The 17th annual Goodguys Del Mar Nationals, presented by Meguiar’s, started early at the scenic Del Mar Fairgrounds on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Known in the past as, where the “Turf Meets The Surf”. It featured speed, beauty, and celebrities.
Today the “horses” were under the hoods of pre-’72 hot rods, muscle cars, customs, roadsters, trucks, station wagons, Woodys, vintage and classic cars of all descriptions. Talk about “horses”, the Nitrothunderfest featured vintage top fuel dragsters cackling to life just a few feet from the fans! Speed was on-hand in the form of the Goodguys AutoCross racing competition.
Today the “horses” were under the hoods…
The event ran Friday through Sunday and featured warm, sunny weather with not a cloud in the sky all weekend. After exiting the last building of vendors and the Show n’ Shine cars, there was a huge parking lot dedicated to every type of car imaginable.
Vendors hawked a wide variety of goods: hoists, auto parts, time shares, personalized license plates, engines, polishes, jewelry, art, original gas pumps, auto insurance, custom car shops, bric-a-brac, Hawaiian and hot rod shirts, golden oldies music and tapes, bicycles, drivelines, hubcaps, tools, motorcycles and choppers, gaskets, rims, wheels, car seats and signs.
Every so often cars left their parking space to take a ride down the cruise route, past the Woodys pavilion, then back down the cruise route to parade in front of the crowd. There were friendly people everywhere who willingly talked to you about their cars, offered you a chair to stay awhile, and made you feel right at home.
Fantastic cars, wonderful people, nice weather, and a show that provided it all, wraps up this 17th annual Goodguys Del Mar Show.
.. a huge parking lot dedicated to every type of car imaginable
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the July 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.
From Pacific Coast Highway all the way to the pier, pre ’72 classic cars, hot rods, and muscle cars lined picturesque Main Street through the tree lined middle of Seal Beach. This was the setting for the 30th Annual Seal Beach Car Show, presented by the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Weeks before, the show had been sold out. Every year this is one of the more popular Orange County shows. As the 400+ cars arrived they were efficiently directed to their pre-assigned reserved parking places. Through the day, thousands of admiring spectators enjoyed looking over all the cars.
Three live bands entertained all day. A large display of vintage motorcycles drew lots of interested show goers. To the delight of the fans, nitro burning drag cars fired up several times during the show. Main Street has lots of interesting shops and many show vendors were located along the beach. Several good restaurants are available to satisfy the hunger pangs.
At the pier, the local Lions Club was having a pancake breakfast that seemed to be very popular. Plus there is a beach and a pier to investigate.
Thanks for the show!
To the delight of the fans, nitro burning drag cars fired up several times during the show.
A large display of vintage motorcycles drew lots of interested show goers.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the August 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.