Snap-on rides again with Goodguys!

March 30, 2011

Snap-on tools is back in a big way for the 2011 Goodguys event season. Not only will the Kenosha, Wisconsin based tool and equipment manufacturer be exhibiting on the midway at most national events this spring, summer and fall but they’ve returned to sponsor the Terrific 12 award winners this year! Each winner will be given a customized vinyl wrapped toolbox!

Each Terrific 12 award winner will receive a high quality, Heritage (Classic 78)-series rolling toolbox featuring pictures and themes of their award winning car emblazoned on the box! The box measures (53”W, 19 ½”D, 38 ½” H) and is the perfect addition to the garage!

All Terrific 12 award winners will be displayed together as a group at the 14th Southwest Nationals, November 18-20 at Westworld in Scottsdale. Our friends at Street Rod Headquarters ( will sponsor the Terrific 12 display in Scottsdale. At the Southwest Nationals, Snap-on will deliver the custom boxes to the winners prior to the start of the show so they can be displayed alongside all 12 vehicles!

Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.8 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin. For a look at Snap-on’s complete line of tools and services, visit


Goodguys 2011 Spring Fling Heads to Del Mar this Weekend!

March 28, 2011

The Goodguys 11th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals gets underway Friday April 1st at the scenic Del Mar Fairgrounds! The event runs through Sunday April 3rd and features over 2,000 rods, customs and classics! For one low admission price you’ll see indoor and outdoor car shows, hundreds of vendor exhibits, the tire-screeching Goodguys AutoCross, the all new “Nitro Thunderfest”, a swap meet & cars for sale corral, hot rod seminars, live entertainment and much more!

For complete event details visit

If you’ll be participating with your pre –’73 rod, custom, classic, trick truck or muscle car, the action gets started Thursday with a Poker Run around the greater San Diego area! The run leaves registration at 10:30am so if you’re in town a little early and want to hit the road and see the sights – check it out!

Other event attractions include the Southern California debut of Project CleanAir ’55 – this year’s Grand Prize Giveaway Car, live entertainment featuring latin rockers “Soul Diego”, special parking areas including the always popular “Good Wood” featuring all woodie’s and so much more! The Goodguys AutoCross will be hot & heavy Friday and Saturday and the all new “Nitro Thunderfest” vintage top fuel dragster fire up will fill the air with noise and nitro fumes both Friday and Saturday. Come join us where the Turf Meets the Surf!

Event Hours:
Friday, April 1st 8am to 5pm,
Saturday, April 2nd 8am to 5pm
Sunday, April 3rd 8am to 3pm.

Adults $18
Kids 7-12 $6
Kids 6 and under FREE
Fairgrounds parking is $9.

Participant Fees:
Weekend Registration $75 (includes the car & two people for the weekend)
Sunday Only Registration $40 (includes the car & two people for the day)
Swap Meet – $55 at the gate. Same price for Car Corral

For complete event details visit

Joe Proski’s ’50 Merc named Goodguys 2011 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year!

March 28, 2011

Long time Goodguys member and custom car collector Joe Proski of Glendale, Arizona took home the Goodguys 2011 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year award at the 29th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton. Proski’s flawless merlot hued ‘50 Merc was reincarnated last year by Doug Jerger and the crew at Squeeg’s Customs. Many remember the Merc from years past when it was eggplant purple, running black wall tires and Boyd’s wheels.

After years of running the car in its 90’s trim, Squeeg Jerger, a longtime friend, talked Joe into a complete overhaul, transforming the car from a dated custom rod into a timeless, traditional custom. The Squeeg’s team did yeoman’s work relocating the bumpers, adding a drip rail, reworking the doors and new grill, completely reworking the interior and smoothing it all out before applying the custom mixed PPG merlot paint.

Joe spent his entire professional career as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Suns NBA team but now enjoys retirement behind the wheel of his award winning Merc custom.

From Pleasanton, Proski will bring the Merc to the Goodguys 11th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals to display with Darryl Wolfswinkel’s ’34 Ford (also built by Squeeg’s) which was named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.

Congratulations to Joe and the gang at Squeeg’s on the big win as well as all the finalist’s for this year’s Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year which included Richard Zochhi (1946 Lincoln Club Coupe), Michael Garner ( 1951 Mercury), Daryl Ducommun (1950 Ford) and Robb Robinson (1965 Buick Riviera).

Watch for a full feature of Proski’s Merc in a coming issue of the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette.

