Former Howerton Car Wins 2012 AMBR Award!

January 31, 2012

Howerton Car

Bill Lindig’s Indy-inspired hand formed aluminum bodied speedster won the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” crown at last weekend’s 61st Grand National Roadster show in Pomona, CA. Long time Goodguys members will recall the car’s humble beginnings in the shop of Indy Goodguy Jackie Howerton.

For more than a decade, it showed up to Goodguys events and gatherings (including the 50th Oakland Roadster Show in 1999) in bare metal, still a work in progress, due to Howerton’s storied dissatisfaction with anything less than perfection.

It took Lindig’s purchase of the roadster in 2007 to move the project along. After the purchase Lindig handed it over to Pete Chapouris and Alberto Hernandez at So-Cal Speed Shop in Pomona, California, to put the finishing touches on the body, the Howerton-built chromemoly chassis (which incorporates torsion bar suspension at all four corners) and the Chrisman-built Ford 352-cu.in. small-block V-8. It’s all functional as well as beautiful: The speedster reportedly was subjected to 500 shakedown miles before entering the show which we know made Howerton proud!

The win marks the first for Lindig (and, for that matter, SoCal) at the Grand National Roadster Show. Congratulations to all involved!


New Multi-Year Membership Discounts Available!

January 31, 2012
Goodtimes Gazette

Goodtimes Gazette

What’s better than a Goodguys membership? A two or three year Goodguys membership! For the first time in company history, Goodguys now offers a multi-year membership discount. A single year membership is $35. The new two-year membership is available for just $65 and a three year membership is available for just $95 (a $10 savings!).

The multi-year membership discounts apply to international members as well.

The new digital memberships (an online monthly digital copy of the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette) are also covered in the new multi-year membership discount. A three-year digital membership is available for just $50 bucks!

To see the new pricing and options, visit here


Video Rewind – 2011 Southwest Nationals!

January 31, 2012

With the 2012 event season about to start (the Goodguys 3rd Spring Nationals at Westworld in Scottsdale is less than 40 days from today!) we thought we’d share with you a look back at the 14th Southwest Nationals. Nobody captures the look and feel of a Goodguys event better than the guys at Route 2 media!

If it’s cold, rainy or snowing whereever you are right now, this should warm you up and prime ya for the coming event season! Enjoy!


Entries Now Being Taken for Goodguys Spring Indoor Car Shows

January 31, 2012

Goodguys is now accepting entries for the spring 2012 indoor car shows – the 30th All American Get-Together (March 24 & 25) in Pleasanton as well as the 12th Del Mar Nationals (March 30-Apr 1)in Del Mar.

Custom cars are being sought for the 30th All American Get-Together March 24 & 25, 2012 in Pleasanton. Rods, customs and classics are also being sought for the indoor portion of the 12th Del Mar Nationals March 30-Apr 1st.

A special indoor display of custom cars is being assembled for the big 30th All American Get-Together. 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 and all vehicle information including year, make & model to Harry Daviess (harryd@good-guys.com).


Goodguys Terrific 12 Awards Honor Automotive Excellence

January 25, 2012

Goodguys are proud to present the 2012 “Terrific 12” awards. These special awards recognize the nation’s finest cars and trucks. A Terrific 12 award is the highest honor Goodguys offers to recognize automotive excellence.

Here’s an up close look at the awards, where they’re selected and how to get your car considered!

Goodguys 2012 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year
Selected at: 30th All American Get-Together, March 24 & 25 in Pleasanton, CA
Who’s eligible: Custom cars 1936 through 1972 vintage.
How to Enter: You must have your custom entered in the indoor portion of the 30th All American Get-Together to be eligible for this award.
Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an exceptional custom car. The award is open to all styles and genres of customs (from traditional to modern).

Goodguys 2012 March Performance Street Rod d’ Elegance
Selected at: 12th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, March 30-April 1, Del Mar, CA
Who’s Eligible: Street Rods through 1948 vintage.
How to Enter: You must have your street rod entered in the indoor car show at the 12th Del Mar Nationals. Finalists will be selected from the indoor car show only.
Basic Criteria: Designed to honor a gorgeous, elegant street rod.

Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year
Selected at: 2nd WIX Speedway Nationals, Sept 21-23, Indianapolis, IN
Who’s Eligible: Hot Rods 1948 and earlier.
How to Enter: Cars interested in competing for this award need to enter the “Hot Rod of the Year” staging area, Friday, Sept. 21st at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (located on the track infield) at 10am sharp. The hot rods will then take a 100-mile (approx) road-trip cruise around Indianapolis including a lap around the Brickyard as well as a 1/8th mile dragstrip fun run (location to be determined). Times and speeds posted during the drag & brag will not determine the overall winner but style points do count. Following Friday’s road trip, track cruise and brag & drag – Five finalists will be selected and displayed together for the rest of the weekend. The overall winner will be announced Sunday the 23rd during the award ceremony.
Basic Criteria: It makes noise; it’s regularly street driven, has a mean attitude and screams the words “Hot Rod.” No cream puffs!

Goodguys 2012 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year
Selected at: 15th PPG Nationals, July 6-8, Columbus, OH
Who’s Eligible: Street Rods through 1948 vintage.
How to Enter: On Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th, all award candidates must park in the” Builders Choice” area at the Ohio Expo Center to be eligible for Street Rod of the Year award.
Basic Criteria: This award is designed for a true modern masterpiece. Quality of craftsmanship, body & paint, overall engineering, the three F’s (fit, form & functionality) stance and overall creativity in design and concept is what the selection committee will seek.

Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year
Selected at: 15th Goodguys PPG Nationals, July 8-10, Columbus, OH
Who’s Eligible: Street Machines 1954 through 1972 vintage.
How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the “Builders Choice” Area Friday and Saturday July 6th & 7th as well as participate in a three-lap Street Challenge Auto Cross Friday afternoon, July 6th (exact times TBD) at the Ohio Expo Center. Autocross lap times will not determine the overall winner but style points do count!
Basic Criteria: This award is designed for a cutting edge Street Machine which combines masterful build quality with extreme performance. Quality of craftsmanship, body & paint, overall engineering, the three F’s (fit, form & functionality) stance and overall creativity in design and concept is what the selection committee will seek.

Goodguys 2012 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod
Presented at: 26th West Coast Nationals, August 24-26, Pleasanton, CA
Who’s Eligible: Street Rods through 1948 vintage.
How to the Enter: On Saturday, August 25th all candidates must park in the “Builders Choice” Parking Area. Finalists will be chosen from this area only.
Basic Criteria: This is simply a beauty contest. The Most Beautiful car will be chosen.

Goodguys 2012 Grundy World Wide Insurance Kustom of the Year
A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:
12th Del Mar Nationals, March 30-April 1 – Del Mar, CA
21st East Coast Nationals, June 15-17, W. Springfield, MA
25th Pacific Northwest Nationals, July 27-29, Puyallup, WA
21st Heartland Nationals, June 30-July 1, Des Moines, IA
2nd Speedway Nationals, September 21-23, Indianapolis, IN
*19th Southeastern Nationals, October 26-28, Charlotte, NC
The winner will be selected from five finalists chosen at these events. *The Charlotte finalist will be carried over to the 2013 competition. The winner will be announced Friday, October 5th on http://www.good-guys.com!
Who’s Eligible: Traditional Kustoms 1936 through 1964 vintage.
How to Enter: Attend any of the six events listed above in your kustom. The award selection committee will find you! It’s that simple.
Basic Criteria: We’re looking for a traditional kustom. Paint & body modifications, traditional lines, low stance and all the trappings of a traditional kustom will be considered.

