Their three-month winter break over, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opens its 2014 calendar with the fifth annual Spring Nationals, March 7-9 at the WestWorld complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.
In addition to a show field filled with more than a thousand hot rods and customized classic cars, the on-site Goodguys AutoCross will determine the first finalist for the Goodguys AutoCross Finals Shootout that will pit 32 cars and drivers against each other at the end of the 2014 season.
Last year, only 24 cars were included in the finals, won by Danny Popp of Cleveland in his 1972 Corvette. But this year the finals field expands to 32 as the Goodguys encourage members to have cars that go as well as they show.
Also new as the 2014 season opens will be the arrival at most Goodguys events of the new Chip Foose Experience, a semi full of Foose-built cars, memorabilia, collectibles and more. Foose himself will attend the Goodguys events at Del Mar, Calif. (April 4-6); Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Pleasanton, Calif., (August event).
Also being launched is the Goodguys’ own new 78-foot show rig.
Oh, and while the display at WestWorld opens on Friday, there’s a Hot Rod Cruise on Thursday hosted by the Over the Hill Gang (Phoenix Chapter) that will visit several shops and car collections before ending at the 5 & Diner restaurant at the Scottsdale Pavilions.
Also new on the Goodguys 2014 calendar will be the inaugural All American Nationals, April 25-27 at Orlando/Kissimmee, Fla., a Goodguys gathering June 6-8 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, and an event the following weekend, June 13-15, at the Big E in West Springfield, Mass.
2014 Goodguys Rod & Custom Association schedule
March 7-9 — 5th Spring Nationals, Scottsdale, Ariz.
March 14-16 — 4th Spring Lone Star Nationals, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
March 29-30 — 32nd All American Get-Together, Pleasanton, Calif.
April 4-6 — 14th Meguiars’s Del Mar Nationals, Del Mar, Calif.
April 25-27 — All American Nationals, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Fla.
May 16-18 — 9th Nashville Nationals, LP Field, Tennessee Titan Stadium
May 31-June 1 — 21st Summer Get-Together, Pleasanton, Calif.
June 6-8 — 17th Colorado Nationals, Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, Colo.
also 6/6-8 — All American Nationals, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis
June 13-15 — Grundy Worldwide Insurance All American Nationals, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Mass.
July 4-6 — 23rd Heartland Nationals, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines
July 11-13 — 17th PPG Nationals, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio
July 25-27 — 27th Wesco Autobody Supply Pacific Northwest Nationals, Washington State Fair Event Center, Puyallup, Wash.
August 15-17 — 13th Great Northwest Nationals, Spokane, Wash.
August 22-24 — 28th West Coast Nationals, Pleasanton, Calif.
October 3-5 — 22nd Lone Star Nationals, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth
October 24-26 — 21st Southeastern Nationals, Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina
November 8-9 — 25th Autumn Get-Together, Pleasanton, Calif.
November 14-16 — 17th Southwest Nationals, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Ariz.