As has been said plenty of times before, summer fun doesn't stop when the Fourth of July fireworks end, it just means that the time is finally here to join the Goodguys at their huge midsummer bash in Columbus, Ohio.

This year's 16th-annual Goodguys PPG Nationals was attended by thousands of participating vehicles and was again one of the most enjoyable and largest shows on the Goodguys calendar, as well as one of the premier events of the automotive season.

After making our latest trek to Columbus we were delighted, as usual, at the awesome array of cool hot rod trucks and cars in attendance and at just how much fun we had. But then, it is a Goodguys event, and they're experts at hosting fun, laidback gatherings that provide a little something for everyone. If you're on the competitive side there's the awesome rubber-burnin' autocross competition which, by the way, showcases some extremely competitive classic pickups. If you're not one for racing your ride you're more than welcome to have your vehicle judged for a possible award and one of the many Goodguys trophies, or maybe a Classic Trucks Finest-Five award instead. Content to just cruise – no problem! The massive Ohio Expo Center offers plenty of room for cruising. And if you got tired of driving, there were plenty of places to power-park and show off your ride.

Of course, with thousands of vehicles on hand, there's always a plethora of sights to see and fellow gearheads to bench race with. If that wasn't enough, you could always check out the swap meet, manufacturer's displays, and the car corral. As usual, the Goodguys also staged a variety of entertainment and technical seminars covering subjects like chassis and suspensions, and air-conditioning. Where else are you going to find such fun and valuable (yet freely given) information?

With thousands of cool classic trucks (the most we've ever seen to date), street rods, and muscle cars on hand and good weather blessing the entire weekend, capturing a bunch of cool classic trucks on film was as easy as pie. If you ask us, you and your classic truck owe it to yourself to check out this awesome summer celebration. And if you live within a day or two drive of Columbus, we fully expect to see you there next year!

Classic Truck's Finest Five 2013

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