All Hopped Up: Goodguys 30th Pacific Northwest Nationals Photo Essay

Incorporated in 1890 and situated at the foot of Mount Rainier, the town of Puyallup, was an agricultural area, where berries, flowers, and aromatic hops were grown. Today, the Washington State Fair honors its agrarian roots as the site for Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals, and where more updated mounts are celebrated.

Canada’s John Foxley showed his ’32 – a blend of ’32 and ’34 parts – which is powered by a 355ci SBC with ’49 Caddy valve covers, a mild cam, and six deuces. It rides on ’32 rails modified by Foxley, 16-inch 1940 Ford rims, and wide whitewalls.

The city’s population swells during the Goodguys 30th Pacific NW Nationals, held July 28-30, drawing over 2,500 rods, pre-’72 customs, musclecars and trucks, their owners and spectators. The economic impact isn’t lost on the locals, who welcome rodders with open arms. With this event being closer to Canada, the influx of Canadians is high, and more than a few of the vehicles we shot came from the Great White North.

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Post Falls, Idaho’s Paul Wingfield brought his 1950 Merc, complete with an upgraded and modern LS2 engine.

Unlike prior years, the weather was dry and warm, bringing out more open cars than usual. Without discussing climate change, we’ll just hope next year’s event will be sunny, with more pineapple whips and shaved ice being consumed.

As racers go, Mercer Island, Washington’s Bruce Leven is a legend. So are his cars, like this ’52 GMC, with a 350 Chevy that is backed by a 700R4.

Surf’s up! This 1950 Chevy wagon with a 327 cubic-inch small-block Chevy and 350 Turbo belongs to Dan MacLanders of White Rock, British Columbia.

This ’61 Coupe De Ville, allegedly owned by Gilligan and Ginger, has a 390 big-cube Caddy engine with an automatic transmission, a brilliant paint job, and ghost flames.

It’s real steel and it belongs to Centralia, Washington’s John Sobolesky, with a 502 big-block Chevy.

Tacoma’s Jr. Nelson put a 392 Hemi and 727 Torqueflite in his ’29 Roadster, thus earning its flames.

Imagine cruising from Langley, British Columbia, in an open ’47 Ford, with a 350/350 powertrain. That is exactly what owners Rob and Bev Mallett did.

Doug, a Canadian from Cloverdale, owns this canary yellow ’32 that is powered by a potent 354 Hemi with a 700R tranny and quick change rearend.

Sidney, British Columbia’s Stan Coppen brought his flamed ’32 three-window coupe that runs a 355 SBC with a Muncie four-speed.

Centralia, Washington’s Greg Miller’s 1951 Ford Country Squire has a 5.0 -liter Ford, Fat Man front clip, Armando’s interior, Billet Specialties wheels, Rick Mack woodwork and Midnight Green mica paint.

British Columbia’s Eric Adams’ aqua ’52 Ford F-1 is Chevy powered.

Doug and Stacy’s ’50 Plymouth Suburban rides on air, runs a 350/350, and hails from Bremerton, Washington.

Barry Profarer of Penticton, BC, told us the kegs in his LT-1 powered ’29 Ford Sedan Delivery have to be “dry” when he crosses the U.S. border since he gets checked every time.

Tacoma, Washington’s Don Natucci’s ’38 “mellow yellow” 1938 Chevy belies the 454 BBC and 350 Turbo- hydramatic resting in an Art Morrison chassis.

Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada is home to Brad Neish and his ’37 Ford, with a 383 stroker and 700R.

Lynn Cole’s ’46 Ford Woodie from Boring, Oregon, has a 302 under hood, backed by a five-speed tranny.

Dave and Dawn Brown didn’t give us much, but their ’37 Chevy four-door and matching trailer was enough.

Frankie ‘Z’ Zawislak of Puyallup brought his ’32 three-window coupe as another fine local entry.

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a hot rodded ’34 Terraplane. We spotted Doug Grove’s, with ZZ4 power and a 700R4, from Olympia, Washington.

Black Diamond, Washington’s Fred Weston didn’t say much about his yellow ’39 Chevy coupe, but we liked it just the same.

Kerrie Gherna’s ’47 Plymouth four-door Sedan out of Bremerton, Washington, runs a 350 Chevy/350 Turbo transmission, and looks as though you can take the entire block for a ride.

You don’t get much brighter than Jim Hummel’s yellow ’29 Ford Tudor sedan. This was home-built in Woodinville, Washington with a 350/350 powertrain.

What’s neat about North Plains, Oregon’s Rick May’s ’59 Impala? Maybe that he’s owned it for 54 years, or that it was customized in 1959! We don’t know if the 348 with 315 HP has been rebuilt, but the AirRide upgrade is more recent.

Jerry and Nancy Pague of Cle Elum, Washington, displayed their LS1-powered Deuce roadster with a Coddington chassis and salmon metallic finish.

Langley, BC’s Phil Jensen entered his full fendered, blue ’28 Ford Model A pickup, and we’re glad he did.

Gold metalflake on Brent McLellan’s Surrey, British Columbia-based ’31 Model A sedan is nostalgic not only in the paint. It runs from the grille, through three 2-barrels, finned valve covers, and chrome reverse wheels, to the Firestone wide whitewall tires, high temp paint on the exhaust, and finally through the white steering wheel.

Travis Fox’s all Ford ’33 Vicky has a 302 with Inglese induction, and a chassis stretched 3-inches, stepped 3-inches, 2.-inches in front. Lifting the body 2-inches and lengthening it another 3-inches, with a 2 ¾-inch top chop that was performed before shooting it with Ditzler Chrome Yellow. Mike Curtis wheels with Jim Taylor knockoffs, and rubber by Nitto finish it.

If keeping it all Chevy is your thing, you’ll like the ’38 Coupe of Ridgefield, Washington’s Dale and Terri Ahrens, with its 350 SBC/350 Turbo. Look for a feature on this wine-colored cruiser.

The heat got us thinking how cool it would be to take Ron Place’s Troutdale, Oregon-based ’56 Chevy wagon to the beach. Two-tone paint, 350/400, and vintage surf stickers that told us the roof rack wasn’t for show.

Whether Stubbs’ delivery & service exists or not, Tacoma, Washington’s Gary and Karen Stubbs’ ’54 Chevy panel was assembled when “What You Want is a Coke” was the slogan, as good an idea today in the heat as it was back then.

Vancouver, Washington’s Scott Petersen’s ‘37 is all Chevy, and black-on-black for that murdered-out sinister look.

Hoquiam, Washington’s Don and Irene Richardson’s ’38 Ford convertible sedan, features PPG paint, a Ron Mangus interior, Kicker sounds, Wheel Vintiques wheels with Firestone hubcaps, IFS and IRS, and a 350 Ram Jet.

Craig Ross of Langley, British Columbia, drove his ’32 roadster across the border with its 8BA flathead with three-speed tranny working to perfection.

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Jason Sakurai

Raised in a family car dealership, Jason knew the Ford parts numbering system before he could drive. After college, he was hired by General Motors and became the youngest district manager in Pontiac's history. Concurrently, he sold his first story to Custom Rodder magazine, and has been writing and photographing cars ever since.
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