Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Fuel Curve

Goodguys 21st Southwest Nationals Photo Highlights

Last weekend’s 21st Southwest Nationals blanketed Westworld of Scottsdale with a tapestry of colors and chrome. The Goodguys season finale was like a celebration, bringing together the best cars and the best builders hot rodding has to offer.

Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Fuel Curve

For starters, the event gathers the Goodguys Top 12 Cars of the Year. From Hot Rods to Street Machines to customs to AutoCross racers, they all took their rightful place in the special exhibit atop flooring from RaceDeck and custom tool boxes from Snap-on. The fans flocked to see the best of the best up close.

Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Fuel Curve


On the western side of the upper paddock, 32 AutoCross racers from around the country threw it down in the Goodguys Duel in the Desert. The National lineup of fast guys put on a show that won’t soon be forgotten. After a day and a half of qualifying and hot laps, eliminations commenced early Saturday afternoon. Scott Fraser, driving Bruce Cambern’s 1966 427 Cobra (a real one, not a replica), defeated defending champion Robby Unser for the title. It was Fraser’s turn to win after four years of trying. He collected a $3,000 check but more importantly, the undisputed title of “AutoCrosser of the Year.”

Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Fuel Curve

Car wise, the Southwest Nationals had nearly 3,500 entries sprawled across Westworld’s massive polo field and festival lots. Dean Livermore of Hot Rods by Dean had the unenviable task of picking the Top 10 cars. With the quality of cars entered, he could have picked 100.

Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Fuel Curve

The fully-stocked swap meet lined the paved polo field perimeter. The vendor midway was stacked with heavy hitters. There was gourmet food, there was happy hot rodders and wide smiles around every corner.

Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Fuel Curve

A celebration indeed! If you crave more Goodguys Goodtimes, their 2019 season kicks off in just over 100 days.

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Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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