When the Goodguys organization first announced plans for the new Mid-Western Nationals in Kansas City, we really didn't know what to expect. On one hand, it's a booming metro area with plenty of hot rod activity that hasn't had a "national"-type event to call its own for several years. On the other hand, it's not terribly far from other Goodguys events (Des Moines, Colorado Springs, Ft. Worth), and it was scheduled for October 11-13, a time when Midwestern weather is particularly unpredictable.

Any doubts we may have had quickly vanished Friday morning as we rolled into the infield of Kansas Speedway and were greeted by more than 2,000 hot rods, cool customs, and trick trucks. That number grew steadily throughout the weekend, topping out with a total of 2,949 registered vehicles -- the second-largest turnout for an inaugural event in Goodguys' 20-year history! Just as impressive were the distances traveled, as we saw a bunch of rides from Illinois and Texas, and a huge contingent from Minnesota. Needless to say, this will be an event to watch in the years to come. The 2003 happening is scheduled for September 19-21 -- get there if you can.

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