Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals – Hot Cars in Columbus!
The Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals blew the lid off the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus last weekend filling the massive complex with the best the hot rod industry has to offer. The best cars, the best vendors, the best racing and the best weather this event has ever seen made it hot rod mecca.
The local hotels started filling up as early as Wednesday evening with eager entrants. The parking lot scene between the two host hotels here is insane but not even close to the sheer size and scope of the event. Consider this – the Ohio Expo Center runs at least three quarters of a mile north to south and nearly that east and west. Six thousand cars are on hand from all over the US, Canada and overseas. The Goodguys Nationals is the summer destination for the hot rodding industry. Some call it the “Summer Time SEMA Show.”
If competition is your thing, the Goodguys Nationals has it in spades. Leading the way is the heated battle for Goodguys 2018 Street Machine of the Year with the equally potent Goodguys 2018 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year. While the Street Machine Division is open to 1955-1987 vintage cars, the Street Rods must be pre-’49. Trust us, the best of the best are here from the entries to the shops that built them.
When the votes were tallied, it was Stuart Adams’ black ’69 Camaro by Detroit Speed taking home Street Machine of the Year while Dennis and Mark Mariani’s radical ’29 Ford Model A Tudor took home Street Machine of the Year. The entire field of entrants was a spectacular collection of the best the hot rodding industry has to offer.
If all that wasn’t enough, Goodguys held the Friday Night Nostalgia Drags at nearby National Trail Raceway stacking the pits with an endless procession of muscle cars, hot rods, nitro burning rail jobs, fuel altereds and nitrous-huffing Camaros.
Photos by the author and Robert McCarter