Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Goodguys West Coast Nationals – A Nor Cal Knockout!

For over three decades, hot rodders from around the Western United States and Canada have pointed their hoods towards the quaint Northern California town of Pleasanton for a late August weekend of fun, sun and fellowship. Over 3,300 pre-’73 cars paraded to P-Town last weekend to celebrate three decades of the Crown Jewel – the 32nd Goodguys West Coast Nationals presented by BASF.

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

What makes it a jewel? Perhaps it’s the lush fairgrounds, perfect 80-degree weather or the immaculate hot rods, customs, muscle cars and tricked out trucks. Maybe is the specialty events like Hot Rod Week which takes out of towners as well as locals on four straight days of guided hot rods tours around the region.

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Maybe it’s the crush of manufacturer’s and vendors who come here from across the country. Or maybe it’s the lasting bond created by three-decades of this premier Golden State gathering and by watching kids literally grow up here now cruisin’ their own cool cars. It’s a magical combination that carries a legacy. It always delivers!

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

While hot rod history is celebrated here, so are contemporary cars with the crowning of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod. For 18 straight years now, Goodguys has awarded the event’s prettiest pre ’49 car. After a full year on tour, Robert Anderson’s radical 1936 Pontiac was named Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by BASF. Unique in every way, the car was many years in the making. Underneath its perfectly smoothed, sloped and reworked body lines is a brand new LT4 covered in factory-appearing panels and engine cover. You can read all about this beauty here.

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

As candy colored cars blanketed every blade of grass at the fairgrounds, the Nitro Thunderfest offered vintage fuel dragsters, altereds and our very own Fuel Curve funny car pounding the ground and filling the air with that unmistakable sweet smell of raw power.

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Other high performance shenanigans included the Goodguys AutoCross competition which was making its debut here. Though Goodguys have been racing AutoCross at their events since 2008, this was the debut of the West Coast Nats AutoCross. It didn’t suck!

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

There were even more layers to this rich event. The fraternal and friendly atmosphere of the Danville Dukes’ Shade Tree Social luncheon, the brush bash, the vibrant and well stocked swap meet, packed special parking areas, near record crowds and nonstop top-down cruising made it a bright and incredibly colorful weekend.

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

Goodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel CurveGoodguys West Coast Nationals 2018, Fuel Curve

There’s a good reason Pleasanton holds a special place in hot rodders’ hearts. This is where it all started for the Goodguys and in many ways, “P-Town” as the locals call it is hot rodding’s holy ground.

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Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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