The Goodguys “Crown Jewel” – the 26th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster returns home to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds this weekend August 24-26 bringing over 3,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars from around the world! The West Coast Nationals is the largest participant automotive event in the Western United States and offers show goers the world’s finest American hot rods, customs, classic cars, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 vintage!
All of the event’s traditions are cherished. Starting Monday August 20th, Hot Rod Week takes rodders on four days of guided tours in and around the Bay Area to various collections, hot rod shops, museums and other cool points of interest. Friday’s Shade Tree Social hosted by the Danville Dukes offers wieners and fellowship in the fairgrounds picnic area. A spectacular array of vendor exhibits, special parking areas, a giant Goodgals Gallery (arts & crafts), swap meet & Auto Trader Classics Car Corral, kids games, the crowning of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod and over one hundred other specialty awards like the Stroker McGurk, Billy B Memorial and Best Bitchin’ plus many others are offered.
A special “Nitro Thunderfest” (vintage top fuel dragsters and altereds) will take place Friday and Saturday afternoon then on Saturday evening we’ll start off the America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod ceremony by presenting Tom Medley, the Stroker himself, with a brand new version of his trusty ol’ ’40 Ford (which was burned to the ground last year in a garage fire).
The “Western Model Engine Exposition” – a special exhibit of over 100 model engines will be held inside the Agricultural building. Model engine builders will be coming in from all over the world for the exhibit. Tether Cars and Valve Cover races also make their return to the West Coast Nationals this year.
All this and more! It’s shaping up to be a spectacular weekend in Pleasanton and we hope you’ll be able to join us at one of the country’s premier rod & custom events! Click here for all event details. Hope to see you there!