Tuesday, September, 27th – The Goodguys 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour has hit full stride. Our dazzling Day 4 saw the pack saddle up and head south from Chattanooga through back country roads to the Heart of Dixie to visit three of Alabama’s elite hot rod emporiums, including visits to the shops of two former Goodguys Trendsetters.
The day got off to a fast start at the friendly confines of Big Oak Garage in Hokes Bluff. Jimmy and Will Posey along with shop manager Jason Latham had the red carpet rolled out for us. The Hokes Bluff Mayor even came out. This shop has been turning out elite hot rods and street machines for years. Remember Willie Maise’s insane Top 5 Street Machine of the Year-winning ’65 Dodge Dart? Yep – that Mopar masterpiece was handcrafted right here as was Dr. David Floyd’s “Gold Rush” ’32 Tudor which has been collecting awards all year long after its sparkling Nashville debut. The guys were hard at work on some cool coming attractions promising more big things from the Big Oak boys.
Not ten minutes down the road is Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden – our second tour stop of the day. With Alan being our Goodguys Trendsetter in 2000 and wife Angie being named Goodguys Woman of the Year in 2012, the Johnson’s have been longtime friends and industry stalwarts. Alan has built three Goodguys Top 12 award winners over the years including the 1997 and 2009 Street Rod of the Year winners as well as the 2006 Street Machine of the Year – Bob Johnson’s “G-Force” Cuda.
Alan, Angie and their JHRS team continue to build the best but have also been campaigning land speed cars at Bonneville recently as well as producing the Johnson’s Kinmont Safety Stop Brakes and other cool suspension components. Regular clients Paul and Betty Gilliam, on tour with us this week, had their immaculate ’53 Studebaker on display for the tour group. Built right here at JHRS, the black beauty is a contender for our Custom Rod of the Year this season. After the JHRS team served us a delicious southern-style lunch, we gassed up and went further south to Hueytown for our final stop of the day.
Goolsby Customs in Hueytown, Alabama is home to 2014 co-Goodguys Trendsetters Jonathan Goolsby and Josh Henning. Known for their aggressive street machines, the Hueytown gang builds ’em fast, fun and loud. Coming off their Goodguys 2016 PPG Street Machine of the Year win in Columbus with Tim and CiCi Spencer’s ’69 Mustang, they have been riding a wave to the upper echelon of our industry. These guys know how to have fun. They even brought out the vintage stock cars for a little down and dirty short track display. The Buffalo Wild Wings dinner spread was spectacular, everyone was laughing and we got out of there without our hair catchin’ fire!
Mechanical issue update: Our own ’40 Ford being driven by Goodguys President Marc Meadors was acting up so support driver Danny Burrow took it to Johnson’s early this morning where they fixed an exhaust leak and straightened out the air conditioning. Thanks to George Poteet, and Danny for hauling it and huge thanks to the JHRS team for the tuneup!
With another full day in the books, we point our hoods west in the morning, bound for Mississippi. Make sure and follow us on Instagram for real-time photos and updates. You can find us here: @goodguysrodandcustom