2018 Goodguys North Carolina Nationals

April 29, 2018 -- It was perfect timing as Goodguys Rod and Customs and the spring season both arrived in Raleigh for the 4th annual North Carolina Nationals for a sun-filled weekend. More than 1,500 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks converged on the NC State Fairgrounds to kick off the classic car season on the East Coast. Big news this year is the raising of the vehicle cut-off age from 1972 to 1987. This gives younger hot rodders a chance to show off their Third-Gen Camaro’s, Fox Body Mustangs, and Buick Grand Nationals, just to name a few of the newer vehicles that are now welcomed to the party.

eClassicAutos was on site all weekend to cover the action. Here’s some of what we saw.

Eye-Catching Cars at the Show
1959 Corvette 1968 Buick Riviera 1967 Camaro 1961 Corvette 1933 Dodge Sedan Delivery 1966 Nova 1968 Olds 442 Convertible 1931 Ford Pickup 1936 Ford 1948 Mercury Convertible 1955 Ford Sunliner 1957 Olds Car/Truck 1961 Chrysler 300G 1964 Ford F100 1955 Chevy Belair 1941 Willys 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe 1949 Curtis with Cadillac 331 Tri-Power 1967 Camaro 1937 Chrysler 2 Door, 'Slant Back'
Award Cars
Custom Rod of the Year Finalist: 1957 Chevy Muscle Car of the the Year Finalist: 1970 Plymouth Duster Truck of the Year Early Finalist: 1951 Chevy 3100 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist: 1969 Camaro Coolest 50s Award: 1955 Packard 400 Homebuilt Heaven Award: 1962 Corvette Chevy Truck Pick: 1948 Chevy Pickup Builders Choice Award: 1987 Buick Grand National Wonderful Woodie Award: 1929 Ford Woodie Just Cause It's Neat Award: 1964 Corvair Rampside Best Bitchin' Award: 1957 Buick Century Innovation Award: 1948 Ford Anglia Mighty Mustang Award: 1968 Mustang Fastback Way Cool Wagon Award: 1956 Pontiac Builders Choice Award: 1967 Pontiac Catalina Period Perfect Award: 1931 Ford Model A Rodders Rep Pick: 1934 Buick Trick Truck Corral Pick: 1950 Chevy PPG Paint Pick: 1931 Ford Model A

The ever-popular Goodguys’ Autocross is somewhat different than the traditional competition, in that each national event will now include a 16-car Shootout on Saturday late afternoon or evening. The 16-car field will be comprised of the quickest 16 cars, regardless of class, so the fastest Street Machine, Hot Rod and Truck competitors may very well face off against PRO-class racers. Here's some of the first day's action.

Jared Leisinger (Pro & BF Goodrich Shootout Winner) Bill Graves (Street Machine Winner) Jason Brady (Truck Winner) Christopher Haigler (Hot Rod Winner) 1963 Corvette Nova


Sights and Sounds of the 2018 Goodguys North Carolina Nationals


Custom Rod of the Year Finalist: 1957 Chevy, Black Widow

Congratulations to Scott Miller, of Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn, for winning the Custom Rod of the Year Finalist award at the 2018 Goodguys North Carolina Nationals in Raleigh. Here, Scott talks about features of the car.


1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

This very fine ’32 Ford Three-Window Coupe was built by Marty Miller of Duck, NC. He was kind enough to take us on a walkaround of this one–of-a-kind Deuce Coupe.


Goolsby 1940 Ford

This 1940 Ford, dubbed "Lucille," made its debut at SEMA last year and recently won Street Rod d'Elegance at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals. It will be appearing at several other Goodguys events throughout the year. In this video, Jonathan Goolsby of Goolsby Customs, describes the many special details of this award-winning build.


1933 Dodge Delivery Sedan

It’s not often that you see a ‘30s vintage street rod, so when we spotted this very cool Dodge Brothers Delivery Sedan at the show, we had to ask the owner about his unique ride. Turns out Dickie Wolfe has been building custom Mopars for 40 years. Here he tells us about his latest creation. Gotta love a Mopar with push button drive.



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