Hot Rods, Customs and Classics Coming to The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland for the Goodguys 13th Colorado Nationals, June 4-6
(Loveland, CO) – Hear that throaty V-8 rumble off in the distance? It’s the sound of 2,000 hot rods and custom cars headed to the Loveland/Ft. Collins area. The Goodguys 13th Colorado Nationals will take over The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland June 4, 5 & 6, turning the spacious and scenic acreage of The Ranch into a scene from American Graffiti. Northern California based Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, producers of America’s largest hot rod festivals, has chosen Loveland as the host city for its 13th edition of the Colorado Nationals event. Event features include an outdoor car show, an automotive swap meet, cars for sale area, vendor and commercial exhibits, model & pedal car show, nostalgia entertainment by Kenny Cordova and the Olde Rock Band, and a host of other automotive themed activities. The Goodguys 13th Colorado Nationals is the sixth of twenty-three annual hot rod and custom car events promoted and produced by the Goodguys. Goodguys events are held from New York to San Diego, Seattle to North Carolina and many points in between. The events are large, colorful and have often been referred to as a “State Fair of Automotive Excitement! ” Lil’ deuce coupes, hot rod roadsters, lead-sled 50’s Mercury customs, ‘55-’57 Chevy’s, Camaro’s, Hemi Barracuda’s & BOSS 409 Mustangs and other timeless beauties will fill the entire outdoor acreage of The Ranch.
The Goodguys 13th Colorado Nationals will have everything the auto buff and gear head could ever want. A used parts automotive swap meet will join a special “cars for sale corral” where automotive treasure hunters can seek out hard to find parts and buy and/or sell the car of their dreams. For those who prefer their hot cars on a smaller scale, as in miniature version, model car giant Revell will sponsor a model car show, complete with a “Make and Take” program where youngsters can build a model at the event and take it home with them. The make n’ take sessions will be held on Saturday, June 5 1 pm and again Sunday, June 6 at 11 am.
Added to the event this year is the Goodguys Street Challenge AutoCross. This feature is open to registered event participants who want to test their driving skills against the autocross course and the clock. There will be several categories of competition. The AutoCross will run on Friday and Saturday 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm.
Awards are a large part of any automotive event, and the Colorado Nationals will offer plenty. Special awards like the “Low Lid”, “Homebuilt heaven pick”, Hottest hot rod are just a few. Close to eighty specialty awards will be presented. The awards program will be held at the conclusion of the event on Sunday at 2:22 pm at the entertainment stage.
The event will also feature specialty parking areas with special themes. The Goodguys Builder’s Choice area will be featured on Saturday, June 5 and will be selected by Pinkee’s Rod Shop. “Mighty Muscle” highlights Muscle Cars 1960 through 1972 and the Ya Gotta Drive ‘Em is for those participants who drove their vehicle to the event 300 miles, Homebuilt Heaven area is for those beauties built at home and the Trick Truck corral is for the truck enthusiast. Those registered vehicles who participate in the special areas will receive a commemorative dash plaque. The special parking areas take place Saturday, June 5 from 8am to 2pm.
As an industry, hot rodding and classic American cars are healthier than ever. Magazine racks across the country are filled with hot rodding lifestyle magazine titles and prime time programming blocks on cable television are filled with such hit shows as Rides, Overhaulin’ and Spike TV’s “Power Block” – a weekly two hour slate of hi performance automotive and truck programming.
Goodguys Chairman and founder Gary Meadors, a 69 year old lifelong car enthusiast and ardent hot rodder isn’t surprised by rodding’s new found attention. “Colorful, customized American cars have always made people happy, ” he said. “You drive down the road in a big foreign luxury sedan and people think you’re a snob. When you hit the road in a candy red ’57 Chevy, or a flamed ’32 Ford coupe with chrome glistening in the sun, people give you a hearty thumbs up and wave to you even though you’re a complete stranger. These cars extract human emotions. We’ve been doing hot rod events for over twenty years and mainstream America has now found out how cool these cars are and how much fun you can have building, owning and driving them. ”
In the Loveland/Ft. Collins area and across the US, the goal for Goodguys is simple; make a lot of people smile. “The city of Loveland and The Ranch provide a great backdrop for the event, ” said Goodguys President, Marc Meadors. “The hotels in and around the cities of Loveland and Ft. Collins and surrounding areas are filling up and local clubs like the Road Knights are behind this event. ”
Event hours are Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $18, and kids 7-12 $6. Kids 6 and under are FREE. Spectator parking at the event is free. For additional event information, contact the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association at (925) 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com . For local information, contact The Ranch at 970/619-4000.