There's no better way to spend a Saturday than drooling over more than 2,500 pre-1972 classic cars, trucks, muscle machines and custom rides, all of which have been polished to a fine shine and meticulously restored to pristine condition. How do we know? That's just what we did the weekend of July 29 at the 25th Annual Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup, Wash., just down the road from the MSN Autos offices.

The biggest car show in Washington, the 2012 Pacific Northwest Nationals attracted a variety of auto enthusiasts, ranging from 1950s rockabilly types to modern goateed hipsters to regular family folk looking for a fun place to take the kids. It also attracted an impressive array of tricked-out rides from as far east as Missouri and as far north as Alaska.

Here are some of the highlights.

View Pictures:  Best of Show
View Pictures:  Rat Rods
View Pictures:  Cool Engines
View Pictures:  Wild, Weird & Wacky
View Pictures:  1932 Ford Hot Rods

Best of Show

Of all the cars and trucks strutting their stuff at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, Barry Mastin's satin blue, custom-built 1937 Ford pickup was the standout of the show. It is one slick-looking, well-crafted hot rod that exhibits a mind-boggling attention to detail: The more you look, the more you see.

Laurie Petersen of Canada Customs and Hot Rods in West Vancouver, British Columbia, built this masterpiece for Mastin. We loved that Petersen chopped, channeled and "Z'd" the frame and body — a customizing technique that allows the car to sit closer to the ground — to attain a superlow, sinister stance. We were also taken with the Ford 272-cubic-inch Y block V8 engine sporting a triple-deuce Offenhauser intake manifold topped by three 2-barrel Ford 94 carburetors and a set of handcrafted stainless-steel headers that really set it off.

View Pictures:  See more of Barry Mastin's '37 Ford pickup and other Best of Show cars

Rat Pack

Rat rods are in vogue right now. Originally a reaction to the proliferation of high-priced custom hot rods and period-correct hot-rod restorations, rat rods are easy to spot. They are meant to be driven — unlike most hot rods, which are all show and little go — and often look as if they are cobbled together using spare parts, including parts from other cars altogether. Frankly, most look like unfinished old beaters, as most either are rust-covered, feature original weathered paint or boast a simple, flat-colored paint scheme.

Such is the case with Wayne Dixon's and Butch Eaton's 1939 Chevy truck rat rod, which was put together using the cab, bed and the top of the grille from a '41 Chevy and the doors from a '40. In fact, only the title is 1939 vintage.

The vehicle took seven months to build and was fired to life less than 48 hours before the show. Highlights include a double-Z'd frame and a twin-turbo system that pressurizes a Chevy small-block V8 engine via a 1950s-vintage Holley 4-barrel carburetor.

View Pictures:  See more of Butch Eaton's '39 Chevy and other rat rods