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.
The bed floor of Larry Tucker’s 1934 Ford truck is actually lower than the axles. Jason Gr
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.
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.
When Steve Tracy isn’t busy running Advanced Plating, you can find him slinging his 1940 C
Remember this 1929 roadster from a 2003 Rod & Custom cover? In 2013, owner John Good a
There’s a Hilborn-injected ZZ4 hidden under the hood of Kenneth Delcour’s all-steel 1934 F
Several years ago, Mike Rudy sent photos of his homebuilt truck in bare metal to our Early
Check out the wheel lift on Carl and Cindy Roeger's 1930 Ford sedan as Carl was pushing it
Though it looks like it could be a show car, this 1953 Buick owned by Todd Holdren, from C
Copper lines and brass nuts dress up the 1953 Merc Flathead in Ralph Carle’s ’30 Ford pick
Keith Jereb’s 1955 Chevy 210 is about as clean as you can get. It sits on a Roadster Shop
This 1961 Impala, owned by Kevin and Lorena Goitia of Destrehan, LA, is set up rather nice
The metallic brown reverse steelies go great with the custom gray on Jay Gruba’s chopped,
Stance is everything for a good looking hot rod—something Al and Cathy Mayer from Rocheste
The profile on Jerry Sawyer’s 1946 Ford coupe is just killer. In from Centerville, OH, Saw
Milo, from Dayton, OH, had a prime parking space on the corner of the fairground for his 1
Chuck DeBolt wanted a late-1950s/early-1960s look for his much-driven Deuce highboy, updat
There was a traditional feel to Stan Parker’s 1930 Ford roadster pickup, which used hairpi
BEST FORD IN A FORD
Butch Buford's 1939 Ford Convertible
Just the Facts
Owner: Butch Buford
Visitors to the 1939 New York World's Fair were among the first to see such modern advancements as television, fluorescent lights, and a cigarette-smoking robot named Elektro the Moto-Man. One especially popular attraction was Ford's new convertible. Today, the 1939 Ford convertible is still considered one of the most beautiful cars produced by Ford.
A local Ford dealership provided the Ford Racing 351 crate engine, possibly the world’s sh
For Butch Buford, it has always been his dream car. Finding a true original version isn't easy, but he managed to do it in 2000, when he found a rumble seat–equipped, Flathead-powered, two-time Great Race competitor.
He decided not to change the body's unsurpassed design, so much of the exterior of Buford's convertible (including bumpers, lights, and trim) is original and nothing is modified. The paint (a Nissan color called Merlot) was sprayed by Alfred Hamblin from Rocky Mount, Virginia.
A genuine commemorative coin from the 1939 World’s Fair, where Ford debuted the 1939 conve
Underneath is where the mods start to show up. A custom chassis from Vision Rod & Customs includes a Heidts Superide II independent front suspension and a Currie 9-inch rear with an aluminum housing. Wilwood 11-inch disc brakes were added in the front, with drums retained in the rear. BFGoodrich Radial T/As are mounted on Billet Specialties Legacy wheels. Buford says he's "old school" so he went for 14- and 15-inch wheels.
The late-Kevin Hawkins of Salem, Virginia, upholstered and updated the interior. Classic Instruments gauges fill the original holes in the stock dash, with Vintage Air controls and vents in a lower dash. A Juliano's wheel was mounted on a Flaming River column. Tunes come from a Kenwood sound system.
A pair of 1994 Explorer seats were covered in gray leather.
Being a Ford guy, Buford had to have Blue Oval power in the 1939, and a 351 crate engine from Ford Racing fits the bill. It's dressed up with a Bitchin air cleaner, Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine system, and lots of chrome from Advanced Plating. Transmission is a five-speed TREMEC.
Don't let the show car looks fool you. The 13,967 on the odometer represents real miles, including the most recent 300 from Dublin, Virginia, to the Goodguys Nats in Columbus—a trip Buford has made several times.
STREET RODDER Magazine's Best Ford in a Ford presented by Ford Racing.