When it come to old car events, Goodguys is the number one organizer - they aren't exaggerating when they call themselves "America's favorite car show." The Del Mar Nationals is a little more than 100 miles down the coast from the Wilwood headquarters in Camarillo, CA, which makes it our home show. Wilwood representatives are at motorsports and collector car events around the country every weekend, but when one of them happens locally, it draws even more of our crew.
The big Wilwood trailer was there displaying all our latest and greatest brakes, manned by our product experts just waiting to answer any questions you might have. Other members of the crew were just there to chat about cars, take pictures, and see what the newest trends were after being stuck at home for months with everything cancelled because of Covid.
Laura Wright, aka Chevy Chick from Instagram, was also in our booth with her 1973 Chevy Camaro "Olive." She recently won our month long social media contest looking for the favorite Wilwood equipped car/owner out of a field of 64. You can check out all the builds she bested here: Wilwood 2022 Brake Bracket Challenge.
Looking around, it seems every other car had Wilwood brakes. No matter if we were looking at the classic cruisers, muscle cars, hot rods, or autocross racers, most cars with wheels that let you see the brakes were rocking Wilwood rotors and calipers (and probably many of the brakes behind steel wheels that we couldn't see). Enthusiasts love Wilwood because of the amount of options we give them in brake kits, and the fact that most bolt on without any permanent modifications that might impact the value of your classic.
The skies were overcast and there was even some drizzle, but still, hundreds of cars showed up to show off and cruise the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Over at the autocross course, dozens of people made tires squeal as they attempted to get around the coned course as fast as possible without knocking over a pylon. One of our favorites is David Carroll's Chevy K5 Blazer that has traded in its all-terrain tires for a set of fat sticky Falken low profile street tires.
More than a few of the top prize winners were wearing Wilwood as well, including Steve Jones' 1966 Chevy C10 in black and red, which won a Meguiar’s Top 12 finalist spot as the LMC Truck of the Year Late. Both of these trucks are in the slideshow below.
Here are some of our other favorites: