Goodguys' Del Mar Nationals
10th Anniversary Of Sun, Sand, Surf, And Street Rods!
From the August, 2010 issue of Street Rodder
By Brian Brennan, Eric Geisert
The Del Mar Fairgrounds is...
The Del Mar Fairgrounds is one of the best locations in the country to have a car show, as it is only a little over 1,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean, and the weather was beautiful.
Getting to a point where you can have a 10th anniversary of something is a big deal. The Goodguys organization has cause to celebrate, as they've just wrapped up 10 years of Del Mar Nationals held at the historic Del Mar Fairgrounds, a scant 20 miles north of San Diego.
When Goodguys first came to the 340-acre facility in 2000, which houses a well-known horse racing track that was frequented by pre-war Hollywood stars like Bing Crosby, attendees were impressed by the beach vibe (the show parking is only 1,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean) and the vintage Spanish architecture but, in the ensuing decade, the event has grown to be one of the major must-go shows in the country.
As with most any other Goodguys-prepped event, these Nationals had special parking areas set aside for pickup trucks, rods that are driven a significant distance, homebuilt rides, and muscle cars, but the Good Wood section is, for this particular show, a show within a show and a great crowd pleaser.
"Magnatude," the name given...
"Magnatude," the name given to Jerry Magnuson's Muroc roadster, won the Goodguys' Street Rod D'Elegance award. Designed by Chip Foose and topped with an intercooled MagnaCharger (the company Magnuson owns), the roadster is powered by an LS1 and features a body fabricated by Marcel De Ley, Kugel IFS and IRS suspension, hidden headlights in the fenders, Jim Griffin upholstery, and a 17x7 and 20x10 Foose wheel combination. (Photo courtesy of Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.)
The Good Wood area is for woodies-from the '20s to the '50s, and one-off bodies are accepted, too, as long as there is some wood to be found on the exterior. A total of 58 vehicles showed up, which made for an impressive showing. Some were restored and some were quite obviously modified, but everyone hung out together, compared notes, and listened to the band that was set up under the portico.
Out on the far edge of the grounds is where the Street Challenge Autocross was in full swing, offering two days of cone dodging to a group of enthusiasts who take this stuff pretty seriously. Anyone can enter and drive the course, but a walk through the staging area will tell you there has been some heavy investment made in more than a handful of these competitors. Fun to watch, the racing runs about 30 seconds per car to cover two laps of the twisting course, and then it's onto the next racer.
But the major draw of the weekend, besides having more than a few thousand street rods cruising around, is when the Goodguys get down to picking their Truck of the Year, Muscle Car of the Year, Kustom Rod of the Year, and their Street Rod D'Elegance award. "Magnatude," the name given to Jerry Magnuson's Muroc roadster (designed by Chip Foose and with a hand-fabricated steel body by Marcel's Custom Metal), won the Street Rod D'Elegance award, beating out some formidable competition. Topped with an intercooled MagnaCharger (the company Magnuson owns and operates), the roadster is powered by an LS1 and features Kugel IFS and IRS suspension, hidden headlights in the fenders, Jim Griffin upholstery, and a 17x7 and 20x10 Foose wheel combination.
If there was ever an event that encapsulates the Southern California hot rodding lifestyle, the Del Mar Nationals would probably be it. Great weather, nice location, awesome cars-what more can you ask for?
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Painless Performance Products presents Street Rodder Top 100
For the Top 100 program, STREET RODDER attends 10 particular car shows each year and picks 10 vehicles at each to make up the Top 100. For more on where those shows are and how they're voted on, check www.streetrodderweb.com.
Ken Sutton / Casa Grande,...
Ken Sutton / Casa Grande, AZ, 1933 Ford coupe
Ken was in the right place at the right time to pick up this '33 Ford three-window that was being built for Bob Reisner by Classic Customs of Tempe, AZ. Besides the ostrich interior, Corvette rearend, and original steel body, the coupe is powered by a Ford 427 with a quartet of Weber IDAs up top.
