It takes a few key ingredients for a show to be a success. The show grounds have to be comfortable and clean. The surrounding area should be pleasant enough for an evening cruise. And there needs to be lots of classic trucks and hot rods. One event that has met all three of these requirements is the Goodguys Rod & Custom Nationals in Del Mar, California. Although only in its fourth year, this show has quickly became one of SoCal's must-do events.

The Del Mar show is always one of our favorites because it's close enough for us to drive some of our own hot rods and it's the kick-off for our Top Ten awards. The event is held at the fairgrounds and horse track and had several buildings housing some of the premier hot rods from around the country. The weather was a little questionable for those less adventurous the night before the show, but by Friday morning everything was as it should have been. The location right by the beach helps keep the temperature down to a comfortable level so you can walk and check out the rides without feeling like your going to get heatstroke.

After a couple of years of cutting the vehicle entry date off at '64, Goodguys opened it up to '72 this year, which is perfect for those of us with automotive tastes that venture out to anything with wheels. Not only were there more classic trucks in attendance, but the muscle cars also had a good showing.

Just when the show's over for the day, there's more fun to be had cruising along the Southern California coastline afterhours, taking in the sights and some good eating. What more could you want? I know we'll be back next year.

CLASSIC TRUCKS TOP TEN