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Never Before Seen Footage Of The Incredibly Rare SoCal Snownut

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In 1949, I suspect that everyone in Los Angeles was making the exact same tired jokes about Hell freezing over, because between January 10-11, 1949, Los Angeles received just over 4 inches of snow, which, to LA, may as well have been a blizzard. While most drivers were likely paralyzed with fear, a few intrepid hoons made the most of this incredibly rare snowfall the best way they knew: via judicious application of hoonery.

This footage is from my friend Galen who runs a little thing called RetroChrome, which is essentially him seeking out and preserving old, forgotten footage. Here’s what he has to say about the footage:

Found this in the same batch that the Indy 500 footage was in. Same photog and I’m 90 percent sure his name was Al Smith. Found a batch of film at an Antique store in Monrovia Ca.

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Galen also mentioned that this same batch of footage also contained some very creepy footage of what appears to be someone spying on women by a pool in Vegas, in the interest of full disclosure.

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I think what’s especially interesting about that footage is that one of those cars is a brand-new 1949 Ford. It snows for the first time in decades and decades in LA, and there was at least one person who’s first instinct was to take their brand-new car out in the snow and go nuts. That’s achingly beautiful.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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lebaronjames
LeBaronJames

As a Chicagoan, snow is a sad reality 4 months of the year, but every time we get a big snow, the traction control is turned off and hoonery is unleashed. I’ve been driving in it for almost 30 years but I’m as giddy now as I was at 16; power oversteering through turns, 4-wheel drifting, it’s those memories that give me the warm feels. And to car companies that don’t let you fully-disable traction control; why do you hate fun?