Goodguys Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

November 25, 2009

It’s time to carve a turkey! The Goodguys offices will be closed Thanksgiving day and Friday, November 27th.

Late November offers a time to reflect and be thankful. Goodguys is thankful for all of our great members, event participants, sponsors, fans and all the people who make us the world’s largest rod & custom association!

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Jerry Cannon wins Speed ’33 Giveaway Car!

November 24, 2009

Hot Rodder Jerry Cannon of Ramona, California won the Speed ’33 Roadster at the Goodguys 12th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona. Standing in for him at the giveaway ceremony was fellow Over the Hill Gang (San Diego Chapter) member Ralph Garcia. Cannon is currently in South America and wrote a note telling Garcia that he would be NOT reachable by phone in case he’d won. He’s gonna have a big surprise when he returns to the United States!

The lucky key that started the roadster’s potent Roush 402 small block turned out to be key #16 out of 25 finalists. Cannon qualified to win the car earlier this sprint at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals. Both Phil and Jeremy Gerber of the Roadster Shop as well as American Speed’s Mark Trostle were on hand for the presentation which took place in front of a packed house!

Congratulations from all of us here at Goodguys and all the suppliers and sponsors who made the Speed ’33 such a memorable giveaway car!

Speed ’33 Specs:
Assembly and Fabrication: The Roadster Shop
Body: American Speed ’33, Rootlieb hood, The Roadster Shop roll pan and hood blisters
Chassis: The Roadster Shop – Frame rails contoured to follow body lines, Magnum Axle I Beam
Engine: Fuel injected Roush Racing 402-inch small block Ford
Drivetrain: Hughes Performance C4 transmission, John’s Industries Ford 9-inch
Wheels: Custom one off wheels from Intro Wheels
Paint: PPG

Marc Meadors takes Goodguys Racing ’69 Camaro

November 22, 2009

Goodguys President Marc Meadors ran a career best 6.216 @ 228.23mph to take the #7 qualifying spot at this weekend’s PSCA Street Car Supernationals at the Strip in Las Vegas. Competing at the event for the second consecutive year in the Goodguys Racing ’69 Camaro, Meadors and the team had been inching up the qualifying list in the Hughes Performance Pro Street class throughout the weekend, culminating with last night’s impressive blast in the event’s final qualifying session.

Having the good fortune to out-qualify legend Pat Musi and the well known Jeg’s team led by Troy Coughlin among many other notables has given the Goodguys Racing team a strong boost of confidence heading into final eliminations which commence today. Today’s final eliminations will feature the quickest 32 street cars in the world going for top honors through five grueling rounds of competition.

2009 Season Wraps This Weekend in Sunny Scottsdale – It’s the 12th Southwest Nationals!

November 18, 2009

The Goodguys 2009 event season comes to a climactic close this weekend as the 12th Southwest Nationals cruises into West World of Scottsdale! The popular event features close to 3,000 1972 & earlier rods, customs & classics, indoor and outdoor vendor exhibits, a great swap meet and cars for sale corral, model car show, special exhibits, kick off parties and everything else the hot rod lover could want!

The Goodguys “Terrific 12” award winners presented by Street Rod Headquarters will be on display at the event all weekend highlighting a fantastic year of the country’s top rods, customs, muscle cars and trucks. DO NOT miss the chance to see America’s finest automobiles up close!

The Southwestern climate is PERFECT in mid-November and everyone always looks forward to closing out the year in sunny Scottsdale. The weekend activities get started early this week beginning with Thursday’s Hot Rod Cruise. Hosted by the Over the Hill Gang, the Hot Rod Cruise visits several rod shops and collections around the Phoenix area then its on to Drew’s Garage in Tempe for the Thursday evening kick off party! Hot Rods by Dean and founder Dean Livermore will host the 3rd annual Goodguys Southwest Nationals TGIG party on Friday starting at 4pm.

The weekend festivities really accelerate Saturday and Sunday as the event gets into full swing on the grass at Westworld. Please come early as traffic tends to be on the heavy side with thousands of revelers coming to see the show! Close out 2009 with Goodguys in Scottsdale! We’ll see you there!

