We couldn't have asked for a better weekend for the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte. I know the Goodguys' organization, as well as the participants and spectators agree. With clear skies, 70 degree temperatures, and a record breaking line up of more than 2,500 cars that would impress even the most seasoned car enthusiast, who could ask for more? This combination car show/car corral/ swap meet/autocross definitely had something for everyone. We were able to catch only a fraction of the action packed into this three-day event, although we were working at a fast pace from the time we arrived on site Friday. After all, we didn't want to miss anything. So much to see and so little time, but somebody had to do it, right? So we, at eClassicAutos, decided to put on our walking shoes, and cover some of the highlights at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
On Sunday, Pit Row was lined with cars receiving awards in a variety of categories, and we didn't miss our chance to get an up close look at all the winners. One of the significant standouts was a 1967 Z28 Camaro, which was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Muscle Car of the Year. This car is just 1 of 602 Z28s built in 1967 -- the first year for the Camaro.'There is no badging, of any kind, that denotes this car was born with the Z28 option, as was the case for the 1967 models. The current owner personally knew the car's history, and he had a binder, full of GM documentation, that traced the car's VIN number back to being sold from Yenko Chevrolet. Interestingly, Z28 badging did not start until the 1968 model year when "302" was displayed on the right front fender and later changed to Z28 in March 1968.
Another standout was a 1966 Mustang, heavily modified for track racing and powered by a Roush-Yates race engine. This car won first place in the Pro Class AutoCross. For more highlights, see our gallery of the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals.