21st Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals Returns to Columbus

July 8, 2018 -- Your Independence Day celebrations didn’t have to end on July 4th – not if you decided to extend your festivities by attending the 21st Annual Goodguys’ PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH.   After all, what could be more American than celebrating the automobile? As many as 6,000 American made or powered Rods, Classics, Customs, Muscle Cars, and Trucks were on display at the Ohio State Expo Center. And, this year, Goodguys made the party even bigger, by including ’87 and older models on Friday and Saturday, but their All-American Sunday welcomed all years, as in the past.

Here are some of the highlights of this three-day event.

  • Crowning of the Goodguys 2018 Street Machine of the Year
  • Crowning of the Goodguys 2018 Street Rod of the Year
  • Autocross Competition
  • Winner of Goodguys 2018 Giveaway Car, a 1967 Camaro
  • Unveiling of 2019 Giveaway Vehicle, a 1969 Ford CTR-100
  • Goodguys Specialty Awards Presentation
  • Indoor Car Show

Street Machine of the Year and Street Rod of the Year Competition


Street Machine of the Year Winner
1969 Camaro, Owner: Stuart Adams, from Lake Havasu, AZ

Also, see video of Kyle Tucker, Detroit Speed, describe this build.

Other Four Street Machine Finalists
  • 1965 Mustang, Owner: Mark Berger
  • 1972 AMC Javelin AMX, Owner: RingBrothers
  • 1969 Dodge Charger, Owner: Vic Buraglio
  • 1969 Camaro, Owner: Jeremy Miranda
Street Machine Contenders

From the following contenders, five finalists were selected.

Street Machine Competitors Lined Up for Autocross 1965 Mustang Fastback 1972 Corvette 1969 Dodge Charger 1967 Camaro RS 1972 AMC Javelin AMX 1966 Dodge Charger 1972 Corvette 1954 Buick Skylark 1965 Mustang 1964 Corvette 1969 Camaro
Street Rod of the Year Winner
1929 Ford, Owner: Mark & Dennis Mariani, from Winters, CA
Other Four Street Rod Finalists
  • 1933 Ford, Owner: Tom Devlin
  • 1936 Pontiac, Owner: Robert Anderson
  • 1936 Ford, Owner: Dana Elrod
  • 1932 Ford 3-Window, Owner: Bill Allen
Street Rod Contenders

From the following contenders, five finalists were selected.

Group of Street Rod Contenders 1931 Ford Model A Coupe 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe 1932 Ford Fordor 1932 Ford Roadster 1932 Henry 3-Window Coupe 1933 Ford Coupe 1932 Ford Roadster 1936 Ford Roadster 1936 Pontiac Sedan 1933 Ford Coupe 1940 Ford Coupe 1929 Ford Coupe


Autocross Competition

Robby Unser, in his "Hot Wheels" Camaro, was the racer that clocked the fasted time around the cones all weekend.  He won a pair of "Shootout" contests, and had the lowest E.T. recorded overall.  In a close second place, Ryan Mathews in his red, white, and blue Corvette, was only a split second behind Robby in the Pro Class.  In the Street Machine class, the always competitive Danny Popp took home the winning hardware, while Jason Brady, in his Chevy Blazer, won the Truck Class.

Robby Unser in his 'Hot Wheels' Camaro Ryan Mathews in his Red, White, and Blue Corvette Danny Popp in his Blue Corvette Jason Brady in His Chevy Blazer



Winner of 2018 Giveaway Car
Dave Fowler, Filling in for His Friend Pete Schmid of Craryville, NY, Had the Winning Key for the 1967 Camaro Giveaway Car



Unveiling of 2019 Giveaway Vehicle
Goodguys Unveils Their 2019 Giveaway Vehicle, a 1969 Ford CTR-100


Specialty Award Winners
Street Rod of the Year Finalist: 1932 Ford Mighty Muscle Award: 1970 Boss 302 Restored Award: 1969 Firebird Convertible Wonderful Woodie Award: 1937 Ford Longest Distance Award: Driving from Santa Barbara, CA (>2,500 miles): 1940 Ford Cool Custom Award: 1954 Ford Convertible Ladies Auto Sports Award: 1954 Corvette Ford in a Ford Award: 1967 Mustang Eleanor Clone Tri-Five Award: 1956 Bel Air GTO Pick: 1966 GTO


Indoor Car Show
1930 Ford Model A 1937 Chevy Coupe 1956 Chevy 3100 Stepside 1937 Ford Coupe 1956 Chevy Bel Air 1940 Ford Coupe 1957 Thunderbird 1968 Barracuda Convertible 1960 Plymouth Fury 1962 Chevy II Convertible 1969 Camaro SS 396 1957 Corvette Fuelie


Other Eye-Catching Cars


Some of the Action