Friday First Look! Goodguys 36th West Coast Nationals

The time has come for California’s biggest hot roddin’ party of the Summer! The West Coast Nationals – aka Goodguys’ Crown Jewel event – kicked off today in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Goodguys may have moved HQ to Texas a couple years ago, but it always feels good to come back to PTown and hang out with the car people this whole deal started with. It’s even better when the weekend highs are in the mid-80s!

We kicked off the event week with the annual Gary Meadors Memorial Hot Rod Week where groups of 40-60 hot rods rolled out of Pleasanton each morning Monday-Thursday to visit local shops, stops, and collections. We had a great time cruising with fellow rodders and will have a full Hot Rod Week recap gallery and story posted next week. So stay tuned for that.

We were greeted by thick Bay Area fog this morning that burned off around 10am and when the sun peeked out the color and chrome started to shine bright. The event quickly kicked into high gear and everything from the CPP AutoCross racetrack to the vendor midway started seeing action.

A couple weekend highlights are the 40 Years of Excellence display showcasing some past Top 12 winners, as well as the arrival of the 2023 Hall of Fame Road Tour group of 60+ vehicles that traveled nearly 2,000 miles in 7 days from Loveland, Colorado to Pleasanton for the event! We’ll also be firing off four Nitro Thunderfest dragsters this weekend, shopping the Goodgals Gallery, checking out the Model Car Show and kids Make and Take model car program, and much, much more.

Come join us if you’re in the area, if not stay tuned to the various Goodguys social media platforms throughout the weekend and check back right here on on Monday morning for the full West Coast Nationals Weekend Rewind!

Photos by Steven Bunker

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.