City of Des Moines Honors Goodguys

June 30, 2011

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie presented Goodguys with a Certificate of Special Recognition Thursday evening, June 30th in honor of the 20th Anniversary Goodguys Heartland Nationals. The event, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds is one of the largest Goodguys produces annually with over 3,500 participant cars.

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie (right) and “Goodguy” Gary Meadors share a laugh at the 20th Heartland Nationals kick off party

Mayor Cownie read the certificate to Goodguys founder and chairman Gary Meadors in front of an enthusiastic crowd of hot rodders during the weekend’s official kickoff party. “The Goodguys Heartland Nationals brings 2.5 million dollars to the city of Des Moines,” the Mayor said. The Mayor also spoke of a classic Chevy he once owned and candidly explained how a connecting rod went through the oil pan one night! Our kind of guy!

Greg Edwards of the Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau presented Goodguys a plaque in honor of the 20th anniversary Heartland Nationals

The Goodguys Heartland Nationals serves as the largest participant automotive event in the state of Iowa. It is the 3rd oldest event on the Goodguys event schedule begind the West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California and the Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup, Washington.


Over 400 Vendors Coming to 14th PPG Nationals Presented by Bridgestone!

June 30, 2011

The Goodguys 14th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone is shaping up to be the summer’s hottest destination for hot rodders worldwide! The event is the largest on the annual Goodguys calendar not only in car count (over 6,000 1972 & earlier rods, customs, classic, muscle car & street machines) but also features the largest annual turnout of vendor exhibits!

Over 400 companies will have exhibit booth at this year’s Nationals. The entire Bricker Building will be filled to the rafters with exhibit booths as will the event midways. For a complete list of all vendors at this year’s Nationals visit this link:

For more on the 14th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone visit the event’s official website here:

Hotchkis Chooses Pozzi for Sponsor Shootout Autocross

June 30, 2011

California’s Mary Pozzi will represent Hotchkis Sport Suspension in the Goodguys 1st Sponsor Shootout AutoCross, Sunday July 10th in Columbus, OH. She’ll be behind the wheel of her ’72 Camaro RS – which she proudly refers to as “her favorite car in the entire world.” That’s saying something as the leading lady in Goodguys AutoCross has driven many different cars to many different championships over the years.

Pozzi is an expert at AutoCross. She’s driven both front wheel drive and rear wheel drive automobiles to (count ‘em) 11 SCCA National Championships in Solo competition! She’s also competed in specialty events such as winning the 2011 Goodguys Editor’s Shootout earlier this year in Del Mar as well as a nice finish in the 2009 Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational. The lady with a kind demeanor and warm smile in the pits is an absolute monster on track! She’s precise, always under control and has bagged multiple Street Machine class wins in Goodguys AutoCross competition over the past 4 years. But what makes her really happy is teaching beginners the ins and outs of AutoCross competition. “It makes me feel warm and fuzzy,” she said.”When I see their times improve and their smiles get wider after taking a checkered flag it’s so cool.”

Mary’s bright orange 2nd gen Camaro runs an LS2 with a Spectre cold air intake system. The power is transmitted to the asphalt via a T56 Magnum six-speed transmission. Her suspension, which features some “neat Hotchkis Sport Suspension bits and pieces” also includes RideTech adjustable shocks and Baer brakes. The wheels are 18” Forgeline wrapped in Falken rubber. Anvil Auto supplied the lightweight carbon fiber body panels. JCG Restoration and Custom in Oxnard, CA gets the credit for the brilliant orange paint.

Mary’s got more than a puncher’s chance to win the Sponsor Shootout but she’s also looking forward to simply attending the Goodguys 14th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone. “The Goodguys events are my favorite,” she said. “Thousands of beautiful cars and an AutoCross too? It’s always a great time.”

Fireworks, 3500 cars highlight 20th Anniversary Heartland Nationals This Holiday Weekend!

June 28, 2011

The 20th anniversary Heartland Nationals returns to the Iowa State Fairgrounds this weekend July 1,2 & 3 bringing over 3,500 of the country’s hottest rods and coolest customs to Iowa’s Capital City! The three day event features a giant show & shine, vendor exhibits, swap meet & cars for sale corral, Goodguys AutoCross, Saturday night stage show & fireworks, Builder’s Choice awards selected by Rodger Burman/Lakeside Rods & Rides, model car show, and lots more fun for the entire family!

