Goodguys 2010 Yearbook Cover Photo Contest Now Open!

October 28, 2009

For the first time in Goodguys’ history we are opening the cover of our yearbook for reader submissions. That’s right! Here’s your chance to get your favorite photo on the cover of the 2009 Goodguys Yearbook that will be distributed to every participant at every event throughout the 2010 season. Get your photography noticed!

Basically we’re looking for great VERTICALLY-formatted (taller rather than wide) hot rod, custom and muscle car-related photographs. They can be from a Goodguys event, on the road, in the garage, etc. They can be photos of your car, a buddy’s car or just one you thought was cool.

What do you win? How does $250, a year subscription to the Goodguys Gazette, and ten copies of the 2009 Goodguys Yearbook with your photo on the cover sound? Pretty cool, eh?

Well, what are you waiting for? Dig through your stash of favorite photos or get out there and shoot something. To submit, log onto and look for the “Yearbook Contest” under General Discussion or submit your low-res (600×800 pixels maximum – .jpeg format) photo entries to The subject of your email should be “Yearbook Contest.” If your submission is chosen, you’ll be required to supply a high-res image (2600×3500 pixels minimum – .jpeg format) to use for print.

Click here for complete contest rules.

Contest ends 1/1/10. Good luck!


Don Smith’s “Hemrod” Wins “Mother’s Pick”

October 28, 2009

Mother’s Polishes, Waxes and Cleaners has selected the national winner of the “Mother’s Pick” – a special award selected at 12 Goodguys National events this year that was presented to a vehicle that “had the look and shine of a true winner!”

Don Smith’s anti-freeze green ’32 Ford sedan “Hemrod” was chosen as the winning car.

Smith’s sedan was a popular attraction on the 2009 Goodguys event trail. It was a top five finalist for the Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year, Goodguys/Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year and the Goodguys/Hushpower America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod award. Built by Eric Peratt and the team at Pinkee’s Rod Shop, the sedan is a true work of art combining old and new styles in seamless transition.

The sedan’s body has been shortened 1.5 inches, wedge-chopped, the rear fenderwells raised and the rear apron is rolled in towards the quickchange. Power comes from a neatly detailed 392 hemi backed by a six-speed. Those cool wheels are one-off Magnesium-style with safety-wired knock offs. The interior is a work of art in itself with many one off parts and a bench-style bomber seat.

As the national winner of the Mother’s Pick, “Hemord” will be featured in the Mother’s display out front of the Las Vegas Convention Center at next week’s SEMA Show.

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

2009 Goodguys Nostalgia Nationals Mini-Gallery Now Available

October 27, 2009

09-612Check out the mini-gallery HERE

Full gallery with 300+ official Goodguys photos to be posted under the “Purchase Gallery” by noon today at the official Nostalgia Nationals website!
(PST 10.27.09)


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Southeastern Nationals Visit Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte This Weekend!

October 26, 2009

09-604The Goodguys 16th Southeastern Nationals returns Lowe’s Motor Speedway this Halloween weekend bringing over 2,500 of the South’s hottest rods and coolest customs to the heart of NASCAR country. The three day event features a giant show & shine, Friday Night Drags at Zmax Drageway, vendor exhibits, swap meet & cars for sale corral, Saturday night track cruise, NASCAR rides, Street Challenge Autocross, model car show, and lots more fun for the entire family!

The weekend starts Thursday with the popular Poker run to NASCAR shops and a final stop at Fatman Fabrications for an open house! Plus Friday’s TGIF Party/Open House at Detroit Speed! Don’t miss this auto lover’s paradise! For a full lineup of weekend activities, past event photo galleries etc., click here:

Event Hours
Friday, Oct 30 – 8am to 5pm
Saturday, Oct 31 – 8am to 5pm
Sunday, Nov 1 – 8am to 3pm

General Admission:
Adults $17
Kids (7-12) $6

Vehicle Registration:
Not registered yet? Don’t worry about it! All at-event registrations are welcome. Registration is located at the Speedway.
At Event Weekend Fee: $70 (includes the car and two people)
At Event Sunday Only Fee: $35

Friday Night Drags @ ZMAX Dragway – Gates open at NOON
General Admission: $20
Racer Fee: $35

Swap Meet & Car Corral:
Swap Meet Check in Starts Thursday the 29th at NOON
Swap Spaces: $65 at the gate
Car Corral Spaces: $65 at the gate

Vintage Pro Stocker, Nitro Funny Car Match Races Highlight Charlotte Friday Night Drag Program!

October 25, 2009

This week’s Goodguys Friday Night Drags, October 30th at the spectacular ZMAX Dragway will be highlighted by two special match races and a full afternoon/evening of vintage drag racing!

Peter Gallen’s “Poverty Stricken” 5-second ’74 Chevy Vegas will take on Steve Nichol’s Mill Road Boys Camaro in a two race showdown. Joining the nitro burners will be a special Nostalgia Pro Stock match race featuring the Sox & Martin 1973 Plymouth Hemi Duster vs. Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins’ 1975 outlaw match race Chevy Monza. Both cars are the original deal! The Sox & Martin Duster is owned and driven by “Hemi Fred” Ristagno and the Monza belongs to Tom Bryan. The Sox vs. Jenkins rivalry was legendary among Mopar and Chevy fans in the late sixties and early seventies!

In addition to the “under the lights” match race madness, five eliminator classes will be featured. Here’s a closer look at the racing menu:

Friday, October 30th
ZMAX Dragway, Charlotte, NC
Race Classes
Hot Rod – 1954 & Earlier (*No NOS, No electronics*)
Hot Rod 1: 7.50 to 11.99
Hot Rod 2: 12 seconds & up
Street Machine – 1955 thru 1972 (*No NOS, No electronics*)
Street Machine I: 7.50 to 11.99
Street Machine II: 12 seconds & up
Comp – 1972 & earlier cars only (NOS OK, Electronics OK)
Comp I: 7.50 seconds & up
Gates Open NOON, Time Runs 2pm, Eliminations 5pm

Race Fee: $35 (includes the car & driver)
Spectator Admission: $20, kids 7-12 $6
Racing/Tech Questions: Call Larry (925) 895-7878

For a closer look at the 16th Southeastern Nationals click here:

’65 Buick Will Be Given Away Sunday, November 15th at the 20th Autumn Get-Together

October 21, 2009

The Goodguys/ Live 105.3 FM, KCBS, KFRC and CBS5’s 1965 Buick Giveaway Car will be officially given away at the 20th Autumn Get-Together, Sunday, November 15th at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. The Buick is a clean 60’s machine 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 mighty Buick has been turning heads all year out in California. Semi finalists have been chosen at all three 2009 Goodguys events held at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds so far this year. Additional semi finalists have been chosen throughout the year by those who register on Live 105’s website

You can still qualify to win the Buick! Register at and click on the contest section. You can also register at the Live 105 booth at the 20th Autumn Get-Together November 14 & 15! The final qualifiers will be selected right at the event so don’t snooze on this amazing opportunity! Who knows – you might be the lucky winner!

For a complete look at the 20th Autumn Get-Together, visit

Truck Class Joins Street Challenge Autocross in 2010

October 21, 2009

Goodguys is proud to announce a brand new Truck class for the Street Challenge Autocross events starting in 2010. The new Truck Class will be open to pickups, Suburbans, deliveries, panel trucks, Rancheros and El Caminos. At the Goodguys Get-Together events – all years, makes and models of trucks will be eligible to participate. At Goodguys National events, trucks 1972 and earlier will be eligible to compete.

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The new Truck class joins the current class lineup which includes Street Rod (’54 and older), Street Machine (’55 & newer) and the Vendor Class. Each Street Challenge Autocross class winner (fastest lap time) receives a set of tires as well as gift certificates from the other class sponsors. Participation in the Street Challenge Autocross is FREE to all registered event participants. All entries must pass a basic tech inspection prior to running.

Goodguys Street Challenge Autocross sponsors include: Ridetech, BF Goodrich, Bowler Transmissions, Splitfire Spark Plugs, Baer Brakes, Mother’s Polishes, Waxes and Cleaners, the Roadster Shop, Optima Batteries and Gateway Classic Mustang.

The 2010 Goodguys events that include the Street Challenge Autocross are:
1st Spring Nationals, March 12-14, Scottsdale, AZ
10th Del Mar Nationals, April 9-11, Del Mar, CA
4th Meguiar’s Orange County Get-Together, May 15 & 16, Costa Mesa, CA
5th Nashville Nationals, May 21-23, Nashville, TN
13th Colorado Nationals, June 4-6, Loveland, CO
17th Summer Get-Together, June 4-6, Pleasanton, CA
19th Heartland Nationals, July 2-4, Des Moines, IA
9th Midwestern Nationals, September 3-5, Kansas City, KS
4th PEAK Chicagoland Nationals, September 17-19, Joliet, IL
6th Great American Nationals, September 24-26, Pocono, PA
18th Lone Star Nationals, October 1-3, Ft Worth, TX
17th Southeastern Nationals, October 29-31, Charlotte, NC
21st Autumn Get-Together, November 13 & 14, Pleasanton, CA