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.