The Goodguys East Coast Nationals (or “Rhinebeck” as it’s referred to by its legions of faithful attendees) held its 20th annual gathering this past June and, as is customary, they did it in grand style. The picturesque Dutchess County Fairgrounds has become a favorite venue for northeastern rodders, and the Goodguys show is one of the region’s all-time favorite events. This past season’s gathering was nothing short of spectacular, and the inclusion of rods, classic trucks, and customs through 1972 ensured that there was plenty of eye candy for every taste.

As with all Goodguys gatherings, the East Coast Nationals offers up tons of fun and exciting things to do and experience. Above and beyond checking out many hundreds of rods, customs, and classic trucks, Goodguys and the host club, Hudson Valley Street Rods, offered daily special features that turned a great weekend into a fantastic one. Manufacturer exhibits, a great swap meet and car corral, a model and pedal car display, and a TGIF party were just the tip of the iceberg—there was something new and exciting to check out every day!

One of the things that really made our weekend was the noticeable increase in the amount of classic pickups that made their way to the event. We’ve always believed that the Goodguys events are the perfect place for classic truckers to showcase their hard work, and it’s heartening to see that truckers are finally realizing how much fun they can have and how much hot rod “car folks” really do appreciate classic trucks. So, if you enjoy attending events that are more than those of the “lawn chair” variety, and you enjoy seeing an eclectic mix of some of the Northeast’s finest rods, customs, and classic trucks, then contact the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association and sign up for the upcoming 21st annual East Coast Nationals. We’re sure that if you check out the show once, you’ll be hooked. See ya next June! CT