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The Goodguys 14th Del Mar Nationals which wrapped up yesterday north of San Diego, was an electrifying mix of sunshine, the West’s finest vintage rods, customs and muscle cars, beach culture and full throttle excitement.

Held at the scenic Del Mar Fairgrounds located a stone’s throw from the turquoise-blue Pacific Ocean, the event attracted over 2,000 show cars and a weekend crowd in excess of 60,000. They came to see the cars, shop the vendors, hang on the fence to watch the AutoCross, and witness the crowning of the March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance – the weekend’s signature award.

When the final votes were tallied, it was Wes & Vivian Rydell’s 1935 Chevy Phaeton that took the top prize. The regally styled Chevy burst on the scene earlier this year winning America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show.

Click here to see all the weekend award winners.

Perhaps the most popular car on the Goodguys AutoCross track was actually a truck! Wes Drelleshak drove his 1959 Chevy Apache Pickup to the win in the Truck Class with a 64.377 – amazingly just three seconds off the fastest lap by so and so’s Corvette – the fastest car of the weekend.

Click here for complete AutoCross results.

Youth was also served in Del Mar. The Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow Engine Challenge featured over 100 high school auto shop students in a timed engine building challenge. Rancho Alamitos High School from Garden Grove won the competition, tearing down then building back up a small block Chevy engine (using only hand tools) in a time of 28 minutes and 21 seconds!

Goodguys will return to the beach next April for the 15th annual Del Mar Nationals.

-The San Diego Woodies put on another spectacular Good Wood exhibit in the Plaza de Mexico!

-The San Diego Woodies put on another spectacular Good Wood exhibit in the Plaza de Mexico!

-Deadend Magazine coordinated an incredibly cool Lowrider exhibit

-Deadend Magazine coordinated an incredibly cool Lowrider exhibit

-Wes & Vivian Rydell accept the Street Rod d'Elegance award from Goodguys' Harry Daviess

-Wes & Vivian Rydell accept the Street Rod d’Elegance award from Goodguys’ Harry Daviess

-All American Sunday brought out over 100 late models to join the show!

-All American Sunday brought out over 100 late models to join the show!

-Overhaulin's Chip Foose was on hand Sunday for autographs and meet & greet

-Overhaulin’s Chip Foose was on hand Sunday for autographs and meet & greet

-Rancho Alamitos High School won the Hot Rodder's of Tomorrow Engine Challenge

-Rancho Alamitos High School won the Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow Engine Challenge

 

-Saturday's overflow crowd was the biggest in years!

-Saturday’s overflow crowd was the biggest in years!

-Mikey Maier hangs it out on turn one in the Goodguys AutoCross

-Mikey Maier hangs it out on turn one in the Goodguys AutoCross

-Little Austin Stone brought out his latest ride - a flamed deuce hi-boy

-Little Austin Stone brought out his latest ride – a flamed deuce hi-boy

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Wes and Vivian Rydell’s “Black Bow Tie” struck gold again this year, taking home the Goodguys 2014 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award during last weekend’s Goodguys 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals. The rare 1935 Chevy Standard Phaeton (one of 217 ever made) burst on the scene back in January when it won America’s Most Beautiful Roadster in Pomona.

Fabricated, assembled, finished, upholstered and painted a two-tone maroon and black by Rad Rides by Troy, the Phaeton got its start 12 years ago at Rydell’s Toy Shop in Grand Forks, North Dakota under the watchful eye of craftsman Doug Pederson. Working off a Foose Design, Pederson modified a Roadster Shop chassis and did a substantial amount of metal work on the body before shipping the car to Rad Rides by Troy where they spent nearly a year finishing the car in preparation for the 2014 show season.

The car’s understated elegance is felt throughout. The body was lengthened 2-inches and features a 3-inch longer-than-stock wheelbase. The shortened grill was reclined by “pulling out” the bottom and the windshield posts have been laid back 2.5-inches. It rides on Heidt’s IFS and IRS suspension. The engine is a 383 Chevy Ram Jet with EFI, modified to look like it features original 1957 Rochester injection.

