If it ain't broke, don't fix it! It's thinking like this that's kept Goodguys events in the forefront of hot rod enthusiasts' minds for years, and there's no better example of this than this year's 14th Annual Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals. Open to hot rods, classic trucks, and customs to '64 (and race vehicles to '72) Indy consistently draws the cream of the crop from every rodding and racing genre. Though Indy has been known for years as "the place" to debut hot, new rides, there were still (and always will be) plenty of low-buck and homebuilt cars and trucks on hand for everybody's enjoyment, as well.
This year, there were more than 4,000 pre-'64 cars and trucks, and they literally came from all over the country. Regardless of dollars spent, every one of 'em were inspected and admired by all.
If looking at cool cars and trucks isn't enough to keep you satisfied, Goodguys Indy has lots more to offer--like a boatload of classic cars and trucks getting flogged on the racetrack. That's right, the Hot Rod Nationals features vintage drag racing (open to pre-'72 vehicles) with 12 classes of competition ranging from street-legal hot rods to old-school Top Fuelers and Gassers. And, if that's not enough to satisfy your automotive lust, then it's just a short jaunt down the road to visit the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway or take in any of the other gearhead-inspired sights and attractions available.
The fact that Goodguys Indy always has a great sideshow of vintage drag racing is a definite draw, but the allure goes beyond that. This is simply a great, laid-back, early season gathering. This year's show was also our second outing for making CLASSIC TRUCKS Top Ten Picks. And believe us, there were enough cool haulers for us to have doubled or tripled our number of picks. Check out the photos and see if you don't agree.