Goodguys 26th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster…A Closer Look


The Goodguys 26th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster is creeping closer on the calendar! This year’s event takes place August 24-26 at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Long known as the “crown jewel” of Goodguys events, this year’s West Coast Nationals has something for everyone!  See over 3,000 ’72 & earlier rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks & classics, the crowning of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod and other prestigious awards, over 300 vendor exhibits, swap meet & car corral, live stage shows, model car show, arts & crafts expo, model engine expo and much more! Here’s a closer look at this year’s event…

-Hot Rod Week

Hot Rod Week!
Hot Rod Week is a special 4-day guided driving tour to shops and places of interest in the San Francisco Bay Area and other close by regions in Northern California. Hot Rod Week serves as a fun activity for locals as well as out of town visitors attending the annual West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton.

Four jam-packed days of hot rodding fun are on tap this year! No registration is required and there is no fee! Just show up at the Pleasanton Hilton at 8am each morning, get a tour map and head off with the pack to join the Hot Rod Week Fun! All tours leave the back parking lot of the Hilton at 8:30am sharp! Click here for a look at this year’s daily schedule.

-show & shine

Show & Shine with Special Awards!
The West Coast Nationals is home to the nation’s finest 1972 & earlier rods, customs, classic cars, muscle machines and trickled out trucks and of course many special awards. The 2012 America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, Stroker McGurk, Billy B Memorial, Bruce Olsen Memorial and the Builder’s Choice awards selected by Eric Peratt/Pinkee’s Rod Shop plus many more will be selected over the weekend!

-model engine exhibit!

Model Engine Nationals!
The Bay Area Model Engine Club is holding a national gathering of model engines at this year’s West Coast Nationals! See over 50 exhibitors display their miniature engines and works of art! Exhibitors are coming from all over the country and the world to exhibit their model engines and cars for this spectacular exhibit!

Stroker Gets his ’40 Back!
On Saturday, August 25th Tom Medley, founding father of the modern day “rod run”, former Hot Rod & Rod & Custom Magazine editor and the man who created ‘Stroker McGurk” will get his beloved ’40 Ford back. Completely destroyed in a garage fire last year, Tom’s ’40 was completely rebuilt at Randy Clark’s Hot Rods & Custom Stuff. Be there as we honor Tom and see him get his shiny new ride back on the road!

Vendor Midway!

Vendor Midway!
If you’re doing some shopping, the 26th West Coast Nationals will be THE spot to pick up some new gear! Over 400 vendors will be on hand to choose from. Talk directly with the manufacturer’s and get great deals!

-Nitro Thunderfest!

Nitro Thunderfest!
Goodguys is proud to present “Nitro Thunderfest” at the West Coast Nationals! Thunderfest is a special display of vintage dragsters, altered and funny cars from the 1960s that have been lovingly restored to their original condition. The cars will be cackled Friday and Saturday on heavy loads of nitromethane! Bring your earplugs! These things create serious thunder and excitement!

For a look at all the event details and to preregister, click here.

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