We just returned from a weekend in Santa Maria for West Coast Kustoms’ 32nd Annual Cruisin’ Nationals. Once again the long-running show and cruise, attracting over 750 entries from all over the country, was ground zero for custom car aficionados and hot rodders alike. This year, another bumper crop of tail-dragging customs turned out for what continues to be one of our favorite spring events.
We noticed that while there were still a large number of hot rods, this year marked a definite return to this being a true custom car show, with finely finished show cars, spot-primed daily drivers, and “under construction” projects all on display. The weather was perfect all weekend, from the opening of Friday night’s cruise through downtown Santa Maria until the gates to the Fairpark finally closed on Sunday afternoon.
Collectively, the rod and custom community owes a debt of gratitude to Penny and her son Rit Pichette and West Coast Kustoms for continuing to give us such a great place to meet and cruise every Memorial Day weekend. Organized by Penny and her late husband Rich so many years ago, it’s hard to believe how much the quaint custom car gathering has grown.
We also want to thank everyone who stopped by The Rodder’s Journal booth. Our new location inside the Park Plaza Building was great for us because we were able to check out the action at the adjacent Pinstripers Panel Jam and visit with our friends throughout the weekend.
This coming weekend we’ll be on the road again, this time on the other side of the country at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals East in York, Pennsylvania. It’s always a great show and it’s shaping up to be a fine weekend back east, so if you’re planning to be there, stop by our booth to say hello. We’ll have the Dan Post Custom & Restyling Box Set and copies of TRJ #59 available, along with our latest T-shirt designs, hats, and other merchandise.
Keep scrolling for more photos from the 32nd Annual Cruisin’ Nationals.