Each year the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association organizes dozens of mini nats, cruises, and get-togethers all over the country, but they hold only one Nationals, and for the past several years this annual event has been held at the sprawling Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Dustin Colclasure's '27 modified looked right to us. And we would like to have seen the 4.
The 13th Goodguys PPG Nationals, presented by Bridgestone, arrived along with the beginning of summer and some of the largest attendance figures Goodguys sees each year.
It's a full-service show, packed with all the extras you'd expect from Goodguys, although this year rain forced the cancellation of the Friday night drag races as well as the Autocross sessions.
But the damp weather didn't stop the three-day show from going on, or every available parking space in the facility from being occupied by customs, street rods, trucks, muscle cars, and nearly every other type of American-made hot rod from the turn of the century all the way up to, and including, 1972.
A lot of nice cars come out of the Springfield, OH, region, like Larry Donohoe's '46 Ford
As successful as the Goodguys Nationals is, organizers are looking at redesigning the event for next year to possibly include two days of autocross as well as incorporating the north side of the facility (where the northern end of the overhead tram ride is located) to park even more cars.
Manufacturers of aftermarket car parts, including everything from IFS systems for a '60s-era Camaro to steering components for Model A Fords, occupied booth space both outside and inside the huge Bricker Building (which boasts 3-1/2 acres under one roof). More deals could be found out in the swap meet area (one of the better swaps that can be found at any of the 23 annual Goodguys events), and we saw many folks carrying away just-purchased parts for future projects.
We liked Meade Baldwin's coupe-just the right amount of swagger to go with that genuine ho
There are a lot of awards (typically more than 60) handed out at Goodguys shows, such as a PPG Paint Pick or a Magnum Axle Real Hot Rod award, but some events, like this one, include a Builder's Choice award. The Goodguys pick a well-known hot rod builder and ask him to find 21 cars that he thinks best represent the hobby, and the honor at this event fell to NorCal's Roy Brizio, who has built some of the best high-quality hot rods in the past few decades.
The show is also one of the sites chosen by STREET RODDER to find 10 more winners in the magazine's hunt for its Top 100 program, sponsored by Painless Performance Products. The magazine goes to 10 events around the country and picks 10 winners at each show. Those 100 winners all compete in online voting at www.streetrodderweb.com to determine who will be named STREET RODDER's Street Rod of the Year.
Dave Theilen, from Coal Valley, IL, found a way to make his '39 Chevy coupe look smooth an
This is also the event where Goodguys announces their Street Rod of the Year. This time around five contestants, located from New Jersey to California, were in competition for the association's top award, and Jerry Magnuson and his stylish '32 Muroc roadster was crowned Goodguys '10 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year.
The butterscotch and champagne car (hand formed by the father-and-sons crew at Marcel's Custom Metal, and designed and built at Foose Design) had previously won the Street Rod d'Elegance Crown this spring at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals. Magnuson is better known to rodders for his "Magnacharger" supercharger kits and, as you might expect, there is an intercooled Magnacharger on the LS-1 under the hood of his ride.