Attend any cruise night, rod run, or indoor car show in the Southeast and it becomes abundantly clear that trucks are a big part of the overall hot rod scene. So it was no surprise to see an amazing array of vintage trucks rolling into Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Lowe's Motor Speedway to attend the 16th Annual Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Southeastern Nationals. This event has become a tradition for many people, leading to them saving the last weekend in October to attend this event. While October in North Carolina is generally a fairly dry month with pleasant temperatures, for some unknown reason this event always seems to have at least one day of rain and this year was no exception.
Goodguys Charlotte has long been one of our favorite events. After all, there just aren't many events that have this much to offer; it's a gearhead's dream weekend. Those in the know arrive a day early and take part in the Thursday poker run and NASCAR shop tours. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the biggest teams in NASCAR. The poker run always ends at Fatman Fabrications, where Brent Vandervort and company put on a free feed for several hundred of his closest friends and customers.
Friday morning the event kicks off and the infield of Lowe's Motor Speedway quickly fills with hot rods and trucks of every description. RideTech, also known as Air Ride Technologies, has a great autocross track set up and many participants took part in the event, and even more enjoyed watching cars and trucks run the course. The skies remained cloudy with occasional light rain on Friday, but the rain held off so the nostalgia drags had a full night of running at the incredible zMAX dragstrip located just outside of the speedway. Just seeing this incredible facility is worth the trip, four lanes of all concrete dragstrips explains the zMAX name and everything from street brackets to vintage top fuel took to the quarter-mile on Friday evening. Saturday remained dry, albeit under heavy clouds. Saturday is the day for all the judging and we spent a good portion of the day checking out all the fine trucks in the Trick Truck area.
Saturday evening was time for touring laps on the famous banked oval, and from there the weekend begins to wind down. This year Sunday arrived with heavy rain, conditions bad enough to push the awards ceremony up several hours. Terry Temples took home the honor of being a Goodguy's Truck of the Year finalist with his gorgeous '59 Chevy. Like all events, this one came to an end all too soon. If you've never attended this event we heartily recommend that you put it on your "gotta go" list as this is one action packed, fun weekend. The 17th annual event is scheduled for October 29-31, 2010.