Friday First Look! 32nd Pacific Northwest Nationals

The 32nd running of the Pacific Northwest Nationals presented by Griots Garage kicked off today at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. We got an early start on the weekend with a great day of cruising through the Pacific Northwest on Thursday’s Poker Run organized by the King’s Men Car Club. Over 100 hot rods, classics, muscle cars, and pickups tagged along trekking 70-plus miles weaving two-lane backroads to some amazing stops and shops including Northwest drag racing legend Walt Austin’s shop and collection, the brand new Thunder Dome museum, and Art Morrison Enterprises before landing at Griot’s Garage for a fantastic Kickoff Party.

The main event opened this morning and eager rodders flooded the gates early to find their primo parking spots. The good vibes were jammin’ all day with plenty of American iron eye candy to check out as well as exciting attractions such as the indoor car show, pinstripers brush bash, a Nitro Thunderfest sound off, and industry-leading vendors showcasing the latest products they have to offer.

The Friday action isn’t done as the Friday Night Drags over at Pacific Raceways are well under way and continuing late into the night. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a full recap and gallery from the racing action. Until then, here’s a first look at some cool cars we came across today – stay tuned to our social media platforms all weekend for more as the weekend progresses!

Photos by Steven Bunker, John Jackson & Todd Ryden

Associate Editor

Steven is the youngest member of our team and grandson to the legendary Bob Bunker who piloted the green "Folsom Flash" '55 Chevy. As a dragstrip kid, Steven started his automotive journalism path by photographing drag racing events. Since joining our team, Steven has grown leaps and bound journalistically. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When Steven is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime on the water fishing, building his '62 Chevy Nova or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.

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