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

Steven is the youngest member of our team and grandson to the legendary Bob Bunker who piloted the green "Folsom Flash" '55 Chevy. As a dragstrip kid, Steven started his automotive journalism path by photographing drag racing events. Since joining our team, Steven has grown leaps and bound journalistically. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When Steven is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime on the water fishing, building his '62 Chevy Nova or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.

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