Will-I-Am Oh-sha and Davis are not in the Galaxie Studio but in Oxnard, Calif. after the Ventura Nationals. We talk some event coverage, latest updates, don’t name your business “OK,” and more!
The Ventura Nationals annual show is probably one of the best outdoor traditional hot rod, custom and motorcycle show of the year. We make it “a must see” event each year and this one was probably our 8th time. The coastal fairgrounds in Ventura, California is an ideal location right off the freeway and the Pacific Ocean. We came up like last year, on a Friday. But this time we had no Los Angeles traffic. Labor Day fell a week later than usual and we think the timing with public schools and vacations put the damper on street traffic. We made it to our motel in Oxnard inside 2 hours, a new record. We went back to the photography and art show held at the Majestic Theater in downtown Ventura on Friday night.
We opted out of the $30 cab ride this time however to downtown Ventura. Davis was determined to keep a clean slate for the remainder of the night. We met show promoters, Holly Gollob and her husband, Aaron Stein out front of the theatre. They couldn’t believe it has been another year in the making for this annual event. This time they had the street blocked off to through traffic and that helped with photos and areas for conversation. The raffle car built by Aaron Valencia from Lancaster, CA for the show day was out front as well. It was a chopped 1936 Ford coupe outfitted with white custom interior, small-block Chevy engine and painted dark burgundy red. We’d have more pictures and information about this car if we had won it. Raffle tickets were $20 each and you didn’t even have to be present to take ownership.
We got to speak with Aaron briefly and he was already considering building a 1953 Chevy for next year’s raffle. I mentioned that his projects seem to grow every year with larger cars. Last year it was a 1931 Ford roadster and this year was the ’36 Ford coupe. Regardless of his decisions, we’ll make sure to enter the raffle because it goes to a good cause to benefit The Lost Angels Childrens Project. Again, all proceeds were divided equally for two charities, the Grace Resource Center and the Union Rescue Mission to help kids living in homeless shelters in Los Angeles. Aaron had a personal attachment to these facilities and he’s giving back to the community that helped him. That’s good car kharma. Inside the theatre, they had some photography prints for sale, some paintings and a few three dimensional art pieces. Not quite as busy or full as last year, but still pretty cool.
After walking and eating at the local eateries in downtown, we headed back to the motel and crashed for the night. We actually slept in a bit, since traffic was so light and we had no problem with parking or entering the show by 10 a.m. on Saturday. Show day was perfect. Cool folks, cool tunes and all cool rides. This show brought back the Pedal Car and Stroller Contest which made a short parade behind Holly Gollob on her adult sized trike bike. This event does make it fun for everyone to get involved and appeal to family folks out for a great day at a car show. We finished up show day once again losing out on the car giveaway raffle. Everyone we talked to about it said the same thing, “I’d sell it and get a ______. If I won.” We’ll worry about those decisions later.
Once again, we missed Sunday’s Reliability Run up to Lake Casitas and the after party at Noble Fabrication. Maybe that’s because we don’t have a traditional hot rod to burn up the windy roads above Ventura. But if we won that ’36 Ford, we’d probably do it. Hell yeah, we’d do it.