Hot Rods, Customs and Classics to Fill Charlotte Motor Speedway During Annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals
California-based show promoter Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is bringing a kaleidoscope of candy-colored hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars and tricked out trucks to the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway, filling the spacious fairgrounds with more than 2,500 hot cars the weekend of Oct. 24-26. Show car entries from 28 states and two Canadian provinces are currently registered, signaling a 10 percent increase over last year's event.
The colorful show is part of the Goodguys' 19-event national schedule, which features the nation's most progressive high-performance automotive lifestyle events. The new event spotlights customized American muscle. On display will be everything from Lil' Deuce Coupes ('32 Ford hot rods) to 1970s era muscle cars to new American performance machines like the new generations of Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and others.
In addition to the estimated 2,500 cars on display, there will be racing on the Goodguys AutoCross track - an electronically timed vehicle agility course where competitors race against the clock. The Goodguys AutoCross program has exploded in popularity since its debut in 2008. More than 300 cars are expected to make runs through the cones in Charlotte, including top local PRO drivers Tim McGilton of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Kyle and Stacy Tucker of Mooresville, North Carolina; and Cheryl Herrick of Burlington, North Carolina. The racing action will be contested in five different classes including the PRO division, Hot Rod (1949 & earlier vehicles), Street Machine (1955 through 1972 vehicles), Truck (all trucks through 1972 vintage), and the All-American Sunday class, which features late model American muscle on Sunday only.
Saturday evening, event participants will get a chance to cruise the 24-degree high banks of the speedway, one of the signature highlights of the annual event.
Vendor exhibits, a model car show, a swap meet and car corral, live music and more family themed entertainment will also be featured throughout the weekend, creating a "state fair of automotive excitement."
Three new attractions to this year's event include the Ive's Brothers WALL of DEATH motorcycle stunt show. Cory and Cody Ive's defy gravity as they take their vintage motorcycles around a vertical, circular board track. In addition to the high-flying motorcycles, Denver, North Carolina's Rhine Built will display six vehicles from their historic stock car collection highlighted by the No. 2 Wrangler Pontiac Grand Prix driven to victory by Dale Earnhardt during NASCAR's 1981 season as well as Sam Ard's No. 00 Oldsmobile Omega - a car Ard drove to back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series Championships in 1983 and 1984. In addition, event attendees will be treated to free screenings of "Breaking Barriers," a Pennzoil® powered documentary hosted by Tim McGraw that chronicles man's pursuit of speed. The Pennzoil Theater will be located on the midway.
All told, it will be a weekend filled with automotive excitement. The weekend concludes early Sunday afternoon with the closing awards ceremony.