-Goodguys 28th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster was a dream weekend of amazing cars, sunny skies,happy faces and amazing exhibits!
Some call it the Crown Jewel, some call it the Hot Rod Homecoming, and some call it Perfection. Some just say Pleasanton. Whatever the name, the third week in August in the San Francisco Bay Area is a week-long hot rod happenin, culminating with Goodguys 28th West Coast Nationals.
Drenched in summer sun, this year’s event drew hot rodders from all corners of the world to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Over 3,800 cars from 31 states covered every nook of the grounds, painting it in a kaleidoscope candy colors. The industry’s top manufactures stuffed the exhibit buildings and midway with new products, while the Bay Area Engine Modelers thrilled all comers with their amazing scale-model motors. There was also an outstanding display of Bonneville land speed cars, vintage Cushman’s, a full scale model car show, Tether car races, rockin live music with Lil Elmo and the Cosmos, nitro fireups and award ceremonies steeped in tradition.
The legends also came out! We saw rock & roll hall of famer Neil Young in his battery powered “Linc-Volt” 1961 Lincoln, drag strip titans Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and engine guru Ed Pink, along with hot rod heroes Gary “Goodguy” Meadors, “The Rodfather” Andy Brizio and so many more. We saw hot rod journalists Pat Ganahl, Thom Taylor of Hot Rod Magazine, Steve Coonan of the Rodder’s Journal and Tim Bernsau of STREET RODDER. John Ray and his band of crazy Kiwis came by the bus load from New Zealand. Martin Lunqvist and his 5-Swedish hot rod brothers drove their cars across America to be here. You get the picture…it seemed as though EVERYONE was here!
For the early-in-town arrivals, Fred Zimmerman Memorial Hot Rod Week provided four big days of country drives, shop tours, sightseeing and in some instances, free weenies! Thanks to the Danville Dukes for organizing it and putting in all those hours plotting the course! A big shout out to the host stops as well. It was a blast.
It’s also here in Pleasanton that Goodguys honor so many special cars with historical awards. The Stroker McGurk (in honor of recently departed legend Tom Medley), the Jim Ewing Memorial, Billy B Memorial, Deuce Bruce Olson Memorial and others keep the hot rod spirit alive and flourishing. While hot rodding’s past is kept alive here in Pleasanton, the future of our hobby is celebrated as well. Kevin and Angie Bischoff’s ’36 Dodge is the perfect mogul for the youth movement of our hobby. The Bischoff’, who are in their 30s, were the lucky winners of the Goodguys 2014 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.
Although the big week and weekend have passed, and a relative calm has begun to settle in, it’s time to start daydreaming and look all the way forward to next August! The 29th West Coast Nationals will be held August 21-23, 2015 right back here at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. You owe it to yourself to be here!
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-Flowmaster Mufflers’ Nate Shelton presents Kevin Bischoff with the America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod award Saturday evening
-Someone counted 480 ’32′s in Saturday’s Deuce Doins. What a site!
-Blake Phipps was the proud recipient of the Stroker McGurk award. Tom Medley would have LOVED Phipps’ home-built, regularly-driven ’27 Ford roadster pickup!
-The Bay Area Engine Modelers did it again! Their model engine exhibit had folks mesmerized!
-Steve Moal’s Oakland, California shop was overflowing during a stop on Fred Zimmerman Memorial Hot Rod Week!
-Sweden’s Martin Lunqvist was the proud recipient of Gary Meadors’ Goodguys Pick. He earned it! In all, his homebuilt ’32 5-window traveled 9,000 miles from Stockholm to Pleasanton. 6,000 of those were road miles!
-Lil Elmo and the Cosmos had the joint jumpin!
-Hot Rod Heaven!
-Don Cleveland’s ’71 Mustang was chosen as the Muscle Car of the Year finalist. A 429 “drag pack” factory original, it’s the only one in Acapulco Blue known to exist!
-The Martin family loaded up for a morning fairgrounds cruise. That’s the spirit!
-The Bonneville land speed exhibit was a really cool sight! Five historic land speed cars on display! Don Warner, president of the 200mph club, came out on Saturday to educate folks on the club and what land speed racing is all about
-Canadians Doug and Dan MacLanders have never missed a Goodguys West Coast Nationals! Twenty-eight years and counting!
-The Tether car races were outstanding! Several records were set by the “spindizzies!”
-Roger Lee’s Masters & Richter top fuel dragster cackles on 100% nitro!
-Huge crowds came out all weekend signaling hot rodding is as popular as ever!
-Little Owen Reed came out and cruised in his fully restored 1958 Mantz quarter midget! Bitchin ride lil’ buddy!
-Rock & Roll royalty was in attendance! Neil Young, the Crazy Horse himself, came out Friday to show off his Brizio-built, battery-powered 1961 Lincoln.
-Goodguys President Marc Meadors and our Founder & Chairman Gary “Goodguy” Meadors shared a laugh prior to Sunday’s awards ceremony.