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A Holiday Message from the Goodguys Gang!


On behalf of our team here at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association – we’d like to wish each and every one of our association members and fans worldwide a happy holiday season! Thank you for helping to make Goodguys the world’s largest rod & custom association! We hope you’ll have safe holiday travels and many happy returns.

Our offices will be closed Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st. We will reopen Thursday, January 2nd @ 7:30am PDT. All voice messages and e-mail messages received during the holiday break will be returned at that time. Thank you very much! See you in 2014!

Pictured in the photo is (most of) the Goodguys Team!
Front row left to right:
Michell Thompson, MaryEllen Papas, Monica Lavaysse, Erica Oritz, Gaea McLaughlin, Neicia Baca, Jamie Tonis, Drew Kristal, Brenda Stuart, Jennifer Day
Back row left to right:
Justin Bower, Jake Stansky, Kevin Reynolds, Andrew Ebel, Gary Meadors, Marilyn Meadors, John Drummond, Daniel Daviess, Andrew Walker, Harry Daviess, Marc Meadors, Diane Walsh, Bill Goodwill, Betsy Bennett, Heather Nething, Travis Weeks, Ed Capen, Michael Ross, Jason Bunker and Justin Oltisveg

Looking Ahead to the 43rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction


In sifting through the 2014 car list for the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction (to be held January 12-19, 2014 at Westworld in Scottsdale) , we noticed that unlike last year, this year’s crop seems to be a tad short on cars with Goodguys lineage.

Last year at least 10 cars with ties to Goodguys and our Terrific 12 awards program crossed the auction block. While there are certainly some more-than-relevant cars with Goodguys ties this year, there’s not the volume of years past. The total number of auction cars however seems to be up from last year.

We noticed what looks to be the best-ever assemblage of regal classics from the 1920s and 1930s, especially for late in the day Saturday, January 18th, also known as “Super Saturday. Late Saturday’s you’ll see a heavy dose of Packard’s, Rolls Royce, Mercedes and other classics.

New this year is an expanded live television package. Barrett-Jackson’s 43rd annual Scottsdale auction will be seen on channels including FOX, the FOX Business Network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and the National Geographic Channel. In total, there are 36 hours and six-consecutive days of live, high-definition auction coverage. Check your local cable listings as coverage is set to begin on FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, January 14th at 7 PM ET.

Goodguys will be on hand with a booth (booth #SPON 15) so make sure and come see us to renew your Goodguys membership, pick up a 2014 event schedule and meet some of the Goodguys Gang!

Here’s a look at some of the Goodguys related cars crossing the auction block:


Bret Voelkel’s Ridetech ’33 Ford
The iconic Ridetech ’33 Ford is up for grabs! Voelkel’s mighty coupe is the defending two-time Goodguys AutoCross Hot Rod Class champion among many other on-track achievements including a win in the Optima Face Off at Road America. The 2400 pound 630 HP beast is powered by a 427 cubic inch small block Ford, built by Sunset Racecraft (Lubbock, TX) with a Dart aluminum block and Brodix Neal cylinder heads. Underneath the Factory-Five ’33 Ford skin you’ll find RideTech triple adjustable coilovers and a whole slew of other top shelf components and custom RideTech goodies. The car is fitted with 18×12 Forgeline CF3C Concave wheels with Matte Bronze centers and Satin Black inners and outers at all four corners as well as Baer brakes. Bret runs 315/30R18 Falken Azenis tires on the ’33 Ford.

Mongoose & Snake Ramp Trucks
If you’ve been to Goodguys Del Mar Nationals over the years or any of the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion events – you’ve surely seen Don Prudhomme’s amazing Funny Car Ramp Trucks. The twin 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels Ramp Trucks will be sold together as a package and include the Snake’s ’70 Plymouth Barracuda and Mongoose’s ’72 Plymouth Duster Funny Cars. All of the equipment is original and has been painstakingly restored to their original condition. One can only imagine what this package might bring!


Ringbrothers “Afterburner” ’64 Ford Fairlane
The 3-time Goodguys Street Machine of the Year-winning Ringbrothers are back at Barrett Jackson, this time offering the “Afterburner” 1964 Ford Fairlane 500.    Built by the Ringbrothers for Ken and Ev Smith, “Afterburner” debuted at the 2009 SEMA Show and made it to many Goodguys events in 2010 and 2011. It’s been chopped 1-inch, features flush mounted glass, Fatman suspension and is powered by a Roush 427cid fuel injected V8. It rolls on Forgeline wheels with Baer 6-piston brakes.


“Dragontail” ’41 Willys
David Trent’s striking green Willys built by Jason Graham Hot Rods was a Goodguys staff favorite this summer! The green flake coupe sits on a full Air Ride suspension. Body mods include a 3.5” chop, reshaped front fenders, custom running boards, waterfall dash and custom bullet hubcaps on wide whites. Under the hood is a traditionally styled small block Chevy with 3 deuces.


Dale Boesch-built ’69 Camaro
If you were at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in 2012, you no-doubt remember this Dale Boesch-built ’69 Camaro – a top 5 finalist for the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award. With hundreds of Ridler-quality body mods, it also features a 383cid stroker motor, 700R4 transmission, 9″ Ford rear end, Detroit Speed and Engineering front and rear suspension, and 19″ Boze wheels.