Goodguys 2012 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year
A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:
3rd Spring Nationals, March 9-11, Scottsdale, AZ
2nd Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 16-18, Ft Worth, TX
7th Nashville Nationals, May 18-20, Nashville, TN
15th Colorado Nationals, June 8-10, Loveland, CO
21st Heartland Nationals, June 29-July 1, Des Moines, IA
11th Midwestern Nationals, Aug 31-Sept 2, Kansas City
*The winner will be selected from the six finalists chosen at these events. The winner will be announced Friday, October 5th on http://www.good-guys.com!
Who’s Eligible: Custom Rods 1949 through 1972 vintage.
How to Enter: Attend any of the six events listed above in your custom rod, park in the “Builders Choice” area and you’ll have a chance to be selected as a finalist! One finalist will be chosen from each of the six events listed.
Basic Criteria: A custom rod is defined as a custom car which tastefully blends customizing techniques or factory stock bodies with modern day performance, engineering, components and styling.

Goodguys 2012 Hemming’s Muscle Machines Muscle Car of the Year
A finalist will be selected at each 2012 Goodguys National event from the Spring Nationals in Scottsdale through the Lone Star Nationals in Ft Worth, as well as the 19th Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton. The Charlotte, Scottsdale Fall and Del Mar Fall finalists will be added to the list of 2013 MCOY finalists.
*The 2012 winner will be selected from all sixteen finalists at these events. The winner will be announced Friday, October 12th on http://www.good-guys.com!
Who’s Eligible: Muscle Cars of all makes 1960 through 1972.
How to Enter: Attend any of 2012 Goodguys National events from the Spring Nationals in Scottsdale through the Lone Star Nationals in Ft Worth, TX (through ’72) as well as the 19th Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton. Park in the “Mighty Muscle” area and your car will be eligible to be selected as a finalist.
Basic Criteria: Designed to honor an original factory stock or original fully restored Muscle Car of superb quality.

Goodguys 2012 Intro Wheels Muscle Machine of the Year
A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:
3rd Spring Nationals, March 9-11, Scottsdale, AZ
2nd Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 16-18, Ft Worth, TX
12th Del Mar Nationals, March 30-April 1, Del Mar, CA
7th Nashville Nationals, May 18-20, Nashville, TN
15th Colorado Nationals, June 8-10, Loveland, CO
21st Heartland Nationals, June 30-July 1, Des Moines, IA
15th PPG Nationals, July 6-8, Columbus, OH
11th Midwestern Nationals, Aug 31-Sept. 2, Kansas City, KS
2nd Speedway Nationals, Sept 21-23, Indianapolis, IN
20th Lone Star Nationals, Oct 5-7, Ft Worth, TX
*19th Southeastern Nationals, Oct. 26-28, Charlotte, NC
*2nd Del Mar Fall Nationals, Nov. 23-25, Del Mar, CA
The winner will be selected from the ten finalists chosen at these events. *The Southeastern Nationals and Del Mar Fall finalists will be carried over to the 2013 competition. The winner will be announced Friday, October 12th on http://www.good-guys.com!
Who’s Eligible: Muscle Machines 1960 through 1972 vintage.
How to Enter: Attend one of the events listed above and park in the Autocross pit area Saturday between 11am to 2pm. You must also run at least three laps in the Street Challenge Autocross. Autocross lap times will not determine the overall winner but style points do count!
Only cars parked in the Autocross pit area and cars that have completed the three-lap autocross minimum will be eligible for this award.
Basic Criteria: A Muscle Machine is defined by Goodguys as a Muscle Car that has been modified to perform at a high level including handling, stance, body & paint and engineering.

Goodguys 2012 Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year (Early – through ‘52)
A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:
15th Colorado Nationals, June 8-10 Loveland, CO
7th Nashville Nationals, May 18-20, Nashville, TN
21st Heartland Nationals, June 29-July 1, Des Moines, IA
26th West Coast Nationals, August 24-26, Pleasanton, CA
20th Lone Star Nationals, Oct 5-7, Ft Worth, TX
*2nd Del Mar Fall Nationals, Nov 23-25, Del Mar, CA
The winner will be selected from all five finalists chosen at these events. *The Del Mar Fall finalist will carry over to the 2012 competition. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 12th on http://www.good-guys.com
Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks through 1952 vintage.
How to Enter: Attend any of the six events listed above in your truck and park in the “Trick Truck” area to have a chance to be selected as a finalist! One finalist will be chosen from each of the six events listed.
Basic Criteria: Designed to honor an outstanding pre’-’53 tricked out truck.

