Every year for the past 21 years, rodders from around the Pacific Northwest from as far north as Canada and reaching as far east as Idaho have gathered at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center for the Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals. The third oldest event on the Goodguys annual calendar, the Pacific Northwest Nationals, or more simply put, "Puyallup," has become the Goodguys cornerstone happening throughout the nation. This year's show, hosted by the Old Timers Northwest Car Club, saw nearly 3,000 cars through the gate and a crowd in excess of 50,000 people throughout the weekend.

But while the numbers are high, the Pacific Northwest Nats have maintained a low-key, home-style event thanks to Puyallup, Washington's old-time, small-town vibe. That vibe continues into the fairgrounds. Celebrating its early days as an agricultural community, the fair and events center exhibition halls are reminiscent of the old barns and farm buildings that dotted the local landscapes only a few short generations ago. When sprinkled with hot rods, customs, and classics through '72, walking around the show feels like a time warp back to small-town America.

In addition to all the eye candy parked throughout the grounds are a number of events and entertainment to keep even the shortest attention span occupied. Following the Thursday kick off party and BBQ, a poker run hosted by the Kingsmen precedes a TGIF party featuring live music from The New Brittins. Saturday morning opens with seven specialty parking areas, including Homebuilt Heaven and Canadian Corral, along with a pinstriping jamboree, the Brush Bash, and the Revell Make 'n' Take model show. Street Rodder in conjunction with Turtle Wax continued the successful Top 100 program, picking ten of the finest street rods in attendance; check out www.streetrodderweb.com for more information. Sunday wraps up with the Winner's Circle displaying the finest cars chosen by the SRM and Goodguys staff in the morning, followed by the awards ceremony that afternoon.

With one of the oldest Goodguys shows wrapped up after one of the largest turnouts in the show's history, there's no doubt that 2009 should be an even bigger year for the Pacific Northwest Nats. And given the quality of cars that have been showing up consistently every year since its inception, there's no doubt that we'll be making the trek North to visit our friends up in Washington.

Turtle Wax Tech Tips
Wheels & Tires
Wheels and Tires are about the hardest surfaces on a car to keep clean and shiny. That's because they're the surfaces closest to the road. Wheel care has become more complex in recent years with the growth in popularity of painted chrome wheels, ABS plastic hubcaps and mag wheels. Each of these sensitive surfaces needs specially formulated products to provide maximum cleaning without causing surface damage.

Recommendations:
Move car a few feet after cleaning to spot any untreated areas.Use trip protectant on the wheelarch plastic when clean.To avoid staining the ground, apply Turtle Wax Wet n' Black Tire Shine.