Goodguys 2018: Plan Which Events You’ll Attend Right Now

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.

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2018 Goodguys Schedule

Goodguys 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals
March 9-11
Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX

Goodguys 9th Spring Nationals
March 16-18
WestWorld of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Goodguys 36th All American Get-Together
March 24 & 25
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Goodguys 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals
April 6-8
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Marc, CA

Goodguys 4th North Carolina Nationals
April 27-29
NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC

Goodguys 13th Nashville Nationals
May 11 & 12
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

Goodguys 25th Summer Get-Together
June 2 & 3
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Goodguys 26th East Coast Nationals
June 8 & 9
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Goodguys 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals
June 29-July 1
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA

Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals
July 6-8
Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH

Goodguys 31st Pacific NW Nationals
July 27-29
WA State Fair Events Center, Puyallup, WA

Goodguys 17th Great NW Nationals
August 17-19
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane, WA

Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals
August 24-26
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Goodguys 21st Colorado Nationals
September 7-9
The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, CO

Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals
September 28-30
Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX

Goodguys 1st Kentucky Nationals
October 12-14
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

Goodguys 26th Southeastern Nationals
October 19-20
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

Goodguys 29th Autumn Get-Together
November 10 & 11
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Goodguys 21st Southwest Nationals
November 16-18
WestWorld of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars, and involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion got him noticed by many locals, and he began to help them with their own vehicles.
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