Toys of summer: Cruising a custom car show
What's better than spending a weekend checking out antique vehicles, muscle cars, hot rods and custom creations?
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.
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.
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.
Must-See on MSN
those are the cars that where built to last,with beauty,power,and style.
very very nice cars.
I was there. My son & I go every year after the Mustangs Northwest RoundUp the previous weekend! Over 1200 Mustangs on the Sunday of a 4 day car show that feathures racing, Pony Trails Cruise and a Saturday evening dinner with Steve Saleen. Two great car shows in two weeks! July is a good month to be in Western Washington! Third weekend in July...Mustang Heaven!
Some great cars at the Puyallup Good Guys events every year! If you owna hot rod, it is well worth the drive to go...no matter where you call home!
No summer would be complete without attending the Dreamcruise on Woodward Avenue in Michigan! It starts just north of Detroit (Ferndale) and ends in Pontiac, MI! It's always held in August (around the middle of August) and it stretches for MILES! I would say it is one of THE MOST COMPLETE collection of classic cars in the nation!
Im fond of fixed restored cars especialy classic muscle and lowrider however there was one year in which I attended a few shows including goodguys and belmont shore also mustangs in Long beach and edelbrock in carson california but what I noticed was that i was watching almost the same cars over and over again just at different show locations so it kinda got boring to me and stopped attending.I did attend barett jackson in costa mesa california last year and that was a bit different with cars I never saw at other auto shows.And I guess theyre not allowed to crank theyre car stereos with music they like cause no-one does...just saying. much respect and peace...
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