If you’re not from the SoCal area you may have never heard of it, but Hootenanny comes to town around the Fourth of July every year, and is one of the best mixes of music, culture and custom vehicles there is to offer. In the nineteen years of Hootenanny, many have tried to duplicate its recipe for success, but none have succeeded.

This year, our friends at Hot Rod were a title sponsor, along with Sullen Clothing and Lucky Thirteen Clothing. We figured we’d jump in and check it out from a magazine perspective as well, instead us just enjoying the music and a few cold ones like past years. Local heroes Social Distortion and Face to Face headlined the show and were the crowd pleasers that they always have been.

And speaking of the crowd, it was one of the best ones ever. Every few steps we ran into someone we knew from the industry or one of the truck clubs (or both). And unlike most shows, where the celebrities hide out backstage or in a tour bus, they were seemingly everywhere. The majority of the day was spent standing around solving the world’s problems with the likes of Johnny Knoxville, Art Mann, Riki Rachtman, and a whole host of musicians. All of whom seemed to be into old trucks!

We finally made way to the show area to see how well our truck brethren was represented. Although the show has a strict policy of ’64 and older traditional-built vehicles only, we definitely found some cool stuff to check out, even if it was a bit out of our wheelhouse. If you’re comin’ our way for the holiday and this show is up your alley, be sure and check it out. www.thehootenanny.com