Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Clymore Ford's Bucking Stunt Car
1965 Newhall Fourth of July Parade

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Clymore Ford (Clymore Motors) entry in the 1965 Newhall Fourth of July Parade is a bucking stunt car named "Dizzy Lizzy." It won First Place in the Novelty division. Cliffie Stone was grand marshal of the parade, and an annual post-parade barbecue was held at Saxonia Park in Placerita Canyon.

Polaroid print, 3x4 inches, from the Signal Photo Archive. The date, July 4, 1965, is handwritten on the back, but the photo was not published in the paper at that time. Additional markings ("118%") indicate it was published at some point; it may have been contributed to The Signal by a third party. We don't know the meaning of the acronym, "F-O-R-R-D."

Loren Clymore and his brother Frank purchased the local Ford garage and took over the franchise in January 1941 from Jess Doty, who stayed on throughout the 1940s as an employee. Doty had been the Santa Clarita Valley's first Ford dealer; the business was located on the east side of Spruce Street (now Main Street) between Market Street and 6th Street.

Loren Clymore managed the Newhall dealership while Frank Clymore stayed behind to run their original dealership at 211 N. Western Avenue in Los Angeles. In the 1950s, both Loren Clymore and Jess Doty's sons got involved with the Newhall business — Carl Clymore eventually taking over as as manager, with Maurice "Maury" Doty as sales manager. Both boys were members of Hart High's first graduating class, the famous '49ers. In 1965, Carl Clymore and Maurice Doty started their own auto leasing company together: Valencia Leasing Company. It was an early use of the "Valencia" name and a sign of things to come. A decade later, under a new owner, the Ford dealership moved to Creekside Road in Valencia.

As of 2019, the showroom that Jess Doty built in Newhall still stands at what is now 24254 Main Street. It is still an automotive showroom, except that instead of the latest model Fords, today it houses a private collection of classic cars.

SG6501: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph, Signal Photo Archive.


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