We all know that the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association are masters at organizing national events. They bring the culture of the classic car to your state in full force and this coming October it will be no different.
This year Goodguys is extending an open invitation to hot rod enthusiasts and those with an itch for the open road to join this fall’s Texas Road Tour. Break out your sharpies and mark your calendars – the tour is set to hit the highways on Friday, September 27th. The rendezvous will be at the Goodguys Headquarters in Pleasanton, California and will cruise east for the Texas Motor Speedway arriving Thursday, October 3rd.
The group is set to arrive a day before the Goodguys 21st Lone Star Nationals, October 4th-6th. This will give the group one day in advance to get settled and gather its bearings for what is sure to be an awesome weekend.
The road tour will cover an expanse of 1,969 miles. Give or take a couple pit stops, you’ll be in the clear to let your buddies know you’re gearing up for a 2,000 mile run.
George Poteet Picks Up The Tab
The upcoming road tour has garnered a lot of attention the past few weeks. Tennessee native rodder, and racer George Poteet offered to cover the entry cost for the ten finalists from the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year and Street Rod of the Year competitions. The generous invitation was proclaimed during the Goodguys Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.
The confirmed group is as follows – Poteet’s Street Machine of the Year ’69 Torino, Ron Cizek’s ’40 Ford Street Rod of the Year and 2013 recipient of the coveted Ridler Award, Jonathan Goolsby’s ’69 Lokar Camaro, Jimmy Shaw’s Jesse Greening-built ’67 Nova, Sid Tracy’s BBT-built ’69 Firebird, Harold Chapman’s ’33 Ford, and Terry Hudson’s ’37 Chevy.
On top of that, industry figureheads will also be gearing up for Texas. Ridetech’s Bret Voelkel, Billet Specialties founder and President Glen Grozich, Goodguys Founder and Chairman Gary Meadors in his ’48 Chrysler Woody, and Goodguys Sales Director Ed Capen in the new Ridetech-built Goodguys Project G/RS ’69 Camaro will be rounding out the current road tour’s tribe.
So far, this is turning out to be one mean pack of muscle and street rod that, at first glance, conjures nothing but non-work appropriate jargon to describe its level of awesomeness. What might seem as the ultimate pack of “trailer queens” is set to prove quite the contrary.
Road Tour Itinerary
The seven day road tour will be chalk full of historic and exclusive insider stops. The route will take the group through California, Arizona, New Mexico, and eventually Texas. Along the way, there will be visits at private car collections including those such as Dennis Varni, Denny Cissel, Mike Harrah, Pence Richmond, Dennis Wise, Mark Warricks, Bob Owens, and Wayne Davis.
Shop visits will include Campbell Auto Restoration, Premier Street Rods, Airaid, Mild to Wild Classics, and Painless Performance. Those with an appreciation for history are in luck as museum stops are also booked which will include establishments such as the Estrella Warbird and Car Museum in Paso Robles, California, Penske Racing, and the Route 66 Auto Museum.
On Sunday, September 29th Lake Havasu City, Arizona will block off its main street for a special “Goodguys Night” car show extravaganza.
Only a few spots are left to fill out the tour and they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. There is a one-time entry fee of $1,500 which covers your nightly hotel booking, most meals, and receipt of a commemorative tour booklet. The fee also grants you with two t-shirts, two caps, two decals, entry into the Goodguys 21st Lone Star Nationals October 4th-6th at Texas Motor Speedway, and an exclusive event parking pass reserved for Road Tour cars only.
Be sure to stay up to date with tour coverage here where you can register online and view the daily itinerary for the cruise. We wish the participants a safe and fun filled trip and hope to join them on this epic cruise in our own projects soon! Stay tuned for a full feature on the 21st Goodguys Lone Star Nats.