All we SR staffers love Goodguys events and all have favorites we vie for when planning our travel assignments each season. Well, I was lucky enough to snag the Southeastern Nats in this last go-round, and I was pretty excited since I'd missed it for the past four or five seasons.

Charlotte's a great place for a street rod gathering, and Lowe's Motor Speedway a perfect venue--boy, was it great to be back. Though after a rather damp Great American nationals up in Pennsylvania the month before, I kinda felt as though I'd dragged a bit of liquid sunshine along with me. Luckily, throngs of great folks and their awesome cars and trucks weren't about to let a bit of rain dampen their fun!

Walking through the rows of hot rods, customs, muscle cars, and classic trucks was a familiar enough experience. But getting to look around at the banked oval, expansive grandstands, and multi-story suites of the super speedway after missing so many seasons was refreshing, and the quality of vehicles was just as outstanding as I'd remembered! Thousands of awesome automotive works of art filled the infield, everything from Model As and Deuce roadsters to muscle cars and cool commercials. And though the weekend started out a bit on the damp side the gathering still featured well over 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and classic trucks through '72. There were countless vendor and exhibitor booths and a good-sized swap meet for automotive related parts and a car corral with a bunch of potential projects for sale too.

As is the case with all Goodguys get-togethers, there's also lots of fun available for the whole family with the Street Challenge Autocross, the Richard Petty Ride-Along, tech seminars, and of course, the always popular racetrack cruise. All in all, the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals were a blast--those that are regulars know it as fact, those that aren't, you don't know what you're missing! That said, let's take a look!

Turtle Wax Tech Tips
You only have to look at all the filth you cleared off the windshield with your wipers to imagine what your paintwork goes through. Bodywork is in the front line though, it's constantly attacked by grit, tar, oil and road grime. With this in mind, we asked the car care professionals at Turtle Wax for some tips on how to care for our cars and here are a few.

Recommendations:
* Look out for chips--the front of the car and sills are prone.
* Remove any bird droppings as soon as possible
* Use a Chipstick to stop rust in chips or scratches