If you've never been to California's Central Coast, then you need to make it a point to visit. Forget all the hubbub about Michael Jackson's place in Santa Maria and take the area in for what it's really worth! Just drive a couple of hours north of Los Angeles and all of a sudden you're surrounded by lush green farms and vineyards. The drive through Santa Barbara alone is amazing! Travel a few more miles north of Santa Maria and you'll hit Pismo Beach, where beautiful, brisk, uncrowded beaches await you.

At the Santa Maria Fair Park, a good crowd of Bow Ties made up of both cars and trucks gathered together, and soon the 26th Annual Chevy/GMC Nationals were underway. With the odd mix of both sunscreen and a jacket in hand, I sifted through the entrants to see what I could find to capture on film and share with all of you. Enjoy! For more information on next year's show, go to www.horsepowerpromotions.com or call (805) 686-2007.