The hind end is as regal as it comes with the aesthetically-pleasing luggage rack holding a period perfect metal travel box in matching paint. A nickel plated gas cap and trim pieces abound. The art-decco red leather interior was stitched by Adam at Rad Rides as was the black canvas top, which took hundreds of hours to finesse and “get right.”

Mike Curtis of Curtis Speed made the period perfect wheels featuring CNC-milled stock-looking trim rings (with gold leaf inlets) and stock ’33 Chevy hubcaps.

Goodguys members and enthusiasts will surely remember Rydell’s past Foose-designed cars including the “Grand Master” ’35 Chevy (2002 Ridler winner and Goodguys Street Rod of the Year) as well as his Goodguys 2007 Custom Rod of the Year-winning ’54 Chevy Bel Air.

Fellow d’Elegance Finalists include Dave Hall, Phoenix, AZ (1939 Ford), Jack LoPresti, Big River, CA (1935 Chevy), Rocky & Sherry Nash, Murrieta, CA (1935 Ford), and Janeen Drinkard, Leander TX (1940) Chevy

-Wes & Vivian Rydell accept the Street Rod d'Elegance award from Goodguys' Harry Daviess

-Wes & Vivian Rydell accept the Street Rod d’Elegance award from Goodguys’ Harry Daviess

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-Six events remain this season featuring special indoor car shows. Get your car signed up today!

-Six events remain this season featuring special indoor car shows. Get your car signed up today!

Hey gang! Plenty of chances to show your car indoors with Goodguys are coming up fast! Six more Goodguys indoor car shows remain this season including two at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. For those of you with a cool Mustang – we’re looking for Mustangs to display at the 21st Summer Get-Together to celebrate the car’s 50th Anniversary!

Here’s a show-by-show look at which events we’re accepting indoor show applications for and what kind of cars/trucks we’re looking for!

Goodguys 21st Summer Get-Together – Pleasanton, CA
Mustangs of all years, makes and models being sought. Please follow vehicle entry information below

-Goodguys All American Nationals – Indianapolis, June 6-8, Indianapolis, IN
All years, makes & models of American made or American powered show cars & trucks

-Grundy Worldwide Insurance All American Nationals – W. Springfield, June 13-15, W. Springfield, MA
All years, makes & models of American made or American powered show cars & trucks

-27th Wesco Autobody Supply Pacific Northwest Nationals, July 25-27, Puyallup, WA
All years, makes & models of American made or American powered show cars & trucks

-13th Great Northwest Nationals, August 15-17, Spokane, WA
All years, makes & models of American made or American powered show cars & trucks

-25th Autumn Get-Together, November 8 & 9, Pleasanton, CA
All years, makes & models of American made or American powered trucks only

All indoor show cars & trucks will be preselected prior to the events. To have your car or truck considered for a spot indoors you must submit your entry via e-mail or regular mail.

-Via Email. For this option, e-mail a medium resolution jpeg photo with a brief vehicle description of your vehicle (year, make & model, awards won or other interesting vehicle history) to Goodguys VP of Event Operations Harry Daviess This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If your entry is accepted you will receive a reply from Harry as well as a confirmation letter via U.S. mail. Make sure you indicate which event you’re applying for.

-Via U.S. Mail. Send a photo with a brief vehicle description of your vehicle (year, make & model, awards won or other interesting vehicle history) along with a completed event entry form for one of the events above. Entry forms for these 8 events can be found on the event details page. Click here to go there!

-A special 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang exhibit will be featured at the 21st Summer Get-Together May 31 & June 1 in Pleasanton. Got a cool Mustang? Drop us a line!

-A special 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang exhibit will be featured at the 21st Summer Get-Together May 31 & June 1 in Pleasanton. Got a cool Mustang? Drop us a line!

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-Columbus bound - J.F. Launier and his Ridler-winning '64 Buick

-Columbus bound – J.F. Launier and his Ridler-winning ’64 Buick “Rivision”

Following JF Launier’s thrilling Ridler win at the Detroit AutoRama in March, he and his radical ’64 Buick “Rivision” are heading to Columbus this summer for the Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals July 11-13. His aim? Capturing the Goodguys 2014 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award. He’ll also have the car on hand at the Goodguys 13th Great Northwest Nationals August 15-17 in Spokane (where he selects the Goodguys Builder’s Choice awards) – a short distance from his home in Osyoos, British Columbia.

Rivision is a land mark car. Part sports car, part muscle car, part street machine, its front half is all ’64 Rivvy. The boat tail backside has the look of a ’71 Buick and was hand formed from sheet metal on an English wheel as were the fenders. The body is 6-inches wider than stock, extended 3-inches on each side. All metal fab on the car was done by Launier himself in his JF Kustoms/Desert Speed Shop in Osoyoos, British Columbia. Mike Curtis of Curtis Speed did the grill, one off wheels and some other high quality parts & pieces.

Under the hood lies a radical twin turbo LS motor pumping out 850 horsepower. The twin turbo units are in the trunk area in back of the seats. The side venting and plumbing required and how it all works would make a Formula 1 team take notice!

Plan on spending some time looking at Rivision in Columbus and Spokane if you’re attending!

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-Sunny skies eventually prevailed at the 32nd All American Get-Together

-Sunny skies eventually prevailed at the 32nd All American Get-Together

Last weekend’s Goodguys 32nd All American Get-Together battled through inclement Saturday weather but finished strong with a spectacular sunny Sunday, bringing close to 2,000 show cars and 40,000 people to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

This is the event that started it all for Goodguys back in 1983. The format back then remains today – welcoming all years, makes and models of American powered show cars & trucks.

The main exhibit theme for the indoor show was custom cars of all genres in open competition for the Goodguys 2014 Mother’s Polish Custom of the Year award. Over 40 killer customs including Mercury’s, Cadillac’s, Ford shoeboxes and other exotic blends put on a whale of a show for fans. James Hetfield’s radical coach built “Black Pearl” emerged victorious taking home the weekend’s top prize.

Click here for a look at the complete award winner’s list.

Out on the Goodguys AutoCross track, it was San Ramon, California’s Brian Hobaugh winning the PRO class in his radical ’65 Corvette. Other class winners included Sal Solorzano in the TCI sponsored ’68 Camaro (Street Machine Class) and George Diaz in his 2002 Ford Lightning (Truck Class).

Click here for a look at all of the weekend’s AutoCross results.

From Pleasanton, the Goodguys Spring tour rolls on to Del Mar, California for this weekend’s Goodguys 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals April 4-6 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

-James Hetfield's partner Rick Dore accepts the Custom of the Year award from presenter Nabeela Amiri

-James Hetfield’s partner Rick Dore accepts the Custom of the Year award from presenter Nabeela Amiri

-Top 5 Custom of the Year finalists in front of a packed house!

-Top 5 Custom of the Year finalists in front of a packed house!

-Brian Hobagh

-Brian Hobagh

-TCI's Sal Solorzano

-TCI’s Sal Solorzano

-Our official host club - the P-Town Pushrods!

-Our official host club – the P-Town Pushrods!

-Over 40 outstanding customs were gunning for Custom of the Year honors

-Over 40 outstanding customs were gunning for Custom of the Year honors

-The model car show had something for everyone!

-The model car show had something for everyone!

-The pin striper's "Brush Bash" had some way cool items

-The pin striper’s “Brush Bash” had some way cool items

-Hola! Bangshift's Chad Reynolds called all the Goodguys AutoCross action.

-Hola! Bangshift’s Chad Reynolds called all the Goodguys AutoCross action.

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-James Hetfield's "Black Pearl" coach built custom

-James Hetfield’s “Black Pearl” coach built custom

Rock & roll music and custom cars have a lot in common. A creative spirit, immense talent and uncompromising dedication are required to create and reveal the inner soul of a song or a car. James Hetfield has mastered both. His band Metallica sits in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while serving as the face of heavy metal music for decades. His ever-growing stable of custom cars have won hot rodding’s biggest prizes. His latest effort, a coach built custom he designed with partner Rick Dore is his most powerful statement yet.

