Since our first event 30 years ago in the spring of 1983, Goodguys events have always welcomed and encouraged the spirit of ingenuity and craftsmanship. Those hobbyists who spend hours prepping their hand built machines for the big show have been the lifeblood of Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events.
That tradition has always extended to car modelers in addition to their chrome and steel brethren. Car modelers remain a large part of what Goodguys events are all about. Goodguys Model Car exhibits attract hundreds of modelers showcasing their hand built, hand painted miniature works of automotive art. Model Car exhibits are held at 18 of the 19 Goodguys events across the country and are open to all car modelers.
Back in the 1980s, when the first Goodguys national events took place in Pleasanton, Puyallup, Toledo and other markets, founder Gary Meadors realized model car exhibits added depth to the events and included a platform for young enthusiasts to show their work as well. “We had my buddy Pryor Passarino, who was a heck of a model builder travel with us and get the model car exhibits going in those early days,” Meadors recalled. “It was a big hit right off the bat because all car guys get a thrill out of showing and sharing their projects.”
Still building models today, Passarino expressed why he still enjoys the modeling hobby. “It’s an easy way to share your vision,” he said. “We can do things in plastic with glue and paint for pennies on the dollar which would cost tens of thousands if you were to do them in metal. It’s an inexpensive way to get into hot rod design and fabrication. There’s a big group of people out there building models around the world. Pick up a copy of Model Cars Magazine or Scale Auto and you’ll see how car modeling is just as healthy today as it was back then.”
Model Car manufacturer Revell has long been a supporter of the Goodguys Model Car exhibits acting as sponsor in addition to providing FREE model kits to children attending the show through their “Make & Take” program. At most events, the Model Car Make & Take is held Saturday @ 1pm and again on Sunday @ 11am offering the kids a chance to build their FREE model kits (while supplies last) under the watchful eyes of the model clubs helping to run the exhibits.
As many as 17 special Model Car awards are given out at each Goodguys event spanning a variety of different classes including “Best Adult,” “Best Junior”, “Best Street Machine,” “Best Street Rod” as well as many other divisions.
Goodguys Model Car exhibits are open to all who wish to enter and share their work. To participate, it’s as simple as bringing out your model to the event on a Friday or a Saturday. Entrants are given a complimentary event pass to return on Sunday to retrieve their model and pick up an award if they’re a lucky winner. It’s that easy!
Below are flier/registration links to all remaining 2013 Goodguys Model Car exhibits. Enter your model today! If you don’t have a model or would like to get involved in the magical world of car modeling, just come on out and speak to the model show coordinators at a Goodguys event near you! -Continued-
Pleasanton Events Model Car Flier:
Colorado Nationals Model Car Flier:
East Coast Nationals (W. Springfield) Model Car Show Flier:
Heartland Nationals (Des Moines) Model Car Show Flier:
Goodguys PPG Nationals (Columbus) Model Car Show Flier:
Pacific Northwest Nationals (Puyallup) Model Car Show Flier:
Great Northwest Nationals (Spokane) Model Car Show Flier:
Speedway Nationals (Indy) Model Car Show Flier:
Lonestar Nationals (Ft Worth) Model Car Show Flier:
Southeastern Nationals (Charlotte) Model Car Show Flier:
Southwest Nationals (Scottsdale) Model Car Show Flier:
Fall Del Mar Nationals Model Car Show Flier