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What does automotive Heaven look like? Well, if we had a say, it would be exactly like what we’re experiencing this weekend in Columbus! We’re on hand here at the Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals, which is their annual “super bowl” event hosted in Columbus, Ohio at the massive Ohio Expo Center.

Perfect weather, thousands of gorgeous hot rods and classics, one of the nation’s largest Autocross shootouts, giant vendor midway, swap-meet and more – see, like we said – automotive Heaven, here on earth!

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Show & Shine

As with all Goodguys extravaganzas there is no shortage of killer vintage tin in all shapes, sizes, and colors here in Columbus at the Nationals.

However, one thing that we did notice as soon as we stepped foot on the grounds is the abundance of amazing quality rides and debut builds and products – all in one place. Pushing the limits, the builds here in Columbus are some of the nation’s very best.

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Every color of the rainbow - and even some worn, satin, and other colors in the mix.

The Goodies – Parts & Gear

The industries finest automotive companies gather for the weekend to share in innovations, show specials, and a great time with friends and family. With over 400 companies on hand featuring everything from complete chassis setups to billet accents, pinstriping, T-shirts, and accessories, – there was plenty for the droves of car enthusiasts on hand to satisfy every need, at a fraction of the cost.

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With companies like Billet Specialties, COMP CamsHolley, QA1, Holley, Edelbrock, Flowmaster, and many others, it’s easy to see the family spirit and support that goes along with the nation’s premier classic car event.

Goodguys Street Rod And Street Machine Of The Year

One of the big events that takes place each year at the Goodguys PPG Nats is the crowing of the Goodguys Street Rod and Street Machine of the year. These two coveted awards are top brass in the hot rod industry, and it’s a crowning achievement to make it into the final selections.

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Here are the Top Five Finalists for the Goodguys 2013 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year:

  • Sid Tracy, Champaign, IL ’69 Firebird
  • George Poteet, Memphis, TN ’69 Torino
  • Jimmy Shaw, Forest, MS ’67 Nova
  • Alan Woodall, Cary, NC ’65 Corvette
  • Skip Walls, Knoxville, TN, ’69 Camaro

We’ll bring you a play by play and more in-depth coverage later in the week, but for now – feast your eyes upon this year’s Goodguys’ Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year finalists:

  • IMG_5551Kenneth DelCour, Louisville, KY ’34 Ford
  • Terry Hudson, Strawberry Plains, TN ’37 Chevy
  • Ron Cizek, Omaha, NE ’40 Ford
  • George Poteet, Memphis, TN ’34 Ford
  • Harold Chapman, Andice, TX ’33 Ford

There was some hefty competition this year but in the end, this year’s Ridler Winner who has had quite the show season took home the hardware for the Goodguys Classic Intstruments Street Rod of the Year.

Winner – Ron Cizek – 1940 Ford

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Congratulations to Ron Cizek for another top crowning achievement with their 1940 Ford hitting the show scene hard this year.

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