In most parts of the country, Christmastime means decorations and carols and crowded stores and lots of snow-but not too many hot rods. When the snow starts falling the hot rods go into hibernation.
In Southern California, Christmastime means decorations and carols and all that, but without the snow-and with hot rods. In the land of endless summer, Christmastime is just another season for taking the rod or custom out for a ride.
They say no two snowflakes are alike. That's hard to prove around here, but we don't doubt it. We know for a fact that no two hot rods or customs are alike, and all we need for proof of that is a trip to the annual Mooneyes X-Mas Party Show & Drag, held at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale. The 2010 event was the fifth year that Mooneyes has been holding the party at this facility, after outgrowing several other locations, and thousands of participants and spectators chose to join the car show crowd instead of the shopping mall crowd. The Toyota Speedway is big enough for everybody, and has the added advantage of having a dragstrip. For many participants, a pass down the strip was a Christmas wish answered.
Roving Street Rodder contributor Gary Robinson was there and sent us this gallery of photos from the show.