As you know one of the days at the Goodguys Chicagoland Nationals was a very rainy one; actually downright nasty. Weather that would send the most hardy souls heading for the hills but, not in Chicago. The torrential rain, high winds and falling temperatures did not to deter the "good" folks in attendance at Goodguys. Cars that never experience "weather" were needless to say in the thick of it but, not a single car packed it in at the threat of storms. The refrain was "it'll blow over". When it was clear the skies were going to open up, "oh well - a free car wash" was to be the sentiment. There were some pained expressions as the first rain drops fell but most everyone stuck it out. I've got to hand it to the folks who stuck it out, a true testament to the "good" nature at Goodguys. And although some of these rides arrived at the show in trailers they got just as wet as the rides that drove the whole way, not entirely "queenly" in my book! Here is a slideshow of that rainy Saturday.
I'm gearing up for the Hunnert Car Pile Up! It's at a new venue to accommodate the growing numbers of attendees and spectators. It should be a great show, I know I'm really lookin forward to this one of a kind event! Check out the event site for the lowdown.
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin
I've had a bit of time to collect myself, boy that weekend sure took it out of me! I think one of the reasons why I was so spent was because there was so much to do and see. The reputation of a Goodguys event stands on it's own. With Goodguys you know you are going to get a quality event; at Chicago there were over 1,500 pre'72 Rods, Customs and Classics with everything in between, cutting edge manufacturer and vendor exhibits, swap meet and cars for sale. But, I think what makes the Chicagoland Nationals unique is the venue. The Chicagoland Speedway is the perfect place to showcase everything "GOOD" about Goodguys. The show is held in the infield of the NASCAR track, with the high banked turns and the grandstands as the backdrop, Nirvana for anyone with a single gear in their head! But that's just the beginning.
Within the compound is the Route 66 Raceway; where on Friday night hours of vintage drag racing took place including an awesome exhibition of Chicago Wise Guys pro mod racing. It was a LATE night! As if that wasn't enough, there is enough room at the Chicagoland Speedway to have the Street Challenge AutoCross running on both Friday and Saturday, testing the performance of some the stunning machines that turned out for the show. How awesome to take a "break" in the stands and watch the action. On Saturday, if Mother Nature had cooperated, there was to be a track experience where every registered car would have had the opportunity to take laps on the NASCAR track. I was fortunate enough to have a go last year check out my video to get the experience for your self. Hopefully next year the weather will be on our side so that truly unique experience can be a part of the weekend again! And to round out the experience, what could be better than live music on Saturday and Sunday in the Garage area. Come on, musical stylings from the Crown Vics in a garage where on another weekend you'd find Dale Jr. or Jimmie Johnson - too cool! In other words combine a Goodguys show and the Chicagoland Speedway and I dare say you have the perfect event! And a brief side note, congrats to the folks at Chicagoland on getting the kick-off race for the Chase, the NASCAR Sprint Cup chase that is. The perfect track for "the playoffs NASCAR style!"
Here's a video from the Friday night drags. Just some cool clips of burnouts and launches. Check your volume - this one is LOUD!
Stay tuned for more from the Chicagoland Nats. I'm working on a great slideshow of the "rides in the rain".
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
Ok, when I say short but sweet I really mean it. This weekend was so jam packed I'm gonna to have to take a minute to collect myself. But stay tuned, there's a TON of good stuff to come; more of the midwest's greatest rides, vintage drags and the Chicago Wise Guys burning up the quarter, and more Street Challenge AutoCross! For now here's the Builder's Choice top 10 winners, prepare yourself for some amazing rides! And a congrats to Brent of Performance Restorations, I knew that Corvette was a winner!
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
Although the weatherman said the rain would come, I think all the goodguys and gals at the Chicagoland Speedway thought that their collective good thoughts could keep it away. Alas, free car washes for everyone was the order of business today at the Goodguys 4th Chicagoland Nationals, but a little rain couldn't stop the fun at Goodguys. It was soggy smiles and good spirits all around today oh and just a couple thousand spectacular rides. The rides were off the hook and I personally think the rain only added to their shine. The show definitely went on in style. I've got to hand it to the people that hunkered down in their tents to stick it out. The folks that braved the elements were rewarded in the afternoon with the musical stylings of the Crown Vics rocking out in Garage 1; they were way out (I bought the disc) and I look forward to hearing them again tomorrow. The only bummer was the track cruise was cancelled. I think I might have been the most upset person at the entire show because I had dibs on the passenger seat in the gorgeous award winning "Candy Red" 900hp '65 Corvette from Performance Restorations. Thanks anyway Brent but, next year I call shotgun! Now take a look at just some finery from today.
Luckily there was some AutoCross excitement before the rain began. I was finally able to see that mean green machine (the Chevelle) from the Roadster Shop in action. That thing is as bad as it looks!
Here is an up close look at 3 awesome rides in the Builder's Choice area.
I know tomorrow is going to be as an awesome day - Winner's Circle anyone? Til tomorrow - Keep on Kruzin!
How can I begin to describe an event that has it all. I'm talking about none other than GoodGuys 4th Chicagoland Nationals and honestly this show really does have it all. An awesome Show and Shine, exciting action at the AutoCross and to wrap up the day high speed action at the drag races at the Rt. 66 Drag Strip. Taking in all this automotive Nirvana has pushed me to near exhaustion, so please forgive my word conservation. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I'm gonna let these pics do the talking for me while I wash the pieces of burned tire off my face - those drags were awesome!
Here's just a taste of the "goods" at this year's Chicagoland Nationals
Now take a quick trip to the track for just some of the Vintage Drags.
I know tomorrow is going to be just as busy, I can't wait to see what I see. If you are anywhere near Joliet, I strongly urge you to head on down and check out the action for yourself, it's soooo worth it! Check out Goodguys.com for all the info.
Til tomorrow - Keep on Kruzin!