Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series Recap – 23rd Colorado Nationals

Car enthusiasts got a full dose of high-altitude hot rodding when the Goodguys 23rd Colorado Nationals presented by Griot’s Garage rolled into the scenic Ranch Events Complex in beautiful Loveland, Colorado a couple weeks ago. Lingering summer temperatures and plenty of sunshine made for three days of hot fun as a record number of hot rods, cool customs, classic cruisers, muscle cars, vintage trucks, and other great rides brought some Goodguys Good Times to the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

The twisty canyon roads of the Rocky Mountains were nothing compared to the tight-corner course carved by racers in the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series during the weekend. Some of the series’ heaviest hitters were on hand and found spots in the winners’ circle – and in the Saturday Western Sates Shootout.


Josh Leisinger came down from South Dakota to claim the PRO-X class and win the PRO-X portion of the shootout in his Summit-sponsored Corvette, while Scott Fraser brought his fresh C4 Corvette from California to do the same double-up trick in the PRO class.

In the Forgeline Street Machine class, Bill Graves Sr. claimed the class win in his ’66 Corvette, but mechanical problems prevented him from running the shootout. This left the door open for Kurt Chenoweth to win the Street Machine portion of the shootout in his ’70 Dodge Challenger.

Colorado local Don Yarbrough found the winners’ circle yet again in his ’55 Chevy pickup in the LMC Truck class and doubled up by claiming the Truck/Challenger portion of the shootout, beating FiTech Challenger class winner Tom Adjutant and his ’64 Acadian wagon in the final round.

We had a great selection of later-model rides show up to race in the Wilwood All American Sunday class where Blake Slaven topped the class field in his 2017 Ford Focus RS, but Greg Paine made the come-from-behind win in the All American Sunday Shootout driving his 2017 Ford GT 350R Mustang.

Photos by Todd Ryden

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.