Saturday, September 4, 2010
9th Annual Goodguys Mid-Western Nationals at Kansas Speedway was danged-near the perfect car show
The 2010 event was blessed from above with perhaps the most perfect weather ever bestowed on a car show. Mid-70s, bright sun, light breezes. It was a car show lover's dream.
And as usual, the cars were plenty dream-worthy as well. Honestly, the number of cars seemed a bit down to me compared to year's past, but that doesn't mean we didn't see some 1,500-2,000 cars out there.
Goodguys is primarily a hot rod organization, so the proliferation of Little Deuce Coupes and '40 Fords was understandably strong. But if you read a lot of national magazines, you would have seen quite a few cars that made it to print. Many of these were the cream of the crop.
There was also a fairly large swap meet, a vendors midway with all the latest hot rod products, an autocross in which vendors were beating the crap out of their cars, and a concession stand at which you could purchase a $5.00 speedway burger.
I've heard some folks shun the Goodguys event because they think it's just a bunch of rich guys with store-bought glamour-wagons. And while those are out there; and by the way, I'm impressed with many of those as well; there are plenty of great homebuilt rides and cars built by individual craftsmen. In fact, there are so many cars, it is impossible to pigeonhole them into one category. There's just a lot of everything, and absolutely something for everyone.
And speaking of pretty cool, there is a monster-sized slideshow below. With some 350 pictures, it is by far the new record-holder for most photos in one of my stories. I have to say, that is one thing I really like about this new format, I'm not very limited on these slideshows. I hope you enjoy this one.