Hot Rod Magazine’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, the two guys behind the popular Roadkill program on Motor Trend’s Youtube Channel paid a visit to the Goodguys 5th Spring Nationals in Scottsdale to take a crack at the AutoCross with the show’s Chevy powered, turbocharged ’71 Datsun Z, affectionately known as “Rotsun.”

A running joke on the show is to compare Roadkill’s stable of, “interesting” cars like the Rotsun to the performance of Motor Trend’s Kia Rio 5. Being the Goodguys, we allowed them to run the Kia vs the Rotsun on track in Scottsdale (a very rare exception) for comparison sake. You’ll have to see the video to see how it did!

We like these guys and would welcome them back anytime. Their show is humorous, interesting and features a lot of cool hot rodding and racing tricks that could come in handy to any of us. We give their latest episode a hearty two thumbs up!


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    -Chip Foose

    -Chip Foose

    Hot rod designer Chip Foose, who also happens to be the star of Velocity Channel’s Overhaulin’ TV show will make an exclusive appearance on Sunday, April 6th at the Goodguys 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals. There’s even a rumor he’s bringing his friend and Gazette columnist Christopher Titus!

    Foose will meet with fans and sign autographs at the Goodguys show truck (located on the midway) during the day Sunday, giving his fans a unique chance to get up close to the mega star.

    As usual, Foose has been busy lately. He’s currently filming new episodes while also thrashing on new and exciting projects! Click here to see what’s up at Foose Design.

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    -Last year's Street Rod d'Elegance winner - Ron Cizek, 1940 Ford

    -Last year’s Street Rod d’Elegance winner – Ron Cizek, 1940 Ford

    The Goodguys 14th Del Mar Nationals, slated for April 4-6 is coming fast. Known far and wide as “The Best in the West”, the event has long been known for attracting the finest custom cars, street rods, hot rods, muscle cars and trucks from across the western region and even from the Midwest and Far East. The inviting ocean air, swaying palms and blooming flowers, not to mention the upscale beach side village of Del Mar appeal to hot rodders and perhaps more important, hot rodders’ wives! A happy wife equals a happy life, right guys?

    Several of this season’s top rods will be exhibited inside the spacious Pat O’Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. They’ll be in competition for the Goodguys 2014 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award. The Street Rod d’Elegance is actually the oldest major national award Goodguys gives out. It was first presented in 1991 at the Monterey Fairgrounds to Dave Marasco’s black 1929 Model A roadster pickup.

    Wes and Vivian Rydell will attend with their 1935 Chevy Standard Phaeton “The Black Bow Tie.” Built by Rad Rides in Manteno, Illinois – the car won the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award at the 65th Grand National Roadster Show back in January.

    Joining Rydell in competition will be a stunning new 1939 Ford convertible from the Steve’s Auto Restorations team in Oregon. Owner Dave Hall is a former Goodguys Custom Rod of the Year winner. Janeen Drinkard’s ’40 Chevy, a family heirloom since it was purchased brand new by her grandmother will attend, as will Jack LoPresti’s stunning yellow pearl 1935 Chevy. Jim Bridgewater’s ’37 Ford from Arizona is coming to compete as is Ben Von Kleinsmid’s full fendered 1932 Ford roadster.

    The award is just one of many highlights in Del Mar this spring. Overhaulin’s Chip Foose will make a Sunday appearance to sign autographs, the Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow Engine Challenge will be on hand, as will the amazing, tire screeching Goodguys AutoCross. Vendor exhibits, the Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest, special woodie exhibit, model car show, swap meet & car corral, FREE kids entertainment and more will be offered.

    Here’s a look at some of the Street Rod d’Elegance contenders:

    -Dave Hall's '39 Ford

    -Dave Hall – 1939 Ford

    -Wes & Vivian Rydell - 1935 Chevy Phaeton

    -Wes & Vivian Rydell – 1935 Chevy Phaeton

    -Jack LoPresti – 1935 Chevy

    -Jack LoPresti – 1935 Chevy Coupe

    -Janeen Drinkard - 1940 Chevy

    -Janeen Drinkard – 1940 Chevy

    -Jim Bridgewater - 1937 Ford

    -Jim Bridgewater – 1937 Ford

    -John Thompson - 1936 Ford

    -John Thompson – 1936 Ford

    -Doug Newnes – 1940 Lincoln Zephyr

    -Doug Newnes – 1940 Lincoln Zephyr

    -Ben Von KleinSmid – 1932 Ford

    -Ben Von KleinSmid – 1932 Ford









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    -Sunshine and hot rods await you at the Goodguys All American Nationals - KISSIMMEE/ORLANDO!

    -Sunshine and hot rods await you at the Goodguys All American Nationals – KISSIMMEE/ORLANDO!

    The Goodguys 1st All American Nationals April 25-27 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida is just weeks away! The new event spotlights customized American muscle. On display will be everything from Lil’ Deuce Coupes (’32 Ford hot rods) to 70s era Muscle Cars to new American performance machines like the new generations of Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and others.

