There are a lot of things we make a point of doing twice a year-visit the dentist, reset the clocks, pay the car insurance; what we enjoy the most is the semi-annual trip to Ventura for Back to the Beach in May and the Primer Nationals in September. The Back to the Beach Hot Rod and Motorcycle Show, presented by Trophy Queen Productions, is a Saturday show held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and draws a lot of traditional and "neo-traditional" hot rods and customs, in additional to bikes, from southern and central California. The photos shown here represent only a small fraction of the rides on site. Scattered among all this iron are vendors peddling everything from aftermarket parts to hot dogs-which would include artwork, books and mags, custom bicycles, and retro apparel. We can't even imagine how hard the promoters from Trophy Queen work to organize all the cars, trucks, bikes, and vendors-not to mention bringing in live bands (the Dave Gleason Band, the Del Reys, and Captain Jeffrey & the Chumbuckets this time), but we appreciate it and we sure have fun. The Primer Nationals-a two-day event scheduled for September 5 & 6, usually draws even more people and vehicles than Back to the Beach. We'll be there soon. Back to the Beach and Primer Nationals information can be found at www.primernationals.com.

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