Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series Gets Back on Track at the West Coast Nationals

Goodguys made a triumphant return to California on the weekend of August 27-29 to host their signature Bay Area event – the 34th West Coast Nationals presented by BASF! Long considered the Crown Jewel on the Goodguys calendar, this storied event glistened in the California sun as thousands of rodders, racers, and enthusiasts descended on the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a spectacular celebration of cool cars and good times!

West Coast AutoCrossers had been anxiously awaiting a chance to hit the track and got that opportunity as the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series provided a competitive course and great competition at the West Coast Nationals, which culminated in Saturday’s West Coast Shootout presented by FiTech Fuel Injection.

Some of the West’s bests were among the top finishers, as Greg Thurmond topped the PRO-X class and the PRO-X portion of the shootout, Mike Maier claimed the PRO class win, and Brian Hobaugh captured the PRO shootout victory. Bay Area racer (and 2020 AutoCrosser of the Year) Scott Fraser raced his C4 Corvette to a double-up win, topping the Forgeline Street Machine class and the Street Machine portion of the shootout. David Carroll had his new Blazer ready for action and won the LMC Truck class, plus the Truck/Challenger portion of the shootout. And Martin Pond raced his Fox-platform Mercury Zephyr to victory in the FiTech Challenger class.

Sunday saw a flood of ’88-and-newer rides competing in the Wilwood Disc Brakes All American Sunday class, with Thomas Mac claiming the fastest time and class win, as well as capturing the top spot in the All American Shootout in his 2020 Tesla Model 3.

After a little mid-summer break, Goodguys CPP AutoCross series is back in full swing as a headlining part of the remaining Goodguys events on the 2021 schedule. Racers will be able to earn points in Colorado, Fort Worth, Del Mar, and Pleasanton before entering Scottsdale in late-November for the season-ending Duel in the Desert Shootout where the 2021 CPP AutoCrosser of the Year will be crowned!

Photos by Marc Gewertz & Steven Bunker

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.