Original hot rod hero Alex Xydias, founder of the So-Cal Speed Shop—and original Bonneville racing driver who set a record of 198 mph in the SoCal belly tank in the days before traction control, Nomex, and seat belts, one of the founders of SEMA and the SEMA show, top gunner in a B-17 and a B-24 in WWII, and more accolades than can fit here—turned 99 this week.
That alone should have been reason to celebrate. But his friend (and everyone’s friend) Bruce Meyer—Beverly Hills car collector, event organizer, and founding director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles— wanted to do something special. So Meyer asked Alex for a list of friends to help celebrate at Meyer’s private collection in a non-descript brick building deep in the 90210.
Somehow we made the list. Thus the photo.
Rather than just reel off the names for you, see if you can identify all the faces in the photo first. Some are a little more obvious than others. Those of a certain age will have an easier time than some of you younger fellows. We’ll wait.
Give up? OK, here they are from left to right:
How did you do? Perfect score is 16. Tell us in the comments below.
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