“Secrets of Dumbledore” bakery truck at historic Belmont Park by the beach + lowriders at Goodguys Del Mar Nationals

“FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Secrets of Dumbledore”

Just as tourists from around the world flock to San Diego for its location, beaches, pleasant year-round weather and everything else that there is to see and do in Southern California, so too does the motion picture industry come here.

To promote their new movie entitled “FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” which opened in North American theaters on April 15, Warner Bros. Pictures brought a movie-themed bakery truck to San Diego’s historic Belmont Park, next to Mission Beach — announcing it with this breaking news: Kowalski Quality Baked Goods, the New York bakery owned by Muggle Jacob Kowalski in the FANTASTIC BEASTS films, has been transformed into a bakery truck that has hit the road in April, visiting eleven U.S. cities over the course of two weeks.

This custom-wrapped truck features FREE movie-themed treats (bakery items, of course) and is offering fans the chance to win exclusive FANTASTIC BEASTS giveaways (cool swag). As this food truck makes its way across the country, fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite “Wizarding World” characters, for the full experience!

Enthusiastic fans and visitors to Belmont Park and Mission Beach were, as promised, treated to a variety of delicious bakery goods and FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Secrets of Dumbledore” swag — including T-shirts, reusable bags, hats and more.

For trailers, a synopsis of the movie and more about FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” visit

This ideal San Diego location also gave visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beach and historic Belmont Park, where they could take a ride on the iconic “Giant Dipper” roller coaster — at speeds up to 48 MPH, with views of the Pacific Ocean! As we learn from the Belmont Park website (, this classic roller coaster originated during the Golden Age of wooden roller coasters. It was built almost 100 years ago — in 1925. The original roller coaster entertained riders until 1976, when Belmont Park shut down.

In a successful effort to prevent this historical roller coaster’s demolition, a group of concerned citizens got together and eventually the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster was restored — at a cost of $2 million. The renovation included all-new track and track bed, thousands of board feet of lumber and two new trains with modern restraint systems.

Beautiful Mission Beach, located next to Belmont Park, offers restaurants, shopping and, of course, the Pacific Ocean.

Lowriders at Goodguys 2022 Del Mar Nationals

Even though they are not specifically highlighted in their own category in the GOODGUYS 2022 yearbook, “The Year in Photos,” lowriders had a huge presence at this year’s Goodguys Del Mar Nationals — “America’s Favorite Car Show.”

In addition to lowriders and the Goodguys Autocross (see photos and an exciting video at, this show also featured American muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, numerous vendors and exhibitors, a swap meet, a “Cars 4 Sale Corral,” a model and pedal car show, live entertainment, the “Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest,” a “Burn-out Competition,” the “Kids Model Car Make n’ Take” (free), “All-American Sunday” (for all years) and, at the end of the three-day weekend, a long procession of amazing vehicles for photos and the presentation of awards.

Lowriders — a phenomenon that has gone global — represents a large and important part of California car culture. The look of a lowrider (cars and trucks) — lowered and with their characteristically small whitewall tires mounted on knock-off wire wheels — is unmistakably distinctive, both visually and mechanically. Active, articulating, hydraulic or air pressure operated suspensions raise and lower the corners, and some cars even hop — lifting all four wheels off of the ground! Their creators’ attention to highly detailed customizations almost defy belief, with expansive, finely engraved chrome — inside and out, including in the engine compartment; colorful, highly detailed, patterned and pinstriped paintwork – often in wild colors; extremely customized interiors with crushed velvet upholstery; and more. You really have to see them. Mere words are not enough.

Favorite cars for conversion to lowriders include mid-1960s Chevrolets, Lincolns, Cadillacs, Monte Carlos and other large American cars.

To learn more about the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and car shows, visit:

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  1. David Sperry on April 21, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Jan, great two subject column. I liked the classic look of the header photo. The bakery truck is an artistic masterpiece and I especially liked the MENU.

    I’m not especially good at identifying lowriding vehicles that have been highly modified, but the metallic copper/orange car in the very last photo is totally brilliant!

    • Jan Wagner on April 30, 2022 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you David,
      Sorry for my delayed response. I’ve been busy — in part, with the rest of my life. Tonight I will upload last week’s column. Hopefully I will upload this week’s column soon thereafter.

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