GoodGuy’s Rod & Custom 19th Del Mar Nationals Recap

When we attended the GoodGuys Nationals in Del Mar a couple weekends ago, we were greeted by rain clouds – their drops floating listily all over the fairgrounds. This initially spelled disaster for the entrants to the show. But, by mid-day the sun was shining and everyone at the show was having a great time.

The crazy weather didn’t stop us from tracking down some of the coolest rides in attendance, though. Below you’ll find some of our favorites from the weekend. Despite the messed-up weather, there were countless cool cars cruising up and down the main strip. None more attention grabbing than Tom Loftin’s ’56 Fairlane Victoria Gasser seen below.

This thing was the loudest car in Del Mar – possibly the world!

Between the ear shattering exhaust of Tom’s Gasser, and the rest of the great rides cruising their way to the Goodguys Autocross course, there was no shortage of eye-candy. Check out some of the attention grabbing whips.

Possibly the coolest wagon of all time – or maybe it’s just his attitude. Either way, we love it!

Steve McQueen would approve.

How is this thing street legal?!

Once we were done ogling all the gorgeous rides lined up, we made our way over to the autocross course, where we ran into our friend Jeff Thisted, who was busy announcing all the tire shredding goodness going on. Parked right outside the course of cones, was Jeff’s 1955 210 Handyman Wagon  – you can read more about it at idrivea55.com. He literally drives that thing all over the country!

Pretty rare stuff!

In all, it was a great weekend full of amazing cars, burning rubber, and good times. If you’d like to see the winners of GoodGuy’s Special Awards, and the Duel In Del Mar Autocross, check out the GoodGuys website, here. For now, enjoy the gallery of our favorites from the show, below.

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Vinny Costa

Fast cars, motorcycles, and loud music are what get Vinny’s blood pumping. Catch him behind the wheel of his ’68 Firebird. Chances are, Black Sabbath will be playing in the background.
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