The Goodguys Rod & Custom PPG Nationals thoroughly rocked Columbus!
Words & Photos by Todd Ryden
Wow, what a weekend. It was simply a whirlwind of rodding craziness in Columbus, Ohio, with the 20th PPG Goodguys Rod & Custom Nationals. Big awards, big car show, and big after-cruises. Wow.
It all started Friday morning as rodders converged on the fairgrounds just a click north of downtown Columbus. The morning started with blue skies and rodding fun, but storms blew in by early afternoon. Come Saturday AM, it was absolutely perfect for every aspect of hot rodding – which Goodguys delivered.
Cars and trucks rolled in and just kept on rolling in. The grounds were packed with the coolest customs, muscle cars and rods from across the country. Once settled, you could fill your day simply by taking in the show, or you could catch some autocrossing action (or even run your car), head to the swap meet, or shop through some of them biggest names in street rodding parts.
All of the top name manufacturers and builders were on hand. If you needed parts or direction on suspension systems or setups, tires and wheel recommendations, chassis, wiring and more, Columbus was the place to be. Action on the autocross track was tight with Danny Popp racing his C3 Corvette to another title with in the Sponsor Shootout. Also, kudos to Ryan Mathews (Pro), Matthew Braun (Street Machine) and Aarik Gualt (Truck) on the course.
Big awards were handed out on Saturday during a festive banquet with the title of Street Rod of the Year going to George Poteet for his Johnson’s Hot Rods built ’32 sedan while the Street Machine of the Year went to John and Nicki Wilkus with their 1969 Camaro built by the Roadster Shop.
Another exciting finish was the winner of the Goodguys 2016/2017 ‘631/2 Galaxie built by Legens Hot Rod Shop. The winner was a Dennis Brazer of Vallejo, California! And, with one car gone to a new owner, it was time for Goodguys to unveil their next give-away car, a stunning, butternut yellow ’67 Camaro.
It was a wild week that was full of even more cool rodding fun! Check out more upcoming events at Goodguys.