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We Check out the 11th Annual Del Mar Nationals

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We’ve mentioned Goodguys Rod & Custom Association in the past, but in case you’re new here, we’ll give you a quick background: Since 1983, Goodguys has put together a really well-organized series, producing more than 20 shows a year across the country. And while the shows are generally better known for older street rods, they do allow street machines and muscle cars, as long as they are ’72 and older. If you don’t fit in that category and would still like to show off your ride, you’ll be happy to know they also have additional get-togethers, allowing all years, makes, and models.

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Something you may be more familiar with is the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award. Each year at the Columbus, Ohio, venue, big-name builders lobby for the coveted title. Some of the past winners include the Ringbrothers’ Razor ’69 Camaro, the Roadster Shop C1RS ’62 Corvette, and last year’s champion, the Scar ’67 Camaro built by Lakeside Rods and Rides.

One of the more recent shows happened to be in our own SoCal backyard, and there was no way we were going to miss it. On the weekend of April 1, we ventured south for the 11th Annual Del Mar Nationals at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. If you’ve never been to the area, plan a trip; the setting, off the coast of San Diego county, is incredible and, yes, the weather is always perfect.

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Regardless of what you’re into, Goodguys offers something for everyone. For the car-show buff, you’ll dig the endless rows of rides. If you’re looking to check out the latest parts, you’ll appreciate the manufacturers’ area, along with the halls filled with various booths, ranging from memorabilia to automotive components. If you’re looking for a little more action, then you don’t want to miss out on the autocross scene. Bear in mind that the autocross is only at select events, so be sure to check the schedule ahead of time.

Of course, we did it all. We found a car out of the Pacific Northwest to shoot as an upcoming feature, took our ’72 Nova for a number of laps through the cones, hung out with old friends, and made some new ones, and we had a great time doing it.

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