendary TV-show “Dragnet”

If you were a fan of the old TV series “Dragnet” — and let’s face it, who didn’t love the just-the-facts-ma’am crime fighting techniques of officers Joe Friday and Bill Gannon — then you’ll get a huge kick out of the display of restored 1960s and ‘70s law enforcement vehicles at this year’s Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, April 30 at Half Moon Bay Airport.

1968 Ford Custom 500, Menlo Park Police
Darryl M. Lindsay's 1968 Ford Custom 500, Menlo Park Police

1959 Chevrolet Biscayne, Pacifica Police
Sgt. Tom Cumming's 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne, Pacifica Police

1966 Oldsmobile Ambulance
James Fischer's 1966 Oldsmobile Ambulance

1969 Dodge Polara, California Highway Patrol
Ron Hurwitz's 1969 Dodge Polara, California Highway Patrol

1973 Dodge Coronet, Monterey County Sheriff Dept.
Chris Hagen's 1973 Dodge Coronet, Monterey County Sheriff's Dept.

1974 Ford Torino, U.S. Dept. of Treasury Federal Police Interceptor
George Caravas', 1974 Ford Torino, U.S. Dept. of Treasury

1988 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol
Mike Catalano's 1988 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol

1988 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol
1988 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol

1990 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol
John Butz's 1990 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol

2007 Ford Crown Victoria, Inglewood PD
2007 Ford Crown Victoria, Inglewood Police Dept.
1963 Chevrolet Biscayne, San Carlos Police
Darryl M. Lindsay's 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne, San Carlos Police

1966 Ford Custom, Mariposa County Sheriff
Chris Hagen's 1966 Ford Custom, Mariposa County Sheriff

1968 Ford Custom 500, Menlo Park Police
Darryl M. Lindsay's 1968 Ford Custom 500, Menlo Park Police

1971 Dodge Polara, Santa Clara County Sheriff
Deputy Mark Ramirez's 1971 Dodge Polara, Santa Clara County Sheriff

1974 Ford XB Falcon (Australian car), Police Interceptor from Mad Max movie
Michael Hughes'1974 Ford XB Falcon (Australian car) Mad Max Interceptor Police Car from the Mad Max movie

1988 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol
Kevin McLaughlin's 1988 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol (This car is rare in that it was a driver training car for Mustangs, and only used on the C.H.P. high performance emergency vehicle operations course (E.V.O.C.) track in Sacramento.)

1993 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol
Matthew Easton's 1993 Ford Mustang, California Highway Patrol

Electric Sparrow, San Mateo County Sheriff's Dept.
Electric Sparrow, San Mateo County Sheriff's Dept.

Among the dozen or so sheriff, police, and emergency services vehicles will be Darryl Lindsay’s 1968 Ford Custom, restored to the exact specifications of the Menlo Park Police Department of that era.

“I got hooked on the idea of vintage police cars when I began working at the San Carlos Police Department,” explains Lindsay, who began his law enforcement career there. “I saw a photo of a car from the mid-60s, and I just thought how cool it would be to have that exact car.”

With the approval of the San Carlos PD, Lindsay eventually did restore a car, a mirror image of what he’d first seen in that photograph. In addition, he has restored a 1960s-era Menlo Park Police Department car.

Unlike many who get into vintage cars, the cars came second. Lindsay’s initial foray into restoration meant a years-long search for authentic parts, including radios and flashing lights.

“This was in the pre-internet era. Things took a lot longer then. I spent a lot of time looking at newspaper ads, haunting garage sales, and flea markets in search of parts,” he says. “A lot of people didn’t even know what they had.”

By the time he found the cars, he was ready to go. The actual restoration took about two years to complete. 

“It sounds like it would be a lot of fun to drive around in a vintage police car, but it doesn’t exactly work that way,” Lindsay says. “The basic rule of thumb is that you’re allowed to drive it to and from events, or for maintenance. I also put a sign in the window that says ‘out of service’. But what people really see is a police car. It does turn heads.”

 

LOCATION & DATES

Half Moon Bay Airport
Half Moon Bay, California

April 30, 2017
10am – 4pm

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