As a non-native Californian, I'm still amazed that the rod run season is a year-round affair in the Golden State, but that same status also affords me the ability to say "I never moved to California for rain!" Yeah, once again Mooneyes Christmas Party was hit by the wet stuff, though not until mid morning. What is a regular occurrence in most other states is something of a rarity in SoCal, and the number of roadsters on hand was way down compared to most years—their owners no doubt having paid attention to the previous night's weather forecasts!

Attendance in general, though, wasn't badly affected, it just meant the partying and barbecuing under E-Z Ups was keeping folks dry rather than out of the sun. Of course the inclement weather put paid to any drag racing, which is a major part of this show, though a few optimistic souls were lined up in the staging lanes hoping for a break in the clouds.

That break did come, but too late for any chance of racing, though it meant those who'd braved the rain got to see the pin-up contest then drive home under clear blue skies. We'd spent the previous evening installing temporary windows in the 1946 pickup, and left midway through the day, dodging raindrops all the way home with no wipers. By the time the sun emerged we'd been busy in the garage for a couple of hours. At least when it does rain in SoCal it doesn't rain for long.