Words and Photos By Sherm Porter
Hall of Fame Members Induction &
With many attendees arriving on Thursday and Friday, the weekend is in full swing. The famed Santa Maria Inn is overflowing with beautiful custom works of art, selfies are being shot with the many celebrities on hand and everyone is waiting for the annual Cruisin’ Broadway to kick off…
At the Inn, the Annual Hall of Fame Members Induction dinner is held, ending in time for the Cruisin’. This year, famed customizers John Aiello and Oz Welch were welcomed into the elite group of 49 members.
Enjoy the photographs captured during the dinner as well as the Cruisin’ Broadway display!
As the sun rose in the east, 100’s of beautiful customs, hot rods, classics, and pickups pulled in the gate at the Santa Maria Fairpark greeted by the ‘Gate Keeper’ aka Chip Chipman. The beautiful location quickly became full as more than 800 entries found a favorite spot. Clubs erected canopies for the families; many with signs identifying said club.
Several buildings were full of vendors, pinstriping displays with artists preparing one-off pieces for the annual auction, model car displays, bicycle displays, roller skating and more. There were food booths located on the main street offering many local favorites. Bands provided live music throughout the day for all to enjoy.
Sunday featured a swap meet as well, providing yet another dimension to this outstanding event. Awards were presented Sunday afternoon, wrapping up another year…see you at the 36th Annual West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals….May 26-28, 2017!