Goodguys Lose a friend

March 28, 2011

Goodguys and the entire hot rodding community have lost a good friend way too early. Steve “Coopy” Avilla died after a short illness March 16. He was 53. A resident of Fremont, California, “Coopy” was a regular at Goodguys events and other west coast car activities for the last 30 years. He owned several cars but was known far and wide for his blue ’32 Ford 3 window.

Steve’s passion for the world champion San Francisco Giants equaled his passion for hot rods. He was known for years as the “guy with all the pins on his hat” at Giants home games. His seats, in close proximity to the bullpen, frequently allowed television cameras to capture him when relief pitchers started their warm-ups.

Steve carried the Goodguys banner proudly over the years. He worked our events, promoted our events in his free time and spread hot rodding cheer wherever he went. His memorial service will be held at the 29th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton this Saturday @ 1pm. He had attended all prior 28 Get-Together’s. We will miss you “Coopy.”

Get your 2011 Goodguys Yearbook!

March 28, 2011

The Goodguys 2011 Yearbook is hot off the presses! The full-gloss, full-color yearbook was designed in-house by the award-winning Goodguys Gazette art department, featuring 172 all color pages! It’s a spectacular photographic retrospective of the 2010 Goodguys event season, bringing all twenty-three events to life in full, blazing color.

Each 2010 event is relived with several never-before published images along with some favorites from the Gazette coverage. Also included are layouts of each major award winning automobile from last season including all “Terrific 12” winners. Goodguys 2010 Woman of the Year Janeen Webb is profiled as is 2010 Goodguys Trendsetter Kurt Ukasik. An exclusive “gallery” section at the back of the book features a beautiful layout of over 50 handpicked artistic images for your viewing pleasure.

The 2011 Goodguys Yearbook sells for $10 plus shipping and can be ordered by calling (925) 838-9876 Ext. 182. The Yearbooks will also be available at all 2011 Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events and are free to all registered participants. Don’t delay! Get your copy today!

Urgent Message to All Goodguys Around the World!

March 18, 2011

Greetings Goodguys and Rod & Custom enthusiasts around the world! Goodguys is in the process of upgrading our e-mail delivery system and WE NEED YOUR ACTION!

In order to continue receiving e-mail messages from Goodguys regarding our events, our monthly newsletter and our merchandise specials, we will need you to confirm your e-mail by clicking the link provided in an urgent e-mail being sent Monday, March 21st. No further action will be required. Only current subscribers need to take action.

If you do not click the link within the Confirmation E-mail, you will unfortunately fall off the list and will not receive any more messages from the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.

Digital Gazette Subscribers: You must click on the confirmation link within the e-mail to continue receiving the Digital Gazette.

So put it in gear and click the link! Be on the lookout for the confirmation message this Monday, March 21st! (current subscribers only)

Thanks much!
-The Goodguys Gang

Ridler, AMBR Winner’s Coming to 11th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals

March 17, 2011

We’ve got a treat for you at the upcoming Goodguys 11th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals April 1-3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! This year’s Ridler award winner as well as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster will both be attending and will be displayed inside the Pat O’Brien Hall. It’s the first time the Ridler and AMBR will be displayed together at the Del Mar Nationals.

Bruce Ricks’ Sapulpa, Oklahoma based ’56 Ford Sunliner – the winner of the Don Ridler Memorial award at the 59th Detroit Autorama is a stunning custom rod. Built at the shop of Steve Cook Creations, it features a wedged body (becoming narrower as you move forward) and is channeled. The hood and front fenders are drooped with the fenders re-peaked, A-pillars leaned, custom bumpers and grille, side reveals softened, a “spine” added to the trunk, full-belly pan, custom side trim, and the soft top was chopped. Speaking of the top it was stitched by Gabe’s Street Rods Custom Upholstery and they also got the nod for the interior. Applied over the sheet metal is a DuPont Hot Hues custom mix in charcoal.

The car cruises on a RideTech RidePro e3 air suspension on a stretched wheelbase coupled with a Tiger quick-change, a Tremec TKO-500 five-speed gearbox, and a full complement of Baer brakes featuring six-piston calipers with 14-inch rotors in front and 16-inch rotors in back. Schott Performance supplied the 18×7 and 20×10 wheels. An original Ford Single Overhead Cam 427-inch V-8 lies beneath the custom hood.

Coming over from Phoenix, Arizona is Daryl Wolfswinkel’s sleek black ’34 Ford – named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 62nd Grand National Roadster Show.

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.

Step inside the Pat O’Brien Hall in Del Mar to catch a glimpse of these one-of-a-kind show stoppers!