New Sensation – Next-Generation Machines Join the Goodguys Fun
April 13, 2018
It’s a new era at Goodguys! This is the first season that Goodguys national events have opened up registration to 1987-and-earlier vehicles, and next-generation enthusiasts are making their presence known!
We’re just a few shows into the 2018 season and we’ve already seen a ton of later-model rides, including scores of squarebody pickups, along with ’70s and ’80s Camaros, Trans Ams, Mustangs and other cool machines we had all but forgotten about. We’re excited to expand the party and thrilled to see so many knockout next-gen cars and trucks coming out to join us!
The father-and-son duo of Jay Roberts Sr. and Jr. showed off their squarebody C10s side-by-side at the Spring Nationals. Junior’s is the red ’87 and pops has the two-tone ’86. Nice set of haulers!
We saw a lot of next-generation rides in the AutoCross pits at the Spring Lone Star Nationals. A great example was this track-ready ’85 Camaro driven by both Wayne Atkins and Chris Cargill in the Street Machine class. Wayne and Chris finished third and fourth in the standings, separated by only three-hundredths of a second!
The turbo V6 in Mike Ulmer’s ’87 Grand National had no problems roasting the tires in the Burnout Contest at the Spring Lone Star Nationals!
Humberto Ortiz’s Dodge had a lot of people talking at the Spring Lone Star Nationals! The ’85 D350 dually has a four-link rear suspension and air springs, all handled by Humberto’s Lubbock-based shop, Vulcan Specialties. Power comes from a 5.9-liter 12-valve Cummins diesel with a Phatshaft turbo, custom exhaust and manual six-speed transmission. Chevy C10 bumpers and C30 dually fenders give the body a refined look, with red leather upholstery contrasting the silver-and-white paint. Check out a full feature on at fuelcurve.com.
All American Sunday Award – Angela Payne’s ’87 Monte Carlo picked up an All American Sunday award at the 2017 Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte. Angela’s G-body has a 425c.i. Chevy crate engine and rolls on polished Z28 IROC wheels. RideTech suspension components update the chassis, while Corvette C5 brakes upgrade stopping power.
To give you a taste of some of the new flavors we’ve been seeing, we’ve gathered images of some fine next-generation rides we’ve seen at the first few events, as well as a handful from the popular Spectre Performance All American Sundays at events in 2017.
There’s no doubt in our minds that the enthusiasts building, modifying and maintaining these later-model machines share the same passion as older car enthusiasts. Even better, the performance aftermarket is fully behind them, with many companies offering specific suspension, drivetrain and engine upgrades for these cars and trucks, plus an increasing number or restoration trim, sheet metal and interior parts.
Steve Tersakian’s ’81 Trans Am underwent a full restoration by Lucky Luciano’s to bring it back to ’80s glory. A 4.9-liter turbocharged engine rumbles underneath the screaming chicken hood, while the original Recaro interior stayed intact. It rolls on the original wheels wrapped in Goodyear white-letter tires.
The Goolsby gang is showing love for the young guys and gals in our industry by sponsoring the YoungGuys Award. In Texas, it was Preston Folkestad’s’73 Chevy C10 that earned the custom-machined trophy. Preston inherited his C10 from his great grandfather, who bought it new. It has had the suspension upgraded with No Limit Engineering components, RideTech coil-overs, Wilwood disc brakes, a 355c.i. Chevy engine with FiTech EFI and a custom interior featuring a Billet Specialties steering wheel, Dakota Digital gauges and Vintage Air.
GM G-body coupes have a lot of street machine potential. Junior Cropps’ ’80 Chevy Malibu won the All American Chevy Pick at the 2017 Southeastern Nationals, aided by a lowered stance, Intro wheels, two-tone paint and a cowl induction hood.
Can Ams by Pontiac were only made for one year, that year being 1977. Mike Lamberth is the lucky owner of one of the few Can Ams remaining and has been anxiously waiting to participate in a Goodguys event. Jim Wangers, who helped design the GTO and the distinctive ’69 Judge, was the man behind this rare piece of late-’70s muscle.
Derek Cochra converted his long-bed ’87 Chevy C10 into a crew cab and stuffed a modern 5.3 GM engine under the hood, dressed to the nines. Air ride suspension provides the killer stance as well as smooth drivability when the crew loads up.
These third-gen Camaros are up and coming and Tim Szmoit has himself a clean survivor. You just can’t find them in this good of condition anymore!
Robert Smith bought his Oldsmobile new off the lot in 1974 and it still features the original paint, interior and drivetrain. Wire wheels are a classy touch.
Derek Okeefe welcomed the newly expanded year cutoff and rolled in his ’85 Chevy C10 bright and early Friday morning at the Spring Lone Star Nationals.
John Saylors’ numbers-matching ’74 convertible Corvette from Hurst, Texas is coated in Mille Miglia red paint and sports a 350c.i. engine. John is also a member of the Mad Dog Car Club we featured in Texas.
Chase and Rheagan Mulder’s ’76 Chevy C10 was one of many ’73-’87 trucks that took advantage of the new Goodguys cutoff rules to attend the Spring Lone Star Nationals. The original-paint truck has a turbocharged 5.3-liter LS engine, lowered suspension, Wheel Vintiques steel wheels and TMI seats.
With just 21k original miles on the clock, this ’78 Trans Am was for sale for $48k at the Spring Nationals in Scottsdale. The owner states even the brake pads are original! You can’t beat that iconic black and gold look on a late ’70s Trans Am, and this one has been well cared for over the years!
Take a look at the accompanying photos and we think you’ll recognize the passion of these next-generation enthusiasts and the potential in some of these newer-era vehicles. If these fine rides are any indication, the new era should be a bright one, indeed!