A Holiday Message from Goodguys!

December 20, 2010

Greetings to all Goodguys and Goodgals around the world! We send our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season to you and your families and we thank you for being a part of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association!

Our offices in Pleasanton, California will be closed for the Holidays December 24th through January 2nd. We’ll be back up and running full speed Monday, January 3rd 2011.

And remember – get your sleigh revvin’ for a great 2011!


Looking ahead…25th West Coast Nationals!

December 20, 2010

It’s hard to believe, but next August will mark the 25th anniversary of the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton! The event will take place the weekend of August 26-28 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds as it has since 1987. As you can imagine, it’s going to be a big celebration! The annual Hot Rod Week tour will precede the event beginning on Monday, August 22nd (Hot Rod Week schedule will be released this spring).

We wanted to give everyone a heads up that throughout the weekend in Pleasanton we’ll be doing some fun West Coast Nationals trivia contests as we celebrate the event’s silver anniversary. Now might be a good time to dig out your 1st annual West Coast Nationals event shirts, hats, souvenir steins, window stickers or anything else that you’ve saved since that first year and set it aside so you can bring it with you this August.

If you have a particular story you’d like to share about your journey to that first West Coast Nationals way back when, we’d love to hear them and might even publish some of them right here on Hot News!

Send your 1st West Coast Nationals memories, pictures and stories to John Drummond via e-mail (johnd@good-guys.com). If you can, please include brief descriptions or photo captions along with the images. It helps greatly to explain what’s going on in the photographs!

The Goodguys 25th Anniversary West Coast Nationals! It will be here before ya know it!

Classic Trucks Finest Five Awards Program returns in 2011

December 20, 2010

Our friends at Classic Trucks magazine are back for another year of the Classic Trucks “Finest Five” awards program! Editor Jim Rizzo (or “THE RIZZ” as he’s affectionately known in the industry) and his staff will be back at five events at various locations this year to select the five coveted awards.

Not only will the award recipients be handed an award, they’ll also receive a photo in the magazine and a jacket as well! Here’s the lineup of events Classic Trucks Magazine will be attending:

Classic Trucks Finest Five 2011
20th East Coast Nationals, June 24-26, Rhinebeck, NY
14th PPG Nationals, July 8-10, Columbus, OH
10th Great Northwest Nationals, August 19-21, Spokane, WA
10th Midwestern Nationals, Sept 2-4, Kansas City, KS
18th Lonestar Nationals, Sept 30-Oct 2, Ft. Worth, TX

Jim Crescenti Wins 2010 GT Mustang!

December 16, 2010

Jim Crescenti, a retired automotive and motorcycle enthusiast from Oakdale, California was drawn as the lucky winner of the 2010 GT Mustang! The car, part of a yearlong promotion between Goodguys and the Ford Motor Company was delivered to Crescenti at Goodguys headquarters Tuesday, December 14th.

His new Mustang is fresh off the factory floor and features a 4.6 liter V8, 5 speed transmission, tinted windows, black leather upholstery, black paint and a booming sound system equipped with Sirius Satellite radio! Added bonuses include throaty Flowmaster exhaust and NXT Generation air filter and under hood accessories!

Turns out this will be Crescenti’s 3rd Mustang. He bought a 1969 428 Cobra Jet Mach I when he was in the military and currently owns a potent 2007 Shelby GT that he shows at the Goodguys Get-Together events in Pleasanton. He’s been a member of Goodguys and the California Mustang Club for several years. He now adds the brand new GT Mustang to his stable of pony cars.

When we called him Monday the 13th to let him know he’d won he shared how “This is really gonna make my wife’s day! She’s needed a new car for years,” he said emphatically. “She’s going to be beside herself! This is awesome! I’ve never won anything – I mean nothing my entire life and then I get the phone call I’ve won the Goodguys Mustang. That’s amazing. It’s Christmas time too! What could be better?”

Throughout the year, potential winners filled out a digital survey at the Goodguys big rig at all 23 events in hopes of winning the car. A finalist was pulled from each of the events as well as one online contest finalist to create a total pool of 24 finalists from what was estimated to be over 700,000 contest entries. Crescenti’s name was randomly drawn as the winner from the 24 finalists.

He was a participant at this year’s Summer Get-Together June 5-6 in Pleasanton. It was at the Summer Get-Together that he filled out the survey and entered the contest. A similar promotion is planned for next year with another GT Mustang so make sure you enter to win!

Congratulations to Jim from all of us at Goodguys!

2010 Southwest Nationals Photo Gallery Now Available!

December 10, 2010

Check out over 600 official Southwest Nationals photos, one of the largest galleries all year HERE!

You can even purchase the photos and put them on gift items!

Street Rodder Top 100 event locations announced for 2011 season!

