Where do I start? My guess would be with the location and how amazing it is. The Goodguys 8th Nashville Nationals is held right across from downtown Nashville, Tennessee, at LP Field. The skyline of downtown Nashville is bar none amazing, add to that the fact that the main focus is pre-'72 vehicles and you have the makings of an amazing adventure.

As I made my way to LP Field, the clouds were drenching the area with thick, heavy pellets of rain, but being optimistic I stuck around to wait out the weather. Since I'm a Southern California native, when it rains people don't drive their hot rods, let alone half of us don't own umbrellas. Tennessee and visiting folks couldn't care less about water droplets, and despite the rain a large amount of vehicles showed up Friday. By the end of the day it was not looking that great for the rest of the weekend; the forecast showed a 60-percent chance of rain. I can tell you that hearing lightning and hotel room alarms in the middle of the night was not promising for Saturday's event.

Waking up to clear skies was a sign of relief and the storm was heading around the greater Nashville area. This was great news for the thousands of Goodguys attendees who brought their pride and joy. As you walk into the show all you see is green grass, trees, Nashville skyline, and tons of cool cars and trucks. The vendor row was filled with suspension-, transmission-, and engine-related products, plus everything you would need in between.

I made my way over to the swap meet area where I spotted a pair of Chevy Apache shortbed Fleetside bedsides at a fair price; hopefully someone took them home for a cool truck project. The autocross is probably one of my favorite events at the show because not only can you enjoy the live action, but Goodguys is also kind enough to let vehicles that pass tech inspection drive the track. Not sure about final count, but on Saturday I spotted eight classic trucks competing on the autocross and doing quite well.

A lot of the time it's an added bonus to have a city like Nashville so close to the event. This makes for a great after-show experience with all the great BBQ places, plus live bands at almost every restaurant. Good food, quality vehicles, and great people, I want to go back.

Classic Trucks Finest Five 2013