Goodguys Rod & Custom Prepares to Host 26th Annual Summit Racing Nationals

The Goodguys "Big One" expects to bring over 6,000 vintage cars & trucks to the Ohio Expo Center...

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will host thousands of car enthusiasts for an action-packed weekend July 12-14, as over 6,000 vintage cars and trucks converge on the Ohio Expo Center for the Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG.

“This is the ‘Big One’ on the Goodguys 15-event schedule and will be packed with classic cars and trucks, top manufacturers and the best builders in the country,” the company stated in press release announcing the show.

On Saturday afternoon the winners of the PPG Street Machine of the Year and the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year will be announced as part of the Goodguys Top 12 of the Year awards.

Goodguys Rod & Custom Prepares to Host 26th Annual Summit Racing Nationals | THE SHOP

There will be a special indoor gathering of more than 100 Pontiac GTOs and other Pontiacs celebrating the 60th anniversary of the “first muscle car.”

Renowned builders South City Rod & Custom and Roadster Shop will each pick 10 Builder’s Choice awards.

On Sunday, over 90 award winners will parade through an awards ceremony, followed by 17 finalists from across the country that will try to start and drive off in the Goodguys 2023-24 Grand Prize Giveaway vehicle, a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe built by Streamline Custom Designs. 

That same day the 2024-25 Giveaway car, a 1986 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe built by Goolsby Customs, will be unveiled.

There will be plenty of racing action all weekend with the CPP AutoCross Racing Series where drivers make laps on a tight, fast track, vying for chance to win the Forgeline Buckeye Shootout on Saturday, with an All American Shootout on Sunday for newer, American-powered vehicles.

Other motorsports activities include the sound and fury of vintage racing engines during the Nitro Thunderfest plus a tire roasting burnout contest on Saturday and a special Pro Street Roll-Out presented by Lokar. 

If you’re looking for new parts, hot rod parts manufacturers will be on display across the fairgrounds and there is even a New Product Showcase where the best, most innovative new products are on display with a chance to score a Best New Product of the Year Award.

Pat Curtin

Pat Curtin is the managing editor of THE SHOP magazine.

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