Goodguys Previews West Coast Nationals

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is preparing to host the 36th edition of the West Coast Nationals, scheduled for Aug. 25-17 in Pleasanton, California, the organization announced.

The annual event is expected to bring in over 3,000 classic cars and trucks ranging from vintage hot rods, to lowriders, muscle cars and pro-touring street machines, Goodguys said. Participants will get to compete for a Finalist spot to qualify for one of six Goodguys Top 12 of the year awards including Muscle Car, Truck of the Year (Early & Late), Custom, Muscle Machine, and Custom Rod plus over 80 other awards, including the Builders Choice Top 10 being selected by Roseville Rod & Custom. Goodguys welcomes 1998 and older vehicles on Friday and Saturday with Sunday open to all years of American made or powered vehicles, organizers said.

Other attractions include a Kids Zone with games and crafts, a free Model Car Take-and-Make and model car display, as well as the Pinstriper’s Brush Bash, a swap meet with vintage parts, the Cars 4-Sale Corral and on-site appearances from industry manufactures and vendors, organizers said.

On-track action includes the CPP AutoCross with drivers trying to score the FiTech Fuel Injection West Coast Shootout title, a Burnout Contest, and vintage racing during the Nitro Thunderfest exhibition.

Leading up to the event, Goodguys is hosting daily road trips around the greater Bay area with visits to private collections and local hot rod shops. Hot Rod Week starts on Aug. 21 with tours leaving the host hotel at 9 a.m. every day.

Click here for more information or to register for the event.

A.J. Hecht

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