2016 Goodguys Nashville Nationals



The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association hosted its Annual Nashville Nationals in Nashville, TN, May 13-15. The first two days of this three-day event welcomed hot rods, customs, classics, trucks, street machines, and muscle cars through 1972 vintage, and on the last day, “Super Sunday”, all American-made and/or powered makes and models were welcome to join in the fun.


There were a variety of actvities at the Nashville Nationals, such as:


  • The always-popular Autocross, where registered participants put their street rod, truck, or machine through its paces, and they got to try out their skills behind the wheel, as well. The winners from each category (rod, truck, and machine) were announced on Sunday.

  • The Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral, which offered scads of hard-to-find parts, automobilia for your man (or woman) cave, and a diverse selection of vehicles, both in ready-to-show, and ready-to-restore conditions.

  • Competitors for the Hot Rod of the Year (1948 and earlier), which was awarded on Sunday, left the Nissan Stadium at 10 a.m. on Friday, taking a 100-mile road trip around Nashville. Anything that “made noise," was regularly street-driven, had a mean attitude, and screamed the words, "hot rod" fit right in. This trek included some interesting stops along the way, including a 1/8 mile drag strip run. After the participants returned to the Nissan Stadium on Friday, five finalists for Hot Rod of the Year were announced, with the winner being crowned on Sunday.

  • “Navigatin’ to Nashville," from two origination points: Greenwood, IN to Nashville Nationals, and Kingsport, TN to Nashville Nationals, was held in conjunction with the Goodguys Nashville Nationals. This tour, which gave participants a chance to relax and “tool on down the road” with fellow gearheads, also included some interesting stopping places between their starting point and their destination (Nashville Nationals).


The 11th Nashville National had Cool Cars, Cool People, and Good Times. Here are some of sights.


Hot Rod of the Year Winner
1931 Ford, Owned by Brian George of Penryn, CA"              


Other Finalists for Hot Rod of the Year
1930 Ford Coupe with Buick Nailhead" 1927 Ford Pickup 1932 Ford Roadster with a Hemi 1932 Ford Coupe with Olds Rocket


More Top Award Winners


These vehicles were chosen as finalists in future-competitions categories at Goodguys events held later in the year.


1969 Camaro Z28, Muscle Car of the Year Finalist" 1936 Ford Pickup, Truck of the Year Finalist    
1952 Nash (the kind of car driven by Lois Lane in Superman), Long Distance Award (785 Miles)
Owners, Lois and Mike Rupp of Holland, NY 1952 Nash, Long Distance Award (785 miles)"        


More Cool Rides Hanging Out at this Year's Nashville Nationals


The Invasion of Hot Rods and Customs -- Music City Never Sounded so Good!





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