Goodguys, WA 2013

The fairground in Puyallup Washington was once again filled with hot rods from all over the country. The weather was perfect with sun and temps in the low eighties.

Armed with 100 SPF ultraviolet protection goop smeared all over my thin Northern European skin, sturdy boots with clean socks and my Canon shooter I embarked on a photo safari.

GG2013 1956 Chevrolet Gasser

Let’s start with the gassers. These high in the nose ruppety-ruppety cars are seen (and HEARD!) cruising around the fairgrounds all weekend. That’s a good thing as vintage cars and hot rods in motion is far more interesting than static parked vehicles.

GG2013 Willys Gasser

Like this Willys gasser…coming…

GG2013 Willys Gasser going

…and going!

Chev Gasser

The Puyallup fairground offer perfect “roads” for cruising around. You can just pull up a chair and add a cold beverage and enjoy a rolling cars show. You would see this nasty looking Chevrolet gasser rolling by…Cool !

Chevrolet Gasser going

…and there it goes!

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser

Robin Rickard from University Place brought his bad ass 1955 Chevy gasser. Ooops, I said ass. Oh well, it’s just that…bad ass.

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser engine

With a power plant like this, Robin only has one message:

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser RACE ME


OK, enough of the gasser stuff. Let’s look at some trucks!

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck small

Rex Faubion did not have to travel very far since he lives in Puyallup. He did however bring a very nice truck.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck side

This very stock 1965 Chevrolet C-10 is flawless.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck interior

The interior is as nice as the outside.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck engine

The original High Torque 292 six is still doing great as the truck has very low miles. Sixes are sexy!

1953 Chevrolet Truck

Wayne Seeley from Bremerton brought this super clean 1953 Chevrolet pick up powered by the most trusted engine and transmission combo in the world: 350/350. ’nuff said about that!

1940 Ford truck

Trevor from Snohomish rolled in with style in his just assembled 1940 Ford truck. Powered by a Y-block it moves along just fine. Hauling a bad ass chopper did not hurt the look either.

1957 Ford Ranchero hood open

I think we can archive this under trucks as well. I am not a big fan of the blingy wheels but I dig the colors and stance.

I don’t like to see the hood open as it looks like they are broken down by the side of the road waiting for AAA to show up! When I asked the owner (very politely) if he could close the hood for a photo hi snickered at me. Maybe he thought I was stupid, I am not sure.

1957 Ford Ranchero hood closed

Doesn’t that look better? Anyway, moving on…

 Moving on to hot rods

1932 Ford Roadster Traditional hot rod

Dave York from Surrey, BC brought down his 1932 Ford Roadster built in a traditional hot rod style. Even the top was made in stained but nice material and it looks great. In the background you can spot Doug Grande’s equally traditional 1932 Ford five window coupe.

1932 Ford Roadster Traditional hot rod side

Looks good from any angle. Love the aggressive stance.

1935 Ford Roadster

Mike Bach from Ellensburg brought this flathead powered 1935 Ford Roadster.

1935 Ford Roadster front

1935 Ford Roadster interior


1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod

Roy Rockwell from Hoquiam brought this very nice 1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod.

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod small block

If…I say IF, I really mean it…IF…you are going to insist on putting a small block Chevrolet in a Ford hot rod…THIS…is the ONLY way to do it. Make it look like it was just pulled out of a low mileage 1957 Chevy at the junk yard.


1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod rear

Very tasteful hot rod.

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue

Mike Bach brought this flathead powered 1939 Ford coupe. Looks freshly built but it was already for sale. I am guessing he builds these things for a living.

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue front

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue interior

Nice…but that’s a lot of blue me thinks…

1932 Ford Five Window Black
Terry Skipple’s super nice 1932 Ford five window coupe

1932 Ford Sedan

Brian Aldridge’s 1932 Ford sedan is a stunner. Brian does ALL the work himself including a professional paint job.

1932 Ford Sedan up close

Yup, looks great up close.

1940 Ford Copper

In the never ending parade of rolling iron we spotted this copper 1940 Ford coupe. The beige steelies and thin white walls works well on this car.

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod inside show small

Your Humble Editor’s latest build was displayed inside. It landed Magnum Axle Top Award, kinda cool for the owner.

Let’s end this report with some hi tech stuff. A 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback called “Mach Forty”

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty front

With a mid mounted engine from a GT40 car it is very different. Workmanship and quality is bar none. I did hear that the bill ended around 2 mil, I can actually believe that.

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty rear

There you have it folks, another day in paradise !


More from the GoodGuys 2012 show

A good car show offers something for everyone and here are some rides that caught my eye walking thru the GoodGuys 2012 show:

Cars in motion is the bestest…can you say that?? Sure. Parked static cars are boring but to hear and see them roll by is always fun. Sometimes you can even feel them as they rumble by. This Buick looks great cruising the fairground.

Cars do not have to be perfect to look cool. This 1957 Chevrolet Nomad has the right stance and attitude to look right.  I suppose the mandatory surfboards doesn’t hurt the look either.

Maybe it’s my age but I am starting to like stock looking cars more and more. Also, a sedan like this car makes for a very comfortable and practical ride. Some modern brakes and suspension component underneath a car like this would be the “shitz” as they say.

This Chevrolet convertible was treated to a tastful custom job as well as a shave.
We dig.

Here is another clean and stock looking Ford sedan.

With an interior like this, how can you go wrong?

Lou Alderman from Yakima WA brought his 1934 Ford 5 window coupe to the event.

American Muscle at it’s best. Gotta live love the body lines on the 60’s and early 70’s Mopar cars. Most of them look like they are doing 100 mph standing still. I know the fit and finish was pretty bad when they rolled off the assembly lines so these are cars worth doing a better job than the factory when you restore them.

Cary Lang from Federal Way in Washinton brought this gorgeous 1970 Plymouth GTX to the show. The car is equipped with a 440 six pack and shifted through a Hurst operated four speed transmssion.

The oversize “GTX” emblems on this car makes sure any Ford or Chevy owner know not to bother with a challange.

Looks good in action.


“Hemi Honker” is owned by Dennis and Pam McColly from Salem Oregon. It is a 1964 Dodge Polara sporting a 605 Hemi shifted by a Jerico Transmission.


The thru-the-fenders exhaust adds to the all business look of this car.

Again…cars look thier best while moving…even if it’s just crusing around the failgrounds


Got wood? Bob Diachuk from White Rock, BC got some…in his 1948 Ford woodie.

The detail work on this car is impeckable.

This is how you set up an early fifties Chevy. Not too low, slicks in back. We dig!

Remember these?

In the department “Something different” we introduce this 1962 Studebaker Daytona.

John and Vicki Boivin from Puyallup brought this beauty.

1962 Studebaker Daytona

Powered by a tri-powered equipped small block it makes for a defferent and dependable cool car.

Abedebedebede…That’s all, Folks!