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Ventura Nationals keeps getting better.
It's been a hot summer in So Cal this year so we were looking forward to the car show by the beach and we were not disappointed. Ô_The Friday nite gathering on Chestnut by the Ventura Majestic Theater which housed the hot rod art show was bigger than ever. In addition to the many parked cars, there is a constant parade of every type of vehicle imaginable up and down Main Street, from slammed lowriders to fire-belching Willys to slick customs to traditional hot rods.
Saturday the action was all at the Fairgrounds which is within hearing distance of the surf. Prefect weather, a little cool then mid-70s. The Wall of Death hadÔ_a line all day long. Ô_Cool show. Ô_Hop Up magazine had a whole building full of traditional rods and customs. Plenty of vendors, lots of pretty ladies, car clubs, good music, cold beer, all you need.
Sunday morning the promoters organize a reliability run so everyone can get out and cruise with a big bunch of cool old cars. The 40 mile route was scenic and mellow.
Did ya see the beautiful '51 Caddy that was the Lost Angels giveaway car this year. Another outstanding effort by Aaron ValenciaÔ_for a worthy cause. Ô_We were happy to see all three of the giveaway cars parked by the booth. Ô_Aaron has great taste and a fine touch.
I got to meet Hugh Tucker, a NHRA record holder in the AA/SR class who did 155 mph and a 9.65 e.t., in a street rod back in 1965. He also drove the Stone, Woods and Cook Willys back in the day.
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