All American 23rd Annual East Coast Indoor Nationals

If it’s the first weekend in December you know nearly 300 of the finest cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be gathering at the Cow Palace on the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. This year was no different. The East Coast Indoor Nationals is billed as “the largest indoor Pre-73 all American car and custom motorcycle show on the East coast” and it lives up to its title.

East Coast Indoor Nationals Car Show

Some of the first cars that you encountered at this year’s car show were also some of the best. Chip Hoynitski had his custom 1934 Ford, called The “69”er II, on display. Blast From the Past Street Rods took 2 years to build the recreation of the original that was built in 1962. Sitting next to Chip’s car was Mike Smyth’s equally impressive 1930 Ford Pickup. The color is a Candy Apple Spanish Gold over a Spanish Gold base coat.

Chip Hoynitski's 1934 FordMike Smyth's 1930 Ford Pickup

Every time my wife encounters Gary and Flo Garman’s 1955 Chevy Pickup, Sweet-N-Juicy, she swears she can smell watermelon. They do have a great themed display.

Gary and Flo Garman's 1955 Chevy Pickup Sweet-N-JuicyGary and Flo Garman's 1955 Chevy Pickup Sweet-N-Juicy

Have you ever seen Rodger Purdy Jr’s Pro Met 1961 Nash? This little Metropolitan packs a 540 ci Big Block, built by Henry Jackson Racing Engines, into the tiny package. Big meats out back requires the use of a wheelie bar.

Rodger Purdy Jr's 1961 Nash Metropolitan2012Dec01-East-Coast-Indoor-Nationals-33

My favorite vehicle at the East Coast Nationals had to be Nick and Toni Pinto’s 1940 Ford 2 Door Sedan. Known as “Lookn 40”, this beautiful custom was a Great 8 Ridler Award Finalist. Were you there? What was your favorite?

Nick and Toni Pinto's 1940 Ford 2 Door "Lookn 40"Nick and Toni Pinto's 1940 Ford 2 Door "Lookn 40"

One of the quirkiest vehicles on the show floor had to be Steve and Anne Chandler’s 1951 Chevy “Boogie” Bus. This one part hippie one part gypsy bus is all fun. It even has a pot bellied stove for heat!

Steve and Anne Chandler's 1951 Chevy "Boogie" BusSteve and Anne Chandler's 1951 Chevy "Boogie" BusSteve and Anne Chandler's 1951 Chevy "Boogie" BusSteve and Anne Chandler's 1951 Chevy "Boogie" Bus

Bubba’s Garage even saw some friends on the show floor. John and Anne Edwards’ 1939 Ford Truck was sporting a slick new wood bed. Kirby Place was once again showing his 1969 Mustang Mach-I.

John and Anne Edwards' 1939 Ford TruckKirby Place's 1969 Ford Mustang Mach-I

There were many rides that had great custom paint jobs. Race cars always scream for some airbrushing. Jim and Kathy Swagler’s 1955 Chevy, “Father Time”, is both beautiful and scary at the same time. But for something a bit more traditional check out the lace work on the 1928 Essex built by C&C Customs of Fredericksburg, VA.

Jim and Kathy Swagler's 1955 Chevy "Father Time"C&C Customs' 1928 Essex

Want something interesting for your ride but just can’t think of a design right now? How about grabbing a Sharpie and doodling up something cool? Steve Mele’s Pro Street Camaro was drawn by “Pinstripe Cloris” Dunlop.

Steve Mele's Pro Street "Sharpie" CamaroSteve Mele's Pro Street "Sharpie" Camaro

What if you don’t like paint? Paul Guerre-Chaley’s 1952 Chevy rat rod and trailer had more rust than paint. Many panels were made from old license plates. Very photogenic though.

Paul Guerre-Chaley's 1952 ChevyPaul Guerre-Chaley's 1952 ChevyPaul Guerre-Chaley's 1952 ChevyPaul Guerre-Chaley's 1952 Chevy

Many vintage racers were on hand including Rick & Terri Osburn’s 1938 Chevy Pickup Gasser and Gordy Ford’s 1937 Chevy.

Rick and Terri Osburn's 1938 Chevy Pickup GasserGordy Ford's 1937 Chevy

East Coast Drag Times Hall of Famer Johnny Rocca had his 1949 Mercury “Ironhorse” on display for everyone to see.

Johnny Rocca's 1949 Mercury "Ironhorse"Johnny Rocca's 1949 Mercury "Ironhorse"

The East Coast Indoor Nationals also has bikes. Here are a couple photos of the more than a dozen rides available. “Orange Juiced” was built by Mark Irvin this year. “Horse With No Name”, a 1966 Ironhead, was built by Charm City Choppers.

Mark Irvin's 2012 "Orange Juiced"1966 Ironhead "Horse With No Name"

I am lucky enough to have a great wife who loves cars almost as much as I do. Icing on the cake for her were all the vendors at The East Coast Indoor Nationals. One of her new favorite vendors is The Top Shelf Online. Why does she love them? Because they are an authorized Trophy Queen Kustoms dealer! She has now started a small collection of their bags.

Peg and Bubba Harmon of BG CustomsThe Top Shelf Online - Trophy Queen

These photos of the East Coast Indoor Nationals are only a fraction of the photos we have available. Go to our photo site, BG Customs Photography, to see more.