2010 Ridler Winner

February 28, 2010

Tammy Ray’s 1933 Ford phaeton from Dahlonega, Georgia took home the Don Ridler Memorial Award at this year’s O’Reilly’s Detroit Autorama presented by Meguiar’s at Cobo Hall.

To see complete coverage of the Autorama, click on over to http://www.streetrodderweb.com


West Coast Custom of the Year Up for Grabs in Pleasanton

February 25, 2010

Some of the country’s sleekest and most stylish custom cars will be on display inside the main exhibit building at the Goodguys 28th All American Get-Together, March 27 & 28 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds! Why so many killer customs? They’re all gunning for the 2010 West Coast Custom of the Year award! The winner will receive $1,000, a special billet aluminum award for the mantle, a full color feature in the Goodguys Gazette and yearbook not to mention national bragging rights.

The customs-only building is unique for Goodguys and is the one time each year that the popular custom cars get to occupy center stage. Stylist’s who will display their customs at All American Get-Together include James Hetfield (1936 Auburn), John D’Agostino (1959 Cadillac), Richard Zocci (1968 Dodge), Norm Ricardo (1959 Ford Ranch Wagon), Dave Pharr (1954 Buick), Marcos Garcia (1949 Mercury), Jim “Bones” Noteboom (1937 Packard), Greg Hughes (1949 Plymouth), Butch Tucker (1951 Ford Convertible), Bob & Nancy Smith (1955 Chevy), Mike Gray & Val Tompkins (1959 Lincoln) Elias Nunez (1967 Lincoln Continental & 1958 Buick Special), Lionel Duran (1960 Buick) and many others!

James Hetfield's '36 Auburn

The Goodguys 2010 West Coast Custom of the Year award will be awarded to a Custom car 1936 through 1972 vintage. Only cars entered in the indoor portion of the All American Get-Together are eligible. The award is designed to honor an exceptional custom car and is open to all styles and genres of customs (from traditional to modern). The top five finalists will be displayed outdoors on the fairgrounds lawn (concourse style) Sunday, March 28th before the overall winner is announced during Sunday afternoon’s awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will start at 3:00pm.

Rick Dore's '50 Cad

If you have a killer custom car and would like to be included in the custom display indoors in Pleasanton, shoot an e-mail and a couple of photos to harryd@good-guys.com

Mike Gray's '59 Lincoln


Guest Shuttles Added for 1st Spring Nationals at Westworld!

February 25, 2010

In an effort to enhance your experience at the season-opening Spring Nationals, Goodguys will be offering “guest shuttles” from the parking lot to the main entrance. The shuttles will be active throughout the weekend so hitch a ride and take a load off!


Exclusive Mustang Giveaway for Pleasanton!

February 24, 2010

Here’s some great news for fans attending any of the four Goodguys events this season at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds! Goodguys is teaming up with Live 105, KFRC and CBS 5 to give away a super clean 1965 Mustang coupe. The final giveaway drawing will take place at the 21st Autumn Get-Together, November 13 & 14 this fall. Semi finalists will be chosen at all four 2010 Goodguys events held at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. The first giveaway finalists will be chosen at the 28th All American Get-Together March 27 & 28 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

Additional finalists and qualifiers will be chosen throughout the year by registering on http://www.live105.com

The ‘Stang is a super clean 60’s machine powered by a 289 V8 engine/C4 transmission. The car also features power steering, power disc brakes, Holley carb, Accel billet distributor, black interior, Grant Steering wheel, fire engine red paint, and polished American 5 spokes!

It’s the fifth car in the last twelve years Goodguys has given away as a promotion in Northern California. In 2008, a white and blue ’65 Mustang was won by Pleasanton’s Colleen Donnelly which she still drives and shows!

Stop by the Live 105 booth at the 28th All American Get-Together to see the car up close and register to win!


Collectible Metal Signs Now In Stock! (all 23 events)

February 24, 2010

Get your commemorative event signs while supplies last! Goodguys is now offering these collectible metal souvenir signs featuring the full color event art of all twenty-three 2010 Goodguys events from coast to coast, border to border!

