Getting battered and abused in the mobbed aisles of a mega-mall or big-box store isn’t our favorite way to get in the holiday spirit. Not when we could be out in the Southern California sunshine at the Mooneyes X-mas Party Show & Drag.

This annual event has been an L.A. area holiday tradition for years but has outgrown several venues. Since 2006, it’s been taking place at Irwindale Speedway. Besides the advantages of plenty of space for car show parking and a vendor midway, a live music stage, and spectator parking, the Speedway has the benefit of an eighth-mile dragstrip. The racing includes vintage front-engine dragsters and old-time Gassers but is open to any show participants who want to make a few passes (and can pass tech).

As always, the latest Mooneyes Party drew talented pinstripers eager to show off their talent—and plenty of lovely ladies to compete in the pin-up girl contest.

The Party’s overall flavor is traditional—as in retro-style rods, customs, trucks, and bikes. Tuck ‘n’ roll interiors, suede paint, wide whites, pinstripes, and old-time powerplants are prominent—but the variety is wide, as you can see. Naturally, our attention gravitated to trucks. Lots of variety there, too. Here are just a few of our favorites. CCT