Spend your 4th of July Weekend with Goodguys in Des Moines!

June 28, 2010

The Goodguys 19th Heartland Nationals returns to the Iowa State Fairgrounds this weekend July 2,3 & 4 bringing over 3,500 of the country’s hottest rods and coolest customs to Iowa’s Capital City! The three day event features a giant show & shine, vendor exhibits, swap meet & cars for sale corral, Street Challenge Autocross, Saturday night stage show & fireworks, Builder’s Choice awards selected by Rober Burman/Lakeside Rods & Rides, model car show, and lots more fun for the entire family! Meet and get an autograph from hot rodding legend and former Hollywood star Norm Grabowski and check out his new ride!

Live entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend by the classic rock and country band “65 South” who bring your favorite classic hits to the big stage. The band will play Saturday night at the main grandstand starting at 8pm and when the music is over the sky will light up with a giant fireworks show! It’s gonna be a great weekend of hot roddin’ in Iowa! Hope to see ya there!

Goodguys 19th Heartland Nationals
Event Hours:
Friday, July 2nd 8am to 5pm,
Saturday, July 3rd 8am to 8pm
Sunday, July 4th 8am to 3pm
General admission
Adults: $18
Kids 7-12: $6
Registration Fees (Registration is located at the Fairgrounds)
Three-day fee: $75 (includes car and two people)
Sunday Only: $40 (includes the car and two people)
Swap Meet & Car Coral Fees:
Swap Meet Fee: $55 at the gate
Car Corral Fee: $55 at the gate

Don’t miss one of the country’s favorite summer time rod & custom events! For additional Heartland Nationals event information:


Friday Night Drags Coming to Columbus, Puyallup and Joliet!

June 28, 2010

Three thrilling Friday Night Hot Rod Drags are on tap this summer at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, OH (July 9th ), Pacific Raceways in Puyallup, WA (July 23) and Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL (Sept 17th)! Rich Guasco’s famous ‘Pure Hell” Fuel Altered returns to action this year and will be featured in match race competition against Ron Hope’s “Rat Trap” in Columbus and will race Randy Bradford’s Fiat Toppolino at Pacific Raceways. The Pro Mod exhibition group the “Chicago Wise Guys” featuring a full lineup of blown 230mph Pro Mods will put on a breathtaking exhibition at Route 66 which is guaranteed to bring fans to their feet! All this and more!

In addition to all the exhibition action and match races, the Friday Night Drags will feature five classes of competition including Hot Rod, Street machine and Competition classes! For a look at all 2010 Goodguys vintage drag racing action including event dates, class structure, race schedules etc., visit www.ggvintagedragracing.com

Roy Brizio Ready for Columbus!

June 28, 2010

Second generation hot rod craftsman Roy Brizio, the patriarch of Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco, CA will be on hand at the 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone July 9-11 in Columbus, OH to select the event’s Builder’s Choice awards. Brizio will personally select 20 award winners from the Builder’s Choice parking area which will be open from 8am to 2pm Saturday, July 10th at the Ohio Expo Center.The highly sought after awards are milled aluminum, anodized statuettes.

Throughout the last 20 years, Roy Brizio Street Rods has earned a well deserved reputation for building hot rods and customs that have defined modern hot rodding. Roy’s philosophy is simple: to build and help others build the finest looking and driving hot rods of our time. Brizio has built Goodguys winners, Grand National Roadster Show winners and was selected to Hot Rod Magazine’s 50th Anniversary celebration “T” roadster, but perhaps his greatest sense of pride comes from building dual purpose show winning drivers. No other shop the world can boast of putting more miles on their cars than Roy Brizio Street Rods.

It’s going to be a stellar weekend in Columbus with the Brizio selected Builder’s Choice as well as the crowning of the Ridetech Street Machine of the Year and the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year! To see the entire weekend schedule from Columbus, past event photos, purchase tickets and more, visit www.goodguysnats.com

HRIA to hold open Meeting in Columbus

June 24, 2010

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) will hold an open meeting Thursday July 8, 2010 from 3-4:30pm in advance of the Goodguys 13th Annual PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone in Columbus, Ohio. The meeting will be held inside the Ohio Building at the Ohio Expo Center.

This is a perfect chance to hear what the HRIA is working on and to get your voice heard! Guest speakers include Ethan Landsman from the SEMA Action Network, Bob Knechel with the Collectors Foundation and a guest from Championship Auto Shows.

Landsman will also be on hand for the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day celebration Friday, July 9th and will present a resolution to honor the day to HRIA Chair Dennis Overholser. To learn more, contact Zane Clark at zanec@sema.org or 909-978-6696.

Goodtimes Gazette Wins Gold!

June 24, 2010

The Goodguys Gazette continues to reach new heights in its ongoing transformation from 1980s-era newsprint throw away to the all color collectible showpiece it is today.

The November 2009 Gazette was selected by the IAMA as a GOLD medal winner in the TOTAL PUBLICATION category

During the recently announced 19th International Automotive Media Awards, the Gazette won GOLD for its overall design and content (November 2009 issue) and received BRONZE in cover design (February 2009 issue) as well as a BRONZE for Landspeed Louise Noeth’s passionately scripted “Fuel For Thought” column.

The February 2009 Gazette cover was selected by the IAMA as a BRONZE medal winner

This is the first time the Goodguys Gazette has received an IAMA award. “The Gazette crew works hard and loves what they do. I think that’s what shows through each month when we produce the magazine. Plus, great cars and events make for a great magazine!” said Editor in Chief Kirk Jones.

Congratulations to the hard working, mega-talented Goodguys Gazette team on a job well done!

Over 400 Vendors in Columbus! See Who’s Coming!

June 21, 2010

The Goodguys 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone is shaping up to be the summer’s hottest destination for hot rodders worldwide! The event is the largest on the annual Goodguys calendar not only in car count (over 6,000 1972 & earlier rods, customs, classic, muscle car & street machines) but also features the largest annual turnout of vendor exhibits!

Over 400 companies will have exhibit booth at this year’s 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone. The entire Bricker Building will be filled to the rafters with exhibit booths as will the event midways. For a complete list of all vendors at this year’s Nationals – click here

For more on the 13th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone visit the event’s official website here:

19th East Coast Nationals Visit Historic Rhinebeck This Weekend!

June 21, 2010

The Goodguys Goodtimes visit the Northeast this weekend for the 19th edition of the East Coast Nationals, June 25-27 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck! Three big days of hot rodding excitement in quaint Rhinebeck Village! The Dutchess County Fairgrounds is one of the most charming and scenic venues Goodguys visits annually and the surrounding Hudson Valley area is simply breathtaking. It makes for a perfect weekend behind the wheel of your rod, custom or classic!

The East Coast Nationals features over 2,000 rods customs & classic through 1972 vintage, vendor exhibits, live entertainment, Friday Poker Run, swap meet & cars for sale corral, model car & pedal car show and lots more family fun! Don’t miss it!

Admission Prices:
General: $18
Kids (7-12): $6
Under 6: Free
Parking: Free

Event Hours:
Fri 6/25 8am to 5pm
Sat 6/26 8am to 5pm
Sun 6/27 8am to 3pm

Registration Fees: (1972 & earlier vehicles only – Registration located at the Fairgrounds)
Three Day Vehicle Fee: $75 (includes car and two people)
Sunday-Only Vehicle Fee: $40 (includes car and two people)

Swap Meet:
Spaces are $60 at the event, swap set up begins Thursday at NOON
Car Corral:
Car corral fee is $50 for the weekend- set up begins Thursday at NOON
For a closer look at this event, click here:

To call the event hotline, dial (845) 431-9191