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Pomona hosts inaugural Street Machine Nationals


The TT Camaro from Steve Strope’s Pure Vision, powered by a 1,400 Nelson Racing engine, will be displayed | Strope Pure Vision
The TT Camaro from Steve Strope’s Pure Vision, powered by a 1,400 Nelson Racing engine, will be displayed | Strope Pure Vision

A new event for street rod, pro-touring, custom and muscle car fans debuts March 22-23 when the O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals takes over the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., bringing the popular Midwest car show to the West Coast for the first time.

More than 1,000 performance machines and show cars are expected for the inaugural event, which is presented by Lucas Oil and billed as “America’s Car Show.” The Nationals will present cars and trucks from professional builders and rarely seen muscle cars from private collections. But it’s also an interactive event with local car collectors and hobbyists invited to bring their own muscle cars and street machines.

Everybody’s invited to enter a special car in the event | Street Machine Nationals
Everyone’s invited to enter a special car | Street Machine Nationals

Not only can owners bring their special cars for display, they can take part in a number of activities, such as autocross competitions, Mickey Thompson Tires Burnout Contests, the Dyno Challenge and special outdoor cruising lanes for styling and profiling. More than 40 judged show awards will be presented. For entry information, see www.StreetMachineAndMuscleCarNationals.com.

A Pro Builders Pavilion headlines the Nationals with some of the hottest magazine feature cars from the country’s top builders. The pavilion will be anchored by the Chip Foose Experience, which will include the P-32 Roadster, built in the style of rat rods and World War II fighter planes, and the exotic custom supercar Hemisfear.

So-Cal Speed Shop will present a number of fantasy cars at the pavilion, including John De Vine’s LS7-powered 1966 Chevelle; Richard Varner’s 675-horsepower So-Cal Coyote Roadster; Jimmy Shine’s 1934 Ford Pick-Up; and the 1961 Caddy Coupe De Ville owned by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

Chip Foose's intense Hemisfear street rod | Chip Foose Design
Chip Foose’s intense Hemisfear street rod | Chip Foose Design

“Customs from the big name builders just keep pouring in, and we are thrilled to have a Pro Builders Pavilion packed with vehicles from so many of the industry’s top names including Chip Foose and Jimmy Shine,” said Jessica Kirchner, marketing manager for Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals. “This is a great place for car fans to see these iconic vehicles up-close and even meet some famous builders.”

Other show features include the Performance Midway with vendors’ products and services on display, celebrity autograph sessions, live music by Queen Nation and Joshua Tree, and a Miss Street Machine Nationals contest.

The Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals is the latest automotive event held on the site of the famed Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show, an event that takes place seven times a year, the next one April 13.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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