Drag Racing Season is Almost Here!

February 23, 2009
Are you a vintage drag racer with Goodguys? If you answered yes, we’re delighted you stopped by! Take a quick look to your upper right. See that new tab that says “DRAGS?” If you click on it you will find all kinds of cool stuff.

Included are links to this year’s class structures, race payouts, rules, and a link to both register online (for current Goodguys members) and a link to download a registration form (for those who aren’t current Goodguys members.

Make your plans now to race with Goodguys in 2009 by getting registered and getting prepared for a tire smokin’ summer! For racing and technical inquiries, please call Goodguys race director Larry Westervelt at (925) 895-7878…



Editor’s Challenge Cup Autocross Taking Shape for Costa Mesa

February 19, 2009
The 2009 Goodguys event season kicks off in just three short weeks with the 3rd Meguiar’s Orange County Get-Together at the OC Fair & Event Center (www.ocfair.com). The event welcomes all years, makes and models of American powered cars and trucks to the scenic Fairgrounds for two fun days. Joining the huge outdoor show & shine will be vendor exhibits, live music and the always exciting Street Challenge Autocross!

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the 2nd Annual Editor’s Challenge Autocross Cup – a special event which features the editor’s of national automotive magazines racing against the clock to see who can log the fastest lap around the autocross course.

Several big name players have signed on including Hot Rod Magazine’s David Freiburger (’65 Chevelle), Johnny Hunkins (’76 Camaro) and Liz Miles (’68 Camaro pictured above) from Popular Hot Rodding Magazine. Robert McGaffin, PHR’s talented Midwest representative will make the trip out from his home base of Wisconsin to run as well. Joining the PHR trio will be defending Editor’s Challenge Champion “Tricky” Nicky LiCata of Camaro Performers (who will compete in the DSR “Test Car” ’68 Camaro), Steven Rupp of Camaro Performers (’68 Camaro) and longtime automotive journalist Jeff Smith of Car Craft Magazine (’65 Chevelle). Jim Campisano, author of several muscle car books and staffer at Super Chevy Magazine will come to Costa Mesa all the way from his home base of Tampa, Florida for a shot at the Editor’s Challenge title. Even Matt Degen, automotive editor at the Orange County Register will jump in the Supernova Giveaway car for a shot at the Editor’s Challenge!

“Bring ‘em on. All of ‘em. I’m ready,” said defending Champ Nick LiCata.. I’ve been in the gym training for this for months. Even though I’m driving someone else’s car and not the family station wagon, I’m ready for ‘em. I smoked ‘em all last year and I’ll smoke ‘em again.” The king of modesty he ain’t…but hey – he’s got the trophy from last year to back up the smack!

The Editor’s Challenge will kick off at noon on Saturday, March 14th. The Autocorss course will be open throughout the weekend and is free to all event participants.

For a look at all the weekend festivities in Costa Mesa, click here: http://www.good-guys.com/events/eventDetails.aspx?eventid=09-805


Mothers Pick to be presented at twelve Goodguys events in 2009

February 19, 2009
Mothers Polishes, Waxes and Cleaners have formed a partnership with Goodguys for the 2009 event season. In addition to placing their big rig on the Midway at five Goodguys events throughout the country, they will present the coveted “Mothers Pick” at twelve events next summer. The Mothers Pick will be given to a vehicle which has the look and shine of a true winner!

Once all twelve Mothers Pick finalists have been selected, one overall winner will be selected by the Mothers staff and included in their display out front of the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The Mothers Pick will be selected at the following 2009 Goodguys events: Del Mar Nationals, Colorado Nationals, Hot Rod Nationals in Indy, Nashville Nationals, East Coast Nationals in Rhinebeck, Heartland Nationals in Des Moines, Goodguys Nationals in Columbus, Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup, Midwest Nationals in Kansas City, Chicagoland Nationals, Great American Nationals in Pocono and the Lone Star Nationals in Ft Worth, Texas.

Mothers Waxes, Polishes and Cleaners are some of the finest quality car care products on the market today and have been an industry leader for over thirty years. For more, visit www.mothers.com


Cruise to Del Mar this Spring!

