9th Midwestern Nationals Visits Kansas City Labor Day Weekend!

August 30, 2010

For a complete look at the event visit www.midwesternnats.com

The Goodguys 9th Midwestern Nationals returns to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas this weekend bringing over 2,500 of the country’s hottest rods and coolest customs to this sparkling speedway. The three day event features a giant show & shine spread throughout the Speedway’s infield, vendor exhibits, swap meet & cars for sale corral, Saturday evening track cruise, a Street Challenge Autocross, model car show, and lots more fun for the entire family!

Iowa’s Dave Lane, master craftsman and founder of Fast Lane Rod Shop will personally be on hand throughout the weekend to hand pick the Builder’s Choice awards! The Builder’s Choice and all special parking areas will be open Saturday, Sept 4th from 8am to 2pm.

It’s been over a month since Goodguys event participants have gotten a chance to let it all hang out on a Street Challenge Autocross course! The Street Challenge Autocross will be open for business from 9am to 4pm both Friday and Saturday with a one hour lunch break from noon to 1pm. All event participants can take laps for free with no extra charge. The only requirement for participation is that your car pass a basic tech inspection!

Goodguys 9th Midwestern Nationals
Event Hours:
Friday, August Sept 3rd 8am to 5pm,
Saturday, September 4th 8am to 8pm
Sunday, September 5th 8am to 3pm
General admission
Adults $18
Kids 7-12 $6

Vehicle Registration Fees (Registration is at the Speedway):
3 day registration – $75 (includes the car and two people for the weekend)
Sunday only registration – $40 (includes the car and two people for the weekend)
Swap Meet & Cars for Sale Corral:
Spaces are still available. At-event price $50
For more info on the swap meet call Ron or Vicki Black (417) 581-1449

For a complete look at the event visit www.midwesternnats.com


Dave Lane Ready to Make Kansas City Builder’s Choice Picks

August 30, 2010

Hot rod craftsman Dave Lane of Fast Lane Rod Shop, the same Dave Lane that hand-built two Goodguys Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year winners and this year’s Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year winner will make the Builder’s Choice award selections at this weekend’s 9th Midwestern Nationals September 3, 4 & 5 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

As you can imagine, anyone with Lane’s credentials and skill set is going to create masterful awards. And here they are – feat your eyes on these beauties! Milled from 6061 aluminum, these black anodized awards feature laser etched lettering by Patrick Cooley of Oak Creek Laser Engraving. Dave’s son Brandon spent hours polishing and refining the awards by hand. As you can see, they’re spectacular!

How do you get one? To be eligible for a Builder’s Choice award in Kansas you need to park your rod, custom, classic, truck or muscle car in the Builder’s Choice special parking are Saturday, Sept 4th from 8am to 2pm. Dave will be looking over the cars closely and will make ten selections so get there a little early and shine up your ride!

For a closer look at Dave Lane and his hand built hot rods, visit www.fastlanerodshop.com


‘Magnatude” Makes History in Pleasanton!

August 29, 2010

Jerry Magnuson’s sleek and stylish ‘Magnatude” ’32 Muroc roadster, hand formed by Marcel and designed by Chip Foose was named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Hushpower at the 24th West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. With the win, Magnatude made it a clean sweep this year winning all three major street rod awards offered by Goodguys. In April the car won the Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance crown and was named Goodguys/Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year in Columbus. In being named Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, it marked the first time a car has swept all three coveted awards in the same calendar year.

“Magnatude” is the picture and beauty, grace and performance featuring an LS-1 Chevy with a intercooled Magnacharger (of course!), Tremec 6 speed w/ polished Kugel 9”, Kugel I.F.S & I.R.S., custom Kugel chassis, chopped Carson top, DuVall windshield, hidden headlights, custom dash by Magnuson, Jim Griffin upholstery, tunneled seats and countless other subtle tricks. The paint is two-tone butterscotch pearl with champagne metallic. In traditional So-Cal hot rod fashion, the car features one off Foose designed “bigs and little’s” – 17×7” in front and 20×10” out back wrapped in Scorpion Zero rubber.

Well known throughout the automotive aftermarket for his “Magnacharger” super charger kits, Magnuson was humbled by his third major award this season. “We’ve had a lot of fun with the car this year,” he said. “Receiving an award like this here in Pleasanton competing against the best cars is as good as it gets,” he said.

The top 5 finalists for America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Flowmaster included Brent Scheider, Pleasanton, CA (’37 Ford Cabriolet), Jerry Magnuson, Ventura, CA (’32 Ford roadster), Cindy Warn, Aurora, OR (1939 Ford), Bill West, Tracy, CA (1939 LaSalle), John Delahunt, Rough & Ready, CA (1937 Ford Woodie).


24th West Coast Nationals Presented by Flowmaster Gets Underway This Weekend!

August 26, 2010

Long known as the “Crown Jewel” of Goodguys events, the 24th annual West Coast Nationals returns home to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds this weekend bringing over 3,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars from around the world! The West Coast Nationals is the largest participant automotive event in the Western United States and offers show goers the world’s finest American hot rods, customs and classics. For the first time in the event’s 23 year history, muscle cars through 1972 vintage will be welcomed setting the stage for what will be a spectacular new look and feel!

All of the event’s traditions are cherished. Starting on Monday, Hot Rod Week takes rodders on four days of guided tours in and around the Bay Area to various collections, hot rod shops, museums and other cool points of interest. Friday’s Shade Tree Social hosted by the Danville Dukes offers wieners and fellowship in the fairgrounds picnic area. A spectacular array of vendor exhibits, special parking areas, a giant Goodgals Gallery (arts & crafts), kids games, seminars, the crowning of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, and over one hundred other specialty awards like the Stroker McGurk, Billy B Memorial and Best Bitchin’ plus many others are offered.

Tom Medley will be honored as the “Hot Rod Hero” of this weekend’s event. Medley, the spirited cartoonist who created “Stroker McGurk” for the pages of 1950s era Hot Rod Magazine and later served as editor of Rod & Custom Magazine will be on hand Friday and Saturday in Pleasanton to hand pick this year’s Stroker award as well as the ’40 Fords Forever pick.

While at Rod & Custom, Medley was instrumental in the formation of the first ever Street Rod Nationals and is credited with being one of the founding fathers of today’s billion dollar street rodding industry. Medley, now 90, will receive an award Saturday afternoon, August 28th for his numerous contributions to the industry from his peers and former coworkers at Rod & Custom including Bud Bryan and Jim Jacobson. STREET RODDER’s Ron Ceridono will also speak.

For a complete look at the West Coast Nationals visit www.ggwestcoastnats.com

Event Hours:
Friday 8/27 8am to 5pm
Saturday 8/28 8am to 5pm
Sunday 8/29 8am to 3pm
General Admission: $18
Kids 7-12 $6
Fairgrounds Parking: $8
Registration Fees (Registration located at the Pleasanton Hilton. Registration is open to rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 vintage only).
Three day registration fee (includes car and 2 people): $75
Sunday only registration fee (includes the car & two people) $40. Please note that Sunday registration is located at the Fairgrounds and is open from 8am to NOON. Enter Rose Ave. Gate.
Swap Meet and Car Corral: $70 per spot. For detailed swap meet information click here


Hot Rod Week is here!

August 22, 2010

Hot Rod Week is here! Four jam-packed days of hot rodding fun will feature shop visits, lunch stops and kickin’ tires with rodders from around the globe! No registration is required and there is no fee. Just show up at the Pleasanton Hilton at 8am each morning this week, get a map and head off to join the fun! All tours leave the back parking lot of the Hilton at 8:30am sharp!

Monday 8/23 – North Bay Area
Hot Rod Week 2010 starts off with a bang, heading to three of the North Bay area’s most treasured stops. We’ll start the day in historic Santa Rosa with visits to Fred Stoke’s Old Gas Station & Oil Can Collection and Vern Tardell’s “Flathead Ranch.” Opening Day will conclude at Steve & Glenda Castelli’s auto and memorabilia collection in scenic Healdsburg. It doesn’t get much better than this folks!

Tuesday 8/24 – Sacramento Valley
Day two will head east to visit California’s Capitol City, long a hot bed for hot rodding, with stops at John White’s “Rams Head Auto Collection” –which features some of the rarest and most pristine Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge automobiles you’ll ever see, So-Cal Speed Shop and the day’s final stop – the Taj Mahal for traditional hot rodders – Sacramento Vintage Ford!

Wednesday 8/25 – South Bay Area
The Hot Rod Week tour moves to the Silicon Valley for day three with the first stop of the day at Larry Carter’s Car Collection featuring an eclectic blend of American and foreign autos. From there we’ll head deep into the Santa Cruz Mountains for a scenic drive and a stop at Canepa Design (home to some of the world’s most exotic race and sports cars) then back over the hill to San Jose for the day’s final stop at historic Goodie’s Speed Shop – former home to Lew Arrington’s Brutus Funny Car as well as the legendary “Jungle Jim” Liberman car.

Thursday 8/26 – North Bay and Wine Country
Wrap up Hot Rod Week 2010 with a visit to Al Engel’s car collection in Richmond featuring a wide array of classic cars and some great memorabilia. Then it’s up to the beautiful Sonoma Valley to the B.R. Cohn Winery for a visit to the exclusive wine property (which holds weekly classic car shows) and a look at proprietor Bruce Cohn’s private vehicle collection. The final stop for Hot Rod Week 2010 will be at Robbie Azevedo’s Pacific Coast Customs in American Canyon for a look at what this hard charging young customizer and his team are working on!

For more information contact Fred Zimmerman – f.zimmerman@comcast.net


Blue Suede Cruise Race Results!

August 20, 2010

The drag racing action at the Goodguys 9th Blue Suede Cruise @ Summit Motorsports Park is heating up today as hundreds of race cars have entered the event and are speeding down the track here in Norwalk, OH under warm sunny skies! To follow the race results from the event this weekend, make sure and visit the Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing results blog by clicking here


Blue Suede Cruise Race Results!

August 20, 2010

The drag racing action at the Goodguys 9th Blue Suede Cruise @ Summit Motorsports Park is heating up today as hundreds of race cars have entered the event and are speeding down the track here in Norwalk, OH under warm sunny skies! To follow the race results from the event this weekend, make sure and visit the Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing results blog by clicking here: http://www.ggvintagedragracing.com/results