If you’re a little confused about this being the first Goodguys event called the Lonestar Nationals, don’t be. For nearly two decades the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association has held an event with that name in Texas (back then they used the same site where the Dallas TV show was filmed at the imaginary Southfork Ranch) and, since 1996, it’s been held at the Texas Motor Speedway, just west of Ft. Worth.
The success of that Fall event has allowed Goodguys to expand the schedule of some of their shows to twice a year—hence this new springtime event (they’ve expanded schedules for the Pleasanton, Scottsdale, and Del Mar events, too).
Roger Burman’s Deuce five-window...
Roger Burman’s Deuce five-window stood out in the crowd. Besides the electric green paint, the ’32 is equipped with a 355/350 Chevy engine and trans combo.
Held about 25 miles from the downtown Dallas/Ft. Worth area, the location for the show is a grand one. They say everything in Texas is bigger; the Texas Motor Speedway, which hosts several NASCAR events throughout the year, can seat nearly 160,000 people. The infield of the banked oval track is quite large, too, and Goodguys makes good use of it organizing three days of hot rod–related festivities.
A well-stocked swap meet, a handful of buildings where manufacturers display the latest in hot rod equipment, and an autocross course set up to test the driving skills of both amateurs and pros alike were just some of the scheduled events.
With a contemporary red interior,...
With a contemporary red interior, Kenny Davis Jr.’s ’57 Chevy was a stand out, too. A 502/700-R4 combo gets the ride down the road.
But most of the space inside the speedway is for nearly 2,000 pre-’73 hot rods, and Goodguys has special parking areas (Trick Truck Corral, Mighty Muscle, Builder’s Choice) set aside for these special cars. As an added bonus, this show was chosen by STREET RODDER to be the first stop of 10 events for the magazine’s 2011 Top 100 program sponsored by Painless Performance, where one lucky rodder will be named STREET RODDER’s Street Rod of the Year. (For more on the Top 100 series, or to see more photos from this event, go to www.streetrodder.com).
Painless Performance Products presents STREET RODDER Top 100
For the Top 100 program, STREET RODDER attends 10 particular car shows each year and picks 10 vehicles at each to make up the Top 100. For more on where those shows are, check www.streetrodder.com
LED flashers are required in many vehicles because of the installation of LED tail and front turn signal assemblies. LEDs do not pull enough current to trip the bi-metallic strip in a conventional flasher like the 1187-style bulbs. LED flashers have built-in resistance to solve the problem.
There’s an old-school theme running through Jason Chandler’s ’64 Impala with its five-spoke wheels and 327 motor, but with the door handles removed, the big-inch wheels make it look more contemporary.
The autocross course the Goodguys set up at most of their shows sure is a fun way to spend some time, whether you’re driving or just watching the action. Rob Philips from Hotchkiss Sport Suspension was out in his ’68 C-10 truck ripping up the track with some fast times, as was Wade Faustmann’s ’34 Ford from Allen, TX, and “Duke” Roddy Jr.’s ’37 Ford OZE truck, which is equipped with a 383 stoker engine.
Doyle Thomas, Longview, TX...
Doyle Thomas, Longview, TX / 1955 Buick Doyle has a nice collection of cars, and his most recent addition is this convertible Buick that was built at Bobby Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop in Tennessee. They started with an Art Morrison chassis and added a Winters quick-change and a Keasler Racing 502 big-block. Paul Atkins did the tan ’n’ chrome interior in this one, too.
Bill Smith, Hockley, TX /...
Bill Smith, Hockley, TX / 1941 Willys coupe Dooley & Sons Hot Rods did the build for Bill Smith on this Willys, which is powered by a big 528 Hemi that is rated at 750 hp. There’s a custom frame under the ’glass body, and a light brown leather interior that makes it look more like a street car than a race car.
Jimmy Lewis, Grenada, MS /...
Jimmy Lewis, Grenada, MS / 1940 Ford DeLuxe coupe Smoothed up (without side trim and door handles), Jimmy Lewis’ ’40 is drenched in PPG red paint. Ronnie’s Hot Rods did most of the build, with JR’s Custom Interior creating the custom interior. Big 19- and 20-inch Intro wheels fit under the fenders, and a RideTech suspension system was used.
Rodney Harris, Leighton, AL...
Rodney Harris, Leighton, AL / 1932 Ford coupe Built by Alan Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, Rodney Harris’ three-window packs a punch under the hood with a 426 Ford V-8. Paul Atkins created the tan leather interior, and custom Classic Instruments gauges grace the dash.
Buck Wilson, McAlester, OK...
Buck Wilson, McAlester, OK / 1940 Mercury coupe Buck built his car and chopped the roof himself and also added a ’55 dash to the interior. A 390 is under the louvered hood (done in the ’60s) and he made his own running boards, too. About the only new item on the car is a Tremec five-speed trans.
Rosa & Curry Cross, McKinney,...
Rosa & Curry Cross, McKinney, TX / 1950 Chevy Lots of bodywork and fabrication went into this ride, which includes a 4-inch chop, a pancaked hood and trunk, and suicide doors. A 350/700-R4 engine and trans combo also went in, and a tan Ultraleather interior contrasts the black exterior paint.