Call it what you will; Paris of the Plains or the Barbecue Capitol of the World, Kansas City means many things to many people. But for hot rodders, there is only one thing that comes to mind, and that's when the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association comes to town.

The Goodguys have brought their special brand of hot rodding to the Kansas City area for eight years running and they set up shop in the Kansas Speedway facility, a 1.5-mile tri-oval used for everything from the Indy Racing League to various NASCAR races.

When the Goodguys take it over, the speedway still gets used as a racing facility because all day long you can go for 180-mph rides around the track in a NASCAR-type race car. A little too fast for some, you can still test your nerve on the Street Challenge Auto Cross Course-a specially designed twisty, curvy road course marked off by orange cones on an asphalt parking lot where drivers of their own cars compete against the clock for the fastest time. This facet of the Goodguys shows is starting to draw a crowd and we can see where this type of competition could become very popular.

As with most Goodguys shows, there is an area set up for swap meet (and the Kansas event has a pretty good one) plus both indoor and outdoor displays for hot rod aftermarket parts manufacturers and dealers. The indoor vendors were the lucky ones this year as Mother Nature did come and visit the speedway during the event twice, and the Goodguys staff hunkered around the live Doppler radar in the show office to see what the weather was going to deliver and when.

But the crowd who attends this show (mostly locals from Kansas, but a surprising amount of folks from Colorado too) are used to weather anomalies, and they took it all in stride. As many of them can attest, rain won't melt these cars, so when it stopped they just wiped it down, opened the hood, and went on their way.

The event is open to cars and trucks up to 1972, and finalists for the Goodguys' Muscle Car of the Year, Custom Rod of the Year, Muscle Machine of the Year, and Truck of the Year are all picked at this event.

Dave Lane, from FastLane Hot Rods, was chosen by Goodguys to head up their Builder's Choice Awards at this event, and Kansas was also the site for the 7th of 10 installments of the Turtle Wax/STREET RODDER Top 100 program, where 10 lucky owners and their cars are picked to be included in a contest for STREET RODDER's Online Street Rod of the Year plus a grand prize of a new Model A chassis from Total Cost Involved Engineering. For more on the contest visit www.streetrodderweb.com.

All in all, it's not a bad way to spend a couple of days-hanging out with old friends, making new ones, looking at a few thousand cool cars, scouring the swap meet-who could ask for a better weekend?

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