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Good Guys 26th West Coast Nationals

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If you love your vintage cars, you likely love your vintage car shows. After all, it can be exciting to run into a classic car parked on the side of the street. But what about seeing over 3,700 vintage cars,hot rods, muscle cars, tricked out trucks and classic together? That doesn’t happen every day, except at the West Coast Nationals, which is billed as “the largest participant automotive event in the Western United States.

The Goodguys 26th annual West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster was a spectacular automotive festival, packing the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Three sun soaked days provided the perfect backdrop for the Goodguys record breaking “Crown Jewel” event.

All of the event’s traditions are cherished. Starting with Hot Rod Week which takes rodders on four days of guided tours in and around the Bay Area to various collections, hot rod shops, museums and other cool points of interest.

Included in the weekend-long event was the Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest – a unique display of 1960s-era top fuel dragsters including the Bowman & Olson AA/FD, the Ewell, Bell & Stecker AA/FD, the Brissette & Alexander AA/FD and the Goodguys Speed Sport Roadster rear-engine AA/FD. In addition to the Thunderfest cars, NHRA Top Fuel racer Mike Salinas of Gilroy displayed his Top Fuel machine as well as its matching vintage dragster. Not to be outdone – Salinas’ tricked out tractor/trailer is a show piece in and of itself!

Beginning with Hot Rod Week on Monday, the momentum carried all the way through the weekend culminating in Sunday’s award ceremony. America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod award was won by Garry & Dania Crawford’s with their ’40 Chevy.

As a senior at Ellis High School in Kansas back in ‘62, Garry Crawford got his first car – a 1940 Chevy coupe. He and his buddy Jerry Keller had a lot of fun cruisin’ the Chevy back in those care free Kansas days. Roughly four and a half decades later, Crawford commissioned Mike Keller (his friend Jerry’s son) to build him another ’40 Chevy coupe only this one was to be “a lot nicer.” So Keller and his team at Big Creek Restoration (Ellis, KS) got busy building Crawford’s first love into a modern masterpiece.

Working from artist Jason Rushforth’s design, Keller and his team masterfully reshaped the Chevy. The wide, square-ish looking front end was reworked extensively including a scratch made grill surround and insert, sectioned and pie-cut hood and reshaped front fenders. Flush fit front and rear windows add to the smooth look. Keen eyes will notice the ’46 Ford rear bumpers have been flipped upside down while the taillights are ’39 Chevy. Custom gravel shields were made from scratch. All of the hinges were hidden. The striking color is PPG Vibrance Cinnamon candy over copper. The polished Foose “Knight” wheels (18’s & 20’s) offer a perfect contrast.

The roomy cabin features a soft brown leather interior by Xibit Customs (Hayes, Kansas). The dash, instruments and art deco speedometer (all cast in bronze) were made in house by Keller and his team.

Underneath it all rests a Morrison chassis with air suspension from Ridetech. The big disc brakes are from Wilwood. A potent 480 horsepower LS3, 4L80E transmission and a big beefy Currie 9-inch rear end get the Chevy down those long Kansas roads in a hurry! All the neighbors can hear it coming thanks to the sweet sounds of Flowmaster exhaust.

As a Kansas high schooler in the 1960s, Crawford couldn’t have imagined driving a ’40 Chevy this nice but a lot has changed in 50 years. His new ’40 Chevy is the perfect platform to show just how far hot rod design & fabrication has come in the new millennium.

For the big win in Pleasanton, Crawford will receive travel accommodations to the Goodguys 15th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona November 16-18 to take its rightful place in the “Champion’s Arena” – a special exhibit featuring all Goodguys ‘Terrific 12” national award recipients. He’ll also haul off a brand new toolbox wrapped with images of his car courtesy of Snap-on.

The runner up finalists for the Goodguys/Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod included David Rios (’40 Ford), Mike Holmes (’39 Ford Ute), Roger Hill (’39 Chevy) and Brent Scheider (’37 Ford Cabriolet).

Results for the events can be found below.

Special Awards:

Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod – Winner

Gary Crawford El Dorado, KS 40 Chevy
David Rios Los Gatos, CA 40 Ford
Mike Holmes Bellevue, WA 39 Ford Ute
Roger Hill Vancouver, WA 39 Chevy
Brent Scheider Pleasanton, CA 37 Ford

Pinkees Builder’s Choice Awards
Steve Keefer Brentwood, CA 69 Camaro
Dan Sobieski La Habra, CA 32 Ford
Jerry Logan Hillsboro, OR 34 Ford
Tom Pagano Rancho Cordova, CA 41 Willys
Scott Van Steenwyk Rossmoore, CA 33 Ford
Frank Lawrence Bakersfield, CA 48 Chevy P/U
Mike Walker Wenatchee, WA 54 Chevy
Gary Crawford El Dorado, KS 40 Chevy
David Rios Los Gatos, CA 40 Ford
Mike Holmes Bellevue, WA 39 Ford Ute

Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year-Early Finalist
Jim Farguharson DeWinton, ALB, CAN 50 Chevy

Hemmings Muscle Car of the Year Finalist
Dennis Scroggs Twain Harte, CA 67 Chevelle

Goodguys Pick
Steve Nowotny Vacaville, CA 28 Ford P/U

J Rockcliff Rock Star Award
Brent Scheider Pleasanton, CA 37 Ford

Billy B. Memorial
Mel Taormino Grants Pass, OR 29 Ford

Bruce Olson Memorial
Roger Schaaf Milpitas, CA 5 6 Chrysler

Stroker McGurk Award
Dave Bengochea Winnemucca, NV 32 Ford

Jim Ewing Memorial Award
Pete Scialabba San Jose, CA 34 Ford

YoungGuys Nathan Strube Memorial Award
Nick Speridon Pope Valley, CA 71 Dodge

General Awards:

Chevy Truck Pick
Richard Matoian Fresno, CA 68 Chevy C10

Cool Camaro
Bill Mautz Antioch, CA 67 Camaro

Cool Commercial
Dave Snyder Norco, CA 51 Chevy Suburban

Cool Convert
Randy Perez Fremont, CA 36 Chevy

Cool Corvette
Paul Atkins Hanceville, AL 63 Corvette

Cool Cruiser
Richard Gale Pleasanton, CA 48 Ford

Cool Custom
Gary Hollister, CA 50 Mercury

Deuce Doin’s Pick – 80th Anniversary
Don Triolo Gilroy, CA 32 Ford

Fat Fendered Pick
Dino Destefanis Hollister, CA 40 Pontiac

Ford in a Ford
Marty Ayers Silverdale, WA 40 Ford

Ford Muscle Pick
Mike Farnaro Fresno, CA 66 Ford

Ford Truck Pick
David Pozzi S San Francisco, CA 41 Ford

Goodguys Staff Pick
Ron Corradini Newport Beach, CA 55 Chevy

Hot Hauler
C. Kenedall Orangevale, CA 57 Chevy P/U

Hottest Hot Rod
T.J. Kazarian Fresno, CA 28 Ford

Long Distance Award
Randolph Watkins Massachusettes 50 GMC

Low Lid Pick
John Foxley Maple Ridge, BC 34 Ford

Memory Lane
Janet Allison Huntington Beach, CA 29 Ford

Mighty Muscle Pick
Rob Fagundes 71 Chevelle

Mopar Muscle Pick
Linda Martin Tracy, CA 70 Plymouth

Preacher’s Pick
John Galli Soquel, CA 70 Chevelle

Restored Award
Tom Medley Burbank, CA 40 Ford

Sexy Sedan
Jerry Kennedy Campbell, CA 55 Chevy 210

Shoe Box
Bob Simas Ahwahnee, CA 51 Ford

Slick ’60s
Dave Billmyer North Highlands, CA 67 Chevy

Slick & Smooth
Gary Schuitemaker San Ramon, CA 70 Chevelle

Sooo Low
Juan Castillo Tracy, CA 50 Chevy

Terrific ‘T’
Gary Right Citrus Heights, CA 27 Ford

Way Cool Wagon
Scott Mercer Campbell, CA 55 Nomad

Wonderful Woody
Jim Vickery Pacifica, CA 46 Ford

Wheel Vintiques Best Bitchin’
Scott Dugan Napa, CA 53 Chevy P/U

Best Ride on American Racing Wheels
Steven Student Alamo, CA 70 SS El Camino

Best Ride on BFG’s
Clarecne Williams Brentwood, CA 65 Mustang

Coker Tire Best Wide Whites
Art Engel Pleasanton, CA 32 Ford

Eckler’s Chevy Muscle Pick
Jeff Katarzy Tracy, CA 72 Chevelle

Eckler’s Classic Chevy Pick
Gary Rodebush Milpitas, CA 55 Chevy

Street Rod Headquarters Class Act
Syl Szucsko Lake Havasu City, AZ 34 Dodge

Flowmaster American Thunder
Ken Sanders Manteca, CA 66 Chevelle

Snap-On Innovation Award
Gary March Battle Ground, WA 69 Mustang

Meguiar’s Magnificent Masterpiece
Jim Lyons Abbotsford, BC 40 Ford

Meguiar’s Magnificent Masterpiece
Bob Kahl Quartz Hill, CA 57 Corvette

Chris Alston Chassiworks Mighty Mustang
Jim Shepherd San Martin, CA 67 Mustang

Lokar One Fine Deuce
Michael Buzarellos Chico, CA 32 Ford

PPG Dream Car
Calvin Fisk Benicia, CA 53 Ford

LMC Trucks Trick Truck Corral Pick
Chris Meeleis Lodi, CA 37 Chevy P/U

WIX Way Cool
Barry Robertson Hayward, CA 30 Ford

Goodyear Ya Gotta Drive `em Pick
Bob Cunningham Nampa, ID 65 Coronet

Jet Hot/ HPC Coatings Young Guys Pick
Jared Remoaldo Fremont, CA 66 Nova

Best Ride on Billet
John Palazzotto Oakley, CA 55 Chevy

Ogden Chrome Award
Larry Henderson Carlsbad, CA 51 Kaiser

Classic Trophy Dash
Jerry Kennedy Campbell, CA 37 Ford

Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven
Dwayne Rollins Sacramento, CA 28 Ford

Magnum Axle/Real Hot Rod
Steve Welsh Folsom, CA 32 Ford

Speedway Motors Traditional Homebuilt Heaven
Gary Mayes Gardnerville, NV 30 Ford

Chopped and Dropped
Brian Nieri San Jose, CA 40 LaSalle

Dare to be Different
Janey Caravallo San Martin, CA 57 Nash

Host Club Pick
Jim Kendall Lafayette, CA 67 GTO

Period Perfect
Mitch Doss Winchester, OR 29 Ford

Rodders Rep Pick
Bill Peratt Windsor, CO 32 Ford

Rodders Rep Pick
Marlause Klein Bakersfield, CA 54 COE

Rodders Rep Pick
Steve Sisack Sacramento, CA 46 Ford

Suede & Chrome
Rollin Silveira Atwater, CA 31 Ford

Timeless Traditional
Richard Hinemann Visalia, CA 25 Ford

Wildcard Just Cause It’s Neat
Russ Moen Port Alberni, B.C. 54 COE

40 Fords Forever
Dave West Paso Robles, CA 40 Ford

Mighty Mopar
Scott Perry Redding, CA 38 Plymouth

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