The Goodguys PPG Nationals celebrated its 16th year at the Ohio Expo Center in July. It's not the oldest Goodguys event, but it has become the largest. For many of the 6,500 participants who came to Columbus with their street rods, customs, street machines, street cruisers, trucks, and classics—not to mention 100,000 spectators and that one guy with a bumper car—this show has become a favorite.

Even Mother Nature was in a good mood this year. After previous years of soaking rain or broiling heat, the 2013 Nats had plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Things were probably a little hotter on the east side of the grounds, where the AutoCross competition is always held. This has become one of the most popular special events of the PPG Nats, along with the Ahwooga.com Swap Meet and various hot rod tech seminars.

On Saturday, some of the cream-of-the-crop cars congregated in the Builder's Choice area where Dave Lane of FastLane Rod Shop and Dave Kindig from Kindig-It Design selected their favorites. Others gathered in Ya Gotta Drive 'Em, Homebuilt Heaven, YoungGuys, Deuce Doin's, and other Goodguys corrals. Later in the day, the Goodguys Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year was announced. The top honor went to Ron Cizek's "Checkered Past" 1940 Ford, built by Andy Leach at CAL Automotive Creations.

STREET RODDER picked 10 of our 2013 Painless Top 100 winners while we were there and managed to photograph a few other favorites in the meantime.

Columbus Autocross

Another event-within-an-event at the Goodguys PPG Nationals is the autocross, which is divided into four classes (Pro, Street Machine, Hot Rod, and Truck). Goodguys have this participant racing at many of their events, and the Nationals bring contestants out in force. Bret Voelkel's 1933 Ford is always a fast competitor at these events, running in the mid 30-second range at Columbus, but the fastest times at the track are usually reserved for the heavily modified 1968 Camaros or Mustangs. Still, it's fun to watch the owner of a big Chevy Suburban or a fiberglass Cobra wheel their way around the course, and many folks line up around the edge of the track each day to do just that.