ATEXAS TRA­DI­TION

THE 24TH AN­NUAL GOODGUYS LONE STAR NA­TION­ALS

Street Trucks - - RED-LINED - TEXT BY JOSEPH DOWLING PHO­TOS BY JOSEPH

FOR ANY­ONE WHO hasn’t had the plea­sure of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a Goodguys car show, let me take a minute to ex­plain how cool these events are. The show takes place through­out a three-day week­end; start­ing Fri­day morn­ing and ramp­ing up as more and more ve­hi­cles ar­rive to join in the fun. Ven­dors and swap-meet booths abound, and the au­tocross ex­pe­ri­ence draws big­ger crowds at each suc­ces­sive event. Each part of the event is given as much at­ten­tion as the oth­ers.

Judges be­gin the task of search­ing for prize ve­hi­cles on Fri­day and con­tinue through­out Satur­day, which is when the full-blown fes­tiv­i­ties reach their peak. The gates don’t open un­til 7 a.m., but folks start lin­ing up at 5:30 a.m. For the next two hours, a non­stop pa­rade of ve­hi­cles rolls through the en­trance to­ward their spots in the show.

The au­tocross event draws big­ger crowds ev­ery year. The com­pe­ti­tion gives all reg­is­tered show par­tic­i­pants a chance to put their ve­hi­cle through its paces dur­ing a timed event, which is open to ev­ery ve­hi­cle in the show. At the end, the win­ners in three cat­e­gories, Street Rod, Truck and Street Ma­chine, re­ceived awards for their per­for­mance through the course.

This year there were nearly 3,000 ve­hi­cles on dis­play, and the com­pe­ti­tion was stiff. Twenty dif­fer­ent Goodguys shows take place through­out the coun­try, run­ning from March through Novem­ber. There’s a good chance that there’s one within driv­ing dis­tance to you, so do your­self a fa­vor and check one out in 2017.

ROD PAR­SONS’ ’67 C-10 HAS SOME PRETTY WICKED STYLING AD­DI­TIONS IN­SIDE AND OUT.

FRESHLY BUILT BY KINDIG-IT DE­SIGN,

OTTO VEGA’S F-100

WAS DIS­PLAYED UNDER THE TEXAS SUN.

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