Spokane Rewind – Great Northwest Indeed!

-The Spokane County Fair & Expo Center was filled to capacity!

-The Spokane County Fair & Expo Center was filled to capacity!

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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-J.F. Launier had a blast handing out the Goodguys Builder's Choice awards and sharing his Ridler-winning '64 Buick with his local fans

-J.F. Launier had a blast handing out the Goodguys Builder’s Choice awards and sharing his Ridler-winning ’64 Buick with his local fans

-The cruising was non-stop!

-The cruising was non-stop!

-Idaho photographer and hot rod historian Peter Vincent (left) brought the legendary 15-oz coupe to display and share with the fans!

-Idaho photographer and hot rod historian Peter Vincent (left) brought the legendary 15-oz coupe to display and share with the fans!

-John Hill's Shadow Grey, LS6 454/4-speed, numbers-matching  1970 Chevelle was selected as a finalist for the Goodguys 2014 Hemming's Muscle Car of the Year award

-John Hill’s Shadow Grey, LS6 454/4-speed, numbers-matching 1970 Chevelle was selected as a finalist for the Goodguys 2014 Hemming’s Muscle Car of the Year award

-Let's hear it for the Duke's! They were outstanding as usual serving as Host Club and helping the event run so smoothly!

-Let’s hear it for the Duke’s! They were outstanding as usual serving as Host Club and helping the event run so smoothly!

-Shawn and Dani Arnold's outstanding 1936 International pickup resto rod was chosen as the Goodguys Gazette Pick. Look for a full feature on this 15-year build in a future issue of the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette!

-Shawn and Dani Arnold’s outstanding 1936 International pickup resto rod was chosen as the Goodguys Gazette Pick. Look for a full feature on this 15-year build in a future issue of the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette!

-As usual, Mavis Fischer had the arts & crafts gallery packed with cool exhibits and vendors!

-As usual, Mavis Fischer had the arts & crafts gallery packed with cool exhibits and vendors!

-The Mirabeau Park Hotel parkin' lot was hoppin for Friday's TGIF party!

-The Mirabeau Park Hotel parkin’ lot was hoppin for Friday’s TGIF party!

-The spectacular model car show had the little ones busy all weekend!

-The spectacular model car show had the little ones busy all weekend!

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