If you’re a little confused about this being the first Goodguys event called the Lonestar Nationals, don’t be. For nearly two decades the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association has held an event with that name in Texas (back then they used the same location where the Dallas TV show was filmed at the imaginary Southfork Ranch) and since 1996, it’s been held at the Texas Motor Speedway, just west of Fort Worth.
The success of that event has allowed the Goodguys to expand the schedule of some of their shows to twice a year—hence this new springtime event. They have also expanded schedules for the Pleasanton, Scottsdale, and Del Mar events.
Held about 25 miles from the downtown Dallas/Fort Worth area, the location for the show is a grand one. They say everything in Texas is bigger, and the Texas Motor Speedway, which hosts several NASCAR events throughout the year, can seat nearly 160,000 people. The infield of the banked oval track is quite large, too, and the Goodguys make good use of it organizing three days of hot rod related festivities.
A well-stocked swap meet, a handful of buildings where manufacturers display the latest in hot rod equipment, and an autocross course set up to test the driving skills of both amateurs and pros alike were just some of the scheduled events.
But most of the space inside the speedway is for nearly 2,000 pre-’73 hot rods, customs, and muscle cars, with the Goodguys paying special attention to us truck guys, giving us the Trick Truck Corral. How’s that for royal treatment? CCT