Every year, Goodguys visits Spokane for the Great Northwest Nationals and every year we leave town reflecting on how perfect this event always is. This year was again a scenic weekend of ideal sunny weather, hi-quality show cars (both Canadian and domestic) and a summer-like energy which prevailed from Thursday’s opening hot rod cruise right down to Sunday’s farewell awards ceremony!
The Spokane Fair & Expo Center is a quaint, homey, well-manicured show grounds with an equal mix of shade trees, paved cruise lanes and lush green grass. Spokane itself is situated in a large valley with pine trees and wilderness regions within a 20-minute drive so basically, being here feels like summer vacation. It always has.
They also know how to party here! Both Thursday and Friday night, the action fills the parking lot of the Mirabeau Park – the host hotel for the festive weekend. With hundreds of rods, customs & muscle cars on display along with rockin’ live music, the party is a welcome highlight for both participants and locals who want to come out and get a primer for the weekend.
One of the many weekend highlights was semi-local-boy-made-good J.F. Launier bringing his Ridler award-winning ’64 Buick “Rivision” to display. It gave admiring fans, who rooted him on from afar all year a chance to see the landmark car near its home base of Osyoos, BC – just across the border to the North. J.F. also selected the Builder’s Choice awards, hand picking the event’s top 10 rides which he did with aplomb from both the outdoor show & shine as well as from the indoor portion of the event.
As Sunday morning began to warm into afternoon, late model American muscle burst on the scene creating a brilliant mix of new muscle coupled with vintage iron. They take their cars seriously in this region and the new genres of hot rodders flaunted their customized new age Camaro, Challengers and Corvettes!
We love you Spokane! You always charm us with your welcoming spirit, your amazing cars and your spectacular surroundings. We’re already looking forward to next year’s 14th Great Northwest Nationals August 14-16
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