So-Cal Speed Shop Brings Rich Hot Rod History to Waco
By Nicholas Foster | Journalist
One of the biggest hot rod parts distributors and an industry landmark is now a brand new spark plug in the Waco community. So-Cal Speed Shop opened its store across from the Dr Pepper Museum on Saturday. The store had a grand opening and saw several hundred people walk in to see Waco’s brand new speed store.
“So-Cal isn’t just a normal store, it’s like a museum here. It’s great to be able to see the history in all of these cars and know that this will be a new staple in Waco,” said hot rod enthusiast Rodger Sampson.
The Waco shop features several old cars inside on a display floor that mimics a museum. The band also had several hundred hot rod parts for any make or model presented to the crowd. So-Cal is marked as a location that contains clothing, memorabilia, collectible decals, and hot rod parts.
“Being able to have a local hot rod shop will really help grow the community here. We already have a big hot rod community in Waco and there are several auto shows here,” said hot rod collector Gerald Washington. “It’s very exciting to have this store because it’s showing growth.”
So-Cal Speed Shop has multiple locations across the United States and opened its first store in Pomona, California over 30 years ago. However, even though its modern display-style shops are fairly new, So-Cal has been an integral part of the hot rod community for over 75 years.
The group from So-Cal helped break land speed records throughout the 20th century and continues to be a staple in the integration of hot rods and speed.
“The best part of having the new store is for sure the excitement of feeling able to help the hot rod community grow,” said car fanatic Ashley Randolph. “They’ve been around a long time and that says a lot that they chose Waco for their next location.”
Ultimately, the rise of the automotive community in Waco thrives with the help of So-Cal. Hot rodders hope the addition of the speed shop will make Waco a travel destination for other hot rod fanatics.
Don’t be surprised to see many more auto shows and automotive events in Waco in the near future, as well as a growing community that will welcome more people.