There are certain car shows in the realm of hot rodding that are staples, or “must-see’s”. Goodguys Rod & Custom Association‘s PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio is one of those shows. Every year, over 6,000 classic muscle cars and street rods flood the streets of Columbus and assemble at the Ohio Expo Center.
Summer Of ’69 Camaro Display:
2019 marked the 22nd annual show for Goodguys. Coincidentally, it also marked the 50th birthday of one of the most iconic muscle cars in American history – the ’69 Chevrolet Camaro. As such, the very talented people at Goodguys put together a display of over 120 of the baddest Camaros in the country – possibly the world!
The Summer of ’69 Display at Kasich Hall was one of the main attractions for the show. Above are a few examples of the cars that stood among the best-of-the-best. Check back with us for an in-depth look at every single Camaro included in the display.
Among the other attractions was the Goodguys Autocross. The autocross always draws a great crowd, and it’s plain to see why when you get over there. Tire smoke and race gas fill the air, and the crowd goes wiled as jalopies and six-figure, purpose-built race cars all slalom through the orange cones of the course.
Interestingly enough, as part of the qualification process for Street Machine Of The Year, every car in contention for the award must complete two laps around the autocross course. That means the crowd gets to see some of the world’s most high-end, hand-crafted muscle machines twisting, gyrating, and dancing around the cones – the same as everyone else.
The drivers and cars don’t have to exactly burn the tires off around the course to qualify. All they need do to be considered is complete the two laps. Some of the participants choose to take it easy – understandably so, considering many of the cars belong to customers and are worth well past the six-figure mark. That said, many of the contenders came to the show to make a statement. Suffice to say, there was no shortage of burnouts, donuts, drifting, or cone killing.
New Product Showcase:
Another great thing about the show are the vendors who come out. There are a ton of manufacturers showcasing their latest and greatest products on the cars competing on the autocross, in the show, and for the Street Machine Of The Year crown.
Because the show is a hotbed for everything muscle, manufacturers are eager to show off their latest offerings. Goodguys helps them do so by displaying all of their latest in the New Product Showcase. Attendees have the chance to actually vote on their favorite new products and actually be a part of the judging process.
Ultimately, only one manufacturer can win the Best New Product award, but there was a veritable buffet of drool-worthy pieces to dress up your ride.
Street Machine Of The Year:
By the time the show wrapped on Sunday, the word was out as to who won the Street Machine Of The Year award, but for those of you who don’t know, here it is!
The Greening Auto Company and Jimmy Shaw’s 200mph ’71 Maverick took home the title of 2019 Street Machine Of The Year. Stay tuned for an in depth article on all the finalists. The field included some of the cleanest builds from the best builders around. There was a very gnarly 2nd-gen Camaro from The Roadster Shop, a wicked Cuda from Campbell Auto Restoration and of course, the baddest Maverick on the planet!
That’s A Wrap!
The Goodguys 22nd PPG Nationals was an epic 3-day event that didn’t disappoint. We will be publishing full-length feature articles on many of the cars in attendance, an in-depth look at the Summer Of ’69 display, and of course the road to Street Machine Of The Year.
For more information about the Goodguys show schedule, and more highlights from Columbus, check out the Goodguys Rod and Custom website, here.