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30 years later, the Goodguys are still "Having Fun with Cars!"

Posted March 12 2013 02:10 PM by Nikolas Kolenich 
Filed under: Events

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The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association kicked off its 30th Anniversary season this past weekend at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona, marking a year of automotive festivals geared towards classic American automobile enthusiasts. What started in March of 1983 as a one day event for California gearheads has become a worldwide association of car lovers.

Northern California car nut, Gary Meadors, founded Goodguys back in the spring of 1983 as a way to get car people and hot rod fanatics together to show classic cars, swap ideas, listen to music and have fun. Utilizing his experience as a street rod show promoter, Meadors had the idea to welcome all genres of American car enthusiasts. 


Gary Meadors and son Marc Meadors

 Based in Pleasanton, California, Goodguys is the world's largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide.  For its 30th Anniversary, Goodguys will stage 19 events across America. The events range from two-day affairs to three day extravaganza's attracting over 100,000 auto enthusiasts. In addition to continuing to host events, Goodguys will continue to publish its in-house, monthly 250-page magazine titled: Goodguys Gazette.  The magazine covers the good times shared by the Goodguys at the events. 


30 years of statistics:


  • 600 cars shows and events have been hosted since 1983


  • 2.5 million hot rods and classic cars have been registered 


  • An estimated 25 million people have attended the 30 years of events 


  • 30 states have hosted a Goodguy event




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