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Hot Rod Week


Hot Rod Week is back and better than ever for 2012! Four big days of guided driving tours to shops and places of interest in the San Francisco Bay Area and other close by regions in Northern California is what it’s all about! Hot Rod Week serves as a fun activity for locals as well as out of town visitors attending the annual West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. Everybody is welcome to come along!


Monday 20th August - Sacramento Area

Hot Rod Week 2012 opens with an 80 mile trip up to California’s Capital City! The first stop will be a visit with our good friend Darold Kohout and the gang at Sacramento Vintage Ford to see what they’re up to. Then it’s over to R.C. Hobbies for a look at one of the world’s foremost collections of model trains, planes, slot cars, boats and more! From R.C. we’ll head to Gary Matranga’s place to see his collection of rods & race cars before our final stop of the day at Tim Lohey’s Rod Shop in Rio Linda

Sacramento Vintage Ford
2484 Mercantile Drive, Rancho Codova, CA95742

RC Country Hobbies
6011 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819

Gary Matranga's Car Collection
2020 Railroad Drive, Sacramento, CA 95815-3515

Tim Lohey's Rod Shop
6312 W 2nd Street, Rio Linda, CA 95673-4129


Tuesday 21st August - East Bay

Day two we’ll head to California’s fertile San Joaquin valley to visit Street Rods Plus in Lodi (home of the Lodi Mini Nats – Gary “Goodguy’s” first ever hot rod show in 1973), then Mustang’s Plus in Stockton before ending the day at Leonard Lopez’ Dominator Street Rods in Tracy, CA. Dominator’s spotless and state of the art facility always has some amazing builds coming together!

Street Rods Plus
400 N Cluff Ave, Lodi, CA 95240-0767

Mustangs Plus
2353 N Wilson Way, Stockton, CA 95205

Dominator Hot Rod Shop
4130 Commercial Drive, Tracy, CA 95304-1609


Wednesday 22nd August - South Bay

The internationally famous Silicon Valley is the backdrop for day three and kicks off with a stop at Jeff Twitchell’s Hot Rod Service Company in Campbell, CA. Known for his expertise in engine building and engineering, Jeff will have some V8 eye candy and cool hot rods to gawk at. From there we’ll head down historic highway 17 to the scenic Scotts Valley region to Bruce Canepa Design to see what cutting edge motorsport projects they’re working on. We’ll end the day by heading back to Campbell for a stop at Campbell Auto Restoration and High Performance Center. These guys specialize in hi performance muscle cars!

Hot Rod Service Company
1090 Florence Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Canepa Design
4900 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4208

Campbell Auto Restoration & High Performance Centre
260 Cristich Lane, Campbell, CA 95008-5416


Thursday 23rd August - East Bay

The amazing Hot Rod Week journey wraps up with a tour of the Livermore valley. First up is the state of the art showroom of CTR Motors. See over 50 classic automobiles for sale! Everything from European sports cars to beefy American Muscle is available here. Craig Hill’s Top of the Hill Performance Center is next up. Since 1988, Top of the Hill has specialized in the complete building, restoring, repairing and maintaining of all types of performance vehicles. We’ll then head over to Rich Moore’s Revolution Rod & Custom.

CTR Motors
950 N Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551

Top of the Hill Performance Centre
410B Longfellow Court, Livermore, CA 94550

Revolution Rod & Custom
3547 First Street, Livermore


For maps of the routes to be travelled please click the following link:

Friday, August 24th through Saturday August 25th it’s time for the Goodguys 26th West Coast Nationals. An entire weekend of good times is on hand for the silver anniversary of the West Coast Nationals! Be there or be square!