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Goodguys 23rd Lone Star Nationals

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Photos by Goodguys Rod & Custom.

Three straight days of sensational sunshine, top quality cars and a buzzing midway made last weekend’s Goodguys 23rd Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway one of the biggest ever! Over 2,300 cars joined tens of thousands of wide-eyed fans to create an electric scene filling the 1.5 mile oval with chrome and color! From Thursday’s kickoff party to Sunday’s closing ceremonies – it was 96-straight hours of full throttle, top-down fun. This event comes alive when the sun is out!

e always marvel at the quality of cars here. Joining the Lone Star State’s finest iron were the season’s top cars from all points east, west, north and south. The event marked the final time Muscle Cars, Muscle Machines and both early and late vintage trucks could qualify for several Goodguys Top 12 awards. The competition brought both cars and trucks from over fifteen states including the shops of Big Oak Garage, J-Rod and Custom, Goolsby Customs, Kenny Davis Hot Rods, Strange Motion and other prominent shops. But it was Kenny Davis who had the busiest weekend of all. In addition to showing his own rides, Davis selected the weekend’s Builder’s Choice awards, zeroing in on ten of the best. Talk about stout competition! They do indeed go big here in Texas!
In addition to the show & shine fun, nonstop cruisin’ and carousing were on the menu. An overflowing swap meet & AutoTrader Classics Cares 4 Sale Corral absolutely filled the north paddock area with steals and deals. Hundreds of vendors sold rare parts and in some cases even more rare turn-key cars.
Thunderous V8 vibrato was a constant. Heard above the hi-revving action from the stars and cars of Goodguys AutoCross was the constant thunder of TEAM Texas – on hand to offer their wondrous NASCAR ride alongs. Have you ever charged down a straightaway approaching a turn at 140mph? It looks as if you’re going to slam into the wall but these cars stick like glue! Hundreds of rapid race fans got their turn for a thrill ride. Come Saturday evening, the participants got their crack at racing’s fastest tri-oval. Though strict enforcement limited speeds to 50mph, the thrill of taking their own cars and trucks for a lap around TMS was a highlight for so many, the track lights proving a dramatic backdrop.
Sunday’s action was highlighted by Goodguys All American Sunday for late model American powered iron and of course the spectacular awards ceremony. With the help of the Lone Star Corvette Club the award winner’s parade was one of the best of the year. Grabbing those all-important Top 12 finalist awards were: Rod Shotwell (’69 Dodge Coronet – MCOY), Alan Holland (’67 Nova MMOY), Greg Gonzales (‘45 Chevy Pickup TROY-Early) and Tony Wood (’66 Ford Pickup TROY-Late).

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