Event Hours:
Fri 8-5
Sat 8-5
Sun 8-3
General Admission: $17
Kids 7-12: $6
Participant weekend registration fee: $70 (includes the car and two people)
Sunday only fee: $35 (includes the car and two people)
Swap Meet & Car Corral spaces: $75 (limited availability) call 480-488-3607 for info.
Event website:
Westworld website:

2009 Goodguys Autumn Get-Together Mini-Photo Gallery Now Available!

November 17, 2009

The 2009 Goodguys Autumn Get-Together mini-gallery is now available – just click here!

Full gallery with more than 220+ photo will be posted later today at – under the purchase photos section!


Goodguy Jake

Terrific 12 Presented by Street Rod Headquarters

November 16, 2009

The 2009 Terrific 12 award winners will be together in a spectacular display presented by Street Rod Headquarters at this weekend’s 12th Southwest Nationals, November 20, 21 & 22 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona!

These are the finest rods, customs, muscle cars, street machines and trucks in the entire country folks! Check out this amazing lineup!

  • West Coast Custom of the Year – Ted Stevens, Los Gatos, CA – 1940 Mercury Coupe
  • Street Rod d’Elegance – Marvin Bok, Auburn, IN – 1939 Ford Convertible
  • Hot Rod of the Year – Bill Steele, Oakdale, PA – 1931 Ford Model A Coupe
  • Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year – Doug Cooper, Oyster Bay Cove, NY – ’32 Ford B 400
  • Ridetech Street Machine of the Year – Barry Blomquist, Onalaska, WI – 1962 Corvette “C1RS”
  • Hushpower America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod – Marvin Bok, Auburn, IN – 1939 Ford Convertible
  • Lincoln Electric Custom Rod of the Year – Brian Vanzant, Paducah, Kentucky – 1950 Chevrolet
  • Hemming’s Muscle Machines Magazine Muscle Car of the Year – Dennis Albaugh, Ankeny, Iowa – 1969 Yenko Camaro
  • Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year (early) – Betsy Rose, Boyerstown, Pennsylvania – 1935 Ford
  • Truck of the Year (late) – Kirk Johnson, Sacramento, CA – 1968 Ford
  • Grundy Worldwide Kustom of the Year – Jon and Kali Budda’s Newman Lake, Washington – 1957 Chevy
  • Detroit Speed Muscle Machine of the Year – Bryan Frank, Scottsbluff, NE – 1969 Pontiac Trans Am

Based in Vancouver, Washington Street Rod Headquarters is the official sponsor of the Terrific 12 display as well as the Truck of the Year Early award. Street Rod Heaqdquarters is your single source street rod parts supplier. For more, visit their website at

Livermore man wins ’65 Buick Giveaway Car!

November 15, 2009

Larry Rodriguez of Livermore, California won the Goodguys/Live 105/CBS 5 1965 Buick Giveaway car Sunday, November 15th at the 20th Autumn Get-Together in Pleasanton. Rodriguez, a long time Goodguys member with seven classic cars in his garage, was one of over 20 finalists who gathered at the fairgrounds for their shot at winning.

After everyone had drawn a key out of a hat (only one key would start the engine signifying the winner), Rodriguez had to patiently wait his turn while 12 others tried and failed to win the car before he stepped inside and fired the motor. “This is amazing! After all the conetsts I’ve entered over the years, I finally won! I feel kinda dizzy. My heart was beating so hard when the engine fired!”

Rodriguez has been a Goodguys member since 1994 and regularly attends Goodguys events in Pleasanton. He works for the Contra Costa Times newspaper in the building services division. In his hometown of Livermore, he regularly drives and enjoys all his classics which include two Hudson’s (a ’51 and a ’53), a ’51 Plymouth Concord, a ’54 Mercury, a ’66 Thunderbird a ’62 Impala and now thanks to his good fortune – a 1965 Buick.

His new ’65 Buick 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.

Congratulations to Larry from Goodguys, Live 105.3FM and CBS5!