If you have never tagged along for Hot Rod Week the week before the West Coast Nationals, you have missed out. It's a killer opportunity to see some of NorCal's best shops, biggest collections and cruise the highways with 200 other rods and customs! Me, I get to do all four days. Ain't work a bitch? Anyway, we are stopping at Alex's shop on that Wednesday and then immediately to Dennis Varni's insane collection (right around the corner) of hot rods, land speed cars and cool shit! Here's the blurb from the Goodguys website... Hot Rod Week 2011, August 22-25 The excitement is starting to build for the 25th West Coast Nationals August 26-28 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds! It all gets started Monday, August 22nd with the start of Hot Rod Week! Hot Rod Week is a special 4-day guided driving tour to shops and places of interest in the San Francisco Bay Area and other close by regions in Northern California. Hot Rod Week serves as a fun activity for locals as well as out of town visitors attending the annual West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. Four jam-packed days of hot rodding fun are on tap this year! No registration is required and there is no fee! Just show up at the Pleasanton Hilton at 8am each morning, get a tour map and head off with the pack to join the Hot Rod Week Fun! All tours leave the back parking lot of the Hilton at 8:30am sharp! Monday 8/22 San Francisco Peninsula Hot Rod Week 2011 opens with a short drive over to the peninsula to the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. This astounding collection of flying machines will appeal to all hot rodders and gear heads! Hiller Aviation is where the first ever helicopter was manufactured! From there well head to Roy Brizio Street Rods and their amazing Hot Rod factory to see what theyre up to. Next door to Brizios is the Sanderson Headers factory which is always a cool tour. Tuesday 8/23 Sacramento Area Day two well head to Californias Capitol City, long a hot bed for hot rodding, with stops at American Past Times Hot Rod Shop, Rods R Us, Blue Collar Customs, the Gearhead Garage and finally to Roseville Rod & Custom builders of several Goodguys Terrific 12 award winning vehicles. This will be a full day of great cruisin, great shops and lots of highway miles! Wednesday 8/24 South Bay Area The Hot Rod Week tour moves to the Silicon Valley for day three and kicks off with a stop at Gambino Kustoms. Known for traditional hot rods and elaborate flake and pearl paint schemes, host Alex Gambino will make yall feel right at home. From Gambinos well head north to San Jose to take a look at Dennis Varnis Speed Nymph Garage featuring his record setting Bonneville race cars and other exciting toys like his AMBR winning 29 Ford roadster. Dick Delunas Toy Box collection is up next which features an extensive array of cars and motorized machines. Well finish up the day at the spectacular Sparkys Hot Rod Garage and Event Center in San Carlos for a look at collector Joe Bullocks private collection. Thursday 8/25 East Bay Hot Rod Week 2011 wraps up with a tour of the East Bay Muscle Cars facility in the delta community of Brentwood. See their multi-award winning 70 Mustang logo car plus other cutting edge projects including hot rods. From Brentwood well head west to Concord to visit Andys Tee Shirts! Andys has been printing Goodguys event tee shirts and thousands of other colorful hot rod shirts for over 30 years! Well end the tour at the Hot Rod Garage of Randy Driskell. See his shop and an amazing collection of old hot rod parts and neon signs! Friday, August 26 through Sunday August 28th its time for the Goodguys 25th West Coast Nationals. An entire weekend of good times is on hand for the silver anniversary of the West Coast Nationals!