Goodguys Racing ’69 Camaro Finds Winner’s Circle at Fontana Super Chevy Show

March 31, 2009
Fontana, CA 3/29 – Goodguys Rod & Custom Association President Marc Meadors broke through for his first event win this past weekend at the Super Chevy Show at Auto club Dragway in Fontana, CA racing in the Nitro Coupe/Pro Mod exhibition class.

Driving in only his second competitive race, Meadors and 24 year old crew chiefs Jason Bunker and Jeff Accacian took the Red Line Oil-backed Goodguys Racing supercharged ’69 Camaro to successive 1/8th mile runs of 4.64, 4.38, 4.24, 4.18 and a 4.22 in the final to defeat renowned Pro Mod racer Paul Athey. Meadors also carded the weekend’s best reaction times in each round of competition – a key component to his first big event win.

Built by Tim McAmis Race Cars in Hawk Point, Missouri, the Goodguys Racing Camaro is a full tube chassis Pro Mod equipped with a 450-inch Brad Anderson Hemi blown on Alcohol sporting a massive 14-71 Kobelco Supercharger, Waterman fuel pump, Lenco three speed and a three disc Molinari clutch.

Meadors’ ultimate goal this season is to compete in the Orlando World Street Nationals at Speedworld Dragway in the 32-car field Super Pro Street Class. Next up for the Goodgyuys Racing team is the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association exhibition race April 24 & 25 at Saramento Raceway. The Pro Mod exhibition will be contested during the 28th Annual Funny Car Fever event.



West Coast Custom of the Year Goes to Ted Steven’s ’40 Merc coupe

March 29, 2009
Ted Steven’s 1940 Mercury Coupe was awarded the 2009 Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year this weekend at the 27th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton.  Stevens’ Merc, a lifelong obsession, was recently restored and freshened by Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco.

Originally built by John D’Agostino and Bill Reasoner as a tribute car to the Barris-built Nick Matranga ’40 Merc, the sleek custom was campaigned on the indoor show circuit by D’Agostino through the late 80s and early 90s. The car changed hands several times before Stevens bought the car in August of 2007 at auction during the Pebble Beach Concourse festivities. Texas collector Wayne Davis brought the car to auction.

For Stevens, the Merc represented a decades old love affair. “I loved ’40 Mercs when I was kid,” he said. “I always wanted one – especially a chopped one. I used to carry around a picture of a chopped ’40 Merc in my wallet dreaming of owning one some day. When I saw this car at auction in Pebble Beach I knew I had to have it. But I also wanted to drive the car so I knew it had to be done by Roy and his team at Brizio’s.”

The Brizio Street Rods crew completely restored every aspect of the Merc including the H & H Flathead engine, transmission, rear end, front end, paint work (by Darryl Hollenbeck) and upholstery by Sid Chavers. The understated, yet elegant custom has all the earmarks of a 50s era car including the chopped top, removed door handles, smoothed trim and the signature rear fender skirts. The color is PPG Brandywine. Appleton dual spots and ‘49 Caddy “Sombrero” hubcaps with Coker white walls round out the car’s look.

“Aesthetically, the car was perfect when we got it,” Brizio said. We didn’t have to worry about moving things around on the car at all. John D’Agostino builds some of the world’s most beautiful customs so it was styled to perfection. It’s a very traditional car, so we honored that by making it look as best as we could and made the car road worthy.” 
The Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year award is presented annually at the Goodguys All American Get-Together and is open to customs 1936 through 1964 vintage. The award is designed to honor an exceptional custom car and is open to all styles and genres of customs (from traditional to modern).

This year’s top five award finalists included James Hetfield (1937 Ford), Robert Gallery (1954 Cadillac), Frank DeRosa Jr (1952 Cadillac), Ted Stevens (1940 Merc) and Joe Faso (1950 Henry J).


Buick Giveaway Car Makes its Grand Debut!

March 28, 2009
The 1965 Buick LeSabre Giveaway car made its grand debut today at the Goodguys 27th All American Get-Together to rave reviews! Thousands have stopped by to see the bodacious Buick here at the show and took their shot at getting registered as a finalist to win the classic machine. The Buick Giveaway is a team effort between Goodguys and Live 105.3 FM, KCBS, KFRC and CBS 5.

A clean 60’s muscle machine, the LeSabre is powered by a 364 cubic inch, 355 horsepower Wildcat engine. Additional features include Vintage Air under dash AC, Intro Custom Wheels, exterior treatment from Steele Rubber Products and a light blue coat of Sherwin Williams Paint.

The final contest drawing will take place at the 20th Autumn Get-Together, November 14 & 15 right here at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds this fall. Semi finalists will be chosen this weekend and at all remaining 2009 Goodguys events held at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

Additional finalists and qualifiers will be chosen throughout the year by registering on CBS 5 radio websites including KFRC, LIVE 105 and KCBS

The ’65 Buick is the fourth car in the last eleven years Goodguys has given away as a promotion in Northern California.


Sad News from the Southeast Division

March 25, 2009
It is with sadness we pass along the news that Dan Ross, Goodguys Southeast Division Rodder’s Rep has died. Ross, of Warner Robbins, Georgia passed away Tuesday, March 24th from complications of Lymphoma Cancer. He was a fixture in the Southeast hot rodding scene and was an active Goodguys Rodder’s Rep for years. His smile and his helpful, friendly nature will be sorely missed.

Goodguys National Rodder’s Rep Bill Goodwill said “Dan was a great person. He never met a stranger. If you walked up and talked to him, you felt like you knew him for years. He was very friendly and very warm. He also loved driving his DeSoto hemi powered ’32 Ford sedan to events. He was a driver for sure. I didn’t know of anyone that didn’t like Dan Ross.”

Services will be held this Saturday, March 28th at the McCollough Funeral Home in Warner Robbins, GA.

Pictured below:
Goodguys Southeast Division Rep Dan Ross loved cruising his black chopped deuce tudor sedan, powered by a DeSoto hemi. Dan’s friendly nature and his bitchin’ hot rod will be missed.


27th All American Get-Together Brings Thousands of Car Lovers together in Pleasanton this weekend!

March 23, 2009
Spring has officially sprung in Northern California and it’s time for west coast car lovers to “Get-Together” this weekend for the 27th All American Get-Together at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds!

The Goodguys’ longest running event features a giant show & shine which welcomes all years, makes & models of American powered cars & trucks, hundreds of vendor exhibits, an automotive swap meet, cars for sale corral, arts & crafts, model car show and lots of other entertainment are included as well! It’s all happening at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds this weekend so don’t be left out! Plus you can register to win a 1965 Buick LeSabre from radio stations Live 105 and KFRC!

Event Hours:
Sat 3/28 – 8am to 5pm
Sun 3/29 – 8am to 4pm
Admission: $15 adults, kids 7-12 $6
Fairgrounds Parking: $8
Show & Shine Participant Info:
Car Show Registration (Use Rose Ave Gate)
Registration Fees: 
$50 weekend – includes car & two people
$35 Sunday only – includes car & two people
Car Show Registration Hours:
Sat 3/28 – 7am to 5pm
Sun 3/29 – 7am to 1pm
Swap Meet Info:
Swap Meet Vendor Set Up Hours:
Fri 3/27 2pm-7pm (Enter Gate 12)
Sat 3/28 4am-8am (Enter Gate 5)
Cost: 10’x20’ $60
* Spaces assigned on a first come first serve basis
Cars for Sale Corral (Car Corral sellers enter Gate 12):
Car Corral Fees: 
Weekend: $50 includes car & two people
Sunday Only: $35 includes car & two people

To view the complete weekend schedule, click here:


Original Barris Batmobile Featured in Pleasanton

March 22, 2009
The original George Barris-built “Batmobile” will be on display at the 27th All American Get-Together this weekend at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds! A rolling piece of automotive history, the original Barris Batmobile was designed from scratch by Barris using a 1955 Lincoln Futura.

The car appeared in the original Batman TV series starring Bruce Wayne on American Television in the 1960s. This car was one of two ever built by Barris for the show and this particular model was the Batmobile designed for both television and movie use.

Recently restored and updated by Advanced Restorations of Sacramento, the Batmobile has been on tour for the last 40 years! Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to see a rolling piece of automotive history right here in Pleasanton at the Goodguys 27th All American Get-Together, this weekend at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.


Sons of Boyd to Select Boyd Coddington Memorial Award in Del Mar

March 22, 2009
The sons of the late Boyd Coddington will be on hand at the 9th Del Mar Nationals presented by Meguiar’s April 3-5 to select the Boyd Coddington Memorial award. The award, a specially designed billet aluminum statuette of the legendary Boyd-built “Chezoom” ’57 Chevy will be presented to a car or truck that exemplifies the quality and ingenuity of the Boyd Coddington legacy.

The sons of Boys are Boyd Coddington Jr, Chris Coddington and Gregg Coddington. “The Sons of Boyd are honored to be able to present the Boyd Coddington memorial award at the 9th annual Goodguys Del Mar Nationals,” said Boyd Coddington Jr. “The relationship with Goodguys was very special to our dad and dates back to the early days of his career. The Sons of Boyd look forward to continuing the relationship with the Goodguys to carry on the Boyd Coddington legacy”.