Rhinebeck, NY – For the last seventeen years, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has brought the East Coast Nationals, the region’s largest hot rod and custom car show to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. Traditionally held the second weekend in September, the event has been moved to June 26, 27 & 28th this year in hopes of better weather.
The event had been rained on at least partially, for fourteen of seventeen prior years. “We had to do something,” said Event Director Sparky Ferris, a resident of Poughkeepsie. “We wanted to find a fair weather window with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. We felt we owed it to both event participants and spectators to do whatever we could to make the event more comfortable.”
This year’s East Coast 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.
Despite the dire economic picture we constantly read and hear about, Goodguys, based in California has seen a rise in attendance this spring with some shows up as much as ten percent in total attendance from last season. Goodguys President Marc Meadors has a theory as to why. “People are staying closed to home and seeking more affordable entertainment it seems,” Meadors said. “A family of four can come to a Goodguys event like the East Coast Nationals and $100 not only gets them all into the show, but there’s money left over for lunch. You simply can’t do that at today’s major sporting events or amusement parks. The cost of a movie is $10-$12 and it only lasts two hours. For $17 you can come here and spend an entire day looking at the cars, shopping on the midway, listening to great live music and watch people all day long. It’s great fun!”
The Goodguys 18th East Coast Nationals is open Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th from 8am to 5pm and Sunday, June 28th from 8am to 3pm. General admission is $17. Kids 7-12 $6. Kids 6 and under are FREE.
To buy tickets online or to register your ’72 or earlier rod, custom or classic, click here: