Friday First Look! Goodguys 1st Meguiar’s SoCal Nationals presented by BASF

We’re going going, back to back, to Cali Cali! Goodguys may have moved their headquarters to Texas recently but we can’t forget the iconic California car culture…especially in Southern California. We added a second Del Mar event to the 2021 schedule and the inaugural Meguiar’s SoCal Nationals presented by BASF kicked off today confirming the decision to come back in the fall.

The weekend kicked off with a cool Hot Rod Cruise around the northern San Diego area on Thursday and we caught some cool sights, visited scenic locations, and ate at a cool 60s themed diner for lunch before calling it a day.

It was a slow roll into the gates this morning, but the show cars came rolling in around the same time that the sun peeked through the morning marine layer. While we waited for the grounds to fill up there was plenty to keep us entertained from the CPP AutoCross racing action, the three large indoor car show displays highlighted by the PPG Lowrider Palace and the mini truck/DUB display, a jammin’ swap meet, and a Nitro Thunderfest exhibition in the afternoon.

There’s much more on tap for the big Saturday including a burnout competition, tons of fun & free activities for the kids, live entertainment, and the AutoMeter “Pacific Coast” AutoCross shootout. This weekend also wraps up the 2022 Top 12 regional finalist selections as well as the final Chevrolet Performance Builder of the Year selections.

Keep up with the weekend happenins throughout the weekend across all Goodguys’ social media platforms, and be sure to check back right here on on Sunday for the complete Weekend Rewind.

Photos by Steven Bunker, Todd Ryden & Terry Lysak

Director of Media & Marketing

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.