Rick Abate / Orange, CA, 1961...
Rick Abate / Orange, CA, 1961 Chevy Impala
Rick Abate's been working on his '61 Impala for some time, and recently brightened up the paintwork by adding the House of Kolors orange flame work. Equipped with RideTech air suspension, American Hopster wheels wrapped in Nitto rubber, a 383 motor, and a leather interior, the Chevy is getting close to being finished.
Joe Sahli / Scottsdale, AZ,...
Joe Sahli / Scottsdale, AZ, 1934 Ford coupe
Featured in the July '10 issue of STREET RODDER, Joe Sahli's three-window was built at Hot Rods by Dean in Phoenix, AZ. Using their own chassis, Dean added a Heidt's IFS/IRS suspension system, a Smeding 383 motor with a Tri-power setup, a 700-R4 transmission, and Aqua Blue PPG paint before sending the ride to Sid Chavers for its two-tone interior.
Tim Brown / El Cajon, CA,...
Tim Brown / El Cajon, CA, 1927 Ford track roadster
Looking like it might have at one time been on the front row of a dirt track in the late '40s, Tim Brown's '27 roadster has a definite old-school feel about it. A '47 Ford Flathead, dual 97s, a '39 Lincoln Zephyr trans, and a Winters quick-change round out the package.
Verne Casey / Tucson, AZ,...
Verne Casey / Tucson, AZ, 1933 Ford cabriolet
Verne Casey not only impressed everyone with his stylish take on a Speed33 body, he drove his ride to Del Mar from his Arizona home more than 400 miles away. Powered by a 383 backed to a Tremec five-speed, the cabrio had a nose that was shaped by Marcel's Custom Metal and a grille custom-made by D.F. Metalworks. The '33 rides on a Kugel independent suspension front and rear.
Gary Matranga / Sacramento,...
Gary Matranga / Sacramento, CA, 1932 Ford Tudor
Gary bought this sedan at the Del Mar show and drove it the 500 miles home after the show. That's a credit to the previous builder/owner: Joe Kugel (of Kugel Komponents), who had already rolled up 10,000 miles in it. Besides the Kugel IFS/IRS system, the driver gets its go from a 289 backed to a C4 trans.
Allen Antoyan / Orange, CA,...
Allen Antoyan / Orange, CA, 1946 Ford woodie
At first glance Allen Antoyan's '46 looks like a well-done woodie (and it is), but there also several custom touches, including the frenched headlights and custom dash. A 350/350 hauls the rod down the road, and a Mustang IFS smoothes out the bumps.
Bill West / Tracy, CA, 1939...
Bill West / Tracy, CA, 1939 LaSalle coupe
LaSalle's were always a notch above, and so is Bill West's coupe, which was built at Dominator Street Rods in Tracy, CA. A 4.6L supercharged Cadillac Northstar engine fits well under the long hood, and great-looking upholstery from Dave Putman makes the drive comfortable.
Bill O'Brien / Elmhurst, IL,...
Bill O'Brien / Elmhurst, IL, 1949 Chevrolet convertible
Originally built by Hot Rods by Boyd back in 1993, this 'vert also has a fastback twin, which Bill O'Brien also owns. This ride was restored by Charlie Hutton's Color Studio, and will soon be getting a new set of Foose wheels to update the look. Shaved door handles, gas filler, and hood, plus a new leather interior from Ron Mangus, helps make this old ride new again.
Jeff Hall / San Diego, CA,...
Jeff Hall / San Diego, CA, 1923 Ford roadster
Have you ever seen a 409 stuffed into the front of a T-bucket? Neither had we. The '64 V-8, topped with six Demon 98 carbs, is in front of a California Custom Roadsters long-door body and sits on a CCR frame. Jeff Hall did his own body prep and paint and all the assembly on his ride (including the custom linkage for the six-carb setup).