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Ventura Nationals 2013

8:00 AMDollie DeVille

Last month we went to the 11th annual Ventura Nationals (formerly Primer Nationals). We have been going since 2005. In my opinion, it is the best car show in Southern California. It takes place every year on Labor Day weekend at the Ventura Fairgrounds. It is right next to the beach so the weather is always perfect. Not only are the best cars, trucks, bikes and trailers there, but there are also great live bands, vendors, and food trucks. We always have a great time and this year was no exception!

Some of the great vendors this year, KoolsUSATrophy Queen, and My Baby Jo. There was so much great shopping to be had!

Classic Hardware had the most eye-catching booth for sure. So many pretty colorful baubles to see! It was great to be able to catch up with Karyn Cantor too! 

I also got to meet Kim Steward (right) of Nudeedudee and Jessica Snell (center) of Rockin' B Clothing. Nudeedudee (above) makes vintage reproduction styles from the 40's and 50's. Kim picks some of the best fabrics and cuts for her line. Her clothing is of the highest quality and impeccably made. I wanted one of everything! 

Rockin' B Clothing is a western wear line featuring figure hugging cuts, western florals and intricate details. These are the best vintage inspired western outfits I have seen for women. Everything was done perfectly. Jessica told me all about how she makes the garments herself (in California) on vintage machines. You can see the love and care that goes into each garment. I definitely need to get something from her soon! 

I especially loved touring the vintage trailers as well. We can't wait to get one of our own to refurbish! 

Reverend Martini is in charge of booking the bands and she always does a great job. This year Rumble King, Gambler's Mark, Nikki Hill and Big Sandy played. We heard the first two bands but I didn't get any pictures. I made sure that I was front row for Nikki and Matt Hill though! 

Nikki always puts on the best show. She has been busy touring a lot and she is only getting better and better. Even people who have never seen her before are quickly won over by her strong vocals, high energy and enthusiasm. When she is paired with Matt Hill on guitar they are unstoppable! This was the first time I had heard some of their new songs and I was blown away!

She rocked so hard she broke her heel right off. That is rock and soul, baby!

Big Sandy was the headliner for the event. They put on a great show as always. Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are celebrating 25 years together and I couldn't be happier for him. After the show Karen (Reverend Martini) and Robert's mother, Angel, brought up a cake to the stage for him.  It was so nice! I am so lucky that Big Sandy lives in Los Angeles because that way I get to see him all the time. 

What a perfect day! The weather was so nice. 

Zack hanging out with the guys from Thirteen Stars. They used to be our favorite band. I wish they still played together! 

I love this vintage playsuit I got from Tiki Oasis in 2012. This was my first chance to wear it! 

After the car show was over Zack and I went to check out the new tiki bar that just opened in town, Ventiki. We were pleasantly surprised. The bar was decorated really well, the staff was great, and the drinks were super yummy. We loved it! Check it out if you are ever in Ventura.


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  1. What a marvelous outting! I love your playsuit, and must admit I could lose a lot of $$ on Nudeedudee clothing.

  2. Delightful! Looks like tons of fun! I grew up in Ventura, but have yet to go to this event--think I'll go next year!

  3. You look fabulous, I love the pics and it looks like everyone had a great time!

  4. I always tried to see a vintage car show like above in UK, but I never ever get chance to participate in any vintage car show. My dreams came true before few days where my friend invited me to join them in Manchester Classic Car Show which was scheduled on 21-22 September I really enjoyed such event.


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