Live entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend by “Rick K & the Allnighters”, who’ll bring your favorite classic hits to the big stage. The band will play Saturday night at the main grandstand starting at 8pm and when the music is over the sky will light up with a giant fireworks show! It’s gonna be a great weekend of hot roddin’ in Iowa! Hope to see ya there!

Goodguys 20th Anniversary Heartland Nationals
Event Hours:
Friday, July 1st 8am to 5pm,
Saturday, July 2nd 8am to 8pm
Sunday, July 3rd 8am to 3pm
General admission
Adults: $18
Kids 7-12: $6
Registration Fees (Registration is located at the Fairgrounds)
Three-day fee: $75 (includes car and two people)
Sunday Only: $40 (includes the car and two people)
Swap Meet & Car Coral Fees:
Swap Meet Fee: $65 at the gate
Car Corral Fee: $65 at the gate

Don’t miss one of the country’s favorite summer time rod & custom events! For additional Heartland Nationals event information, click here

We’ll see you in Des Moines!

BF Goodrich, Kyle Tucker Team up for Columbus Sponsor Shootout

June 28, 2011

Detroit Speed & Engineering Co-Founder Kyle Tucker hopes to bring home the top prize during the Goodguys 1st Sponsor Shootout AutoCross, Sunday July 10th in Columbus, Ohio for his sponsor BF Goodrich. With the industry’s top companies and top autocross drivers on hand it won’t be easy but this is one man who relishes a challenge.

In Columbus, Tucker will be behind the wheel of his trusty 1970 Chevy Camaro DSE Test Car. The blue beast is set up to corner sporting a Detroit Speed Hydroformed Front Subframe, DSE QUADRA Link and Mini-Tubs. Power is courtesy of a hi-revving Mast Motorsports LS7. The 3-piece 5 spoke wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich KDW Tires (Front: 295/35R18, Rear: 335/30R18).

Tucker’s driver’s resume is as impressive as they come including multiple Goodguys Autocross Championships in the Street Machine division, a seat in Team BFG’s Baja 1000 entry in 2010, multiple Dirt Late Model and Dirt Midget Wins and more. In 2000, he and Stacy built the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year – a bright yellow ’69 Camaro.

Not only is he fast on the track, he was fast in academics as well, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla. A stint at General Motors as a suspension development engineer followed before opening Detroit Speed & Engineering with his wife Stacy.

One of Tucker’s signature on-track traits makes him easy to identify even if you can’t see him. He usually manages to coax more thunder from his Mast Motorsports prepped LS7 than any of his competitors. It’s a sweet sound we’ve all become accustomed to!

Baer Brakes Co-Founder Todd Gartshore has Passed Away

June 28, 2011

Hot rodding has lost a friend, innovator and industry Champion. Todd Gartshore, co-owner and vice president of marketing for Baer Brakes, passed away over the weekend.

Gartshore co-founded Baer Brakes in 1994. Previously, he had worked at companies including Quickor Engineering, HKS, CarTech and Vortech. He also served on SEMA’s Board of Directors and the MPMC Select Committee.

“Todd was a passionate champion of this industry and especially SEMA where he served on the Board of Directors and made sure people knew what it meant for them and what they could do for SEMA,” said a message posted on the Baer Brakes website this morning. “Todd was known for his great sense of humor; he loved to make people smile and laugh. And if you cried from laughing so hard, he was completely delighted!”
Gartshore was a fixture at industry events including Goodguys events around the country, races and shows and will be missed by his many industry friends.

All of us at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association send our condolences to the family and friends of Todd Gartshore, as well as the entire Baer Brakes family.

Cruisin to Columbus Returns!

June 28, 2011

If you’re lookin’ for a great cruise from next weekend’s 20th Heartland Nationals in Des Moines to the 14th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone in Columbus, OH we’ve got just the ticket you’re lookin’ for!

“Cruisin’ to Columbus” Tour Director Dave Ruhs (515-321-3283) has put together a fun filled 4 day trip complete with shop visits, museum tours, a few lunch stops and more! Cruisin’ to Columbus is a great way to spend your week with some spirited fellow hot rodders as we travel the open road to the Nationals!

For a full daily itinerary, registration forms and hotel information CLICK HERE

Make sure you scroll down to find the Cruisin’ to Columbus daily itinerary and the link to the registration form and hotel info!

See ya on the road!