Full throttle fun is the perfect description of last weekend’s Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals – known far and wide as THE BIG ONE. From Friday’s opening to Sunday’s closing bell, the pace was a non-stop, full-throttle frenzy of chrome, colors, and celebrations.
The thing about Columbus is EVERYONE is here. Your car buddies, your business associates, the manufacturer’s, the top builders, the freshest cars, the media – everyone coming together to enjoy and celebrate our beloved industry. Friday in fact, was Collector Car Appreciation Day. Even the U.S. Senate got involved in honoring our cars!
The competition was hot & heavy for both Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year honors. In all over 50 cars battled it out for two of the year’s top awards. The field of street rods was the deepest we’ve seen in years, perhaps signaling a pre-’49 renaissance! The street machines were as impressive as they come including a Ridler winner and Great 8 finalist.
Saturday evening’s awards gala had it all too. First up was the recognition of the Goodguys Best New Products. Nine companies were big winners of this annual Columbus ceremony honoring the industry’s best and brightest! Then it came time for the crowning of the Goodguys 2014 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year (won by Mansfield, Texas’ Don Smith and his ’32 Ford Fordoor) and the Goodguys 2014 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year (won by Palm City, Florida’s Steve Tornari and his twin-turbo ’67 Nova).
The AutoCross track thundered with V8 vibrato and squealing tires all three days. The featured on-track event, the Sponsor Shootout was won by who else? Danny Popp! Popp, representing JRi Shiocks, escaped with a win over the hard-charging Summit Racing ’64 Corvette of Josh Leisinger. Other weekend winners included: Ryan Buck (Street Machine class, ‘63 Nova SS 29.449), Joe Durand (Truck class, ’70 Chevy 31.806), Brad Miller (Hot Rod class, ’34 Ford, 34.917), Danny Popp (All American Sunday class, 03 Corvette 28.258), and Brian Finch (Shootout class ’66 Corvette 28.565).
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Capping the monster weekend was Sunday’s closing awards ceremony which featured over 120 of the event’s top cars. After the winners crossed the stage receiving their accolades, the tension began to build for the Goodguys ’32 Tribute giveaway. In an unprecedented showing, 33 qualifying finalists traveled to Columbus to be part of the final giveaway ceremony! Lady luck smiled on 28 year old Eric Morgan of San Diego (standing in for his father Terry) as he drove off with the Kindig-It Design-built Deuce Tudor, a modern day mirror image of the original Gary Meadors ’32. Needless to say, it was a life changing moment for the young man and his winning dad!
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Looking back, the Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals will be remembered as one of the biggest ever. Together, we’ve built one of the industry’s premier events, and we can certainly all be proud of that! Seeing everyone come together at the Goodguys BIG ONE to enjoy and celebrate our cars, builders, manufacturers and sponsors is a sure-fire highlight of summer. We look forward to seeing you at the next year’s 18th PPG Nationals, July 10, 11 & 12 back here at the Ohio Expo Center!