8th Annual Goodguys Del Mar
Del Mar, CA
April 5-6, 2008

Story by Roger Rohrdanz 
photographs by Roger Rohrdanz & John Drummond


   The Goodguys came to Del Mar, California, to put on another fabulous car show at the Fairgrounds made famous for horse racing.  It was hazy and overcast as we reached the Fairgrounds, but the sun would come out in full force for the throng of exhibitors and spectators.  The entrance leads directly into the Pat O’Brien Hall, and from there into 2 more huge exhibit halls.  After exiting the last building, there is a huge parking lot dedicated to every type of car imaginable.  Every so often cars will leave their marked space and make a cruise down the Cruise route, past the Woody’s pavilion and out the front gate, make a u-turn and come back down the Cruise route to the hoots and hollers of their friends and admiring public.  Next time you come, bring a lawn chair and find a nice spot to watch the action, which includes more than just nice looking cars, in this movable car show and cruise.   Everywhere you go there are friendly people, who will willingly talk to you about their cars, offer you a chair and make you feel right at home.  This year over 2800 pre 1972 cars participated!  Bring some good walking shoes, because it is a huge site, and the surface is either concrete or asphalt, and you will do some serious walking.  I walked into the Mission Tower exhibit of Woodys  and counted nearly 30 of them.  Circling back I came to the Exhibit Hall where there was a wide variety of cars on display.  There were muscle cars, coupes, roadsters, trucks, station wagons, Woodys, vintage and classic cars of all descriptions.  A dizzying array of F-100’s, T-Birds, Nomads, Cobras and exotic and domestic cars were on display.  More cars followed; Cabriolets, Catalina’s, Chevelles, Impalas, Bel Airs, delivery vans, touring cars, and enough 1930’s hot rods and 1960-70’s muscle cars to satisfy the most serious gearheads.  To see them all you truly have to run up and down the corridors. If you mosey along it is impossible to see this show in one or two full days. 

   Over 350 vendors provided a wide variety of goods included; Hoists, lifts, Rodders Journal Magazine, auto parts, Time shares, personalized license plates, engines, Chinese Acupuncture and messages, polishes, jewelry, art, original gas pumps. That was only part of what was offered, for they had; auto insurance, custom car shops, slot racers, bric-a-brac, Hawaiian and hot rod shirts, golden oldies music and tapes, bicycles, drivelines, grills, hubcaps, tools, motorcycles and choppers, gaskets, rims, wheels, car seats and signs.

Fantastic cars, wonderful people, warm and sunny weather, and a show that never seems to end wraps up the Goodguys Del Mar Show. 

 Thanks for the Show!


The Cruise Route was very popular.








Jim & Fran Collins from Temecula, CA found a nice spot for their 460 Ford powered, sharp ’56 Ford pickup.


Retired Top Fuel racer/tuner Dale Armstrong built this beautiful ’57 Cadillac Brougham for Terry Jones of Newport Beach, CA.  Dale’s choice for the motor is a  Falconer V12!!






“Kruzun” their cool ’50 Merc are the Telles’s from Nuevo, CA.


This “Flamin” Forty Buick Coupe belongs to Jerry Macenas from Glen Ivy, CA.


Check out the exhausts on Ed Geotz’ small block Chevy powered ’32 Ford Roadster from Simi Valley, CA.




This extreme ’40 Ford pickup belongs to Randy Palmer of Newport Beach, CA.




J.F. Launier’s 1955 Chrysler phantom station wagon “Revolution”, from Osoyoos, British Columbia, was crowned the Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year at the 26th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton.




Cool “caps” & Lake pipes on Bob Doran’s ’50 Merc from Santee, CA.


Scenes from the event.






The Woody’s parked around the fountain.






Rich Cravens of Vista, CA brought his ’51 Ford Woody


This ’34 Ford Woody came from Phoenix, AZ with his owner Michael Pyle.


Doug Blasingham brought his ’40 Ford woody from Trabuco Canyon, CA


The Willys had a line.


Muscle cars line up here.






 “Do-it-yourselfers” Line up here.




Deuces get in line here.


Don Prudhomme & Dale Armstrong were the Hot Rod Heroes for this event. Here is Don beside one of his restored “Floppers”







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