Goodguys North Carolina Nationals 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
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.
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.