2017 Goodguys NC Nationals in Raleigh for 3rd Annual Celebration of Classic Cars






May 1, 2017 -- The 3rd annual Goodguys North Carolina Nationals made some noise and created a lot of cool custom excitement at the Tar Heel State Fairgrounds over the weekend. An estimated 1,500 hot rods and vintage vehicles filled the show field for the three day event. The first two days of the show are open to 1972 and older classics, but on the final day (All-American Sunday), all US born or powered vehicles joined in the fun. It doesn’t matter what you’re driving, just find a parking spot, pull out the lawn chairs, and watch the motor parade of classics cruise by.


This year’s show featured a swap meet, Car Corral, Manufactured Midway, indoor display of race cars, a Saturday Night Demolition Derby, and lots of Autocross action. There was plenty of bling and craftsmanship on the show field, making it a tough job for the judges to pick the top rides. Two amazing custom vehicles were a 1941 Ford Pickup and a 1954 Corvette. Both were 2017 “Great 8” finalists for the coveted Rider award. Another standout of the show was the “Hero Car” from the movie, “Tokyo Drift,” a 1967 Mustang GT500. Here’s a look at these and many more of the special machines spotted over the weekend.



Spotlighted Vehicles


There were four very special vehicles on the show field that we've spotlighted below. The first, owned by Ed Sears of Annapolis, Maryland, is a 1941 Ford pickup, which was selected as a Goodguys Truck of the Year finalist and won a Builders Choice award. Nicknamed “Gold Standard,” it is a 2017 “Great 8” Ridler star. A second over-the-top build at the North Carolina Nationals is a 1954 Corvette, owned by Larry and Robbie Griffey of Powell, Tennessee. This Vette was selected as a Goodguys Custom Rod of the Year Finalist and also picked up a Builders Choice award. It too was a 2017 Great 8 Ridler star. A third standout is a 1969 Mustang, owned by Matt Pfister of Baton Rouge, LA, which received a Builders Choice award. This Stang, which had been completed just days before the Goodguys show, had even some Bowtie fans giving it thumbs up. The fourth car in our spotlight group, a real celebrity, is a 1967 Mustang GT500 that was the hero car in the movie “Toyko Drift." Anyone who is a Fast and Furious fan would recognize this car.


1954 Corvette, Builders Choice Award & Custom Rod of Year Finalist 1940 Ford Pickup, Builder Choice Award & Truck of the Year Early Finalist 1969 Mustang, Builders Choice Award 1967 Mustang, 'Hero Car' in the movie 'Tokyo Drift'
"Gold Standard" Video


Special thanks to Ed Sears for describing his award winning Ford Pickup, which was built by the team at One Off Rods & Custom, Middletown Delaware. Ed told us he plans to take his truck to shows all summer. With a vehicle like "Gold Standard," he definitely has a ticket to any event he wants to enter.




Selected Award Winners


1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster, Builders Choice Award & Goodguys Staff Pick 1955 Chrysler, Best Wide Whites Award 1932 Ford Roadster, Real Hot Rod Award 1952 Buick, Bitchin' Buick Award 2015 Challenger, All American Mopar Pick 1967 Camaro, Engineering and Style Award 1970 Ford Bronco, All American Truck Pick 1967 Pontiac GTO, GTO Pick 1967 Chevy C10, Builders Choice Award 1961 Chrysler 300G, Goodguys Pick 1955 Pontiac Coolest 50s Award 1950 Mercury, Cool Custom Award 1948 Chrysler, Goodguys Staff Pick 1948 Chevy Pickup, Hot Hauler Award 1940 Ford Rodders Rep Pick 1939 Diamond T, Wildcard Just Cause It's Neat Award 1935 Ford, Period Perfect Award 1933 Factory Five Roadster, Autocross Winner - Hot Rod 1972 Corvette, Autocross Winner - Pro-class 1932 Ford Deuce, One Fine Deuce Award 1968 Dodge R/T, Mopar Muscle Pick 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster Wagon, Wonderful Woodie Award 1957 Chevy Sedan Delivery Wagon, Rodders Rep Pick 1964 Ford, Ford Truck Pick
Other Eye-Catching Classics


1955 Pontiac Sedan 1956 Ford Customline 1961 Ford Starliner 1953 Buick Riviera 1931 Chevy Pickup 1932 Ford Deuce 1940 Ford Pickup 1937 Ford Pickup 1948 Tames Panel (English Ford) 1955 Nomad 1955 Chevy 1962 Mercury Monterey 1969 Hurst SC/Rambler 1971 Road Runner 1950 Ford Shoebox 1936 Ford Roadster 1970 Cuda 440-6 1949 Mercury Lead Sled 1932 Ford Roadster 1950 Studebaker


In Autocross racing it's all about split second reactions and staying in control through a maze of orange cones. Of course, a fast car doesn’t hurt either. This year, there was only a few tenths of a second betwen the three top cars. In a repeat of last year's win, Ryan Matthews, in Detroit Speed's 1972 Corvette, took home the honors as the quickest racer to carve up the course. Here are some of the competitors on the track and an interview with Ryan describing his Vette and his winning strategy.


Entrance to Autocross Track 1969 Camaro 1972 Corvette 1968 GTO 1933 Ford Roadster 1972 Corvette 1968 Camaro 1966 Mustang 1968 Corvair 1963 Corvette 1970 Camaro 1966 Corvette
1972 Corvette, Winner of Autocross Pro Class Video