With the sounds of Tom Kelly and the Hilseas, The Moontones, and Eddie and The Scorpions wafting throughout the Ventura County Fairgrounds, hundreds of local aficionados ogled and admired quite the assortment of over 700 collectible and antique cars, motorcycles, while enjoying live music, vendors, food, and more; in what the promoter of the show referred to as a “traditional-inspired hot rod, custom and vintage motorcycle show that welcomes the entire family to come see classic cars and enjoy the lifestyle.” The 2019 iteration of the Ventura Nationals inspired attendees, and afforded the car and motorcycle-loving throngs the opportunity to see some unique and quality cars, trucks, and bikes and leave the venue feeling satiated - it provided just the fix of adrenaline needed, at least until next year!
With several featured vehicles from Hollywood sets and cinema, the 18th annual rendition of the show offered looks at custom rebuilds, like the pictured maroon Cadillac Coup, candy-apple Harley ‘73 Ironhead , the ‘49 royal purple Mercury, and the near flawless ‘66 Sangria Triumph T-100 built by Anthony Robinson, among so many other beauties.
Not only did motorheads get to groove to the rockabilly sounds of headliner Jesse Dayton while perusing and admiring the vast array of collectables, they can also be happy in the fact that their attendance and support raised dollars for The Lost Children’s Project, a Southern California non-profit that provides funds for low-income, foster, and at-risk youth after-school programs - all proceeds from the car raffle go towards that end.
Congratulation to James Luther for taking home the ChopCult award painted by Mr. Rhythm and Brian Prieto. Full feature coming soon.
Big thanks to Aaron and Holly for allowing ChopCult to continue to support their fantasic event.Go to venturanationals.com for information on next year's event and give the Ventura Nationals a follow on Facebook and Instagram.
Photos and article by Johnathon Martin /@johnathonmartin