North By Northwest

September 24th, 2009

The Goodguys 22nd Annual Northwest Nationals

mainjpeg_584We couldn’t tell if it was the weather or just the hot rides throughout the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, but the Goodguys 22nd Annual Northwest Nationals had everyone sweating.

With the close competition among over 2,000 hot rods custom and classics in attendance, there was plenty to see and do. Held in the middle of a rare heat wave to hit the Northwest (the temperature hit the mid 90s with brow-drenching humidity), on July 24-26, 2009, in Puyallup, Wash., the Goodguys proved once again that even when Mother Nature doesn’t want to cooperate, the show must go on.

There were a few new things going on at this event, such as the Swap Meet and Cars for Sale Corral areas. The Pinstripers Brush Bash showed off talents of all the pinstripers from the Northwest U.S. and Canada. One cool event associated with the Northwest Nationals was the Friday Night Drags held at the Pacific Raceways in nearby Kent, Wash.

As with many Goodguys events, there were special areas set up for other types of vehicles, like the Homebuilt Heaven, Ya Gotta Drive ’em, Trick Truck Corral, Goodguys Builder’s Choice, Suede & Chrome, Mighty Muscle (’55-’72) and Canadian Corral.
Going strong for 22 years, only the West Coast Nats, held in Pleasanton, Calif., for the past 23 years, and the All American Get Together, for the past 27, have run longer than the Goodguys Northwest Nats. With the huge turnout of both custom vehicles and the thousands of spectators crammed into the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, we’re sure there will be many years more of fun to come.

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Going strong for 22 years, the Goodguys Northwest Nationals is a must-attend event for those in the Great Northwest.
Painted in classic black with red steelies, wide whites and red accents, this ’27 Ford T Shadow of Mike and Trina Long from Tacoma, WA, is powered with a 350/350 combination.
Carolyn Bennet of Graham, WA, proudly displayed her clean ’32 Ford Highboy Roadster. Powered with a 350/350 combination, the car was built by Walt Austin Racing.
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The NAPA folks put on a strange Q&A show in which attendees were quizzed on their automotive knowledge.
Clean and understated, this ’36 Ford Sedan Delivery of Mike and Mary Hudekoff features a Heidt’s IFS, a 350 Chevy engine, 350 Turbo tranny combination and a charcoal metallic paint scheme. The Hudekoffs didn’t have to drive very far, though, as they are from Puyallup.
With the weather in the 90s and humid, we’re sure that this was a popular stop for many of the show’s attendees.
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Inside the huge (and thankfully air conditioned) indoor arena, there was not only a host of vendors, but also a gathering of great vehicles.
Parked in front of the Chris Alston’s Chassisworks booth was this killer ’66 Mustang. Built by California Rod & Custom of Langley, British Columbia, it features a 331ci engine and a five-speed transmission. We assume it has a full CAC suspension system.
Known by us mostly for its refrigerators, this Crosley, with its 26hp engine, is owned by Don Richardson of Hoquiam, WA, and is very cool in its own right.
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Always a crowd pleaser, the Revell-sponsored Model & Pedal car show displayed the efforts of those who are just as into customs as anyone. The attention to detail shown in some of these models is truly outstanding.
Doing the whole nostalgia thing is this ’55 Chevy of John and Debbie Sobolesky of Centralia, WA. It features a blown 383 Chevy engine.
New for the Northwest Nationals, and one of the most popular attractions at any Goodguys show, is the Swap Meet section, where everything from parts to pickups were there for the, um, buying.
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Throughout the weekend, bands kept the crowd entertained with surf, rock and doo-wop numbers.
Housed in special parking areas were the cars in contention for “Of the Year” finalists. This sweet ’66 Nova was competing for “Muscle Car Of The Year” honors. Owned by Dick and Ken La Fortune, it has a 468ci Chevy engine, a CA Chassisworks IFS, a Southride rear clip, Tea’s seats and PPG Blaze Red paint
Many pinstripers were on hand for the Pinstripers Brush Bash.




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