When the sun is shining in Pleasanton, California there’s simply no better place to be if you’re a red-blooded hot rodder! For the last 27 years (nearly three decades!) rod & custom enthusiasts from all over the world have convened here in late August at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds showing their cars, swapping stories, rekindling old relations and celebrating vintage car culture.
Last weekend’s 27th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster had it all. Event guests were treated to perfect weather (sunny and 82 degrees all three days), 3,700 show cars, a “happy” summer vibe, near-record attendance and hundreds of the industry’s top vendors offering products and helpful insights.
With an event this large, there’s so much to see & do! A massive show & shine, buildings and midways full of the latest & greatest rod & custom products, model engine exhibit (staged by the Bay Area Engine Modelers), special awards steeped in tradition, Hot Rod Week (the daily driving tour that begins on Monday of WCN week), cruising, boozing, swappin’ & sellin’ – it was a full weekend of extreme Goodguys Goodtimes!
After finishing runner up for some of the industry’s top awards this year, Harold Chapman’s “Pretty Penny” 1933 Ford Roadster from Texas finally got its dance card here in Pleasanton driving off with the America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod award during Saturday’s evening’s awards gala. It was a popular win and the field of finalists was deep.
It’s long been said that what separates the Goodguys West Coast Nationals from other events on the calendar is the quality of cars here. The Goodguys “Crown Jewel” some call it. Man does that ever ring true! Goodguys Founder Gary Meadors and his longtime friend & builder Sam Foose (Chip’s dad) spent four solid hours walking through Saturday’s “Builder’s Choice” area trying to whittle their picks down to 10 cars. There were literally a 100 cars that could have qualified for a pick! Late Saturday afternoon, one Goodguys staffer counted two-hundred and seventy 1932 Fords in the Deuce Doins special parking area! It was a site to make any deuce purist weep with joy.
If you were lucky enough to be here, you know we’re not overselling it! If you weren’t here – you missed a hell of a party. But there’s always next year! Mark your calendars for August 22, 23 & 24, 2014 – those are the official dates of the Goodguys 28th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster. As our old radio ads used to say…”Be there or be square!”