Hot Rod Cruise Kicks off 2nd Spring Nationals in Scottsdale!

January 31, 2011

The season opening 2nd Spring Nationals March 11-13 at Westworld in Scottsdale gets off to a festive start Thursday, March 10th with the traditional Hot Rod Cruise hosted by The Over the Hill Gang (our awesome host club for the weekend). They’ve cooked up yet another awesome day of hot rodding fellowship with a Hot Rod Cruise to seven shops in five locations throughout the Phoenix area. The final stop is at Drew’s Garage for the official Spring Nationals Kick Off Party!

The Hot Rod Cruise leaves event registration at Westworld @ 10:30am! Come join the fun! Here’s a detailed look at the Cruise…

Stop #1 – The Toy Barn, 4150 E Peak View, Cave Creek
Customer owned toy barns, car condos, man caves, and garages.

Stop #2 – Three shops in one location!
-The Interior Shop, 13011 N. Cave Creek Rd. #4, Phoenix
-Grunion fabrication
-Ram-Jet Racing
This all-in-one-stop features a look at first rate Interiors, custom suspension and fabrication, hot rod speed equipment and motorcycle parts!

Stop #3 – F1 Race Factory, 317 S. 48th Street, Phoenix
Indoor cart racing, game room, rock climbing wall, and more! This large facility with a gigantic parking lot is big fun! There will be a drawing of 20 tour participants for a special kart race featuring 2 race teams (10 guys on each). Plan on spending a few hours here as there’s lots of great entertainment! One track will be open for everyone to use, the other for the tour team races. Game room and refreshment bar will be open. Just chill-out and enjoy the atmosphere and racing or get out on the track and run a few hot laps yourself!

Stop #4 – Wheel Specialists Inc, 701 S. Perry Lane, Tempe
Custom tailored wheel and tire packages, wheel repair, computerized balancing – state of the art in wheel and tire equipment. Roomy parking lot to the North and back sides of building as well as some street parking!

Stop #5 – Drews Garage, 410 South Perry Lane, Tempe – The official Goodguys Spring Nationals Kick Off Party!
Enjoy the excellent catered food to be served after 5PM. Plenty of parking available! Get out the folding chairs and kick back. Check out Drews new projects and customer cars, and the amazing water jet table.


Squeeg’s Kustoms, Daryl Wolfswinkel win America’s Most Beautiful Roadster crown!

January 31, 2011

Daryl Wolfswinkel’s sleek black ’34 Ford was named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 62nd Grand National Roadster Show this past weekend in Pomona, CA.

Built by Doug Jerger and the team at Squeeg’s Kustoms in Chandler, AZ, Wolfswinkel’s traditionally styled full fendered roadster is powered by a ground pounding 427 big block Chevy featuring a Dart aluminum block and heads and Hilborn injection finished in brushed aluminum. A rich brown leather interior and nickel plated Halibrand wheels round out this flawless hot rod.

For this year’s contest, show producer John Buck completely revamped the AMBR judging process, calling on experts such as Pete Chapouris, Pat Ganahl, Thom Taylor and others to judge the roadsters in contention. The cars were actually judged on Wednesday before the show started so the judges could see the cars on the ground to get proper sight lines and to see the roadsters closed up with no doors or hoods open. They even judged the cars with the drivers in them to “see how the total package fit together.”

A tip of the cap to the gang at Squeeg’s Kustoms!

Take a Cruise to Del Mar This Spring!

January 26, 2011

Returning for a 4th consecutive year, a special hot rod cruise to Del Mar is being organized in advance of the 11th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals. The cruise will depart Goodguys Headquarters in Pleasanton Wednesday, March 30th @ 8:30am arriving in Del Mar the next afternoon. The cruise will head down down historic Highway 101 (better known as El Camino Real) with stops in Monterey and Paso Robles before ending the day in the gorgeous coastal city of Santa Barbara. 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 30th. The cruisers will be staying at the Oceana Hotel in Santa Barbara (hotel address and contact information listed below – make sure and ask for the Goodguys cruiser rate). Please RSVP with Ed Burgess via e-mail ( 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!

Day One – Wednesday, March 30th
Leave Goodguys HQ @ 8:30am
Stop #1 Don Orosco Collection, Monterey, CA 10:30 – 11:30am
Stop #2: Estrella Warbirds Museum, Paso Robles, CA – $8.00 Museum Admission
1:30 – 2:30pm
Stop #3: Hot Rods West, Paso Robles, CA 3:00 – 4:00pm
Stop #4: Oceana Hotel, Santa Barabara, CA
202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
(800) 965 9776 ~ Reservations

Day Two, Thursday, March 31st
Leave Hotel @ 8:30am
Stop #1: Hot Rods and Hobbies, Signal Hill, CA 10:30- 11:30am
Stop #2: Surf City Garage, Huntington Beach, CA 11:45am – 1:15pm
Stop #3: Joe Martin Foundation, Vista, CA 2:30 – 3:30pm
Stop #4: Del Mar Hilton

’65 Galaxy Giveaway Car Announced for Scottsdale Events

January 26, 2011

Goodguys has again teamed with Phoenix based oldies station KOOL 94.5FM to give away a sleek and low slung 1965 Ford Galaxy 500! The giveaway car promotion is tied into the next three Goodguys events to be held at Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ beginning with the season-opening Spring Nationals March 11-13, the 14th Southwest Nationals November 18-20 before being given away at next year’s 3rd Spring Nationals in March!

The ’65 Galaxy, built by Drew Brother’s Customs in Chandler is a sweet 60’s cruiser featuring a 390 CID engine, automatic transmission, BOSS wheels, Flowmaster exhaust and other goodies. Stop by the KOOL FM booth at the season opening Southwest Nationals and fill out an entry form for your chance to win. Stay tuned for more info!

Hot Rodding’s Best to Participate in 2011 Builder’s Choice Awards Program!

January 25, 2011

The Goodguys Builder’s Choice awards are back bigger and better than ever this year to recognize the nation’s finest rods, customs, trucks and muscle cars! A Builder’s Choice award is one of the highest honors your car can receive at a Goodguys National Event.

The special awards are customized and hand crafted, adding an air of prestige to any mantle. Each 2011 Goodguys national event will feature a Builder’s Choice parking area, to be staged on Saturday from 8am to noon. To be eligible for a Builder’s Choice award you must park in the Builder’s Choice parking area.

At nine events this year, the Builder’s Choice awards will be selected by some of the Nation’s top builders, adding a unique air of prestige. Here’s a look at the 2011 National Events that will feature celebrity Builder’s Choice awards.

6th Bridgestone Nashville Nationals – May 20-22 – Nashville, TN – Bobby Alloway/Alloway’s Hot Rods 14th Colorado Nationals – June 3-5 – Loveland, CO – Eric Peratt/Pinkee’s Rod Shop
20th Heartland Nationals – July 1-3 – Des Moines, IA – Roger Burman/Lakeside Rods & Rides
14th Goodguys PPG Nationals – July 8-10 – Columbus, OH – Alan Johnson and Kurt Ukasik
24th Pacific Northwest Nationals – July 22-24 – Puyallup, WA – Art & Craig Morrison
5th PEAK Chicagoland Nationals – August 12-14 – Phil & Jeremy Gerber/The Roadster Shop
10th Mid-Western Nationals – September 2-4 – Kansas City, KS – Dave Lane/Fastlane Rod Shop
1st WIX Filters Speedway Nationals – September 16-18 – Troy Trepainer/Rad Rides
18th Southeastern Nationals – Oct. 28-30 – Charlotte, NC – Kyle & Stacy Tucker/Detroit Speed

Remember, each 2011 National Event will feature a Builder’s Choice parking area so no matter which one you attend, if you’re interested in receiving the event’s highest honor, make sure and get your ride parked in the Builder’s Choice area Saturday’s from 8am to noon!

Select 2011 Event Tee Shirts Now Available!

January 20, 2011

Be the first hot rodder on your block to sport an all new 2011 Goodguys event tee shirt! Thirteen 2011 event shirts are now available in the Goodguys online store. All event shirts are available in white only at this time. The remaining 2011 event tee shirts will arrive in the next week or two, so keep checking back for your favorite event!

All sizes are available. Small through XL are $20. 2XL through 4XL sell for $23.

Click here to order yours today!

Indoor Car Show Entries Now Being Taken for Spring Goodguys Events

January 19, 2011

Goodguys is now accepting entries for the indoor car shows at the 29th All American Get-Together (March 26 & 27 in Pleasanton) as well as the 11th Del Mar Nationals (April 1-3 in Del Mar).

A special indoor display of custom cars is being assembled for the All American Get-Together in Pleasanton. The Young California building will house this exclusive customs-only exhibit. There is room for approx.45 cars. All customs for this exhibit will be selected prior to the event.

At the event, Goodguys will crown the popular ‘West Coast Custom of the Year” award which honors an outstanding custom car 1936 through 1972 vintage. Only custom cars entered in the indoor portion of the show will be eligible for the all new West Coast Custom of the Year award. The competition is open to all styles and genres of customs (from traditional to modern).

The Del Mar indoor car show is open to all rods, customs, classics and street machines through ’72 vintage. If you plan on competing for the Street Rod d’Elegance award (an award which honors a truly elegant ’49 & earlier street rods) you must display your car indoors. Only cars from the indoor show are eligible for the d’Elegance crown.

To enter either indoor show, please e-mail photos of your vehicle as well as a mailing address and your daytime phone number to Harry Daviess ( You can also fill out an “Early Bird” registration form and send it along with photos in the mail to: Harry Daviess, C/O Goodguys, P.O. Box 9132, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Click here to download the All American Get-Together Early Bird Form

Click here to download the Del Mar Early Bird Form