The 22nd Annual Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte kicked off on Friday under blue skies and warm 80 degree fall temperatures, and the great weather continued throughout the weekend. It was three days of "Full Throttle Fun" at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Classic vehicles, 1972 and earlier filed the infield on the first two days, and on Sunday the gates were open to all years of American vehicles. There were over 2,400 registered classic and modern rides at this year's event, which drew approximately 50,000 spectators.
Here are some of the sights and sounds around the tri-oval at this pre-Halloween celebration of the classics.
Rows of Hot rods, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, and custom builds filled the infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here are some of our favorites.
Want to show off your ride and check out other classics at the Speedway? Do both by cruising by the rows of cars parked around the infield. Here are a few proud owners on the move during the event.
The sounds of revving V8s and squealing tires could be heard echoing all weekend inside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the drivers attacked the tight turns of the cone-studded course. If you want to clock the fasted time, lots of horsepower is essential, but a tight suspension and quick reflexes are just as important. Here are some of the vehicles that came out on top.
Here's a video clip of some of the action on the course.
Two of the 80 vehicles that received special awards at Goodguys' southeastern event in Charlotte was the Truck of the Year Finalist, a 1965 Chevy C10, and the Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, a 1962 Chevy 409 SS. See these special vehicles, as well as some of the other show-stopping award winners, below.
Track time on the Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the most anticipated events of the show. It provides the owners of these classics with the unforgettable experience of taking a couple of laps around the famed 1 1/2 mile tri-oval. And, it is quite a sight for the spectators, as they watch deuce coupes, muscle cars, trucks, and wild customs running side by side. This year, 1000 vehicles participated in these parade laps, which at times was a little competitive when drivers found a patch of open track to challenge their running mates.