Vintage and classic car enthusiasts have a second opportunity in 2017 to get their motors running, as Goodguys Rod & Custom Association returns to WestWorld in Scottsdale for its 20th annual Southwest Nationals Car Show.
Set for Friday, November 17, to Sunday, November 19, Goodguys is the counter season edition to the Goodguys Spring Nationals in March.
“The Southwest Nationals is different from the spring event,” says Betsy Bennett, director of public relations for the event series. “The March event is the beginning of our season and the November event is the finale. Scottsdale is a special place for us.”
The 35-year-old Goodguys has become the definitive name for hotrod and custom car shows along with autocross racing. Founded by Gary Meadors as a platform for showcasing the classic and hotrod culture, the business is now run by his son, Marc Meadors.
“I was born into Goodguys,” Meadors says. “My late father Gary started hotrodding as a teenager in California’s Central Valley in the 1950s. He began promoting hotrod events in 1973. It is all I’ve ever known.”
The Southwest Nationals gives patrons an opportunity to view more than 3,000 hot rods, custom cars, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972.
“Attendees can also see our top 12 cars and trucks from the event season,” Bennett says. “These 12 vehicles are amazing automotive creations and showcase the best of the best. They are all gathered in one display presented by Meguiar’s.”
Guests can also browse and shop the vast collection of vendor displays, and engage like-minded enthusiasts at the swap meet and car corral.
“Throw in great food, music, exhibits, and entertainment and you have a three-day festival that is the Goodguys experience,” Bennett says.
The vibrant colors and visual appeal of a bygone era in autos is matched only by the intensity and roar from the vehicles competing in the Goodguys AutoCross.
“This is a closed-performance race course, where vehicle speed and agility meet to battle it out in a weekend long fastest-car-wins contest of speed and skill,” she says. “Our premiere race, The Duel in the Desert, the Final Shootout is the last of the year and will take place on November 18.”
Adults are not the only ones to experience the fun. The next generation of car lovers can participate in a coloring contest and enjoy face painting and other kids’ games.
“There is even a model car program sponsored by Revell that sends the little ones’ home with their very own model kit, forging big dreams to one day come back to the show with a life-sized version,” Bennett says.
With the excitement of racing and the allure of classic automotive treasures, patrons can expect high-octane thrills at Goodguys Southwest.
“Cool cars, cool people and good times,” Bennett says. “That is what we want attendees to take away. The feeling of having a great time and enjoying some beautiful cars.”
The Goodguys 20th Southwest Nationals, WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 925.838.9876, good-guys.com, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, November 19, $6-$20, $5 parking.