El Cajon Boulevard, also known as Historic Highway 80, was once the center of car culture in San Diego. Drive-in restaurants and movie theatres, animated neon signs, and drag racing were prevalent along the strip.
On Aug. 17, the glamour of car culture came roaring back to the Boulevard. More than 50 classic car owners came out for a Cruise the Boulevard Mixer, sponsored by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association. At 6 p.m., the event kicked off at the J.A. Cooley Automotive Museum, which is known for having one of the best collections of hundred-year-old cars in the country.
The cars gathered for a cruise down El Cajon Boulevard, just like the good old days. One of the attendees who grew up in San Diego suggested cruising to Euclid Avenue, just like he and his friends used to do when they were young. Euclid is where Oscar’s Drive-In once stood. It is now the home of the newly-restored Til-Two Club, and it made for the perfect final stop.
Mick Rossler, who has a passion for restoring and bringing new life to historic sites, is responsible for the return of the Til-Two. He is also the owner of the Tower Bar, another historic venue in City Heights. The Til-Two was an upscale bar that got its start in the 1940s, and at the time, was a nice accompaniment to the State Theatre next door. Sixty years later, the original neon Til-Two sign shines once again on El Cajon Boulevard!
Drivers pulled up at the Til-Two for some oldies music as they reminisced about the fun times growing up in San Diego and cruising down the Boulevard.
Beryl Forman is the marketing director of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association.