February 17, 2009
A special Hot Rod Cruise down California’s San Joaquin Valley is scheduled just prior to the Goodguys 9th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals! The cruise will depart Goodguys Headquarters in Pleasanton Wednesday, April 1st at 8 a.m. arriving in Del Mar the next afternoon, Thursday, April 2nd. The cruise will meander down historic Highway 99 stopping at hot rod shops and private collections along the way. It’s a great way to spend a few days on the road with fellow hot rodders!

There’s room for whoever wants to come along so please join us and have some fun with your rod, custom or muscle car! For additional cruise information and hotel information contact Heather Nething at (925) 218-9129 heathern@good-guys.com


Vendor Applications Now Available Online!

February 13, 2009
If your company would like to be a vendor at a 2009 Goodguys event, it’s now easier than ever to get signed up! The 2009 exhibitor/vendor applications are now online and easy to download. Simply click this link: http://www.good-guys.com/info/vendorExhibitor.aspx and get your application filled out and sent in! It’s that easy!

Also available are the vendor rules and regulations as well as hotel and facility maps for every 2009 Goodguys event. With the show season fast approaching, it’s time to get your paperwork sent in and filed! To reach the all new in-house Goodguys vendor sales office, call (925) 218-9151 or e-mail themsales@good-guys.com


2009 Choice Product Awards Program Benefits Your Business!

February 13, 2009
Choice Product Program Offers Great Exposure for Your Business!
The 2009 Choice Product Giveaway Program is fired up and ready to go! Is your company looking for increased exposure on the grass roots level? Hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts will hear about your products! See your products! Use and display your products! Tell their friends and fellow rodders about your products! 

Here’s what the Goodguys 2009 Choice Product Giveaway Program will do for your company and your products:
– Monthly exposure in the Goodguys Gazette and Goodguys Website
– Display photo of your products and sales literature at 18 National events
– Give away your product and services to winner (drawn daily) who want your product
– We will include your flier in all Goodie Bags (quantities and shipping info will be provided)

Here’s what we need from you:

– $250 (minimum) in product or 50% off retail value of your products for each of the 18 National events.
– 18 certificates, one to be given at each National event (or Goodguys will provide one for you).
– Your product photo and sales material for display 

To get in on this great grass roots marketing tool for your company’s products, call program coordinator Edward Silay at (925) 218-9127 or shoot him an e-mail at Edwards@good-guys.com

Hemmings Muscle Machines Backs Muscle Car of the Year Award Again in 2009

February 13, 2009
Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine will return this season as the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Muscle Car of the Year award. Throughout the year, Hemmings Muscle Machines will run photos of all Muscle Car of the Year finalists as they are selected throughout the event season then run a feature on the winning Muscle Car at year’s end.

The Goodguys/Hemmings Muscle Machines Muscle Car of the Year award is presented to a Muscle Car 1955 through 1972 vintage. The award selection format has changed slightly from prior years. A finalist will be selected at each 2009 Goodguys National event from Del Mar through the Lone Star Nationals in Ft Worth, TX (through ’72) as well as the 16th Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton. The Bowling Green, Charlotte and Scottsdale finalists will then be added to the list of 2010 award finalists.

The award is designed to honor a superior factory stock or fully restored Muscle Car. Contestants wishing to have their Muscle Cars considered for the award must park inside the “Mighty Muscle” corral at the fifteen Goodguys events in which a finalist will be selected. The Mighty Muscle parking area is open on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm.

Launched in 2003 as part of the Hemmings Magazine family, Hemmings Muscle Machines is a high-quality monthly magazine dedicated to old and new American-built performance cars. It features in-depth muscle car profiles and road tests, historical and engineering research, and restoration and general-interest technical articles as well as special departments devoted to the latest books and literature, model cars, parts and accessories, auction results, and all the new Detroit performance cars to come. Hemmings Muscle Machines truly is the ultimate performance car magazine for the American performance car enthusiast.

To subscribe to Hemmings Muscle Machines or any of the fine family of Hemmings publications, visitwww.hemmings.com