Few are the shows that'll wrench us from a dark sleep to get us to drive to. Sure, with a booked flight and a meager expense account, we can make just about any show in the country on a moment's notice. But there's one show we eagerly anticipate driving to: Goodguys' West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California.

For the fourth year running, we've found a few more nutcases who are wacky enough to follow us up the coast for the gig. This year we jammed four cars strong there and back. We also took advantage of the scenery by taking the less-traveled 101 up and the incredibly scenic Pacific Coast Highway back. The show itself was pretty good, too; with postcard-perfect weather and a large, well-organized event, there's something for everybody. This year's tour included a trip to Arlen Ness' new bike shop, the Blackhawk Museum, Sacramento Vintage Ford, Leonard Lopez' Dominator Motorsports and Accessories, Moal's Body Shop in Oakland, and Bob Dron's Harley-Davidson shop.

While we didn't witness it ourselves, we heard that the Pleasanton Downtown Association didn't cordon off the main drag and sell tickets to park or use the thoroughfare. That's good news; it gives us a good venue to witness the kinetic artwork we call hot rods and street rods in motion.

As for the show itself, it's a doozey since Goodguys unveils America's Most Beautiful Street Rod at the event. Of course the Hiboy Heaven, Willys Roundup, the Real Rod Nationals, and the Young Guys areas make attendance well worth it. For more on the show, check out the January 04 STREET RODDER for expanded coverage. Until then, enjoy this for a teaser: