4th Annual Editor’s Shootout set for April 2nd

February 28, 2011

The 4th annual Goodguys Editor’s Shootout AutoCross – a special event featuring the editors of national automotive magazines, websites and television programs is set for Saturday, April 2nd in Del Mar. The Shootout, one of many featured attractions at the Goodguys 11th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, pits the editor’s against one another racing against the clock to see who can log the fastest 3 lap average around the course.

Several big name players have signed on including last year’s winner Nick LiCata of Camaro Performers and his trusty sidekick Steven Rupp, Doug Glad and Jeff Smith of Car Craft, Johnny Hunkins and Chris Campbell of Popular Hot Rodding, Henry DeLos Santos and Sean Haggai of Chevy Hi Performance, Kevin Shaw of Street Legal TV, Rick Titus of Drivers Talk Radio, Mark Gearhart of Stang TV, Paul Huizenga of LSX TV and several others. Our own resident editor, Kirk Jones will carry the hopes of the Goodguys Gazette into battle!

One of the coolest aspects of this year’s Shootout is the vehicles the editors will be competing in! Several industry friends have stepped up to donate cars for this year’s competition. Optima Batteries has provided their ’68 Camaro, Hotchkis Sport Suspension donated their yellow ’71 Challenger and Ridetech volunteered their ’69 Mustang. There you have it – a Ford, a Chevy and a Mopar!

The Editor’s Shootout will kick off at 12:30pm on Saturday, April 2nd. Keep in mind, The Goodguys AutoCross course will be open Friday and Saturday and is free to all event participants who have a registered vehicle in the show.

For a closer look at all of the 2011 Goodguys AutoCross events, click here:


New Hours for Puyallup Friday Night Drags!

February 28, 2011

The 24th annual Goodguys Friday Night Drags scheduled for July 22nd at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington will feature new hours. The entire program will be moved forward 2 hours to accommodate the large number of entries and to insure the program gets finished prior to the track’s 11pm curfew.

An exciting evening of racing action is on tap with action in five classes including COMP, Hot Rod I, Hot Rod II, Street Machine I and Street Machine II. Exhibition vehicles will also be featured including an 8 car nostalgia dragster program from the Northwest Nostalgia Top Eliminator Association. Additional exhibition will also be added.

Here’s a look at the new hours, race classes, payouts and admission fees for the 24th Goodguys Friday Night Drags, July 22nd at Pacific Raceways:

Hot Rod I ’54 & Earlier – 7.50-11.99 $400 win/$150 R/U
Hot Rod II ’54 & Earlier – 12.00 & Up $300 win/$100 R/U
Street Machine I ’55-’72 7.50-11.99 $400 win/$150 R/U
Street Machine II ’55-’72 12.00 & Up $300 win/$100 R/U
Comp (NOS & Electronics OK) 7.50 & Up $600 win/$300 R/U

New Event Hours!
Gates Open -NOON
Tech Opens – 1pm
Time Trails – 2pm
Final Eliminations – 5pm

Admission Prices:
Race Car & Driver – $35
General Admission – $20
Kids 7-12 – $6

Goodguys will also hold the 14th annual Friday Night Drags July 8th in Columbus, OH at National Trail Raceway. The same slate of eliminator classes above will be run in Columbus plus a special exhibition match race between Justin Grant’s “Stardust” Barracuda against Troy Martin’s “Chi Town Hustler” Dodge Charger! Here is all the information you’ll need for the Columbus Friday Night Drags!

Hot Rod I ’54 & Earlier – 7.50-11.99 $400 win/$150 R/U
Hot Rod II ’54 & Earlier – 12.00 & Up $300 win/$100 R/U
Street Machine I ’55-’72 7.50-11.99 $400 win/$150 R/U
Street Machine II ’55-’72 12.00 & Up $300 win/$100 R/U
Comp (NOS & Electronics OK) 7.50 & Up $600 win/$300 R/U

Event Hours:
Gates Open -2pm
Tech Opens – 3pm
Time Trails – 4pm
Final Eliminations – 7pm

Admission Prices:
Race Car & Driver – $35
General Admission – $20
Kids 7-12 – $6

For tech related or racing questions, please send e-mails to johnd@good-guys.com

Oceana Hotel filling fast for Del Mar Cruise! Few rooms remain at special rate

February 25, 2011

Urgent Update 2-24-2011! Rooms for this cruise are filling fast! Only 11 hotel rooms remain as of today. If you plan on joining this awesome cruise, please book your room by Monday, February 28th as the special “Goodguys Rate” expires Tuesday the 1st.

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 (hotrded@sbcglobal.net) 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

Meet Custom Car Painter Charley Hutton in Del Mar!

February 18, 2011

Famed street rod painter Charley Hutton will sign autographs and take part in how-to seminars at the PPG Show Truck display during the Goodguys 11th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals April 1-3. Hutton and the PPG team will be doing the seminars @ 10am, 1pm and 3pm each day of the event.

The easy-going Hutton is one of the most popular painters in the custom car world. His design schemes for high-end street rods have earned him numerous accolades including two celebrated Ridler Awards, several Street Rod of the Year and Custom Rod of the Year awards, and an America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. Hutton has also made a splash on television. He first appeared with legendary custom car builder, the late Boyd Coddington, on the Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod show. Soon after, Hutton was a featured painter on Hot Rod TV and The Learning Channel’s Overhaulin’. He owns and operates Charley Hutton Color Studio in Nampa, Idaho, where he uses PPG Automotive Refinish products exclusively.

Don’t miss your chance to meet a real Goodguy and learn from the best!

About PPG
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Goodguys Member wins 1930 Ford Roadster Pickup!

February 18, 2011

Our friend Bob Beatty, Chairman of Louisville, Kentucky based Kosair Charities sent us a memo to announce Goodguys member Brenda McDaniels as the lucky winner of the 2nd Annual Kosair Charities Car Giveaway. Brenda won a custom 1930 Ford Roadster pickup and as you can see from the picture it’s a sweet ride!

Many of you remember seeing the car at Goodguys events in 2010 along with the Kosair Shriners. Brenda, of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, purchased her winning raffle ticket at last year’s Goodguys Nashville Nationals. Through selling raffle tickets for the car, Kosair was able to raise $156,255 to be used for children in need of organ transplantation and research.

The Charity went on to thank everyone who sponsored or purchased tickets for this year’s project, especially the roadster pickup’s build Team which included Dwayne Holthouser, Marty Hale, Mark McGaha, Larry Sneed Interior’s, Bird Fuller’s Body Shop, Jackie Fuller Painting, Bob Lathery Pin Striping and Gator’s Power coating.

Goodguys congratulates Brenda McDaniels and Kosair Shriners for a job well done! For more visit http://www.kosair.com/index2.html

All New Swap Meet Website Launched!

February 15, 2011

Goodguys has just launched a swap meet-only website – www.ggswapmeets.com which provides pre-registration, maps and other important information for the 4 annual Pleasanton swap meets. Users can simply load up the site on their computer or cell phone, view the spaces still available and place their space reservation with the online reservation form.

Users will also find other helpful information on the site including: pricing, space size, general event rules, CA seller’s permit requirements.

Get your swap meet space reserved today over at www.ggswapmeets.com

John Jackson wins 2011 Yearbook Cover Photo Contest!

February 15, 2011

Renowned freelance photographer John Jackson of Houston, Texas, whose works appears in many hot rodding publications including the Goodguys Gazette, submitting the winning photo for the Goodguys 2011 Yearbook Cover Contest!

Jackson’s winning image features Joe Brown’s gold ’67 Mustang from La Fayette, Louisiana speeding down the street at sunset in full motion. The contest included eleven runners up but it was Jackson’s dramatic image that got the nod.

The Goodguys 2011 yearbook is an all color photo retrospective of the 2010 Goodguys event season. It will be available starting at the 2nd Spring Nationals, March 11th-13th at Westworld of Scottsdale. To see more of Jackscon’t photography, visit www.notstockphotography.com