Goodguys 22nd Southeastern Nationals Brings Hot Rods, Customs and Horsepower
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will bring together more than 2,500 candy-colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks this weekend for the 22nd edition of the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Hot rodders from 32 states and as far away as Canada will enjoy three days American automotive fun.
Stated in 1983 as a way to bring car enthusiasts together, Goodguys is now a strong, 22-event series that allows car guys to meet and hang out with car guys. The spirit of hot rodding is alive and well at the Goodguys events for sure in the generations of cars on display.
At the 22nd Southeastern Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans will get a close up glimpse of just how eclectic the modern day hot rodding scene is - the Goodguys core message is unchanged after over 30 years - having fun with cars. Acres of 1972 and earlier show cars glistening with candy colors will sprawl throughout the scenic speedway.
For those who have the need for speed, the shrill sound of rubber meeting pavement will fill the air with excitement as competitors in the Goodguys AutoCross, a closed performance race course, vehicle speed and agility meet to battle it out in a weekend-long, fastest-car-wins contest of speed and skill. Cars registered in the show are eligible to compete in the AutoCross and it is included in the registration fees. There are five classes of competition in the AutoCross and it is a great three day spectator thrill to watch the cars compete on this tightly designed course. Again this year, the Goodguys event season will showcase the AutoCross Shootout Finals qualifying at each event.
The Goodguys AutoCross for Kids benefitting the Austin Hatcher Foundation for pediatric cancer ends a yearlong promotion at the 22nd Southeastern Nationals, offering attendees the chance to donate to an amazing cause and take a ride with a Pro Driver on the AutoCross course. The AutoCross for Kids rides will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 25.
For those who need to do some shopping for a project, there's the midway offering high 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 Auto Trader Classics car corral and it's auto-utopia for any red-blooded American with motor oil in their veins.
Saturday offers up a fun day of special feature parking areas. The Southeastern Nationals will showcase several special feature parking areas for such categories as Ya Gotta Drive 'Em (for participants who drive 300 miles one way to the event), the Mighty Muscle Corral (for muscle cars '55-'72), the Trick Truck Corral, the Youngguys area (for guys and gals 25 and younger), 40 Fords Forever(in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 40 Ford), Homebuilt Heaven, Deuce Doin's and more. The special areas are open 7 a.m. to noon at the event.
There are fun things for the kids to do at the 22nd Southeastern Nationals, too. 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-size version. Plus the PPG coloring contest and other kids games.
The Goodguys 22nd Southeastern Nationals gates are open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $20, kids 7-12 $6, 6 and under are free. 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.
Based in Pleasanton, California, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association promotes and produces the world's most dynamic automotive events. Founded by lifelong hot rodder Gary Meadors and his wife Marilyn in 1983, Goodguys is the world's largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide. Goodguys events feature thousands of hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and classics sprawled throughout venues such as lush fairgrounds, super speedways and large outdoor stadiums. The cars, vendor exhibits, the Goodguys AutoCross, live entertainment, swap meet, cars for sale area and colorful people create a festive atmosphere charged with electricity.