The Goodguys 2nd NAPA Southern Nationals hot rod & custom car show takes over Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton June 13-15, turning the Spacious Speedway into an automobile lover's paradise, just in time for Father's Day. Event features include a giant car show, an automotive swap meet, a vendor exhibit midway, track cruise, auto-cross (performance road testing course) and a host of other automotive themed activities.
The 2nd NAPA Southern Nationals is the 7th of twenty-four annual hot rod and custom car events promoted and produced by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. Goodguys events are held from New York to San Diego, from Seattle Florida and many points in between. They're large, they're colorful and have often been referred to as a "State Fair of Automotive Excitement!" Lil' deuce coupes, hot rod roadsters, lead-sled 50's Mercury customs, ‘55-'57 Chevy's, Camaro's, Hemi Barracuda's & BOSS 409 Mustangs and other timeless beauties will fill the entire outdoor acreage of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The 2nd NAPA Southern Nationals will have everything the auto buff and gear head could ever want. Cars for as far as the eye can see will fill the palate of any serious auto aficionado. As many as 2,000 1972 and earlier cars and trucks are expected. An automotive parts swap meet will join a special "cars for sale corral" where automotive treasure hunters can seek out hard to find parts and buy and/or sell the car of their dreams. For those who prefer their hot cars on a smaller scale, as in miniature version, model car giant Revell-Monogram will sponsor a model car show, complete with a "Make and Take" program where youngsters can build a model at the event and take it home with them.
More than just a visual spectacle, the event features vehicles in motion as well. Saturday evening, June 14th is the special hot rod track cruise in which hundreds of event participants are allowed to take their rods and customs around the hi-banked Atlanta Motor Speedway. Another very popular activity at Goodguys events these days is the Autocross road course. Set up on the AMS infield, the Autocross is a timed road course which tests the limits of vehicle performance around tight turns. The course is approximately 1,000 feet long features eight turns and rapid acceleration and deceleration. All event participants are welcome to participate providing they pass a basic safety inspection. All vehicles are timed in two divisions - Muscle Car (1960 through 1972) and hot rod (1927 through 1959 vintage). The winner's in both categories will receive trophies and gift certificates from several top automotive performance companies.
Awards play a big role in any automotive event, and the Southern Nationals will offer plenty. Nationally renowned hot rod builder Alan Johnson of Gadsden, Alabama will be on hand throughout the weekend to had-pick the Alan Johnson Pro's Pick awards. The Alan Johnson Pro's Picks are special awards hand crafted by their namesake to honor the top ten cars at the event. Special awards like the "Low Lid" will go to the hot rod or custom car with the lowest roof. The "Homebuilt Heaven" pick, sponsored by Timberland/Pro apparel goes to a rod or custom that was completely built and fabricated by the owner in his or her own garage. The Goodguys staff will also be looking for a finalist for the 2008 Muscle Car of the Year, 2008 Truck of the Year and 2008 Muscle Machine of the Year awards.
Another popular event feature is the specialty parking areas with special themes. The "Homebuilt Heaven" area is for hot rodder's who built their cars in their own garage. The "Trick Truck" corral is exclusive to pickup trucks. "Mighty Muscle" highlights Muscle Cars 1960 through 1972 and the "Young Guys" is for hot rodders 25 years old and younger. The special parking areas take place Saturday, June 14th from 8am to 2pm.
The weekend comes to a climactic close on Father's Day, June 15th with the event awards ceremony. Over 100 of the event's top hot rods, customs, classic, muscle cars and tricked out trucks will be introduced to the crowd and presented with their special awards. The ceremony takes place at the main entertainment stage and starts promptly at 2:22pm.
Event hours are Friday and Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 8am to 3pm. General admission is $17. Kids 7-12 $6. Kids 6 and under are FREE. For additional event information, contact the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association at (925) 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com