December 9, 2010

STREET RODDER Magazine’s Painless Performance Top 100 Program returns to eight Goodguys events in 2011. STREET RODDER photographers will be at the Goodguys National events listed below looking for their favorite rods and custom cars. At each of the events, the magazine’s editors will select 10 vehicles, to be prominently presented in magazine’s event coverage and on their website. Every winner, 100 in all, will receive an exclusive custom jacket stitched with a distinctive “Painless Performance Presents STREET RODDER Magazine Top 100” logo.

At the end of the year, the 100 finalists from each of these events (which include 20 picks made outside of Goodguys events) will be judged by a panel of pros consisting of STREET RODDER editors and experts from Painless Performance. One vehicle will be selected as their Street Rod of the Year. The winning car, maybe yours, will be highlighted on the pages of the magazine and its owner, maybe you, will receive a trophy and a one-of-a-kind Painless Performance/STREET RODDER Magazine Street Rod of the Year letterman jacket!

Eighty of the Top 100 finalists will be selected at these Goodguys events:
• 1st Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 18-20, Ft Worth, TX
• 11th Del Mar Nationals, April 1-3, Del Mar, CA
• 20th East Coast Nationals, June 24-26, Rhinebeck, NY
• 14th PPG Nationals, July 8-10, Columbus, OH
• 10th Great Northwest Nationals, Aug 19-21, Spokane, WA
• 1st WIX Filters Speedway Nationals, Sept 16-18, Indianapolis, IN
• 18th Southeastern Nationals, Oct 28-30, Charlotte, NC
• 14th Southwest Nationals, Nov 18-20, Scottsdale, AZ

Bay Area metal master Jack Hagemann Gone at 94

December 9, 2010

Bay area metalshaper and master craftsman Jack Hagemann of Alamo, CA passed away Monday, December 6th. He was 94.

A popular fixture in the bay area speed circles, Hagemann first burst on the scene in the 1930s when he hand built a midget race car; chassis, body and all. A highly skilled, self taught metal shaping master and body designer, Hagemann was northern California’s “go to” metal man for decades. Over the years he shaped and designed literally thousands of parts, pieces, hoods, fenders and panels for the who’s who of motorsport as well as complete chassis and whatever else he could think up. During the many years he spent bending and forming aluminum into automotive works of art, his magic touched many different types of racing: Midgets, Sprint Cars, Indy Cars, Bonneville Streamliners, Hot Rods, and Sports Cars – all receiving the Hagemann touch.

Jack Hagemann (center) seen here at the first Danville Dukes garage party passed away Monday, December 6th at age 94. Pictured are (from left to right) Roger Garcia, Andy Brizio, Rudy Perez, Jack Hagemann, Tom Walsh and Rich Guasco.

Hot rodders like Dick Magoo, Bill Burnham, Tommy Walsh, SRTEET RODDER editor Brian Brennan and hundreds of others turned to Hagemann to shape their rod’s hoods and fenders. But before the street rod surge of the 70s and 80s, Hagemann was a fixture at sports car and oval track events. Famed Indy Car mechanic George Bignotti recruited Hagemann to work on Indy roadsters at the Brickyard. Among his many accomplishments were some beautiful sports car bodies for racecars of the 1950s and 1960s which included the Leson Simca, the David MG, the Gillespie MG, the Barneson-Hagemann Chrysler as well as beautiful polished-aluminum bodies for the Webster team of the United States Road Racing Championship circuit. There were countless other projects. Hagemann’s favorite of all the cars he ever built was a handcrafted RSK-Type Porsche Spyder roadster with a tube frame, aluminum body, and Porsche running gear. He frequently brought that car to the early Goodguys events in Pleasanton.

One of Hagemann’s favorite past times was driving fast. Really, really fast! One day many decades ago the California Highway Patrol blocked off both ends of Crow Canyon Rd (a windy stretch between Castro Valley and San Ramon in Northern California) in an attempt to catch and arrest him for driving at dangerous speeds. Just a few years back at age 90, he was stopped by the Highway Patrol near the border of Oregon and California doing 130mph in his Turbo 911 Porsche.

In recent years, he had been slowing down but was still tinkering on a coupe to match his Spyder roadster. Steve Moal of Moal Coachbuilders in Oakland became a close confidante of Hagemann’s back in the 1960s. “As a guy who wanted to do metal work as a youngster, Jack Hagemann was THE guy I wanted to emulate” Moal said. “You couldn’t help but look up to Jack and what he did. He must have punched over 2 million louvers for California hot rodders. We became close over the years. Fortunately, some of us were able to take Jack to Andy Brizio’s Holiday Dinner in San Francisco recently. I’m really glad we did. It turns out it was the last time we got to spend time with our friend.”

Ron Covell of Covell Creative Metalworking echoed Moal’s sentiments. “Jack brought an extremely high level of craftsmanship to everything he did, and his designs were quite elegant,” he said. “Jack was the premiere metalshaper in the Bay Area for many, many years.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held in the Bay Area next spring.