Goodguys’ 32nd West Coast Nats Are Almost Here. Are You Ready?

The Goodguys West Coast Nationals – Presented by BASF – is one of the longest running events on the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association schedule, and is set to take center stage for its 32nd year at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton August 24-26. Festivities for registered participants kick-off on Monday 8/20 with Hot Rod Week – four days of guided tours in and around the Bay Area, visiting automotive collections, rod shops, and other interesting places!

The West Coast Nationals brings together more than 3,000 hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972, for three action-packed days of American automotive greatness. This truly is another “must attend” event on the annual Goodguys schedule.

While at the West Coast Nationals, fans will get a close-up look at the crowning of the Goodguys 2018 America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, presented by BASF. This award is part of the Top-12 awards for the 2018 event season, and the winner will be selected on Saturday morning from the Builder’s Choice Area at the event. To be eligible for this award, the vehicle must be a 1948 or older vintage.

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The parade of winners.

Speaking of awards, there are a host of them available, including: Muscle Car of the Year Finalist presented by MSD, Truck of the Year Early Finalist presented by Scott’s Hot Rods, Goodguys Builder’s Choice, All-American Ford, Chevy and Mopar Picks, Best Ride on BFG presented by BFGoodrich Tires, Best Ride on Billet Specialties Wheels presented by Billet Specialties, Burnham Memorial, Chevy Truck Pick presented by LMC Truck, Dream Car presented by PPG, Ewing Memorial, Ford in a Ford presented by Ford Performance, Ford Truck Pick presented by LMC Truck, Gary “Goodguy” Meadors Memorial, Homebuilt Heaven presented by Speedway Motors, Innovation Award presented by Snap-On, Magnificent Masterpiece presented by Meguiars, Modern Muscle, Olsen Memorial, One Fine Deuce presented by Lokar Inc, Stroker McGurk Memorial, Style & Engineering presented by Roadster Shop, Traditional Homebuilt Heaven presented by Speedway Motors, Trophy Dash presented by Classic Instruments, Way Cool presented by ACCEL/Mr. Gasket, Ya Gotta Drive Em’ presented by QA1, Young Guys Nathan Strube Memorial, and the Young Guys/Gals presented by Goolsby Customs.

If you need to do some shopping for your project, there’s a midway featuring everything you could need. You’ll find many manufacturers offering high-performance parts and accessories to professional builders and do-it-yourselfers alike. You will also find three buildings full of vendors, a giant swap meet, and a car corral. This event is literally utopia for any red-blooded American with oil in their veins.

The Nitro Thunderfest returns to the West Coast Nationals, as nitro burnin’ vintage top-fuel dragsters and funny cars fire up and roar to life. You can also bring the youngins along, as there will be plenty for them to do.

Gates are open Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. General admission is $20 at the gate, kids 7-12 are $6. Alameda County Fairgrounds parking is $10. Visit www.good-guys.com to purchase event tickets or to get vehicle registration information. Call Goodguys at (925) 838-9876 for more information.

  • Over 3,000 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru ’72
  • Crowning of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by BASF
  • Spectre Performance All American Sunday welcoming American-made or powered vehicles – NEW FOR 2018!
  • Goodguys AutoCross – Featuring 16-car “West Coast Shootout” presented by FiTech
  • Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition presented by FuelCurve.com
  • Tire Smokin’ Burnout Competition
  • Vendor and Manufacturer Exhibits
  • Swap Meet
  • Cars 4 Sale Corral
  • Model and Pedal Car Show
  • Bonneville / Vintage Race Car Display
  • Goodguys Paint ‘N Sip presented by Pinot’s Palette of Livermore
  • Indoor Cushman Display
  • Pinstripers Brush Bash and Auction
  • Goodgals Gallery
  • Live music Entertainment
  • WEME Miniature Engine Display
  • Kids Zone – Free Arts and crafts, games, prizes and more!

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Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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