The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association's 30th Anniversary season has been a celebratory year full of colorful automotive festivals geared towards classic American automobile enthusiasts. The Goodguys show tour will stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 25-27 for the 20th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals.

Northern California car nut Gary Meadors founded Goodguys back in the spring of 1983 as a way to get car people and hot rod aficionados together to show off their cars, trade ideas, listen to some live music and have a little fun. Five hundred show cars came to that first event, proving just how popular classic cars and hot rods were in California neighboring states.

Under Meadors' careful direction, Goodguys caught lightning in a bottle. Through bringing car guys and gals together with the common theme of "having fun with cars," Goodguys Rod & Custom Association gathered sufficient steam to take this simple, passion-driven show format across the country. By 1987, Goodguys had a national string of auto events and festivals from Pennsylvania to California with the nation's car magazines following along.

The Goodguys message and methodology proved so popular it launched the San Francisco based company into the lexicon of America's most widely recognized show promoters. Today, Meadors has merged into the cruise lane acting as founder and chairman, and his son, second generation hot rodder Marc Meadors has opened the throttle wide-open taking Goodguys full speed into future generations of gear heads.

At the Goodguys 20th Southeastern Nationals, fans will get a close-up glimpse of just how eclectic the modern day hot rodding scene is as thousands of show cars glistening with candy colors sprawl out through the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The shrill sound of rubber meeting pavement will fill the air with excitement as competitors in the Goodguys AutoCross, a high-adrenaline, electronically timed vehicle speed and agility course, battle it out in a weekend long fastest-car-wins contest of speed and skill.

Then there's the midway featuring multi-million dollar custom big rig tractor trailers (a show in and of themselves) offering performance parts and accessories to budding hot rodders and do-it-yourselfers. Having the chance to interact directly with manufacturers has long been an appealing aspect of Goodguys events. Throw in a giant used car parts swap meet and car corral (turn-key classic cars for sale) and it's literally auto-utopia for every red-blooded American with motor oil in their veins.

Goodguys takes their car-lovin' customers so serious there's even a model car program sponsored by Revell that sends the little one's home with their very own model kit forging big dreams to one day come back to the show with a life-sized version.

Special exhibits are numerous at the Southeastern Nationals. Before any of the weekend action gets started, a special Poker Run will take hundreds of hot rods to points of interest throughout the region including stops at Hendrick Motorsports, JR Motorsports as well as the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Both attendees and participants will have the chance to experience the Richard Petty Driving Experience on Friday. On Saturday, the event's top cars will park in the "Builder's Choice" corral on pit road from 7 a.m. until noon. Mooresville-based hot rodders Kyle & Stacy Tucker, founders of Detroit Speed & Engineering, will then select the top 10 cars of the event from the Builder's Choice corral. Later that evening, perhaps the event's most popular attraction takes place at 6 p.m. with the annual track cruise, which takes thousands of hot rods and show cars for a joy ride around the high banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Goodguys 20th annual Southeastern Nationals is open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adult tickets are just $18; kids 7-12 get in for only $6. Charlotte Motor Speedway parking is $5. Visit www.good-guys.com to purchase event tickets or to register a show car. Call Goodguys at 925-838-9876 for more information.

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