When a car guy like me thinks of Sacramento he thinks of the birthplace of custom cars, with names that paved the way like Westergard, Bertolucci, and yes, Barris. In the 1940s this was the place and customs have stayed there pretty well through the years with more recent names like Garland's, Blue Collar, and the former Sacramento Customs. When you go to a show in this town you would be expecting the best of the best of customs. The Grand National Roadster Show is more a show for hot rods I feel, and Sacramento just a few short weeks later is the show for custom cars.

If you thought the GNRS seemed to get the recognition and the big-name car debuts, that might be changing. This year there seemed to be a resurgence of customs in the air. Marcos from Lucky 7 Customs in Antioch seemed to make the show a custom show almost single handedly, bringing six full customs to the show, two of which were brand new; a brown shoebox owned by Brian Bozzo, named "Sweet Brown," and a red scalloped version formally owned by Marcos himself. There were also the normal hard-core players of the custom car world making their presence known, such as Rick Dore, D'Agostino, Oz Welch, and De Rosa, who all showed up with new cars.

The nights are just about as much fun as the days, with get-togethers at Blue Collar Customs and at the local So-Cal Speed Shop franchise. Great places to catch up with old friends and meet new ones over a drink and a sandwich. For that's really what it's all about—the people who make our hobby magical.