Goodguys Previews Heartland Nationals

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is expecting over 5,000 hot rods, muscle cars, customs and classic trucks at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the Goodguys Rod & Custom 32nd Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals presented by BASF, the organization announced.

Scheduled for June 30 – July 2, the event will welcome all 1998 and older muscle cars, customs, hot rods and classic trucks, including vehicles competing for a Goodguys Top 12 Finalist position for muscle cars, trucks and custom cars. Lakeside Rods and Rides will also be on hand to pick the top 10 Builders Choice selections.

Other events include the Classic Performance Parts AutoCross Racing Series, featuring racers competing for the win during Saturday’s Optima Batteries Duel in Des Moines Shootout, followed by the All American Shootout on Sunday.

There will also be a fireworks display on Saturday, plus a Kids Zone with games and crafts including a free Model Car Take-and-Make. There will also be a pedal car display, an RC car demonstration and the miniature train museum, as well as a local craft sale in the Goodgals Gallery and a pie-baking contest.

The Nitro Thunderfest exhibition will feature several vintage dragsters, in addition to a burnout contest on Saturday. The cars 4-sale corral, the swap meet and manufacturer’s midway will offer parts and vehicles for sale.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at

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