The Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals is always a highlight of our early-season events. With the beach literally within sight of the Del Mar Fairgrounds event facility, you get the full flavor of Southern California hot rodding – cool waves, ocean breezes, palm trees, sunshine and, of course, a spectacular selection of hot rods, cool customs, vintage trucks, muscle cars and classics. It’s no wonder the event has been a standout for 18 years running.

One of the challenges we run into with the Del Mar Nationals – with all of our events, really – is space in the Goodguys Gazette to share all the cool stuff we find. We show a lot of great stuff on the Gazette pages, but there’s also a ton of fantastic photos we just don’t have room to run. With that in mind, we thought we’d offer up some bonus beach scenes to complement the Del Mar Nationals coverage in the July Gazette, which will be hitting mailboxes in a couple of weeks.

DJ Axle recently acquired this hot Deuce pickup, which was originally built in the late-’50s. It still cuts an impressive profile.

As you’ll see, there’s always plenty of variety in Del Mar – and even more so this year as we welcomed 1987-and-earlier vehicles for the full weekend. A standout among the next-generation machines was the Goodguys Pace Car 1979 Mustang, which made its West Coast debut in the Goolsby Customs booth along the vendor midway. If you haven’t seen this foxbody in person yet, you’ll definitely want to check it out at an event this season!

In the meantime, check out some of the cool bonus shots from Del Mar and get a taste of why we’re such big fans of this beachside bash!

Rick Dore was stopping traffic in the Aquarius, a coach-built, aluminum-bodied custom inspired by a late-’30s Delahaye and crafted for musician James Hetfield a few years ago. It’s always cool to see a fantastic custom like this out cruising.

The huge Del Mar indoor car show spread across four buildings and housed a ton of outstanding iron.