The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is known for delivering great events that cuase a stir in the community, and create an atmosphere of automotive splendor. When they announced their 2018 schedule, they also made a few other announcements you’ll like want to know about.
The most significant change is that for the first time in over 20 years, they will be raising the year eligibility for registered event participants. Beginning with the 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 9-11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Goodguys will open event gates to 1987 and earlier show cars for all national events. There is one exception though, the 32nd West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster held annually in Pleasanton, California.
The model-year expansion comes after several years of planning. “We carefully considered all aspects of a year bump,” said Goodguys President and CEO Marc Meadors.” We discussed it with prominent builders, manufacturers, and our members. We asked our social media audience for their input, and we ran a column in the Gazette, which garnered over a thousand letters. The resulting flood of feedback and collective input from all of our research suggested nearly 70-percent of our audience was in favor of the bump.”
Meadors expanded on the topic. “Our events will prominently feature the familiar fabric of the world’s finest hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trick trucks. We will also see fresh, friendly faces, longing for a chance to show off their hot cars and trucks. Monte Carlos, Fox Body Mustangs, Mavericks, third gen Camaros, screaming chicken Trans Ams, square body C/10s, Buick Grand Nationals, vans, and many more will hopefully join the party. Our industry manufacturers currently offer a wide range of products for next-gen cars, and many of our industry’s top hot rod shops have next-gen cars currently under construction.”
If you participate in the autocross competitions, there are some changes you need to know about.
Other notable changes include a new event scheduled for October 12-14 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. In addition to that, the popular Nashville Nationals has been moved back a week to May 11 and 12, and will be a two day event in advance of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th. The 26th East Coast Nationals in Rhinebeck, New York, and the 25th Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte will also be staged as two-day events, June 8 and 9 and October 19 and 20, respectively.
Finally, the AutoCross racing program will have a completely restructured format. In lieu of separating competitors into five classes, Goodguys will now run all competitors in one class in a Shootout event that culminates into a 16-car elimination field. All AutoCross participants will be given a day and a half to qualify for the top 16 spots. Each winner and runner up will qualify for the season-ending “Duel in the Desert” competition in November, in Scottsdale. The final field of 32 drivers will be completed by using the points system. Other changes include moving the Goodguys 2018 Custom Rod of the Year award to the 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa. It had been selected on a regional basis in prior years. Additionally, Goodguys will stage several burnout contests as well as demolition derbies at select events.