Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational to Air This Saturday!

January 29, 2010

Don’t miss the Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational TV episode which airs this Saturday, January 30th at 11:00am eastern/8:00am Pacific on Speed TV! Check out forty of the country’s top street machines as they compete in a series of challenges to determine the event’s top street car.

You will indeed recognize some of the event participants including this year’s Goodguys/Ridetech Street Machine of the Year winner – Barry Blomquist’s C1RS Corvette, plus lots of other favorites! You should also keep an eye out for the Goodguys colors as our big rig was on hand for the festivities!

Tune in!


Nashville Nationals Gets a New Title Sponsor

January 28, 2010

Bridgestone, manufacturer’s of such popular tires as the “Potenza”, “Dueler”, “Turanza” and “Ecopia” among others, has signed on with Goodguys as title sponsor of the 5th Nashville Nationals, May 21-23 at LP Field in downtown Nashville. Headquartered in Nashville, Bridgestone will have a major presence on the midway at the Nashville Nationals as well as other select 2010 Goodguys events. Bridgestone will also become a sponsor of the popular Street Challenge Autocross.

Bridgestone Americas legacy of motorsports accomplishments began more than nine decades ago when Harvey Firestone chose to showcase his tires on the race track. Since then, their tire brands have appeared in thousands of competitions around the globe, recording a remarkable variety of wins and honors.

Great drivers in Formula 1, at the Indy 500, in motocross, super-cross, karting, monster trucks and dozen of other forms of racing have relied on Bridgestone tires to provide the consistency and durability needed to win. Bridgestone’s involvement with motorsports provides more than thrills, it contributes to the design and production of improved tires for every day street use.

For more visit www.bridgestoneamericas.com

2010 Event Tee Shirts Now Available!

January 26, 2010

Ready to get your 2010 Goodguys season under way right now? Get a head start on the season and be the first Goodguy on your block to wear a 2010 event tee shirt! We currently have 15 different 2010 event shirts available with more to come in the following weeks!

All event shirts are available in white only with the event logo on the front and the Goodguys ’32 sedan logo on the back. Sizes S-XL are $20 each with 2X-4X $23 each!

Click here to order yours today!

Feeling Adventurous? Join the Del Mar Hot Rod Cruise this Spring!

January 22, 2010

A special Hot Rod Cruise down to ol’ Del Mar has been organized for Wednesday and Thursday April 7 & 8 prior to the Goodguys 10th Del Mar Nationals! The cruise will depart Goodguys Headquarters in Pleasanton Wednesday, April 7th at 8 a.m. arriving in Del Mar the next afternoon, Thursday, April 8th. The cruise will meander down California’s central valley with stops in Bakersfield and Lebec before going over the hill to Southern California. Stops at hot rod shops and exclusive private collections are planned so you won’t want to miss out! A hot rod cruise is 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! All cruisers are responsible for making their hotel reservation for Wednesday night the 7th. The cruisers will be staying at the Radisson Covina (hotel address and contact information listed below – make sure and ask for the Goodguys cruiser rate). Please RSVP with Ed Burgess via e-mail (hotrded@sbcglobal.net) and let him know you plan on joining the cruise.

If you plan on joining in along the way that’s OK too, but we ask that you show your courtesy to the stop hosts by not arriving at their shop or collection before the other cruisers arrive. Here’s a look at the full cruise itinerary!

Del Mar Cruise Day 1
Wednesday, April 7th
Gather @ Goodguys Headquarters:
1071 Serpentine Lane
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 838-9876

Head South to Bakersfield @ 8am

Stop 1:
Ironworks Speed & Custom
664 Lebec Rd, Lebec, CA 93243
(661) 248-2277
Arrive: 11:45am
Depart: 12:45pm

Stop 2:
Ridge Route Collectible & Restoration Collection
664 Lebec Rd, Lebec, CA 93243
(661) 248-2277
Arrive: 1:30pm
Depart: 2:30pm

Stop 3:
Justice Brothers
2734 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 359-9174
Arrive: 4pm
Depart: 5pm

Hotel Info for Wednesday night 4/7/2010
Radisson Covina
1211 E Garvey St, Covina, CA 91724
(626) 915-3441
Arrive: 5:15pm

Del Mar Cruise Day 2
Thursday, April 8th

Depart Radisson Covina 9am

Stop 1:
Malloy Foundation – Private Collection
556 Malloy Ct., Corona, CA 92880
(951) 739-0508
Arrive: 9:30am
Depart: 11am

