8th Nashville Nationals
Goodguys Invade Music City
With the help of a television show of the same name, Nashville has been slowly moving into the national social consciousness, but hot rodders have known for years Nashville is the place to be.

That's because eight years ago the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association rolled into town and set up shop at LP Field, the 105-acre facility and stadium home to the Tennessee Titans NFL football team. The site has 7,500 parking spaces, and the Goodguys do their best to fill them with every type of hot rod.

This year a record number of cars drove through the gates, and that was even with the rainstorms on Friday. Attendees have to pay attention to the weather here—in 2010 the nearby Cumberland River overflowed its banks and put the facility under several feet of water just a couple of weeks before the car show.

But, for the most part, the weather cooperated this year and the event went off without a hitch, and the high quality of the cars from this region of the country was evident. Rod builder (and Tennessee local) Bobby Alloway, who was on hand to pick the Builder's Choice winners, commented he had a hard time selecting which cars would get a nod because there were so many to choose from. Likewise, this event was also one of the 10 locations from which STREET RODDER hands out its Painless Wiring Top 100 awards, and it was the same dilemma: too many nice cars!

The show had its usual parking areas set aside for specialty rides (Deuce Doins, Ya Gotta Drive 'Em, Trick Truck Corral, and so on) and the pits for the Autocross seemed to overflow with contestants eager to test the limits of their driving abilities as well as their car through a timed road course set up on the grounds. The autocross portion of the Goodguys show is becoming more and more popular, and folks were four deep in some areas trying to view the cars flying around the track. Anyone who enters their car in the show is eligible to drive the racecourse, so it's a shame not more pre-1949 vehicles enter. After all, you can only watch a 1968 Camaro squeal its tires for so long before you want to go back to the car show! This year is also the first time Goodguys is offering $10,000 in prizes by organizing a National AutoCross Shootout that will culminate at the end of the year.

Goodguys is also celebrating its 30th anniversary as an organization, and they've gotten this far by giving the people what they want: a fun place to bring their family and spend some time with some really cool cars. It's a formula that will continue to work well for them, far into the future.

Solar Panel Charging
If you are one of us who parks a car for long periods of time at an airport, there are solar panels you can put on the dash and plug into your dash accessory port to help maintain a good charge in the battery.