Renowned Custom Painter Charley Hutton Joins PPG in Del Mar

March 30, 2010

Del Mar, CA – Famed street rod painter Charley Hutton will sign autographs at the PPG Show Truck display and take part in a PPG seminar during the Goodguys 10th annual Del Mar Nationals. The three-day event, to be held April 9 – 11, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California, displays an array of show-stopping custom cars and street rods.

The easy-going Hutton is one of the most popular painters in the custom car world. His design schemes for high-end street rods have earned him numerous accolades including two celebrated Ridler Awards, several Street Rod of the Year and Custom Rod of the Year awards, and an America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. Hutton has also made a splash on television. He first appeared with legendary custom car builder, the late Boyd Coddington, on the Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod show. Soon after, Hutton was a featured painter on Hot Rod TV and The Learning Channel’s Overhaulin’. He recently opened the Charley Hutton Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho, where he uses PPG Automotive Refinish products exclusively.

Hutton will sign autographs at the PPG Vibrance Collection® Show Truck display on

• Saturday, April 10, 9:00 – 10:00 am and 2:30 – 3:30 pm
• Sunday, April 11, 9:00 – 10:00 am and 1:00 – 2:00 pm

He will also participate in a PPG presentation as part of the Goodguys Hot Rod Seminar in the Mission Tower on Saturday, April 10 from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm.

For more information about Charley Hutton and PPG Automotive Refinish products call 800/647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish website at

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Norm Grabowski’s Comin’ to Nashville!

March 30, 2010

Hot rodding’s clown price, Norm Grabowski will serve as the Hot Rod Hero of the 5th Nashville Nationals, May 21-23 at LP Field in downtown Nashville. Look for the loveable, laughable legend behind the wheel of his latest automotive offering – a ’29 Nash adorned in typical Grabowski trim.

Norm has been one of hot rodding’s signature characters since the late 50s. He’s perhaps best known for his “Kookie T” ‘27 Ford roadster used in the television show 77 Sunset Strip.

The car was featured on the cover of the October, 1955 issue of Hot Rod Magazine and later in the April 29, 1957 issue of Life Magazine.

In the early 90s Norm rolled out ”Kookie II” doing a promotional tour that included a stop at the 1992 West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton.

More than just a hot rodder, Grabowski was and still is a superior craftsman and performer. He enjoyed hundreds of bit parts in both television and motion pictures in 1960s and 70s Los Angeles. He relocated to Lead Hill Arkansas in the mid 80s where he now focuses on his elaborate wood carvings. His “Norm Skulls” – elaborately carved and decorated shift knobs are highly sought after by rodders world wide. He’s considered one of the finest wood carvers in the country.

Don’t miss your chance to meet hot rod royalty in Nashville!

Summer Cruise News!

March 29, 2010

We have some really good news to share with y’all. Not one, not two, but THREE amazing hot rod cruises have been organized for your enjoyment this spring and summer! Why join a cruise? ‘Cause it’s more fun than you’ll ever have with a car and you’ll meet some really cool people along the way. It’s an experience not to be missed.

The cruisin’ gets started next week with the Del Mar Cruise then picks up in June for a cruise from Southern California to Colorado for the 13th Colorado Nationals June 4-6 led by Don and Nelda Grant.
The Grant’s have organized yet another cruise this summer from So-Cal up to the 23rd Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup July 23-25.

Each cruise has stops at local rod shops and points of interest. Check out the cruise page here for all the details:

Do yourself and your hot rod a favor…Take a cruise!

Hetfield’s “Slow Burn” wins 2010 West Coast Custom of the Year

March 28, 2010

James Hetfield’s elegant “Slow Burn” 1936 Auburn boat tail speedster was crowned Goodguys 2010 West Coast Custom of the Year today at the 28th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton. It was a landmark victory for Metallica’s front man who has a passion for custom automobiles. His 1937 Ford was a top five finalist at last year’s event.

Designed by Hetfield and Rick Dore with paint and body artistry by Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio, “Slow Burn” edged out of top class field of customs including Scott Bonowski’s ’50 Merc from Signal Hill, Richard Zocchi’s ’68 Dodge Polara from Walnut Creek, Lionel Duran’s ’60 Buick from Salinas and Dore’s other entry – a candy blue 1950 Cadillac.

With a unique blend of concourse style elegance and traditional custom flare, Hetfield’s Auburn had the crowd cheering. This marked the first time the car had been shown outdoors. The candy Rootbeer House of Kolor looked amazing in the bright sun as did all the brass, nickel plated brightwork courtesy of Sherm’s plating. The one off Colorado Custom Wheels were designed by Hetfield himself. The tandem of Definitive Audio and Bob Divine handled the roadster’s leather upholstery to masterful specs. Keith Dean designed the Carson Top.

In winning the West Coast Custom of the Year award, Hetfield will be presented with a custom toolbox from Snap On wrapped with a vinyl picture of the award winning car. He was also presented with a gorgeous billet aluminum plate designed and machined by Goodguys and Pleasanton Tool.

The car will be featured in full color in the June Goodguys Gazette.

West Coast Customs Joins the Party!

March 24, 2010

West Coast Customs, the famous Corona, California based Custom shop will bring their popular “Car Showcase” exhibit to the Del Mar Nationals and Orange County Get-Together this Spring. The popular exhibit will feature all kinds of exciting cars and props, including the WCC “Wrench Rod” 1930 ford model A sport coupe, the Rockstar Energy drink 1968 Pontiac GTO, Sylvester Stallone’s 1955 Ford F100, Gary Dourdan’s (CSI Las Vegas) 1968 Dodge Charger as well as several other famous rides!

West Coast Customs is known worldwide from the popularity of their TV show “Street Customs” which airs on TLC and Discovery Channel. To see more visit

New Mighty Muscle Award from Billet Specialties!

March 23, 2010

Check out this awesome new billet aluminum award from Billet Specialties! The all-new for 2010 Mighty Muscle award is presented to an outstanding Muscle Car parked inside the Mighty Muscle special parking area at all 2010 National events. The new award is black anodize and polished aluminum sure to look good on your mantle! Got a muscle car? Park it in the Mighty Muscle corral and you might be lucky enough to take home this award courtesy of Billet Specialties!

28th All American Get-Together on tap This Weekend in Pleasanton!

March 23, 2010

The Bay Area’s longest running rod & custom event, the Goodguys 28th All American Get-Together comes to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds this weekend! The event provides a blissful escape for thousands of Bay Area and Western U.S. car nuts who will come from all over to be a part of the scene.

The event features over 3,000 American powered rods, customs, classics, trucks and late models sprawled throughout the entire acreage of the beautiful fairgrounds. A spectacular indoor show will feature the world’s top custom cars as they compete for the Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year award. Vendor exhibits, a swap meet & cars for sale corral, arts & crafts, model car show and live entertainment will also be featured throughout the weekend.

The local forecast is calling for sunny skies and a high of 72 for Saturday and sunny and 70 for Sunday! It’s going to be a spectacular weekend for the 28th annual All American Get-Together! Be there!

Event Hours:
Sat 8-5
Sun 8-4

Adults $17
Kinds 7-12: $6
Fairgrounds parking: $8

Show & Shine Fees:
Weekend Entry: $60 (includes car & two people)
Sunday Only $40
Car Corral – Same as Show & shine
Swap Meet – Spaces are $65 – first come first serve

Swap Meet Set Up Hours: FRIDAY: 2PM – 7PM • ENTER GATE 12

Check out the event website for more event information!