Friday First Look! Goodguys 33rd Griot’s Garage Pacific Northwest Nationals

Goodguys is making a return to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for the 33rd running of the Griot’s Garage Pacific Northwest Nationals. On tap for the weekend are three full days of showin’ and shinin’ at the Washington State Fair Events Center with an added bonus of Friday Night Drags at Pacific Raceways.


The weekend got an early start with a Poker Run that departed from the event grounds and ventured roughly 60-miles through the pine tree-lined backroads while visiting the impressive LeMay Collections at Marymount before ending at the Griot’s Garage Retail Storefront in Tacoma for a fun kickoff party.

Opening day kicked off with hot rods, customs, muscle cars and classic trucks rolling in from the early morning hours well into the afternoon filling the event with color and chrome. The indoor showplex featured roughly another 100 rides, as well as a slew of indoor vendors.

More industry manufactures lined the outside show grounds providing the PNW rodders a perfect opportunity to snag some new parts and pieces for in-progress projects. We’re shifting into high gear tomorrow with a long night of cruising, firing off the Nitro Thunderfest vintage dragsters, hosting a tire-smoking burnout contest, and enjoying a long weekend of Goodguys Good Times.

Check back tomorrow for a full recap of Goodguys Friday Night Drags happenings. Until then, here’s a few favorites we spotted at the showgrounds today.

Photos by Steven Bunker & Todd Ryden

Associate Editor

A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.