    In addition to the estimated 1,500 cars on display, there will be full throttle racing in Goodguys AutoCross, Vendor exhibits, a model car show, a swap meet & AutoTrader Classic Cars 4 Sale Corral, live music and more family themed entertainment!

    Show Director Bill Goodwill, himself a Florida resident is excited about the opportunity to bring a Goodguys national event to his home state. “The Osceola Heritage Park is a perfect venue for this kind of event,” Goodwill said. “The facility features plenty of wide open lots of both grass and pavement for ample show car parking and the state of the art air conditioned buildings will be perfect for our product vendors and specialty exhibits. The local infrastructure, hotels and restaurants create a perfect atmosphere for our event participants coming in from out of town,” he said.

    Show car entries from 14 states are currently registered for the new All American Nationals. The action gets started Thursday April 24th with a “poker run” in and around Orlando/Kissimmee. Over 200 cars are expected to participate in the driving tour which visits local hot rods shops and other points of automotive interest. Friday through Sunday all the action will be at Osceola Heritage Park, the event reaching its crescendo sometime late Saturday afternoon. The weekend concludes early Sunday afternoon with the closing awards ceremony.

    Here’s a closer look…
    Get Involved and Show Your Car!
    Don’t sit on the sidelines and get left out of this brand new event! Bring your car out for the show! The event is open to all years, makes and models of American powered cars so this is your chance to join the event and have the time of your life! You’ll be able to say you were at the very first one! Current Goodguys members click here to pre-register. Not a Goodguys member? No problem! Click here to download a registration form!

    About Osceola Heritage Park
    Osceola Heritage Park is a sprawling 150 acre multi-purpose complex and host to Osceola County’s Fair and other annual activities, providing a modern-day showplace for meetings, conventions, concerts, stage shows and sporting events! Its home to the Silver Spur Arena, Exhibition Building, Osceola County Stadium and KVLS Pavilion. With plenty of grass to park on and smooth pavement – it will be the perfect setting for a Goodguys national event!
    Late Models Welcome All Weekend!
    The 1st All American Nationals welcomes late model American made or American powered show cars all three event days! Got a late 70s or 80s super car? Bring it out! Got something from the 1990s? Bring that too! Got a new Chevy, Dodge, Chrysler, Buick, Ford or even a Tesla? You’re welcome here at the All American Nationals!

    Discover Orlando/Kissimmee
    A trip to central Florida wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Disney World! Come a few days early or stay a few days late and experience Disney World in nearby Orlando (only 20 miles from the event)! Also nearby is the thrilling Gatorland theme park, numerous water parks, Fun Spot USA (located right in Kissimmee) Old Town Kissimmee (complete with a GIANT Ferris wheel and other great restaurants and attractions) and so much more!  With year-round sunny and warm weather, Kissimmee and Orlando have literally thousands of options for your family entertainment budget! To plan your trip, log on to 

    Show & Shine Fun!
    We’re expecting over 1,500 hot rods, customs, tricked out trucks, muscle cars and classics of all year’s makes & models in Kissimmee! Bring out your American made or American powered show car to be part of this great new event!
    Show & Shine Awards:
    Over 100 special awards will be presented here at the 1st All American Nationals so get those show cars shined up! Award highlights include: 2014 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist as well as Goodguys Builder’s Choice, Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette pick, and many, many more!

    Vendor Exhibits!
    With a brand new event comes new regional Florida based vendors to go along with industry stalwarts such as Speedway Motors, Snap-on Tools, PPG Industries, Ridetech, Meguiar’s, Lokar, Eagle One and many other favorites!

    For a complete look at the event including a handy hotel listing, click here!

    -Late models included in the show & shine all weekend! Bring out those show cars!

    -Late models included in the show & shine all weekend! Bring out those show cars and join the fun!

    -Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida!

    -Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida!

    -Gorgeous north Florida!

    -Gorgeous north Florida!

    -Disneyworld just 10 miles away!

    -Disneyworld just 10 miles away!

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    -The south Paddock at Texas Motor Speedway was where the action was

    -The south Paddock at Texas Motor Speedway was where the action was!

    Last weekend’s 4th Spring Lone Star Nationals got off to an amazing start! Friday was unbelievable with warm sun, great car count and an energizing spring vibe. Saturday was awesome too until about 1pm when the skies darkened. Weather-wise, it was all downhill from there.

    The cold fronts that sweep through Texas (also known as “tornado alley”) in the spring are the stuff of legend. It can be more unpredictable than the stock market!

    One thing you can never dampen is the spirit of a hot rodder though! If 4 years of this event has proven one thing, it’s that the Texas hot rod scene welcomes a spring Goodguys event to go along with the traditional Lone Star Nationals each October.

