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.
It’s hard to go wrong with a Model A roadster on Deuce rails, especially when it’s as tidy as David Stanford’s copper ’29 with chrome wheels wrapped in bias ply tires, small-block Chevy power and clean cream-colored upholstery with matching striping.
A subtle, just-right top chop gives Justin Lantzman’s ’53 Chevy a sleeker profile, along with the lowered stance and hooded headlights. The small-block-powered custom nabbed the Chopped and Dropped Pick.
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!
Hector Cisneros has one of the nicest Pontiac LeMans we’ve seen with his 1964 model. It features a Bill Dunn custom interior equipped with grey and black leather, touch screen center console, push-button start, Budnik steering wheel, A/C, power seats and more!
We kept expecting to see Rick Carlson’s ’74 Ford Gran Torino come sliding around a corner and have undercover cops hop out with their guns drawn!
The Goosby-built Goodguys Pace Car ’79 Mustang was on site and looking tough! You’ll definitely want to check this thing out at an event this summer.
This setup was too cool and drew huge crowds all weekend! David Gongora with Gongora’s Body & Paint in Pomona crafted this combo – a 472c.i. Caddy-powered ’50 Ford F1 delivery truck with a vintage camper trailer painted to match in tow.
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.
There’s something about earth-tone colors on vintage trucks that just looks right! The Stone Grey hue sprayed by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff on Wayne Waters’ ’53 Chevy is a great example. Of course, the stance – courtesy of an Art Morrison chassis – also helps, as does the Edelbrock 383c.i. stroker engine and Ron Mangus interior.
These early-60’s T-Birds don’t get much love, but the Quick family from La Mesa bagged and ‘linked their ’60 model to give it some attitude. A 352c.i. V8 backed by a Cruise-o-Matic gets them down the road.
Joe and Sandy Secola’s ’67 VW Beetle has a bunch of tasteful upgrades, including a 1915cc engine, narrowed front beam with dropped spindles, KYB shocks and 15-inch EMPI wheels. The light blue PPG paint is complemented with ivory and gray fabric upholstery.
The stark white finish on Andre’s chopped ’54 Chevy makes a perfect canvass for the ‘flaked and panel-painted top. Button-tufted and diamond-pleated upholstery completes the look inside.
The huge Del Mar indoor car show spread across four buildings and housed a ton of outstanding iron.
Rarely do we stumble across two-door Chevelle wagons, and Art Alverez’s ’65 was a stunner! It rides on Schott wheels wrapped with BFG rubber. Power comes from a Demon-carbureted ZZ383 crate engine. The beige exterior color flows into the interior, while Vintage Air keep the spacious cabin chilled.
Jim Shelton cruised over from Las Vegas in Gray Baskerville’s ’32 roadster. It’s great to see this time-honored Deuce still soaking up the miles and spending time in the sun!
The body lines on Tony Miller’s ’40 Ford are unlike any we’ve seen on a ’40…and in a good way! That comes from a 10-plus year vision that Tony had before even beginning the project. Highway 99 Hot Rods built the phantom ’40 Ford convertible by adding a ’46 Ford convertible top on what started as a ’40 Ford coupe body. The car was also channeled 2½-inches, the front wheels and wheel openings moved forward 2 inches, the fenders were radiused, the windshield chopped and many more modifications along the way.
Dave Cantrall cruised over from Chandler, Arizona in this killer ’66 GMC Suburban.
The bright coral paint on Al Hummel’s ’55 T-bird covers a tuned-up body with shaved handles, frenched headlights, a custom grille and tucked bumpers. The bold body is supported by an Art Morrison chassis and a stout all-aluminum 452c.i. Ford V8, with Schott wheels and tasteful upholstery by Gabe’s Custom Interiors.
Here’s a street rod platform you don’t see every day – a ’28 Plymouth Model Q two-door sedan. Ron and Judi Attig have their clean example equipped with a small-block Chevy, 2004R transmission, 8-inch rearend and four-wheel disc brakes.
We loved the classic, traditional style of John Brown’s ’39 Ford Standard coupe, sitting just right over chrome wheels and wide whites and sporting diamond-pleated upholstery inside. The champagne gold coupe is powered by a vintage 283c.i. small-block Chevy backed by a TH350.
Larry Kooiman’s ’56 Olds gets down low over wire wheels and wide whites and gets moving with small-block Chevy power and a 700R4 overdrive. Dig the ’50s-style chrome stripes on the roof!