Friday First Look! Goodguys 35th RaceDeck West Coast Nationals

The time has come for the Crown Jewel event in the 2022 Goodguys season – the 35th running of the RaceDeck West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, CA. We don’t call it the Crown Jewel event for no reason. After 35 years there are some deep-rooted traditions that are special and unique to this event.

None, however, could be more special than Hot Rod Week in honor to Goodguys’ founder Gary “Goodguy” Meadors. Starting on Monday and continuing through Thursday this week, a group ranging from 30-75 hot rods departed from Pleasanton and ventured to a different local region to check out hot rod shops, private collections, automotive museums, and such. Hot Rod Week is always a great way to get the juices flowing for one of the best events on the Goodguys schedule! #yagottadriveem


The event kicked off today and before the sun rose the Alameda County Fairgrounds were already filling up with a wide variety of pre-1997 rods, classics, muscle cars, and pickup trucks. One of the many event highlights this weekend is the 90th Celebration of the Deuce. Building C is packed with ’32 Fords of all models (including past Meguiar’s Top 12 winners) and the celebration continues outside with an expanded Affordable Street Rods Deuce Doins special parking area right alongside the impressive Brizio vendor booth space – and Roy and his customers are representing the Deuce well, just like they always do!

We also got a peek at some of the cars on-site vying for the 2022 BASF America’s Most Beautiful Top 12 award. As you may recall, the America’s Most Beautiful title is now open to all makes and models of vehicles pre-1997 so hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, and customs are all eligible. We’ll be announcing the winner in a special Saturday evening awards ceremony so stay tuned to the Goodguys social media accounts for that announcement.

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Above: 2021 BASF America’s Most Beautiful Winner – “Rhodium” 1968 Camaro for Ryan Gates built by East Bay Muscle Cars

On top of all that, we’re also expecting over 3,000 pre-‘97 classics to fill the fairgrounds, the Goodguys CPP AutoCross series already has the first day of racing under their belts, industry manufactures are on display and ready to make deals, the swap meet & cars 4 sale corral is wall-to-wall, there will be live bands throughout the weekend, fun and free activities for the kids, a Goodgals gallery, and so much more.

Here’s a sneak peek at some rides that caught our eye today. Stay tuned to all Goodguys social media channels throughout the weekend for more – we’ll have the full event Weekend Rewind posted Sunday evening right here on FuelCurve.com and on Monday we’ll take a deep dive into the winner of the 2022 BASF America’s Most Beautiful Top 12 award. If it sounds like a lot, it sure is…we don’t hold back when it comes to the Crown Jewel event!

Photos by Steven Bunker & Terry Lysak

Digital Media Editor

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.