Goodguys Missile Coming Together at RPM Hot Rods

September 26, 2011

A little carrier pigeon delivered some interesting photos recently from the gang at RPM Hot Rods in Warrendale, PA. The “Goodguys Missile” – next year’s Grand Prize Giveaway Car is coming right along! The project, based on Steve Stanford’s “Goodguys Missile” illustration (below), has made great strides in recent months.

The 1970 Dodge Challenger, based loosely on Don Carlton’s legendary “Motown Missile” has been completely disassembled, massaged, cut and mated to the custom chassis from the Roadster Shop. The trick chassis features independent front and rear suspension and when the Ridetech coilover’s are added it should out-handle just about anything on the road! Brand new rear quarters and deck lid have been added as well as new front fenders courtesy of Goodmark Industries. Wider rear wheel tubs have been fabricated to accommodate the meaty Michelin’s and Billet Specialties wheels.

The ‘Missile will be powered by a hearty 426 Mopar currently being assembled by Indy Cylinder Heads. The transmission will be a Tremec 5 speed. It will make its grand debut at the 3rd Spring Nationals, March 9-11 in Scottsdale, AZ.

We’ll definitely be doing more photo updates on this one! Stay tuned!


19th Lone Star Nationals Takes Over Texas Motor Speedway This Weekend!

September 26, 2011

The Goodguys 19th Lone Star Nationals rolls into the giant sized Texas Motor Speedway this weekend bringing over 2,000 rods, customs and classics through 1972 vintage, plus vendor exhibits, a swap meet & cars 4 sale corral, Goodguys AutoCross, live nostalgia entertainment with the Mark Monaco and lots more fun for the entire family!

On Saturday, celebrity builder Kenny Davis of Kenny Davis Hot Rods will select the Goodguys Builder’s Choice awards. To be eligible for one of the Kenny Davis picks, you must park in the Goodguys Builder’s Choice parking area Saturday from 7am-noon. Davis will select 10 Builder’s Choice awards.

Saturday evening track cruise!

NASCAR rental rides from “Team Texas” and a Saturday evening track cruise around the high banks of TMS are also included! Don’t miss this Texas sized auto lover’s paradise!

Event Hours
Friday 9/30 8am to 5pm
Saturday 10/1 8am to 5pm
Sunday 10/2 8am to 3pm

General Admission:
Adults $18
Kids (7-12) $6

Vehicle Registration:
At Event Weekend Fee: $75
At Event Sunday Only Fee: $40
Registration will be held at the DFW Marriott

Swap Meet & Car Corral:
$65 per space. Swap & Car Corral set up starts Thursday @ NOON. For more info on the swap meet visit

For a complete look at this weekend’s 19th Lone Star Nationals visit

Final Six Terrific 12 Award Winners to be Announced Friday, October 7th!

September 23, 2011

On Friday October 7th, we’ll be announcing all remaining Goodguys 2011 Terrific 12 regional award winners right here on Hot News! The list of winners will include:

– Grundy Kustom of the Year
– Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year
-Hemmings Muscle Machines Muscle Car of the Year
-Detroit Speed Muscle Machine of the Year
-Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year – Early (through ’52)
-LMC Truck Parts Truck of the Year – Late (’53-’72)

All 2011 Terrific 12 winners will be together at the season-ending 14th Southwest Nationals, November 18-20 at Westworld In Scottsdale in the “Champion’s Arena” presented by Street Rod Headquarters. Each car will be displayed on the upper paddock area next to the big brown tent. They will also receive their custom Snap-on toolboxes which will also be on display!

Check back Friday, October 7th to see who wins!

Stay Warm while Looking Cool this Fall!

September 23, 2011

As the cold weather approaches (and you know it always does) we’d like to help you look your best and stay warm in Goodguys Gear! We’re all stocked up on all kinds of stylish, warm and comfortable sweatshirts, hoodies, long sleeve tee shirts, caps and more!

There’s a little something for everyone including stylish options in all adult sizes! Don’t put it off, get ready for the fall chill today!

Click here to start shopping

Questions? Call the Goodguys Merchandise dept (925) 838-9876 Ext 182

Dave Schaub Does it Again!

