Classic Trucks' Finest Five For '08Playing off the success of last year's inaugural Finest Five award program with the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association -which replaced the pre-existing Top Ten program-'08 will once again feature the Finest Five at, you guessed it, five national events. To better prepare our readers, who may feel they have a pickup worthy of a pick, we felt it our duty to give everyone an early heads up as to just which five events we'll be handing awards out at this year. Kicking the seasons off, CLASSIC TRUCKS will make its debut at the 11th DuPont Colorado Nationals in Loveland, Colorado, May 30- June 1; then on to "The Big Show" at the 11th Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, July 11-13; the 7th Great Northwest Nationals in Spokane, Washington, August 15-17; the 17th East Coast Nationals in Rhinebeck, New York, September 12-14; and finally on to the 16th Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, October 3-5. Of course, CT staff members may make random appearances at other Goodguys events over the course of the year, but these are the only five we'll holding the goods at! For more on specific event info, please visit www.good-guys.com.
Vintage, Rod, & Musclecar Parts Show Largest Growth At 2007 Sema ShowOf the 14 New Product categories open to exhibitors at the '07 SEMA Show, parts for vintage vehicles recorded the largest growth, increasing 17.6 percent from last year's entries. "Vintage" loosely refers to vehicles 25 years old and older, and the bulk of parts entered into New Products judging were for mid-'50s to mid-'70s vehicles, according to SEMA research. The growth in this category mirrors findings from SEMA surveys during the last two years, which reveals that the number of enthusiasts expressing interest in these vehicles, as well as subscribing to relevant restoration magazines, has grown 80 percent. Rounding out the top five growing new product categories were tools and equipment (14 percent), mobile electronics and technology (9.3 percent), styling and appearance accessories (6.2 percent), diesel products (6.1 percent), and luxury-vehicle accessories (2.2 percent). Although styling and appearance accessories narrowly edged diesel products in terms of growth, the number of enthusiasts that own diesel-powered vehicles surveyed by SEMA has risen by 20 percent.