Yeah, I really like making that semi-annual 100-mile run up Pacific Coast Highway from home to Seaside Park in Ventura, California. If it's April, it's the Back to the Beach Show. If it's September, it's the West Coast Primer Nationals. Same promoters. Same cool event. Different months is all.
The Primer Nats used to be in October, but since that's typically rainy season, the promoters, Jenny and John Parker, moved the show forward a month to fire season. Some people were worried that having the event on Labor Day weekend might interfere with other events in the area, and reduce the attendance. Nothing to worry about. This show just keeps getting bigger every year-it seems that way anyway. In addition to all the '64 and earlier rods, customs, pickups, lowriders, and custom motorcycles, the show draws a large number of hot rod builder and kustom kulture vendors booths-as usual, I came out of there with an armload of Keith Weesner T-shirts, a stack of Rod & Custom's competitors' magazines, and a funky new hat. And I'm not going to tell you how many tickets I bought for the Wall of Death old-time motorcycle stunt show.
I just went up for the day, but now that the Primer Nats has been extended to two-days, a lot of people made a weekend out of it. That's what I'll do next time. There are too many cars-and the show is too much fun-to do it in one day. That drive back home came too quick
The West Coast Primer Nationals has it's own Web site at www.primernationals.com, which also has info about Back to the Beach.