In a year that saw records set at nearly every Goodguys/Revell-sponsored Model Car show across the country, the Goodguys Texaco Havoline Western Street Rod Nationals held in Pleasanton, California, August 26-28, was a roaring success. A total of 592 model cars and nine pedal cars were displayed for a grand total of 602 entries, making it the biggest model car event in Goodguys history.
Being a truck nut, I'm always on the lookout for interesting truck models and unique creations-this show did not disappoint. A proliferation of truck models hit the tables (which, by the way, filled up half of the entire building). Everything from Roadster pickups to customized Escalades to Rat Rods to panels to you name it. There's a growing interest in the truck segment and we've noticed more kits on the shelves dedicated to truck subjects. Revell's new Escalade and Rat Rod series are examples.
Hobby insiders are aware that the Greater Salt Lake International Model Car Champion-ship is the Super Bowl of events. There were eight participants at this Goodguys show who had successfully competed in Salt Lake this year. Understandably, the quality of submissions was outstanding. Over the years, these events have grown to a most prestigious affair. As a result, people are building models specifically for the series-just as they have done for the "high-end" events.
These are fun and the atmosphere is relaxed. The idea is to come and have a good time. You get more than you give with all the things to see and do, and there are some really great prizes awarded, including trophies, plaques, and kits.
The Revell Make-N-Take is always a hit. The kids get to build a model and then take it home-and it's free! The trucks at this event were superior. Some of the regulars who generally build street rods or customs showed up with trucks, and new people also brought in very nice truck subjects. The small-scale guys were out in force with truck models as well.
By the time you read this, the November Pleasanton show will have come and gone and the season will then wind up in Scottsdale, Arizona. I urge all of you to get building and create a dream truck of your own in your favorite scale. Then bring it to the next Goodguys Association event or any model-car venue near you. The hobby is growing by leaps and bounds and you need to be part of the fun! Check out the photos from this year's record-setting WSRN.