Tuesday, September 4, 2012

10th Annual Ventura Nationals Photo Highlights 2012

This past weekend was the 10th Annual Ventura Nationals just up the coast from California Car Cover at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. I drove out there on Saturday morning to check out the action at the event.

I love seeing California Car Dusters while out on the road.

Trophies for the winners.

The Ventura Nationals attracted a lot of traditional rods and custom cars from all over the West Coast. There was plenty of primer paint and white wall tires parked on the grass. In addition, there were some wild and impressive candy and metallic paint jobs on a lot of 50's era Fords and Mercurys.

The most popular cars at the show were definitely '32 Fords and early 50's Fords and Mercurys.

Custom Paint

Interesting Interior Details

Check out the paint work on this Lincoln. It really looked good once the sun was high in the sky.

Ventura is a great place for a car show. It is always much cooler out there than in LA and the fairgrounds have plenty of parking for classic cars. It is an easy drive up the 101.

In addition to all the custom cars there were a few vintage motorcycles on display. The show is only open to pre 1968 American cars and pre 1969 motorcycles, though there were  a few slightly older lowriders allowed into the event.

A Lowrider Trike

Inside the main exhibition hall was a group of custom classic cars with amazing paint jobs. Also, additional vendors were inside showcasing their art, collectibles and apparel.

Most cars had either wide or skinny white wall tires.

Colorful Paint and Interior

A few popular rock n roll bands played music on the main stage throughout the day and continued into the evening at the annual after party.

More calcarcover fun from Instagram

 After the show I ran over to Iron & Resin's Flagship Retail Store on Main St. in downtown Ventura. The shop recently opened and I was excited to check it out. We have been a retailer of I&R apparel for a few months and the new store looks great. Honestly, I was a bit jealous of how the place looks.

 In addition to all the Iron and Resin Apparel, the shop carries some great American brands and has vintage helmets and motorcycles on display. If you even have a day trip planned up the 101 be sure to stop in the Iron and Resin Garage.

Vintage signage and photography decorate the store

More Instagram fun.
 Sunday morning it was off to Super Car Sunday. Even though it was not the massive end of the month get together there were still quite a few cars on display. I thought the Subaru 360 van below was pretty cool. The small van had three rows of seating. Each row could comfortably accommodate 1 person each.

Check out that California Car Cover t-shirt!
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