He calls it the “Black Pearl.” Last weekend in Pleasanton, California the car won Goodguys’ 2014 Mother’s Custom of the Year award during the Goodguys 32nd annual All American Get-Together.

Unlike Hetfield’s previous custom sleds, Black Pearl is completely scratch-built. It’s not any particular make or model. It’s sculpted, handmade body is inspired by the tear drop contours and seamless body transitions of coach built European and American cars of the 1930s. It rests on a custom built chassis which utilizes the outer frame rails of a 1948 Jaguar.

Southern California’s Marcel and Luc De Lay, two of the top coach builders in the world, handled the chores of forming, shaping and building the body. They’re one of only a handful of metal shapers, capable of taking on the task of building a one off custom car like the ‘Pearl. Said Hetfield of the De Lay’s prowess as metal sculptors, “As an artist myself, I see the passion, dedication and perfectionism it takes to be good at your craft. I am humbled by their gift of metal sculpting. The fact that they started with a 8×10 drawing and ended up with a complete car is a testament to the ability of the human mind and hands. It still blows people’s minds when they ask what body we started with and we say ‘steel sheets.’”

The’ Pearl was painted in a luscious deep PPG black by Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio offering a perfect contrast to the brushed brass trim. Inside the cabin is a stellar Ron Mangus interior. Wheelsmith Fabrications made the black wheels featuring matching brushed brass caps. Under the hood lies a 375-horsepower 302 cubic inch Ford V8 but this car isn’t about power – it’s about style. It’s also about expanding horizons and breaking new ground.

In addition to the Goodguys 2014 Mother’s Custom of the Year, The ‘Pearl won the Sam Barris award as well as the Custom d’Elegance at the Sacramento AutoRama.

Fellow finalists for the Goodguys 2014 Mother’s Custom of the Year award included John Fleming, Asher, OK (1939 Lincoln Zephyr) Brandon Penserini, American Canyon, CA (1955 Cadillac),Mike &Rita Gardner, Livermore, CA (1956 Packard)and Mark & Kelly Skipper, Fresno, CA (1951 Ford Victoria).
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-Cruise to Del Mar with Goodguys!

-Cruise to Del Mar with Goodguys!

The Goodguys 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals brings a weekend full of good times to the scenic Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA this weekend April 4-6! The event marks the only time Goodguys will visit Del Mar for a national event this season!

In addition to indoor & outdoor cars shows featuring over 2,500 ’72 & earlier rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks, the event includes a full throttle weekend of Goodguys AutoCross, vendor exhibits, swap meet & AutoTrader Classics Car Corral, Good Wood Woodie display, Nitro Thunderfest (featuring cackling vintage top fuel dragsters), live music, model car show and the All American Sunday (April 6th) welcoming all years, makes and models of American powered cars and trucks!

New this year is the Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow Engine Challenge competition. Over one hundred high school auto shop students from around Southern California will compete in 5 man teams to see who can tear down, then build back up a small block Chevy V8 using only hand tools.

Overhaulin’ star and longtime Goodguys friend Chip Foose will make an exclusive appearance Sunday, April 6th to meet with fans and sign autographs at the Goodguys merchandise trailer on the midway.

It’s a full weekend of Goodguys Goodtimes in Del Mar April 4-6! For more information, full weekend schedule, videos and more click here!

See you in ol’Del Mar!

-Street Rod d'Elegance competition featuring America's Most Beautiful Roadster! Wes Rydell's "Black Bow Tie" '35 Chevy

-Street Rod d’Elegance competition featuring America’s Most Beautiful Roadster! Wes Rydell’s “Black Bow Tie” ’35 Chevy

-Good Wood Exhibit!

-Good Wood Exhibit!

-Nitro Thunderfest!

-Nitro Thunderfest!

-Meet Chip Foose on Sunday!

-Meet Chip Foose on Sunday!

-Goodguys AutoCross!

-Goodguys AutoCross!

-Hot Rodder's of Tomorrow Engine Challenge!

-Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow Engine Challenge!

-Fun for the whole family!

-Fun for the whole family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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