Having attended countless Goodguys events over the course of the last 20 years or so I still find myself enjoying them more and more each time. In fact, just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending this year's annual Goodguys East Coast Nationals back in my old haunts in Southern Massachusetts, and as usual, it was a blast. Perhaps the biggest reason I enjoy Goodguys gatherings is because of the huge variety of cool trucks and cars represented at their shows. At any given event you'll find everything from street rods and restored classics to early muscle cars and classic hot rod trucks.

Adding to these virtual smorgasbords of pre-early '70s vehicles, the Goodguys have added to selected shows what they refer to as All American Sundays, allowing specialty American-made vehicles of any year to attend for that day only. I think it's a great addition too, as I personally enjoyed checking out the many customized late-model Mustangs, Chargers, and American pickups that added to the already pleasing collection of vehicles on hand. Another feature that I love has been the inclusion of the autocross competition that Goodguys and RideTech have been hosting over the last several years as well. There's nothing like watching a good-size bunch of cars and trucks battling the clock on a closed road course to add a dose of excitement to an already enjoyable event.

Now I realize that I'm for the most part preaching to the choir as the vast majority of CLASSIC TRUCKS readers are veteran Goodguys attendees, but as hard as it is to believe, there are still newcomers to the hobby that have yet to experience what we've accepted as an integral part of our summer rodding seasons. It is for these welcome newcomers that I'd like to give an idea of what's in store for them at any of these awesome events.

For example, the Goodguys 22nd East Coast Nationals (sponsored by Grundy Worldwide Insurance) is a gearhead gathering featuring over 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars, and hot rod trucks through 1972 sprawled throughout the show grounds of the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In addition to the car show (both indoor and outdoor), the event includes vendor exhibits, a swap meet, and cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas for different types/styles/categories of vehicles, the aforementioned Goodguys Autocross (electronically timed road course to test vehicle and driver prowess and performance), a model car show, and more (like our very own CLASSIC TRUCKS Finest Five competitions held at five assorted Goodguys shows each season).

The East Coast Nats is one of a slew of national hot rod and custom car gatherings hosted across the country by the Northern California-based Goodguys Rod & Custom Association (www.good-guys.com). This past June's show marked the second consecutive year Goodguys held the event at the Eastern States Expo Center after a 20-year run upstate in Rhinebeck, New York. Since 1987, Goodguys has produced some of the country's most enjoyable classic car and hot rod gatherings ranging from two-day shows attended by 30,000 to 40,000 people to three-day extravaganzas attracting over 100,000 enthusiasts. That said, I'll quit my yapping and let ya eyeball some images from the show!

Classic Trucks Finest Five 2013