For more than three decades the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has been attracting some of the best of the best in the hot rodding community from around the country. The car shows they have organized have always brought tens of thousands of spectators out of their garages and off of the couches to witness highly customized rides roll through the streets.
Up until recently, Goodguys shows have been about the celebration of muscle cars, street rods and everything customized built in the United States from 1972 and earlier. However, during 17 of the 21 events planned for the 2012 season, Goodguys has now have opened up the gates for all those who own a late model car who would like to show it off and cruise with the old dogs.
The Goodguys Super Sunday Get-Together allows all years, makes, and models of American cars and trucks to come together and enjoy the festivities with everyone else. You could even bring your foreign car as long as it has a Detroit powerplant. Some may think this is breaking the old traditions, however many see it another way.
Those who have been around hot rodding for any amount of time realize that it is not always an inexpensive hobby. With some of the old rods going to the sky in value, it has become somewhat challenging for those who would like to get themselves an old car and start fixing it up. Because new muscle has different technology and occasionally is cheaper, the cars are much different in delivery than they were 40 years ago, why not give everyone a chance to be involved and feature this new muscle power right alongside the old!
In many ways, the most important reason for allowing newer models has been to help get the younger generation involved and give them a place to mix with the classic muscle. Who knows, maybe we can learn a thing or two about each other. It’s a great place for several generations to find a common ground.
Here’s another heart racing reason to bring your late model car to a Super Sunday event; Autocross! If you have ever seen those cars racing around a hard hairpin turn, heard those tires screech and the high RPM’s in the straights and said to yourself ‘self, I’m gonna do that one day’, then this is the place to make that a reality.
Goodguys allows anyone who enters their car into the show an opportunity to show off their best driving skills around a 1,000 foot – timed track. Whether you just want to push your car to the limit to see what she’s got or compete against others, you won’t find this much legal fun anywhere else.
Here you will see fourth and fifth generation Camaros that are either stock or outfitted with mild to wild engine upgrades, racing the clock around the track. Or maybe a turbo charged late model Ford Mustang Roush, revving high and pushing hard through the finish flags. However, these big American muscle aren’t all you will withness twisting around this track.
Some of the most exciting of the ‘street’ rides are four and six cylinder cars such as Darin Allen’s 2008 Chevy HHR. Darrin will push that mini-cargo to it’s absolute limits, so much that as he’s coming out of the corner and mashes the gas, those front tires lay a path of rubber behind him. Laying hard on the gas earned him a very respectable 8th place.
All in all, the Goodguys Autocross is a great place to let loose and have a good time with fellow car enthusiasts. The spectators seemed to feel the same, as they were lined up along the fences two and three deep all day long enjoying the racing.
Super Sunday Autocross Top 10
- Greg Steadman, 2010 Dodge Challenger, 35.992
- TJ Ferguson, 2010 Chevy Camaro, 37.311
- Casey Woodside, 2010 Chevy Camaro, 38.204
- Robert McGaffin, 2008 Chevy HHR, 38.32
- James Boyd, 2000 Ford Mustang, 38.48
- Albert Ayotte, 2005 Pontiac GTO, 38.57
- Darrin Allen, 2008 Chevy HHR, 38.941
- Troy Watts, 2006 Ford Mustang, 39.091
- Alex Raynar, 1999 Ford Mustang, 39.312
Super Sunday is also the day when those who have been chosen as having a car that stood out amongst the others are awarded. As the top cars lined up in the winner’s circle, it was easy to see why they were picked. However, there were over 1,500 cars here over the weekend for the judges to comb through and it sure wasn’t an easy job. There were late model cars recognized and given “Award for Excellence.” Such was the case for a radically customized late model Jeep Rubicon. This Jeep was far from being original and possibly every panel and suspension piece had been somehow modified.
Many of the cars that decided to come out on Sunday seemed to be new generation Camaros and Mustangs. With the recent passing of the great Cobra builder, Carroll Shelby, many people brought out their Shelby Cobras to show the love they had for such an iconic car builder and racer. If you glance inside the cars you could see many of them with Carroll’s signature on the dash. It was almost as if he was here celebrating all these excellent cars with us.
Throughout the day it was great to see the younger guys with their newer model cars shined and on display next to a first generation vehicle of the same model. The Goodguys have done an incredible thing to bring all the generations and cars together. There are people out there that have no clue why a bunch of fanatics will get together just to see, hear and drive loud and fast cars, however, it’s groups like the Goodguys that will help keep the spirit of hot rodding alive for many generations to come.