Del Mar car show a blast from the past
The Del Mar Fairgrounds were surrounded with the sound of engines roaring, as 2,500 hot rods, custom cars, and muscle cars and trucks lined up to take part in the Goodguys Meguiar's 14th Del Mar Nationals.
The three-day show came to an end Sunday, with over 60,000 spectators checking out the nation's top wheels.
“It's really a festival featuring chrome and flames,” said Goodguys spokesman John Drummond. “Vintage cars from the 30's and 40's all the way up to the 70's.”
Vintage cars like this 1935 Chevrolet Phaeton, named in January as the world's most beautiful roadster by the International Show Car Association, was a finalist for the Del Mar show's top award.
Even some late model cars were added to the last day.
Drummond says the Del Mar show is nicknamed the 'best in the west' because of the quality of cars.
“When people see these going down the road, everyone gives them the thumbs up and they all go crazy. These cars have magic to them that you don't find in other types of cars.”
That magic is why car enthusiast Ed Zubiate kept his high school hot rod.
“I've had this car since 1969,” said Zubiate. “It's gone through a lot of changes, from drag racing in my early years to a family car, to now my pride and joy.”
Hard work that everyone at the show appreciates, allowing car lovers to keep American automotive history rolling.