The 2010 Goodguys car show season ended right where it began. Scottsdale, just east of Phoenix, was the site of the season-opening Spring Nationals in March and the big finale Southwest Nationals in November.
The weekend before Thanksgiving provides perfect hot rod weather in the middle of Arizona. With a climate that caters to year-round cruising (except when it’s too hot), it’s no surprise that Scottsdale boasts such a high number of hot rodders. Some of them are year-round residents and some are snowbirds migrating from chilly places to spend the winter someplace hot. Either way, the Southwest Nationals is their chance to keep driving their cars while hot rodders in the rest of the country are getting ready for hibernation. Whatever the weather’s like where you live, it’s hot in Scottsdale, and the hottest spot of all is WestWorld, where 2,000 hot rods, customs, trucks, and muscle cars get together for three days of fun.
Look carefully at these photos and you’ll notice that some cars are parked on grass and some are parked on pavement. The pavement is the upper area of the grounds, adjacent to the 100,000-square-foot Multipurpose Tent. Inside the Tent, an uncountable number of aftermarket manufacturer and vendor booths display their products. Outside the tent, Goodguys sets up its corrals for various categories (Ya Gotta Drive em and Homebuilt Heaven being two of our favorites) on Saturday and its winners’ circles on Sunday. The grass is the Polo Field, a 19-acre basin packed, for three days anyway, with more vehicles and more vendors. Up the hill on the far side of the Polo Field, buyers and sellers get together at the swap meet and Cars 4 Sale corral.
By the time you read this article, it’ll be time to head back to Scottsdale. The 2011 Goodguys season begins as soon as the cars start rolling into WestWorld for the Spring Nationals, held March 11-13. There may still be snow on the ground where you live, but it’s going to be hot in Scottsdale.