To view all 1675 cars for sale, click here

Terry Story Wins Goodguys/Ford Racing Focus ST Hatchback

-Focus ST winner Terry Story of Phoenix, Arizona

-Focus ST winner Terry Story of Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona’s Terry Story has won the Goodguys/Ford Racing 2013 Ford Focus ST Giveaway Car! Terry’s name was randomly selected from a pool of over 50,000 qualifiers who signed up for the Focus ST Giveaway through at-event entries and online entry submissions. As you can imagine, he was slightly blown away when he got the call he had been selected as the winner.

Story won quite a ride! The Focus ST features a 252 horsepower turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, manual transmission, performance leather bucket seats, Goodguys-designed vinyl wrap by PRO Wraps, 18-inch Motegi Racing MR 120 wheels, Ford Racing goodies including lowering springs, cat back exhaust, short shifter and a cold air intake system!

After speaking to him, the car definitely will be going to a good home! “I could not believe this was happening to me,” Story said. “The only things I’ve ever won was a marathon and a turkey I won through a radio station. I want to thank God first and foremost and secondly Good Guys for the brighter side of life which could not have come at a better time” he said.

Ford Racing will team with Goodguys again in 2014 to give away another tricked out Focus ST.

Hot Rod Interior Courses Offered By Mobile Solutions Jan 23-29 in Arizona

-Two exclusive Hot Rod Interior courses will be offered Jan 23-29 at Mobile Solutions in Tempe, Arizona. Register now to learn with the pros!

-Two exclusive Hot Rod Interior courses will be offered Jan 23-29 at Mobile Solutions in Tempe, Arizona. Register now to learn with the pros!

Our friends at Mobile Solutions are launching a 4-day advanced course as well as a 3-day course on hot rod interiors January 23-26 and Jan 27-29 at their Tempe, Arizona facility. Leading installation trainer and Mobile Solutions President Bryan Schmitt has teamed with hot rod builder to the stars, Ron “The Stitcher” Mangus, to show the newest techniques for interior custom design and fabrication for the Jan 27-29 course.

Installers will have an exclusive opportunity see the latest stitching secrets and receive time-saving tips on pattern building techniques from the pros. Participants will learn to create aluminum inserts quickly and to build a 3D console in one hour.  They’ll also learn the secrets of covering panels with difficult shapes and assembly.

Mangus is looking forward to the opportunity to pass along his tricks of the trade. “Teaming up with Bryan and the Mobile Solutions team allows me to spread my experience and knowledge to a new group of students, and exposes them to a lot of time-saving planning and fabrication ideas that students can use in nearly every build they perform.” said Mangus.

An industry veteran, Mangus has created interiors for Boyd’s Hot Rods, Tim Allen, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and others.  He won the 2010 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.

For the 3-day course, Mangus will work shoulder to shoulder with Schmitt, giving participants a rare opportunity that shouldn’t be missed! The cost for the 3-day school is $699.99. For advanced interior professionals, Mobile Solutions is also offering a 4-day course with Schmitt and industry-renowned fabricator and 2012 Installer of the Year Jeremy Carlson from January 23rd through the 26th. That course is $999.00

To register for the Mobile Solutions Hot Rod Interior Courses, Call 480.968.2074 or register online by visiting their website

-Ron Mangus

-Ron Mangus

The Tri-Five Chevy Experts Join the Goodguys Goodtimes!


Woody’s Hot Rodz, known worldwide as “The Tri-Five Experts” and Car Craft Magazine Pro Builder of the Year for 2012 have expanded their partnership with Goodguys Rod & Custom Association this coming season to include two exciting new promotions. The Bright, Indiana based Tri-Five Chevy experts are the country’s leading manufacturers of reproduction ’55-’57 Chevy bodies and accessories as well as your one-stop shop for a Pro-Built classic Chevy.

The Woody’s team will present the “Tri-Five Chevy” pick at the Goodguys 9th Nashville Nationals, 1st All American National-INDIANAPOLIS, 23rd Heartland Nationals in Des Moines, 17th PPG Nationals in Columbus, and the 17th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale. The new award recognizes an outstanding 1955-1957 Chevy.

Woody’s will also serve as presenting sponsor of the 650-mile Goodguys Des Moines to Columbus Cruise Monday, July 7th through Thursday, July 10th in advance of the 17th PPG Nationals. Chris Sondles, President of Woody’s Hot Rodz hopes to have at least 50 Tri-Fives take part in the 4-day cruise. “This is one of the best cruises of the year for Midwest based hot rodders,” Sondles said. “Our products and turnkey cars are made to hit the open road, to look good and perform even better. How cool will it be to see all these Tri-Fives on the freeway heading to Columbus? We’re really looking forward to it.”

If you’re looking at building a Tri-Five Chevy or interested in having Woody’s talented team of craftsmen and specialties build it for you, visit their well-stocked website Or you can call them at 1-855-567-1957. From Fenders to Fins, Woody’s has you covered!