Friday First Look – 5th North Carolina Nationals

We’re celebrating five years of Goodguys Goodtimes in Raleigh this weekend for the fifth running of the North Carolina Nationals held at the NC State Fairgrounds. What started off as a glooming morning quickly transitioned into a beautiful day just before 10am when the clouds parted allowing the sun to shine down. Following the sun were eager hot rodders rolling through the gates by the dozens.

We hit high gear for the day around noon when the asphalt dried and the AutoCross track came to life. The pits were packed, and the racers were working on getting an early handle on their suspension setups in time for the Rumble in Raleigh shootouts going on tomorrow afternoon presented by BFGoodrich.

With no threat of bad weather in the remaining forecast, the rest of the weekend is shaping up nicely for a beautiful weekend in the Tar Heel state. There’s a packed vendor midway, two buildings making up the indoor car show, a massive indoor swap meet and exciting activities planned such as Nitro Thunderfest action, a burnout contest, and a demo derby Saturday night. We’re also looking forward to crowning finalists for our Muscle Car, Muscle Machine, Custom Rod and Truck Early “of the year” categories.

Here’s a first look at what we saw today – stay tuned to our social media channels for more photos and video as the weekend progresses.

Associate Editor

A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.