Car enthusiasts of all ages will converge on downtown Puyallup this weekend for the 26th annual Goodguys Wesco Autobody Supply Pacific Northwest Nationals car show at the Washington State Fair Events Center.
The three-day extravaganza is expected to bring 2,500 vintage automobiles through 1972 and about 20,000 people to town.
Car shows are some of the largest and most sought-after pastimes that define our country’s culture. I haven’t attended one of this magnitude in my life, but I have fond memories of attending car shows at the Bremerton National Airport and Bucks A&W restaurant in Port Orchard as I grew up during the 1980s and ’90s.
I’ll be out of town when the Goodguys show takes place this year, but I’ll plan to make the short walk from the office when it returns next summer to witness the wide assortment of vehicles from all over the country.
George and Carol Marten, who were the event directors of the show from 1986-2012, said it’s come a long way since its infancy. In 1986, 800 vehicles were part of the show; that number increased to 2,600 by last year.
“It is a good thing for the City of Puyallup,” George Marten said last July. “It brings a lot of people to town.”
This year’s celebration will feature a poker run on Thursday night, drag races at Pacific Raceways in Kent on Friday and live bands on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call 253-845-1771 or visit www.good-guys.com. Tickets can be purchased at the Washington State Fair Events Center.
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