When an event is named the "Cruisin' Nationals" that's exactly what it should be about, or at least a large part of what it's about. The cruising aspect of this event took a few years to get back to where it once was (I really don't want to talk about the venue change so long after the fact, and I'm sure you don't want to read it either) but this year Friday night's cruise along the few blocks of closed-off Broadway in Santa Maria was the highlight of the event for us—hence why the majority of our photographs are from Broadway, showing the cars moving rather than stationary at the fairgrounds.

That's not to say there wasn't plenty going on at the fairgrounds, with the usual show, vendor buildings, bands (Rumble King and The Hula Girls), bicycle and model car displays, and the Brush Bash, which culminated in a charity auction, benefitting Alzheimer's Awareness, and hosted by East Coast Artie. One of the coolest contributions to the auction was a trash can in memory of Dean Jeffries, thanks to the neat work of Ruben, Jimmy, Daniel, and Reggie.

Given the ongoing state of the economy, and the cost of traveling, the turnout for the show was as impressive as ever, with perhaps just a few less cars out in the "back field". From the evidence we saw, however, the future of kustomizing is looking pretty safe. Have kustoms ever been so popular?