The signs have a “weathered” or patina look to them with the event art in full color. They make a great addition to your garage or hot rod shop!

The 12”x12” signs are $20 plus shipping. All event signs are currently in stock and available for purchase so act now! Click here to order

Or you can call (925) 838-9876 Ext 182 to order by phone using your credit card.


Goodguys 2010 Vintage Drag Racing Presented by Snap-On…A Closer Look

February 21, 2010

The thunder of the 2010 Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing season, presented by Snap-On is distant yet building! It all gets started at Indy this June for the 22nd edition of the Hot Rod Nationals. All of your favorite racing classes return for the 2010 season! For a complete look at all of the 2010 classes, event schedules and payouts, be sure and visit www.ggvintagedragracing.com

If you have a specific question regarding the rules, classes or technical queries, please contact Goodguys race director Larry Westervelt at (925) 895-7878 Here’s a quick look at what’s on tap and when!

June 11, 12 & 13 – Indianapolis, IN
22nd HOT ROD NATIONALS
O’Reilly Raceway Park @ Indianapolis. Race classes: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Comp I, Pro Comp II, B/GAS, Nostalgia Gas, Nostalgia Comp, Hot Rod Eliminator & Street Rod Shootout. Exhibition Classes: Nostalgia Super Stock, Geezer Gassers and Nostalgia Pro Stock. Racing/Tech Inquiries: Larry Westervelt (925) 895-7878
Race Schedule:
Thursday, June 10th – Pit Parking & Tech
Friday, June 11th – Qualifying
Saturday, June 12th – Qualifying and & Eliminations (TF & FC Rd 1)
Sunday, June 13th – Final Eliminations

August 20, 21 & 22 – Norwalk, OH
9th BLUE SUEDE CRUISE
Summit Motorsports Park. Special Notice – Don Garlits will serve as the event’s official “Hot Rod Hero!”
Race classes: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Comp I, Pro Comp II, B/GAS, Nostalgia Gas, Nostalgia Comp, Hot Rod Eliminator & Street Rod Shootout. Exhibition Classes: Nostalgia Super Stock, Geezer Gassers, Nostalgia Pro Stock. Racing/Tech Inquiries: Larry Westervelt (925) 895-7878
Thursday, August 19th – Pit Parking & Tech
Friday, August 20th – Qualifying
Saturday, August 21st – Qualifying and & Eliminations (TF & FC Rd 1)
Sunday, August 22nd – Final Eliminations

October 15, 16 & 17 – Bowling Green, KY
3rd NOSTALGIA NATIONALS
Beech Bend Raceway Park. Race classes: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Comp I, Pro Comp II, B/GAS, Nostalgia Gas, Nostalgia Comp, Hot Rod Eliminator & Street Rod Shootout. Exhibition Classes: Nostalgia Super Stock, Geezer Gassers, Nostalgia Pro Stock. Racing/Tech Inquiries: Larry Westervelt (925) 895-7878
Thursday, Oct 14th – Pit Parking & Tech
Friday, Oct 15th – Qualifying
Saturday, Oct 16th – Qualifying and & Eliminations (TF & FC Rd 1)
Sunday, Oct 17th – Final Eliminations

Friday Night Drags

Friday, July 9th
National Trail Raceway, Hebron, OH.
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 2pm, Tech at 3pm, Time Runs 4pm, Eliminations 7pm

Friday, July 23rd
Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA
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 2pm, Tech at 3pm, Time Runs 4pm, Eliminations 7pm

Friday, September 17th
Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
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 2pm, Tech at 3pm, Time Runs 4pm, Eliminations 7pm

Friday, October 29th
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, Tech at 1pm, Time Runs 3pm, Eliminations 5pm


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

February 19, 2010

Newsflash – 2/19 – We just learned that GM will be at the first tour stop – Ironworks Speed & Custom – to buy everyone lunch and to show off their new GM E-ROD engine!

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
2762 Unicorn Road
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone: (661)399-8999
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