Stop 2:
Kipp’s Garage
541 Birch St., Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
(951) 775-7765
Arrive: 11:30am
Depart: 1pm

Stop 3:
Randy’s Drag Racing Museum
27560 Lindell Rd, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532
(951) 245-9355
Arrive: 1:15pm
Depart: 2:45pm

Last stop:
Del Mar Hilton – Goodguys Del Mar Nationals Host Hotel
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 792-5200

Vintage Air to Sponsor 2010 Custom Rod of the Year award

January 21, 2010

San Antontio, Texas based Vintage Air, the inventors of Performance Air Conditioning, will be presenting sponsor of the 2010 Goodguys Custom Rod of the Year. The Custom Rod of the Year award, presented annually since 1993 is designed to honor a custom car which tastefully blends traditional customizing techniques with modern day performance, engineering, components and styling. The winner will be announced Friday, October 8th on http://www.good-guys.com

Vintage Air is owned and operated by experienced street rodders who have been involved in the sport for over thirty years. They offer rodders the most comprehensive line of high performance air conditioning components available. Every Vintage Air product incorporates the very latest technology available and offers the greatest efficiency and reliability available.

The goal of Vintage Air is to help rodders cool their specialty vehicle in a more informed way with parts specially designed for street rods, sport trucks and performance cars. Vintage Air supplies you what you really need to get the job done right! They’re always interested in your air conditioning questions and welcome technical inquiries. Feel free to call or write to them at anytime.

Also, be sure to come by the Vintage Air display at events! For more, visit www.vintageair.com

Garlits Coming to 9th Blue Suede Cruise!

January 20, 2010

Norwalk, OH – Don Garlits, the greatest drag racer of all time will be the Hot Rod Hero of the Goodguys 9th Blue Suede Cruise August 20-22 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. Garlits will be on hand throughout the weekend to sign autographs for fans, pose for pictures and make exhibition runs down the Norwalk quarter mile with one of his vintage “Swamp Rat” front engine dragsters.

Garlits is a fan favorite wherever he goes but Summit Motorsports Park has always felt extra homey to the “Swamp Rat.” Partly because he’s always had a close relationship to the Bader family and the fact that he has an entire grandstand at the Norwalk track named in his honor!

On track, there was nobody better or more innovative than “Big Daddy.” He won the world’s biggest drag race – “The Nationals” in Indianapolis eight times. Garlits was the ultimate hot rodder who built, tuned and drove his own race cars. Not only that, he towed his dragsters in his crew cab dually everywhere he went, his wife Pat, their children, and his trusty crewman and longtime friend TC Lemmons riding along shotgun. Indeed Garlits had a storybook career, one he couldn’t have possibly dreamed up when he first started racing out of he and his brother Ed’s body & paint shop in 1956 in Tampa. The drag racing media made their opinion clear that Garlits was the best drag racer the world ever produced when he was voted #1 on NHRA’s Top 50 Driver’s list in 2002.

Read the conclusion here

Dick Wells 1935-2010

January 19, 2010

Hot Rodding has lost one of its pioneering fathers with the passing of Dick Wells. Wells died late Monday night from complications after heart surgery last November. He was 75.

Originally from the plain state of Nebraska, Wells’ contributions to hot rodding are numerous. He held many different industry positions over the years including stints as editor or associate editor at magazines such as Hot Rod, Motor Trend, National Dragster and others. He is credited with producing the first ever SEMA Show at Dodger’s Stadium in Los Angeles back in 1967 and together with Tom Medley started the Street Rod Nationals in the early 70s. He also served on the NHRA board of directors – a position he held since 1979.

In 2007, he retired from the position of vice president of corporate projects at SEMA, where he also served as executive director in the 1970s.

Wells was honored many times for contributions to the automotive industry. He was named SEMA Person of the Year in 1977 and was inducted into the SEMA Industry Hall of Fame in 1993. He was presented the International Specialty Car Association (ISCA) Founder’s Award in 1994, the Street Rod Marketing Alliance Industry Recognition Award in 1996, and was among those honored with the NHRA Pioneers Award in 2001. Last year, he was inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

“Dick was the ultimate multi-tasker,” recalled Goodguys President and longtime friend Gary Meadors. “Dick was an outstanding writer, historian and event promoter. I remember being in his office one day when he was talking on the phone, writing an article and folding fliers all at the same time. He was a true Goodguy and a real pioneer for our industry. We certainly appreciate his dedication and leadership.”