A few years ago, we were at Cole Foster’s place in Salinas, CA when he started talking about all those “World Champion” t-shirts and general claims of strange, innocuous, grand, sweeping global conquerings made by just about anyone in the automotive world. “What the fuck,” Cole wondered, “World champion of what? What world? The whole fucking planet Earth? Maybe I’m a five-time world champion –– fuckit, I’m claiming World Champion.”
And so now, years later, the 2012 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is on like Donkey Kong. Car show, honest-to-gawd TT races, bike show and Cole told us last night that there are gonna be some good bands, too. The Highway Murderers can’t make it because they’re all in rehab (quitters!), but some good Central Coast acts will be there — and it’s on Cinco De Mayo, so there’s that.
And you’ll get to glimpse at least a few of the elusive Salinas Boys, Cole included. Which also means you’ll be able to get up close and personal with some of the most world-championest customs, lowriders, bikes and hot rods of our generation: Cole’s timeless ’54 Chevy, possibly Kirk Hammett’s ’36 Ford, Aaron Elliott’s bike, Rico Fodrey’s panhead, Jason Jessee’s late-model Crown Victoria–the Romantic Interceptor, Kutty Noteboom’s Hippy Killer, the Deadend Magazine Impala droptop, Brandon Casquilho’s Bud Light-n-DayQuil cocktail…the possibilities are endless. This is Cole Foster — you just can’t even imagine who might show up for this thing.
So, put this one on your list for this year’s car show plans. You already know you’ll be at whatever bullshit Goodguys show is in your area, maybe Santa Maria, prolly L.A. Roadsters, so change your game and be able to say you were at the very first World Championship back in 2012.
And before it’s all over, somebody is gonna be crowned World Champion. Believe that.