Southwest Nationals Rewind! Sensational Scottsdale Soiree!

-The Goodguys "Champions Arena" presented by Street Rod Headquarters featured the top 12 cars of the year

-The Goodguys “Champions Arena” presented by Street Rod Headquarters featured the top 12 cars of the year

Last weekend’s Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals at Westworld in Scottsdale was one of those 96-hour barn burners, that didn’t let up from sunup Thursday to sundown Sunday. A record car count (3,100 show cars) and huge crowds poured into Westworld from all over the place.

It seems EVERYONE comes to Scottsdale and who could blame them with perfect 70 degree days. You see license plates from Canada, Minnesota, Michigan, Texas and all points in between. The “Valley of the Sun” as some call it has become the unquestioned hotbed for car guys during the fall and winter months.

With the Goodguys Terrific 12 award winners proudly displayed alongside their custom Snap-on toolboxes, the enthusiastic crowds got a glimpse of the nation’s top cars and all major Goodguys award winners from the 2013 season.

Over on the extra-large Goodguys AutoCross course the nation’s top 24 AutoCross racers were battling for the first-ever Goodguys AutoCrosser of the Year title in the Goodguys Finals Shootout. When the brake dust settled, it was Cincinnati’s Danny Popp who won out, beating all 24 competitors behind the wheel of his family’s decades-old, but very fast 1972 Corvette.

Throw in the always festive Drew’s Garage kickoff party and Hot Rods by Dean’s TGIF party and you begin to sense just what a full weekend it was.

In its first 16 years, the Goodguys Southwest Nationals has firmly established itself as the can’t-miss fall event on any hot rodder’s calendar. On car count alone, it’s become one of the Goodguys top 5 events of the year.

We’ll come back to Westworld twice next season beginning with the Goodguys 5th Spring Nationals March 7-9, 2014 then finishing off our season with the Goodguys 17th Southwest Nationals November 14-16, 2014. Hope to see you then!

Click here for complete award results

For coverage of the Goodguys AutoCross Finals Shootout, click here

-Snap-on Tools provided each winner with these amazing custom toolboxes!

-Snap-on Tools provided each winner with these amazing custom toolboxes!

-Ridtech's Bret Voelkel took Goodguys President Marc Meadors for a hot ride on the AutoCross track in Marc's new Ridetech-built '69 Camaro. Marc then drove the car back home to Pleasanton, CA

-Ridtech’s Bret Voelkel took Goodguys President Marc Meadors for a hot ride on the AutoCross track in Marc’s new Ridetech-built ’69 Camaro. Marc then drove the car back home to Pleasanton, CA

-The Over the Hill Gang Phoenix Chapter was all smiles after another great Southwest Nationals weekend. Thanks for all your help with the event gang!

-The Over the Hill Gang Phoenix Chapter was all smiles after another great Southwest Nationals weekend. Thanks for all your help with the event gang!

-John Hill's Canada based COPO '69 Chevelle was selected as a finalist for the Goodguys 2014 Hemming's Muscle Car of the Year award

-John Hill’s Canada based COPO ’69 Chevelle was selected as a finalist for the Goodguys 2014 Hemming’s Muscle Car of the Year award

-Cole Wolfswinkle's BOSS 429 Holman & Moody powered '32 was selected as a Builder's Choice award winner by Dean Livermore

-Cole Wolfswinkle’s BOSS 429 Holman & Moody Ford powered ’32 was selected as as one of ten Builder’s Choice award winners by Dean Livermore

-A national field of 24 cars battled it out for the Goodguys 2013 AutoCrosser of the Year title. Danny Popp took the crown and the cash!

-A national field of 24 cars battled it out for the Goodguys 2013 AutoCrosser of the Year title. Danny Popp took the crown and the cash!

-Harvey Belling's '55 Ford mild custom was another great Builder's Choice selection

-Harvey Belling’s ’55 Ford mild custom was another great Builder’s Choice selection

-We recreated the official Goodguys logo with the real cars on Saturday evening! Pictured is Gary Meadors' '29 Ford roadster and '32 deuce tudor along with Marc's new '69 Camaro

-We recreated the official Goodguys logo with the real cars on Saturday evening! Pictured is Gary Meadors’ ’29 Ford roadster and ’32 deuce tudor along with Marc’s new ’69 Camaro

-Arizona pin striper Steve Kafka displayed his prized possession - the original 1955 GMC bus owned by the late Von Dutch. The bus has been appraised north of 4-million dollars!

-Arizona pin striper Steve Kafka displayed his prized possession – the original 1955 GMC bus owned by the late Von Dutch. The bus has been appraised north of 4-million dollars!

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