“El Gallo Grande” is an eye-searingly yellow 1973 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight sedan with the half-crowing head of an enormous rooster sticking out of the roof, a beautiful sweeping rooster tail from the trunk, and a horn that plays chicken sounds to the bemusement of Los Angeles motorists. It is part art car, part advertising platform for various chicken establishments, part potential Lemons car. It is NASCAR’s true Car of Tomorrow. And it is the love of racer Tommy Kendall’s life.
It’s a scruffy celebrity in pricey, trendy Santa Monica: a “a goodwill ambassador for those fortunate enough to enter its atmosphere,” says a pricey, trendy Santa Monica realtor.