The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. No better a place to visit on the July 4th weekend. This time it's for The Annual Classic Car Show organized by the Lexington Historical Society.


Of course, the Battles of Lexington and Concord would not have been possible without the British. So keeping in the style of our July 4th "car tunes" of the past, enjoy the only part of the "battle to recapture the colonies" ever to reach the radio in your Classic car, as we visit the English Riviera Classic Car Show.

Growing up included watching re-runs of The Little Rascals. One of the Our Gang episodes that for whatever reason stuck in my head was "Three Men in a Tub". It supposedly takes place at Toluca Lake, a picturesque, shady and serene location where parents might take their kids out for a picnic. And where Spanky and Alfalfa raced Waldo in their boats to win the heart of Darla.

"Yes Virginia", Toluca Lake is Real
Frankly, when growing up, I was under the impression Toluca Lake was as fabricated a place as that episode until my first visit to California. That's when I saw the exit sign for Toluca Lake. Toluca Lake is a real lake near North Hollywood and Malibu, but the boating scenes in Three Men in a Tub were actually filmed at Malibu Lake in the Santa Monica Mountains near the Paramount Ranch. (See below for more detail)

Just as in "Three Men in a Tub", Toluca Lake is also known for another point of interest actually located somewhere else. The oldest Bob's Big Boy restaurant in America and a regular host to Classic car Cruise-In's is not in Toluca Lake, even though the locals swear it is. It's actually located just outside of the city limits in Burbank. But that's no reason to miss another slice of Americana at "Bob's".

Detail Source Wikipedia
The geologic Toluca Lake is a 6-acre (2.4 ha) body of water located near the district’s southeastern boundaries. The historic natural lake was fed by springs of upwelling groundwater from the substantial Los Angeles River and San Fernando Valley subterranean aquifers. Late 19th and 20th century L. A. DWP well extraction and 1930s concrete river channelization lowered the water table, and currently community wells at the lake’s edges maintain the water level.
The bottom of the lake is surfaced with four inches (102 mm) of asphalt concrete to prevent seepage. Owned by the surrounding homeowners, the lake has been maintained by the Toluca Lake Property Owners Association, a non-profit corporation established in 1934. The lake, surrounded by private residences and the Lakeside Golf Club, is inaccessible to the public.

Toluca Lake is a favorite when it comes to where celebrities like to live. The list is extensive and as you can imagine the homes are not cheap. Bob Hope's former home (shown) sold for over $12M. To view a promotional brochure from the 1960's in PDF format, click here.

                                             Toluca Lake Celebrities
* Steve Abbott,actor* Vanessa Hudgens, actess,singers
* Julie Andrews, actress and singer* Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress
* Jonathan Antin, hairstylist* William Holden, actor
* Drake Bell, actor and singer* Bob Hope, actor
* Jack Black, actor* Moe Howard, actor
* Brooke Burns, actress* Wayne Knight, actor
* Ann Blyth, actress and singer* George Lopez, actor, comedian
* Steve Carell, actor* Leonard Maltin, film critic
* Peter Casey, television writer* Garry Marshall, director and producer
* Bing Crosby, singer and actor* Eric McCormack, actor
* Billy Ray Cyrus, actor and singer* Roger Miller, song writer and singer
* Doris Day, singer and actress; animal rights advocate* Jeffrey Dean Morgan, actor
* Kat Dennings, actress* José Offerman, Major League baseball player
* Rick Dees, radio personality* Jonas Brothers, singers (Joe, Nick, and Kevin)
* Roy E. Disney, director and producer* Markie Post, actress
* Hilary Duff, actress and singer* Brenda Song, actress, singer, model
* Kirsten Dunst, actress* Frank Sinatra, singer, actor
* Amelia Earhart, aviatrix* Kelly Sweet, singer
* Zac Efron, actor* Alan Thicke, actor
* W. C. Fields, actor* Ashley Tisdale, actress, singer
* Larry Fine, actor* Forrest Tucker, actor
* Redd Foxx, comedian and actor* Jim Tully, author
* Andy García, actor* Denzel Washington, actor
* Jenny Garth, actress* Scott Weiland, singer, lyricist
* Harold Greene, news anchorman* Lawrence Welk, band leader
* Andy Griffith. actor* Dawn Wells, actress
* Christopher J. Harrell, musician, philanthropist* Eric West, Cinematographer
* Brett R. Henry, photographer and writer* Henry Winkler, actor
* Steve Hofstetter, comedian and radio personality* Cary Woodworth, actor, musician
* Jonathan Winters, comedian* Joanne Worley, actress, comedian
* Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson* Miley Cyrus, singer, actress
* Gene Autry, actor, singer*Jim Neighbors, comedian , actor
* Frankie Avalon, singer* Bobby Darren, actor
* Sandra Dee, actress* And Many Others