The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has kicked off its 30th Anniversary season marking a celebratory year full of colorful automotive festivals geared towards classic American automobile enthusiasts. The Goodguys show tour will stop at the Del Mar Fairgrounds April 5-7.
What started in March of 1983 as a one day “Get-Together” for California hot rodders has blossomed into a worldwide association of car enthusiasts born out of one man’s passion.
Northern California car nut Gary Meadors founded Goodguys back in the spring of ‘83 as a way to get car people and hot rod aficionados like him together to show off their cars, trade ideas, listen to some live music and have a little fun. Falling back on his early years as strictly a street rod show promoter (street rods are widely considered 1949 & earlier American cars) Meadors had the idea to welcome all genres of American car enthusiasts with a lean towards V8 powered, low-to-the-ground eye catchers like hot rods from the 30s & 40s, lead sled customs from the 50s, Muscle Cars from the 70s as well as the new breed of American Muscle like 5.0 GT Mustangs, Z28 Camaros and more. 500 show cars came to that first event, proving just how popular classic cars and hot rods are in California neighboring states!
Goodguys under Meadors’ careful direction caught lightning in a bottle. Through bringing car guys and gals together with the common theme of “having fun with cars” Goodguys Rod & Custom Association gathered sufficient steam to take this simple, passion-driven show format across the country. By 1987, Goodguys had a national string of auto events and festivals from Pennsylvania to California with the nation’s car magazines following along.