Snap-On Tools “No Compromise Tour”

April 30, 2009

The Snap-On Tools “No Compromise Tour” is coming to a Goodguys event near you! At select events this summer, the Snap-On team will have a way cool midway display offering hot rodders an up close look at their award winning tools and services.

One of the highlights of the Snap-On display will be the super trick 1957 Chevy Nomad “Glo-Mad.”

Built for Snap-On Tools by Alex Evans and the team at Chop Shop Customs in Asheville, North Carolina “Glo-Mad” is a totally customized vehicle that features unique designs and accents that are actually fabricated from real Snap-On Tools!

The Snap-On Tools No Compromise Tour will be on the midway at Goodguys National events this summer in Rhinebeck, NY, Columbus, OH, Norwalk, OH, Joliet, IL and Kansas City, KS. Make sure you stop by and see the “Glo-Mad” and all of the other exciting products and services available from Snap-On Tools.

Snap-on is a leading U.S. designer, manufacturer and marketer of tools and equipment to professional tool users and automotive enthusiasts. It was founded in 1920. Snap-on is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. For more visit

For a closer look at the Glo-Mad check it out here


Goodguys Ad Agency Wins Prestigious Hermes Creative Award!

April 30, 2009

For the last 22 years Goodguys has been represented by the Herbert, Holden, Slater & Beim advertising agency based in Pacifica, CA. H, H, S & B has exclusively purchased all advertising on television and radio ads Goodguys has ever placed!

We are proud to share the press release below with all Goodguys world wide. H, H, S & B submitted a comic strip-style print ad which beat out the competition. We congratulate them on their success and thank them for all their service over the years!

HHS&B Wins Prestigious Hermes Creative Award!
PACIFICA, CA–Herbert, Holden Slater & Beim was awarded the Gold Hermes Creative Award for a spadia style newspaper advertisement that was combination comic strip. It ran in the San Jose Mercury News and also in other Bay Area Newspaper Group publications.

Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging media technologies. There were over 3,700 entries from throughout the United States and several other countries. Entries came from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies, web based innovators and freelancers. Winners were selected from 142 categories in seven forms of media and communication efforts- advertising, publications, marketing/branding, integrated marketing, public relations/communications, electronic media and pro bono.

Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production, web and free-lance professionals. The Association oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards for excellence. AMCP judged are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Hot Rod of the Year Title Up For Grabs in Indy!

April 29, 2009

The Goodguys 2009 Hot Rod of the Year award will be selected this year at the 21st Hot Rod Nationals, June 12, 13 & 14 at O’Reilly Raceway Park just outside Indianapolis, IN. Below is a complete description on what the award criteria calls for and how to enter:

Award Criteria:
Open to hot rods 1948 and earlier. It makes noise; it’s regularly street driven and has a mean attitude! No cream puffs! Remember – The true spirit of hot rodding is for the owner to enjoy driving his hot rod!

How to Enter:
Cars interested in competing for this award should report to the “Hot Rod of the Year” staging area, Friday, June 12th at ORP at 9am sharp (North tower area at O’Reilly Raceway Park). You will be signed in, receive a special window sticker and be given route maps for the day’s festivities.

The HROY Competition:
After everyone is signed in Friday morning, the hot rods will leave ORP and visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take the special Indy Track Cruise. From the Indy Motor Speedway, the cars will tour up Highway 31 for approximately 45 miles to Jim Richardson’s spectacular “A Summer Place” – a real working 50s-era town on his private property! You won’t believe how cool this place is! It features a nostalgia gas station, a vintage diner and a movie theater showing 50s movies! Lunch will be available to all who participate. To check out our destination, visit From the Summer Place in Sharpsville, the cars will head back to O’Reilly Raceway Park and immediately report to the drag strip staging lanes. All HROY candidates will participate in a 1/8th mile heads-up drag & brag fun run on the IRP quarter mile. Times and speeds posted during the 1/8th mile drag & brag fun run will not determine the overall winner as the runs are simply a way to help establish that the Hot Rod of the Year is a true hot rod fully capable of smoking the tires and romping through the 1/8 mile!

The Selection Process:
Five HROY finalists will be selected from the overall pool of entrants. The five finalists will then be displayed at the Adam’s Mark Hotel Saturday night, June 13th where the overall winner will be announced during a special ceremony.

The Prize:
The winner of the Goodguys 2009 Hot Rod of the Year award will receive a special milled billet aluminum award, a full color photo feature in the Goodguys Gazette and Goodtimes Yearbook, national bragging rights and travel accommodations to attend the 2009 season-ending Southwest Nationals, November 20, 21 & 22 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Pictured below: the 2008 Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year – Cale, Bridgett & Carlee Kern’s ’32 Ford Tudor of Bedford, Indiana

Street Challenge Autocross Comes to Pleasanton!

April 29, 2009

For the first time ever, the Street Challenge Autocross will be held at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds in conjunction with the 16th Summer Get-Together May 30 & 31. The Autocross will be held both days of the event at a special course set up in the paved lot adjacent to the swap meet. The Autocross is free for all Summer Get-Together event participants.

Competition will be divided into three categories; Street Rod (1954 & older), Street Machine (1955 & newer) and a vendor class (vendors and sponsors only).

What is an AutoCross?
AutoCross – Probably the least expensive means to get involved with motorsports. AutoCrosses are held most weekends around the country. AutoCrosses are held in big, wide open parking lots. A course is set up using orange pylons, and a driver then negotiates the course, as quickly as possible. Each car is timed, and hitting cones will result in time penalties. AutoCross events are “Time Trial” style competitions; there is no wheel to wheel racing involved, as cars are sent out one at a time. In general, a course is laid out using traffic c cones; time penalties will be charged for disturbing cones. (Penalty is 2 seconds per cone). Just bring your registered/street legal vehicle to the Street Challenge tech area at the event to get inspected and you are ready to run.

Who can participate?
Any registered participant of a Goodguys event can run the Autocross – for free! Pleasanton AutoCross hours are Saturday 9am to Noon and 1pm to 4pm and Sunday 9am to 2pm.

Rules and Regulations for the Goodguys Street Challenge AutoCross:
1. All Street Challenge AutoCross participants must be Goodguys event participants. The Goodguys registration number will be the AutoCross entry number.
2. The AutoCross entry number must be displayed and easily read.
3. Participants must use DOT approved tires with a minimum of 200 tread wear.
4. No passengers or drivers under the age of 18. Passengers must sign the same liability waiver as driver.
5. Helmet use is not required. The course design will attempt to keep speeds below 35 M.P.H.
6. Participating cars must pass a basic safety inspection that will include, but may not be limited to, the following:
A. Functional seatbelts.
B. Proper brake pedal pressure and travel.
C. Sufficient throttle return spring and secured battery.
D. All lugnuts in place and tight.
E. Hubcaps are to be removed.
F. Valid driver’s license & Proof of insurance.
G. Registered – Street legal vehicle.
H. All loose items to be removed from vehicle.
(Floor mats, items hanging from rearview mirror, cassettes, CDs, and glove box, console, trunk items.)
7. No unsafe driving will be tolerated. Show management will have COMPLETE discretion to deny anyone participation in the AutoCross for any reason.

Meadors Takes Goodguys Racing ’69 Camaro to Career Best Run in Sacramento!

April 27, 2009

Sacramento, CA, 4/25 – The Goodguys Racing, Red Line Oil and Comp Cams-sponsored ’69 Camaro Pro Mod coupe driven by Marc Meadors of Danville, CA was back on track this past weekend going for glory at the annual Funny Car Fever event at Sacramento Raceway Park. The Goodguys Racing Team was on hand to compete in the special 8-car exhibition field promoted by the popular West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association.

Coming off his first-ever career Pro Mod win at last month’s Super Chevy Sunday event in Fontana, California, Meadors again raised eyebrows as he and the team were able to qualify for the eliminator field in the #6 spot with a conservative 7.009 @ 185.31 on the tricky track surface.

But the real fireworks came in Saturday’s opening round of eliminations. Stuck in the track’s infamous left lane (a historically treacherous racing surface with a tricky bump about half way down) Meadors charged straight down track to record a career-best run, clicking off a 6.429 @ 218.04 mph. Despite the heroic effort, Meadors came up just inches short of defeating his fellow competitor Jay Diedrich who ran a 6.443 at a slightly faster 222.56mph. Despite the narrow loss, the magnitude of Meadors’ run in the track’s bad lane was not lost on the event organizer’s who called it “perhaps the run of the day.”

While it’s never easy leaving eliminations early, the Goodguys Racing Team is now supremely confident they can compete with the West Coast’s fastest Pro Mods under any conditions at any track. “I’m really proud of this team,” said a smiling Marc Meadors in the pits after the event. Jason Bunker, Jeff Accacian, Andy Ferreira and ‘Six Pound’ Billy Fereira are some of the best in this business. These cars are monsters. Harnessing their brut strength and finessing them down tricky track surfaces is not easy. We will be a handful at the next event.”

Next up for the Goodguys Racing team is the PSCA California Nationals May 15-16-17 in Fontana. For a look at the team, including photos, team news and more, visit

The New Awards are Here!

April 24, 2009

The all new milled aluminum, anodized Goodguys awards are here! The awards you see pictured come in a variety of different colors and are hand made right here in Pleasanton by Pleasanton Tool & Manufacturing. All Terrific 12 award finalists picked throughout the year will recieve one of the special awards as well as select Builder’s Choice award recipients.

Do you have a rod, custom, trick truck, muscle car, street machine or muscle machine you think is worthy of a Terrific 12 or Builder’s Choice award? We look forward to seeing it! For a complete look at all 2009 Terrific 12 awards and how your car or truck can be selected, click here

AAA Brings Greenlight Initiative to 16th Summer Get-Together!

April 23, 2009

AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah is coming out in force to the 16th Summer Get-Together, May 30 & 31 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. AAA will offer participants an up close look at their Greenlight Initiative Showcase which features the latest breakthroughs on alternative fuel technologies. At the Greenlight Initiative Showcase display, located on the grass just west of the exhibition hall near the Goodguys big rig, fans will have the opportunity to talk to experts about how to drive “greener”, learn about alternative fueling stations in your area, check out energy-efficient green vehicles and see a veggie-oil powered car! They are also offering membership upgrades, insurance rate quotes, and new members who join AAA at the event will get a FREE water bottle!

The Greenlight Initiative Showcase is just one of many attractions of the 16th Summer Get-Together which welcomes all years, makes & models of American powered cars and trucks. This year’s event will also feature a Street Challenge Autocross for the first time ever at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Vendor exhibits, indoor vintage race car display a giant swap meet, car corral, model cart show and an arts & crafts show will also be featured.

AAA members click here to learn more about AAA Fun Family Day at the 16th Summer Get-Together!