In the hierarchy of Goodguys events the crown jewel is easily identified as the PPG Nationals held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. This year marked the Goodguys 4th PPG Hot Rod & Custom Car Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts with the event delivering a reported 5,700 pre-'73 vintage classic trucks, street rods, and street machines; 200-plus vendors; and 46,000-plus spectators through the gates over the three day event. Once again the keepers of great weather looked favorable upon the mid-July event and showered it with lots of sunshine and low humidity days and nights.
There were hundreds of vendors on hand for the swap meet section, which is always worth a walk through. Obviously, the best is seen and gone early. However, this area is held undercover making it an ideal spot to get out of the hot afternoon sun for a few moments. The weather was good, but it was hot!
Recording artists "Phil Dirt & The Dozers" treated all those present to sets of live nostalgic rock and roll music on both Saturday and Sunday. Other family fun could be found for the kids at the various venues that included valve cover racing, model car and pedal car displays and Dad could sharpen his street rod building skills by attending one or more of the no-charge how to seminars. These seminars were sponsored by PPG on paint, Vintage Air on air conditioning, Arizona Speed & Marine on powerplants, and Fatman Fabrications on chassis do's and don'ts.
Awards and there were lots of them: To mention a few; Street Rodder Top Ten, CLASSIC TRUCKS Top-5, Custom Rodder Top Ten, Goodguys/Popular Hot Rodding Street Machine of the Year, and Goodguys Street Rod of the Year. There were also Boyd Coddington's Pro Picks, Eagle One's Pick, Young Guys, ISCA Pick, PPG Dream Car award, and the Magnum Axle Real Hot Rod award. There were also special parking sections for Homebuilt Heaven, Willys Roundup (sponsored by Clayton Custom Cars), Anglia Gathering, Classic Chevy Corral (hosted by Classic Chevy International), and Custom Country.
Speaking of honors what has clearly become one of the most sought after awards in the world of rodding is the CLASSIC TRUCKS Top-5. For a rodder's truck to be selected as one of the recipients is proof that the truck is not only well done but a driver. Again, the selection process isn't easy but a true effort was made to select trucks that really do see the asphalt and so the Top-5 selected at Columbus are street rods!
So, what styles were evident, what colors, what models of truck, what powerplants? Everything! Simple stated there appears to be no limits when selecting building material. The only parameters are ones imagination, and we suppose budget would enter into this equation at some point. Everything is a go and that speaks well for the industry and the hobby.
Next summer we expect the same results as this year-fantastic!