The Southwest Nationals is the last event of the season for the Goodguys 2016 event calendar, but seasons don’t mean that much in Central Arizona. While street rodders in much of the rest of the country are getting ready to garage their vehicles for the winter and thinking about several months of off-season wrenching, enthusiasts at the Goodguys Southwest Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale are still cruising. With temps in the 70s, rainclouds nowhere to be seen, and sunlight in huge supply, mid November is car show weather around here.
The Goodsguys Southwest Nats had a full throttle start on Friday with thousands of beautiful ’72 and street rods, customs, classic trucks, street machines, and everything else we’ve come to expect from Goodguys events. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll be hanging around the various show car corrals (Homebuilt Heaven, You Gotta Drive ‘Em, Deuce Doings, ’40 Fords Forever, and Mighty Muscle being a few of our favorites), as well as the Goodguys Duel In The Desert Autocross, the Pro’s Pick competition (with judging by Dean Livermore from Hot Rods By Dean just a few miles away in Phoenix), and tons more. In between, we’ll be rushing back to our laptop to tell you all about it. Keep checking back to keep up with us. For now, here’s a quick sampler of some of Friday’s rides.