Grab your board, catch a wave, and check out this great group of woodies at the beach!
It’s no secret that sunshine, palm trees, woodies and crashing surf are all part of the SoCal old car scene, and we had every one of those elements at the Goodguys 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals! Upholding a longtime Del Mar tradition, Goodguys worked with the San Diego Woodies to host the special Good Wood area inside the Plaza de Mexico courtyard on Saturday. As usual, the area was packed with good lookin’ timber from all around the region.
The San Diego Woodies club is one of the most active chapters of the National Woodie Club, with a mission of promoting interest in woodies, educating owners and the public, and sharing these beautiful and distinctive pieces of history with the public at events. San Diego Woodies also hosts the largest wooden-bodied car show in the country, Wavecrest, which happens just up the road from Del Mar in Encinitas every September.
The Good Wood Pick went home with George Beebe’s ’35 Ford, a classic restored beauty with a Columbia rear axle helping to make the original Flathead V8 a little more freeway friendly.
Don’t let the mild-mannered exterior fool you – there’s a 383c.i. stroker small block under the shaved hood of Mike Keenan’s ’50 Ford woodie, backed by a 700R4 overdrive automatic.
From ’20s-era stockers, to ’40s and ’50s rods, and at least one phantom Studebaker fastback, the variety of wood-bodied rides in Del Mar was as impressive as it was varied. Woodie owners tend to be an easy-going, laid-back bunch, which made the vibe inside the courtyard feel a little like a beach party, complete with ocean breezes from just a few hundred yards away.
Dennis Varni’s custom ’51 Studebaker woodie was designed by Thom Taylor, started by Doug Carr of the Wood ‘N Carr, and finished by Hill’s Rod and Custom. The radical fastback body rides on an Art Morrison frame and is powered by a 427c.i. Ford FE engine topped by a rare vintage Propulsion Development Laboratories injection setup converted to use Hilborn EFI. Finished with Sid Chavers upholstery, it’s a fitting addition to Varni’s eclectic hot rod collection.
We’ve always said wood is good, and we think you’ll agree when you take a look at the great group gathered in Del Mar. Surf’s up!
Woody Downing – Rancho San Diego, CA – 1949 Ford
Look closely and you’ll see the eight-stack Inglese fuel injection topping the LS1 engine in Greg and Shelly Chandler’s ’40 Ford Deluxe. The copper paint is a custom-mixed color, and the Chandlers tell us that 90-percent of the wood on the car is original.
Load up the boards and head for the beach! This ’31 Model A belongs to Dennis Buss and has all the goodies – a modern IFS, four-bar rear suspension, disc brakes, 400c.i. small-block V8, Ron Mangus upholstery, A/C, Dakota Digital gauges and more. Talk about a comfy beach cruiser!
A chopped top and one-piece rear side glass enhances the long look of John Miller’s smooth, bright red ’37 Ford from Arcadia.
Ray Deschenes has updated his ’47 Chevy Fleetmaster with a more modern IFS, four-bar rear suspension and a triple-carb 327c.i. small-block backed by a 700R4 transmission. The stock gray body looks great contrasted with red wheels and whitewalls. Ray hauled home the Wonderful Woodie award.