Golden State Nationals Oct. 3-5

Auto Events Calender
-A +A
More than 1,800 pre-1977 street rods, street machines, customs, trucks and specialty vehicles will be at the National Street Rod Association’s seventh annual Golden State Nationals, Oct. 3-5. The event will start every day at 8:30 a.m. at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The Memphis-based association is the world’s largest street rod sport sanctioning organization with more than 53,000 members world wide. The Over the Hill Gang of Sacramento will assist with the event, representing Sacramento as the official host club. According to Jerry Kennedy — special events director for the association, and coordinator for the event — vehicles in attendance will have a collective value of more than $45 million dollars. The average vehicle is worth $10,000 to $35,000 and have been modified to include the most modern of safety and comfort features including four-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, tilt steering, cruise control, exotic stereo systems and more. The public is invited to view the hundreds and hundreds of rods and machines; manufacturers and commercial exhibits; Women’s World arts and crafts fair; streets of rods; special tether car display; model car contest for all ages; rodders quilt contest; live entertainment; food and more. Tickets for the event are $14 for adults, $5 for children (6-12) and children under 5 are free. Newcastle Cruise Night show Sept. 25 The Newcastle Cruise Night fall series continues from 5-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept.. 25 at the Denny’s restaurant, 681 Newcastle Road. The Thursday show will have one more date on Oct. 23 and features a 50/50 raffle and a DJ. There are no registration or entry fees and the show is open to pre-1974 cars and trucks. For more information, contact Alex Blanca at (916) 663-2179. Calling cars for annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars One of the area’s annual vintage car events is looking for a few cool cars. The 15th annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, on Pacific Street in Rocklin. Last year, nearly 200 classic cars from California and Nevada competed in the event. This time around, event organizers are hoping to build on that success. Cars will be judged in four categories, including “Best in Show.” Participants are encouraged to sign up early due to limited space. Entries are $30. Though the cars are the stars of the show, there are plenty of other activities for the whole family to enjoy including a chili cook-off, chili eating contest, bobbing for jalapenos competition, hula hoop contest, rock climbing wall, balloons and face painting. For more information about entering a car or a chili in the Rocklin Hot Chili and Cool Cars event, contact the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce at (916) 624-2548, or visit Gold Country Motoring welcomes submissions for the Auto Events Calendar — including car shows, rallies and swap meets. You may mail them to Gold Country Motoring, c/o Andrew DiLuccia, 1030 High Street, Auburn, CA 95604 or fax to (530) 887-1231. You may also e-mail submissions to