Goodguys 2012 LMC Trucks Parts Truck of the Year (Late – ’53 through ‘72)
A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:
3rd Spring Nationals, March 9-11, Scottsdale, AZ
12th Del Mar Nationals, March 30-April 1, Del Mar, CA
21st Heartland Nationals, June 29-July 1, Des Moines, IA
15th PPG Nationals, July 6-8, Columbus, OH
11th Midwestern Nationals, Aug 31-Sept. 2, Kansas City, KS
20th Lone Star Nationals, Oct 5-7, Ft Worth, TX
*19th Southeastern Nationals, Oct 26-28, Charlotte, NC
The winner will be selected from the five finalists chosen at these events. *The Charlotte finalist will be carried over to the 2013 competition. The winner will be announced Friday, October 12th on http://www.good-guys.com!
Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks 1953 through 1972 vintage.
How to Enter: Attend any of the six events listed above in your truck, and park in the “Trick Truck” area to have a chance to be selected as a finalist! One finalist will be chosen from each of the six events listed.
Basic Criteria: Designed to honor an outstanding ’53 through ’72 vintage tricked out truck.


LOJACK Joins the Party!

January 25, 2012

LoJack

LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN), the premier worldwide provider of tracking and recovery systems, will sponsor the event registration center at all 2012 Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events. More than 25 years ago, LoJack created the stolen vehicle recovery category and has since earned a reputation as the proven global leader in that market segment. The company delivers a 90 percent success rate in tracking and recovering stolen cars and trucks, and has helped recover nearly $4 billion in stolen LoJack-equipped global assets.

LoJack offers a stolen vehicle recovery system that is specially designed to meet the unique requirements of classic and specialty vehicles and help owners protect the investment they make in these one-of-a-kind vehicles. LoJack for Classics leverages the company’s newly released next generation, self-powered stolen vehicle recovery technology, which offers several advantages that make it ideally suited to classic cars. One key benefit is that the self-powered LoJack for Classics does not draw energy from a vehicle’s battery, and as such does not need to be connected to the vehicle’s electrical system. Additionally, LoJack offers a personalized installation process to meet the specific needs of classic car owners.

Goodguys are looking forward to this new relationship. “Having LoJack sponsor our event registration centers is a perfect fit,” said Ed Capen of Goodguys. “They’re the gold standard in vehicle recovery. Over the last 25 years, there have been a small handful of specialty vehicles stolen from outlying areas on event weekends. With LoJack and LoJack for Classics having a major presence with us this year, hopefully vehicle theft will be a thing of the past.”

To outfit your specialty vehicle with LoJack for Classics, please visit http://www.lojackforclassics.com/


Goodguys to Honor Ed Pink, Ed Iskenderian at 12th Del Mar Nationals

January 25, 2012

Southern California hot rod legends Ed Pink and Ed Iskenderian will be honored as “Goodguys Hot Rod Heroes” at the Goodguys12th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals March 30, 31 & April 1 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Both men bring decades of rich hot rodding and motorsports heritage to the festivities.

Ed Iskenderian

 

Ed Pink

Pink, known worldwide as one of the premier engine builders in all racing platforms will have a booth on the midway showcasing Ed Pink Racing Engines as well as his red ’29 Ford hiboy roadster, “Old Master” top fuel dragster and other Pink-powered hot rods. Iskenderian, better known as the “Camfather” is still going strong at 90 years old. Plans are being made to have his ’27 Ford hot rod roadster on display. Both of them will sign autographs for fans as well as take place in a special “Meet & Greet” with fans on Saturday March 31st.

If you’d like to meet two living legends, make plans to get to Del Mar for the “Ed Show!”