Headlamp, Tom Kirwan’s 1946 Plymouth
Wheel, John McKee’s 1969 SC/Rambler
Hood ornament, Bill Raper’s 1954 Pontiac
The engine in Bob Taylor’s 1931 Ford hot rod
Tiger painting, Larry Schroeder’s 1965 GTO
Thunderbird emblem on Dave DeGeer’s 1956 Ford
A few of the 2500 cars at WestWorld
Rick May’s 1950 Ford
A row of ’32 Ford hot rods
Flamed ’51 Mercurys, Pat Neve’s left and Ron Hernandez’ right’
Cut-out hood shows engine in Scott Triebwasser’s 1933 Ford Speedster
1955 Chevy arrives at WestWorld
Cranks at the swap meet
Hood ornament, Kef & Bev Brower’s 1935 Pontiac
Flamed fender, George Davis’ 1937 Ford
Robin Kwuckey’s 1941 Chevy-powered Pro Street Willys
Mirrored hood, Dave DeMorco’s 1953 Chevrolet Impala SS
Dave Krutk’s patriotic 1941 Willys
The scene at Goodguys Spring Nationals
Hood emblems, Gordon Apker’s 1951 Hemi-powered Imperial
Bestickered headlamp, Brad Bolland’s ’32 Ford hot rod
Steering wheels at the swap meet
Steering wheel, Donald Ball’s 1937 rumble-seat Chevy
Photos by Larry Edsall
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opened its 2014 calendar with its 5th annual Spring Nationals at the WestWorld complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., where more than 2,400 cars were on display.
The three-day event was both show and go as it included the opening round of the Goodguys AutoCross, a timed run through a cone-defined race track on the pavement up on the hill above the polo fields where most of the cars were displayed.
Actually, the Spring Nationals were a four-day event with some 300 early arrivals taking part in a tour Thursday of half a dozen Phoenix-area custom car and hot rod shops.
The Goodguys tour around the country resumes March 14-15 with the 4th Spring Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The 32nd annual All American Get-Together is scheduled March 29-30 in the Goodguys’ home town — Pleasanton, Calif.
Check here for the Goodguys’ complete 2014 calendar.
As usual, the Goodguys wrap up their tour back in Scottsdale in November, this year for the 17th Southwest Nationals.
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek
magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times
, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News
and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State Univeristy.