The driver of this Pontiac picked a bad place to let the meter run out – right across the street from Santa Ana City Hall. Even in 1951, when this photo was taken, finding long-term parking in downtown Santa Ana was a tricky business.
In the 1930s, the Auto Club began using the Harley Davidson models pictured here to patrol the highways of Southern California. In addition to assisting stranded motorists, the patrollers used cameras to investigate traffic crashes.
The Automobile Club of Southern California is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the following California counties: Inyo, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura.