We go to a lot of shows every year and although we enjoy them all, there are a few we'd go to even if we weren't working. Goodguys Pleasanton is one of them. It's close enough to Southern California that we can bypass the airport hassle and cruise up. I did just that this year and decided to stretch the '32's legs and put some more highway miles on it.
I spent a couple of days checking all the fluids before I left, solving a few of the suspension woes I had been living with, and swapping on some new radials. My co-pilot for the trip was Rick Love from Vintage Air. Rick puts plenty of miles on his hot rods, but they're both coupes and he's a little spoiled with the whole controlled interior temperature thing. I left the top on to keep the chances of being sunburnt down, but other than that Rick was going to have to rough it.
We got out of L.A. traffic with little problem and decided to take the less-than-direct route up the 101. We were rewarded with clear skies as we made our way north along the beach. It was not feeling like work at all and beat the hell out of driving up a rental.
The weather remained perfect and the sheer number of things to look at kept me entertained all weekend. I'm already looking into putting together a trip next year cruising over from Bonneville. Keep an eye on our news column for possible details.