    Making their debut in Texas were the Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow gang and their eager high school students competing in timed engine building competition. Six schools and tech centers entered fielding a total of over 20 teams making for some AWESOME competition. The future of hot rodding is in great hands with these enthusiastic kids! When the wrenches had stopped flying, Team #1 from the Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center (with sponsorship from AutoMeter) won the whole shebang with a time of 21:13. They tore apart and built back up a small block Chevy V8 in just over 20 minutes! Amazing!

    Thanks to everyone who came out to Texas Motor Speedway to join us for a big weekend, foul weather be damned! A big Texas-sized THANK YOU also goes out to our host club The Lone Star Corvette Club for all their hard work and assistance!

    Click here for a list of all event award winners

    Click here for Texas AutoCross results

    -The Goodguys Pick went to Dusty Cox's '55 Chevy from Arkansas

    -The Goodguys Pick went to Dusty Cox’s ’55 Chevy from Arkansas

    -The Hot Rodder's of Tomorrow brought out 21 teams to compete in their exciting engine building competition. Full results below

    -The Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow brought out 21 teams to compete in their exciting engine building competition. Full results below

    Goodguys TX 2014 Results

    -Terry Fair's modded 2011 Ford Mustang won the All American Sunday AutoCross competition with a best time of 74.124 seconds - movin!

    -Terry Fair’s modded 2011 Ford Mustang won the All American Sunday AutoCross competition with a best time of 74.124 seconds – movin!

    -Hundreds and hundreds participated in Sunday's track cruise around TMS

    -Hundreds and hundreds participated in Sunday’s track cruise around TMS

    -Tom Farnsworth's stunning '69 GTO Judge brought home a Goodguys Builder's Choice award

    -Tom Farnsworth’s stunning ’69 GTO Judge brought home a Goodguys Builder’s Choice award. This sure was a pretty car!

    -Future hot rodder's were out and about havin some serious fun. Look at that little face!

    -Future hot rodder’s were out and about havin some serious fun. Look at that little face!

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    -Jack Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy

    -Jack Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy

    We were deeply saddened to learn of Jack Trepainer’s passing this morning. Jack, Troy Trepanier’s father, was a key member of the Rad Rides team since it began in 1990. He was recovering from open heart surgery yesterday and passed this morning.

    Not only was he a hard core hot rodder, he was a skilled craftsman, industry stalwart and a regular fixture at hot rodding events nationwide. Together with his wife Judy and Brian “Moose” Ferguson – they traveled the country extensively, transporting the Rad Rides vehicles to hot rod shows in all regions. Jack was one of our favorites at Goodguys events – always good for a warm welcome and a funny joke.

    At the Rad Rides facility, Jack was the go-to guy for wiring and electronics for many, many years. He ran a lot of the company logistics as well as the website and internet duties at Rad Rides in his later years.

    “This is such a shock,” said Goodguys President Marc Meadors. “Jack and Troy and the whole Rad Rides team were such a huge part of our events. They have been involved with Goodguys and were vendors at our events since the early 90s, sharing their amazing cars with us. He was a really good guy. I enjoyed our frequent visits so much. He will be missed by everyone. My thoughts go out to his family.”

    Danny Burrow, longtime friend and partner of Jack’s and driver of the Trepanier-built “Blowfish” Bonneville race car remembered Jack as a dear friend. “Over the year’s we ran hundreds of thousands of road miles together. I talked with Jack Wednesday before he went into surgery and told him I loved him. That was the last time we spoke.”

    “Jack was like brother to me,” Burrow said. “We talked every week sometimes 4 or 5 times a week figuring out our next trip. We hauled so many cars together over the years. He was such a funny guy – always cracking jokes. This one really, really hurts. In this industry you have a lot of friends then you have the people you’re really close to. For me Jack was one of those people. We’ve lost a great friend to hot rodding.”

    Jack Trepanier is survived by his wife Judy, son Troy, daughter Annette and four grandchildren.

    As we get memorial service information we’ll pass it along…

    -After building Wes Rydell's 1935 Chevy Phaeton and winning America's Most Beautiful Roadster award in Pomona, Jack and the gang were all smiles. Pictured from left to right are Troy Trepanier, Jack Trepanier, Wes Rydell, Vivian Rydell and Judy Trepanier

    -After building Wes Rydell’s 1935 Chevy Phaeton and winning America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award in Pomona, Jack and the gang were all smiles. Pictured from left to right are Troy Trepanier, Jack Trepanier, Wes Rydell, Vivian Rydell and Judy Trepanier

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    For the 5th consecutive year, Collector Car Appreciation Day will be held the second Friday in July. It just so happens to also fall on Friday July 11th – the opening day of the Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals in Columbus!

    Special festivities are planned in Columbus to honor this special day in our industry. CCAD is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Back in 2009, The U.S. Senate helped launch Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing resolutions each year at the SEMA Action Network’s request.

    The previous resolutions were sponsored by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Senators Tester and Burr have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in our history.

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