Friday First Look! 32nd Pacific Northwest Nationals

The 32nd running of the Pacific Northwest Nationals presented by Griots Garage kicked off today at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. We got an early start on the weekend with a great day of cruising through the Pacific Northwest on Thursday’s Poker Run organized by the King’s Men Car Club. Over 100 hot rods, classics, muscle cars, and pickups tagged along trekking 70-plus miles weaving two-lane backroads to some amazing stops and shops including Northwest drag racing legend Walt Austin’s shop and collection, the brand new Thunder Dome museum, and Art Morrison Enterprises before landing at Griot’s Garage for a fantastic Kickoff Party.

The main event opened this morning and eager rodders flooded the gates early to find their primo parking spots. The good vibes were jammin’ all day with plenty of American iron eye candy to check out as well as exciting attractions such as the indoor car show, pinstripers brush bash, a Nitro Thunderfest sound off, and industry-leading vendors showcasing the latest products they have to offer.

The Friday action isn’t done as the Friday Night Drags over at Pacific Raceways are well under way and continuing late into the night. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a full recap and gallery from the racing action. Until then, here’s a first look at some cool cars we came across today – stay tuned to our social media platforms all weekend for more as the weekend progresses!

Photos by Steven Bunker, John Jackson & Todd Ryden

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.