The Class Of The 1970's

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Richard McCloskey spent every Wednesday in the summer of 1972 shooting photographs of "Cruise Night" down Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.
He captured the sleek hot rods, the fashion, and the general youth in his black-and-white photos that preserve this memory.
Cruising was a popular part of the youth culture (especially among high school students) in the 1950s to 1960s. And when McCloskey was 26, he noticed a resurgence of this pastime in 1972, particularly when the worst days of the Vietnam War were over, he tells LAist. Van Nuys Boulevard was such a hotspot for driving aimlessly down the street, showing off cars, and doing donuts. It even inspired the 1979 film, Van Nuys Blvd//.

As we settle in to the last leg of summer and start to enjoy those Valley nights when the moon accompanies 75-degree temperatures, it’s hard not to look back and think about past summer evenings when flip-flops and cut-offs were the uniform night after night.

Maybe you were one of the cool kids who cruised the Canyon or one of the other major streets in the SFV, like Van Nuys Boulevard.

Richard ‘Rick Mack’ McCloskey is someone who remembers the nights of his youth when he cruised the Boulevard with Van Nuys High School classmates in the 70s. He then went back in the summer of 1972, after completing a number of photography courses at California State University, Northridge, and documented more of the carefree cruising.