When the Goodguys roll into town, they’re hard to miss.
This year will be no exception, as event officials are estimating about 2,200 vintage cars to make the trip to the Goodguys third Speedway Nationals event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Sept. 20 to 22. Cars from 31 states and Canada have already been pre-registered for what is tabbed as one of the biggest car shows of its kind in the Midwest.
For those who might not know, Goodguys is a vintage car show and festival featuring hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars, and trick trucks that are all generally older than 1972.
This year signifies a milestone for the Goodguys tour itself. The event, which was started in northern California, is marking 30 years of bringing car enthusiasts together all over the country.
Betsy Bennett, advertising and PR director for the event, said at the Speedway — like other venues — the Goodguys AutoCross is a popular event.
“Anyone who has a car registered in the show, they are able to come and race on the closed course,” she said. “There are five classes and that will be going Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.”
That event allows car owners to test vehicle agility and performance.
She said another popular event is the All American Sunday.
“We will open up the show to all years, American made and powered cars,” Bennett said. “So if you have a super cool 2012 Chevy Camaro, you can actually register that in the show and be a part of the show. We will have special awards for the Sunday cars and they can also run on the AutoCross. We’ve added that feature to kind of broaden the spectrum for the events.”
She said this event allows other car enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the event without the 1972 cutoff.
“(We) open the event and give people a chance that wouldn’t have been able to experience one of our national events,” Bennett said. “We’ve opened it up so that they can. We’ve kind of got the best of both worlds. We have Friday and Saturday with the cars where the cutoff year is ‘72.”
Other attractions include the outdoor Show n’ Shine, which is the main car show; a Make n’ Take model building session, which takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday; and the awards ceremony at 2:22 p.m. Sunday.
For Goodguys, Bennett said it’s been a good two years at the Speedway.
“I think we’ve had some good shows at the Speedway,” she said. “It’s a great place to produce an event. The history and just the overall atmosphere of being there is, I think, something that is very exciting and very interesting to people. It’s one of those hallowed places that you hear about and you see on TV and it’s a fun place to experience it firsthand.”
She added that Goodguys is ready to make it three good years in a row.
“We’re glad to be coming back,” Bennett said. “We like being in Indy. It’s a good market for us and we’ve been there a long time.”
For many year, the show was held just up the road at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg.
Festivities run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $18 per day for adults, $6 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for younger children.Tickets may be purchased in advance at online at www.good-guys.com or all three days at the IMS. Spectator parking at the IMS is free.
For more information, visit the website at www.good-guys.com or search Facebook for www.facebook.com/goodguysrodandcustom.
Just the facts
WHAT: Goodguys Speedway Nationals
WHEN: Sept. 20-22
WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway