The 2nd Annual O’Reilly Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals This Weekend
Don’t be fooled by the show title. This weekend, March 14-15, the Pomona Fairplex will host an impressive display of traditional hot rods and customs alongside hundreds of the muscle cars, pro touring and street machines the event was named for. And what’s also impressive is that the Fairplex donates all of its profits to the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts, a hands-on automotive training program for area students.
We first heard about the event through Len Emanuelson. Len was TRJ publisher Steve Coonan’s boss at Popular Hot Rodding back in the ’70s, and he’s also been helping to coordinate an upcoming feature on the late Jerry Magnuson’s Track T roadster, which was in our studio this week. As Len explains, last year’s inaugural Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals was a big success, and they’re expecting another great turnout this weekend.
Featured events include Autocross, over 40 pro-judged car show awards, the Dyno Challenge (where last year’s winner produced over 1,000hp at the rear wheels), and a Trophy Girl competition. At 12:30 each day tires will be smoked at the burnout contest, with $250 going to the winners both Saturday and Sunday. Designated lanes throughout the Fairplex provide room to cruise, and the Pro Builder Pavilion features the latest from a wide range of shops including So-Cal Speed Shop, American Hot Rods, D&P Chevy, and Full Scale Hot Rods & Customs, among others.
The show kicks off this Saturday morning and runs from 9 to 5 Saturday and 9 to 4 Sunday. Show car entry is $65 at the gate, and spectator admission is just $20 (kids 6-12 are just $5). With blue skies and warm temps in the forecast, it’s sure to be a great weekend in the sun. Visit www.StreetMachineAndMuscleCarNationals.com for more information, and if you’re in Southern California this weekend be sure to stop in and check out the show.