The weather starts getting drier, the temps creep up, but it’s not really spring until a Goodguys event kicks off the car show season in Southern California. Yep, it’s that time of the year again, and even though SoCal winters don’t involve snow blowers or ice scrapers, we still get excited about spring just like the rest of the country.

This year, Goodguys switched things up a bit by passing on the Costa Mesa event and adding a second Del Mar show later in the season. This seemed to ratchet up the attendance as evidenced by the thousands of cars strewn about the scenic seaside fairgrounds. There was a huge vendor area, a parts corral, beautiful cars, ugly food, and our favorite: the petite, yet always exciting autocross.

With the Costa Mesa event gone, the annual Editor’s Shootout Autocross was moved south. And this year they decided to give editors who can’t build fast cars a chance by not allowing personal cars and mandating that each editor make a lap in a donated Ford, Mopar, and Chevy. Clutches were smoked, parts busted, and several cars sidelined, but in the end Camaro Performers magazine staffer, Mary Pozzi, took the prize, giving us our fourth straight win.

On the car show side, Camaros were well represented with F-bodies taking top honors in several categories.

Add in sunshine, and the result was three days of automotive nirvana.

We can just tell it’s going to be a great season!