Returning to the Chicagoland Speedway for the second time in as many years, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association grabbed what good weather was available and put on a pretty nice shindig that showcased the best the Midwest has to offer.

Located about six miles from the famed Joliet Prison (a pre-Civil War facility that was used, among other things, as a backdrop for The Blues Brothers movie from 1980), the Chicagoland Speedway is a modern oval race facility that occupies 930 acres of land (twice the space devoted to NSRA's national event in Louisville) in the Northern section of the state of Illinois-more than enough space to hold a hot rod show.

But the weather has played havoc with the Goodguys' schedule in the past year, and has included torrential rains (Indy and Pocono) to near-miss devastating floods (Des Moines and Joliet). However, despite the dire forecasting, the actual three days set aside for the event in Joliet ended up being as perfect as you would want for an outdoor show.

The Goodguys took advantage of that and put together a happening that covered rod and customs up to 1972, which also included muscle cars and trucks, too. One of the best things about a Goodguys event is its diversity, not only between the pre-'49 entrants (you'll find lots of different nameplates at these shows), but newer types of hot rods, too, such as a super-clean Maverick parked next to a sano '54 Buick.

Street Rodder was also there, not only to cover the scene but to hand out ten more TOP 100 awards in the magazine's Street Rod of the Year competition, as presented by Turtle Wax (see more on how that program works at www.streetrodderweb.com).

Though these award-winners can be picked from anywhere on the event site, all they really have to be is cool, because whether it's glossy, primered, or even rusty metal, everyone is eligible to get one of our awards, as long as it sits and looks right. For the complete list of Goodguys events for 2009, check out their Web site at www.good-guys.com.

Turtle Wax Tech Tips
Rubbing & Polishing Compounds
Some of you may think you need a new paint job when all you really need is a paint rescue job, and a new life for your old finish. What's needed is a good quality rubbing and polishing compound that will rub away the top layers of oxidized film, as well as some paint on its way to restoring the paint to its factory condition.

Recommendations:
1) Be careful when applying-you don't want to break through to the primer coat.
2) For cars with conventional finishes, we recommend Turtle Wax Premium Rubbing Compound and Premium Polishing Compound.

To avoid staining the ground, apply Turtle Wax Wet n' Black Tire Shine.