Attention in the Pits! Attention in the Pits!

September 30, 2010

Attention vintage drag racers and hot rodders at heart! The final vintage drag race of the 2010 season is just two short weeks away! The 3rd Nostalgia Nationals presented by Snap On takes over historic Beech Bend Raceway Park October 15-17 bringing over 1,500 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and race cars! It’s show and go all in one giant event! Plus vendor exhibits, a swap meet & car corral and a chance to meet NHRA Funny Car stars Cruz and Tony Pedregon on Sunday the 17th!

A full lineup of vintage drag racing is on tap in 8 open eliminator classes as well as a heavy dose of exhibition action from the Nostalgia Super Stockers and Geezer Gassers!

If you’re a vintage drag racer and want to get in on the action, you can save $10 bucks off event registration by calling the office (925) 838-9876 now! Pre-registration ends this Friday, October 1st! Price is $75 for car & driver if you phone in by Friday. At event registration is $85.

If you’re a current Goodguys member, you can also register online. Online pre-event registration closes Friday as well. Click here to register if you’re a current member.

For a look at the race classes and payouts as well as the at-event racing schedule, click here

Don’t miss your last chance to smoke the tires this season!!!!


2010 Chicagoland Nationals MEGA Photo Gallery Now Online!

September 29, 2010

Check out 350+ official 2010 Chicagoland Nationals event photos taken by the Gazette crew!

MEGA Gallery »

All photos available for purchase, download or gift printing!

2010 Mid-Western Nationals Event Photos Now Available!

September 28, 2010

Check out over 250+ event photos from the 2010 Mid-Western Nationals taken by the official Gazette crew.

Texas Motor Speedway Hosts 18th Lone Star Nationals This Weekend

September 27, 2010

This coming weekend October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, the Goodguys 18th Lone Star Nationals rolls into the giant sized Texas Motor Speedway bringing over 2,000 rods, customs and classics through 1972 vintage. Plus vendor exhibits, a swap meet & cars 4 sale corral, Goodguys AutoCross, live nostalgia entertainment with the “Pushrods” and lots more fun for the entire family! NASCAR rental rides and a Saturday evening track cruise around the high banks of TMS are also included!

Don’t miss this Texas sized auto lover’s paradise! For a full lineup of weekend activities, past event photo galleries etc., click here:

Event Hours
Friday, Oct 1st – 8am to 5pm
Saturday, Oct 2nd – 8am to 5pm
Sunday, Oct 3rd – 8am to 3pm
General Admission:
Adults $18
Kids (7-12) $6

Vehicle Registration:
At Event Weekend Fee: $75
At Event Sunday Only Fee: $40
Registration will be held at the DFW Marriott

Swap Meet & Car Corral:
$65 per space. Swap & Car Corral set up starts Thursday @ NOON. For more info on the swap meet click here:

Project CleanAir ’55 Update!

September 26, 2010

Project CleanAir ’55, the emissions legal ’55 Chevy convertible Grand Prize Giveaway Car for the 2011 event season is making giant strides towards completion. The car, designed by Hermance Design, will make its grand debut at the Goodguys 2nd Spring Nationals March 11-13 next spring in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Rodger Lee and his team at Ironworks Speed & Kustom in Bakersfield, California have spearheaded the build and have been busy all summer mating the Experimetal ’55 convertible body to their beefy Tri-5 chassis. Ironworks has now finished the car’s initial phase of construction. It’s ready to head east where Kenny Davis Hotrods in Rogers, Arkansas will cover the body in bright red PPG paint.

Overall silhouette of Clean Air ’55 rolling on Intro 19 & 20 inch Intro wheels. The killer stance is courtesy of the Ironworks Tri 5 chassis.

“This car will be a high quality, slicked up cruiser,” Lee said smiling. “These Experimetal ‘55’s are easy to make look good. We’ve been going full steam ahead throughout the summer. We mini tubbed the body a smidge to allow for the 10-inch Intro wheels on a 295 tire as well as installed the big brake kit from Wilwood. We’ve fabricated some cool stuff and smoothed out the dash as well. It’s gonna look really good when it’s done.

The heart of Clean Air ’55 is the emissions legal 433 horsepower LS 3 E-Rod motor.

The Ironworks team hand-fabricated the“old school” looking air cleaner. Inside the engine compartment you’ll notice the Wilwood Master Cylinder, Vintage Air Front Runner Bracket System and Ring Bros Hood Hinges.

The stock dash was reworked a little. Notice the passenger side hump was removed for a smoother, cleaner contour. The Recovery Room will cover the dash in leather over the winter

The big brake kit from Wilwood will stop CleanAir ’55 on a dime

The Rick’s Hot Rod Shop fuel tank and Flowmaster mufflers are hung and in place. Next step will be to build the exhaust with Stainless Works U-bends.

For a closer look at the build, visit this link:

Looking Ahead – Street Rod HQ to Present Terrific 12 at Season Finale in Scottsdale!

September 24, 2010

All 2010 Terrific 12 award winners will appear together at the season-ending 13th Southwest Nationals, November 19, 20 & 21 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona courtesy of our friends at Street Rod Headquarters! The Vancouver, Washington based street rods parts supplier is the official sponsor of the Terrific 12 display this fall in Scottsdale. Per tradition, all 12 cars will be displayed together as one group throughout the weekend. They will also be receiving their custom wrapped Snap On toolboxes to display alongside their vehicles!

  • Check out this impressive lineup of the world’s finest rods, customs, trucks, muscle cars and street machines!
  • Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year – Jerry Magnuson, Ventura, CA – ’32 Muroc Roadster
  • Ridetech Street Machine of the Year – Karen Leisinger, Wall Lake, SD – 1967 Camaro
  • Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year – Floyd Williams, Austin, TX 1932 Ford Roadster
  • Hushpower America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod – Jerry Magnuson, Ventura, CA – ’32 Muroc Roadster
  • Street Rod d’Elegance – Jerry Magnuson, Ventura, CA – ’32 Muroc Roadster
  • West Coast Custom of the Year – James Hetfield, San Francisco, CA 1936 Auburn
  • Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year – Winner to be announced Friday, October 8th on
  • Street Rod HQ Truck of the Year (early) – Winner to be announced Friday, October 8th on
  • LMC Truck of the Year (late) – Winner to be announced Friday, October 8th on
  • Grundy Kustom of the Year – Winner to be announced Friday, November 6th on
  • Hemming’s Muscle Machines Muscle Car of the Year – Winner to be announced Friday, October 15th on
  • Detroit Speed Muscle Machine of the Year – Winner to be announced Friday, October 8th on

Call to Action! PA Bill Would Increase Fees for Street Rods

September 23, 2010

Our friends at SEMA are urging its members nationwide to contact members of the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee to oppose Legislation H.B. 8A.

Under the bill, general passenger cars will face a $13 increase in their registration fee, while the one-time registration fee for antique, classic and collectible vehicles will go up by $27 (from $75 to $102) and the initial registration fee for street rods by $29 (from $20 to $51).
Additionally, each of these fees would be increased every year. Under Pennsylvania law, an antique motor vehicle is defined as “a motor vehicle manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current year.”

A classic motor vehicle is defined as “a motor vehicle manufactured at least 15 years prior to the current year.”
Collectible motor vehicles are defined as “reconstructed or modified motor vehicles substantially modified from the manufacturer’s original specifications and appearance and maintained in a collectible condition.”

A street rod is “a motor vehicle, or a reproduction thereof, with a model year of 1948 or older which has been materially altered or modified by the removal, addition or substitution of essential parts and with a gross weight or registered gross weight of not more than 9,000 pounds.”
This legislation is unfair, according to SEMA, as these older cars are infrequently driven (about one-third the miles each year as a new vehicle) second or third vehicles and deserving of reduced registration fees.

For more information, or to contact members of the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee immediately by e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 8A, CLICK HERE