September 20, 2011

Hot rodding’s ultimate iron man Dave Schaub drove his Brizio-built ’32 roadster through all 49 continental Unites States in an amazing 7 days, 14 hours and 21 minutes in a fund raising effort for the kids of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford University. It was the second trip through all 49 states for Schaub in the last two years!

He took off from Maine in the wee morning hours of Saturday, September 10th and after 8, 680 miles drove into Hyder, Alaska Saturday afternoon September 17th. He went through 542 gallons of gas and averaged 63.7mph. Why would a hot rodder like Dave put himself through something like this? It’s a logical question. “I’m creating an opportunity for people to get involved in helping others,” he said. “It’s my way of getting people with similar interests to step up and support something they can connect with and be proud they did. Besides it’s just a few weeks out of my life to help make a difference”.

To read all about Dave’s amazing journey, see pictures of the trip or to donate to the Ronald McDonald House visit his website

Congratulations from all of us at Goodguys Dave!

Hot Rod of the Year Title Won by Pittsburgh based ’32 Ford Roadster

September 19, 2011

The “Racing Capital of the World” turned into Hot Rod Central last weekend as historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the Goodguys 1st WIX Filters Speedway Nationals. The first year event attracted over 2,500 rods and customs from 31 different states. Hot rodder Michael Tarquinio from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania had a particularly memorable weekend after his “Second Wind” ’32 Ford roadster won the Goodguys 2011 Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year title.

Tarquinio’s low flying original steel roadster has a decades old pedigree. First built in the 1970s then mothballed when the original owner fell ill, it sat for nearly 40 years before he stumbled upon it in the rafters of an old Pennsylvania barn. A Ford guy through and through, Tarquinio always wondered what Edsel Ford would have done with a Zephyr roadster. It was that curiosity that drove the roadster build from the beginning.

Along with his friends at G.I. S. Automotive Tarquinio painted and assembled the car at his Pittsburg shop last year for a January 2011 debut. The PPG “Washington Blue” roadster body sits on a pair of So-Cal speed shop rails. The car’s heartbeat is an incredibly polished and detailed ’57 Oldsmobile J2 with Stromberg six pack and ultra rare aluminum heads. Torque and horsepower are converted through a Tremec 5 speed transmission and polished banjo style Winters rear end. The retro yet striking interior is Oxblood full grain leather with German square weave carpet. The dash and steering wheel are from a ’40 Lincoln sectioned to fit snugly inside the cockpit. Fog lights and taillights are ’36 Zephyr while the Pines ’32 Ford grill adds a touch of nostalgia. Meticulously handmade Zephyr emblems are courtesy of Motor Head Design. The butternut colored wheels are one-off artillery style by Wheel Smith with 1940 Zephyr hubcaps and trim rings. The roadster rolls on vintage Firestone wide white bias ply tires.

Different than any other Goodguys yearly award, the Goodguys/Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year competition requires contestants drive a rigorous 150 mile reliability run as well as a burnout and blast down a drag strip. Tarquinio’s roadster performed flawlessly passing all tests with style proving this winner has as much “go” as “show.” In addition to being named the Goodguys 2011 Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year, it was also named ISCA Roadster Class Champion this year.

For his Indy triumph, Tarquinio will receive a trip to the Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals November 18-20 in Scottsdale to display his car in the “Champion’s arena” presented by Street Rod Headquarters. Snap-on will reward him with a custom tool box and for the mantle he received a billet aluminum award from Goodguys.

Fellow award finalists included Rodney Harris, Leighton, AL (’32 Ford 3 window coupe) Bill Paul, Highland, IL (’32 Ford Tudor), Gordon Peters, Sunfish Lake, MN (’32 Ford Tudor), Ken Reister, Littleton, CO (’33 Ford coupe).

Going to SEMA? Visit us on Hot Rod Alley!

September 19, 2011

This year’s SEMA show will be held November 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will be there! We’d love to visit with you at our booth! The Goodguys Gang will be in our traditional spot on Hot Rod Alley booth #22775.

Stop by and pick up a 2012 Goodguys event schedule, a 2011 Yearbook, a new Gazette and see Project CleanAir ’55 up close! Goodguys will also crown the 2011 Trendsetter Wednesday evening, November 2nd at the HRIA Industry Reception which runs from 5:15-7:30pm in ball rooms A & B at the Las Vegas Hilton. Who will be named Trendsetter for 2011?

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