Tag Archives: Goodguys

Wes Rydell’s 1940 Oldsmobile “Agnes”

1940 Oldsmobile Front viewWes and Vivian Rydell have commissioned some great classic cars over the years.  Earlier this year at the Del Mar Goodguy’s show, their 1940 Oldsmobile “Agnes” was selected for the 2016 Street Rod d’Elegance  Award.1940 Oldsmobile Hood Up

1940 Oldsmobile

This rod had languished for a spell before finally being completed by Rad Rides by Troy.  We took these shots when they displayed it in Scottsdale, AZ at the Spring National Goodguy’s Show. They have won this award twice before, including in 2014 with their controversial 1935 Chevy Phaeton.1940 Oldsmobile Right Side

Madame X

Now we can’t wait for the 2016 SEMA Show, where they will be unveiling “Madame X”, a 1939 Cadillac coupe.  It is a takeoff on a concept design based on a 1935 Cadillac 60 Special Sedan originally designed by GM stylist Art Ross. So this car was never built until Chip Foose opted to take on the build.

SEMA 2016

Of all the unveilings scheduled during the SEMA Show, this is the most anticipated with some sneak peeks offered recently.  Can’t wait to see it in person on Tuesday!

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Drew’s Garage Spotlighted with 68 Charger

Drew’s Garage in Tempe, AZ is featured in the August, 2014 issue of Performance and Hot Rod Business.  Our friends at the publication did a nice feature on this local garage.

logo for Drew's Garage

Here’s a link to the six page article.

We recently featured Drew’s Garage with this article on Larry Fitzgerald’s 1968 Dodge Charger.  Here’s the link as well.

Rear end of 68 Charger

In the article. the owner Drew Tennant discussed the origins of his shop and how showcasing his cars at Barrett-Jackson and Goodguys Rod and Custom helped his business grow.  It is interesting to read that most of his employees are auditioned and hired from out of state.

Nice compliments to a true class act.

 

Studebaker and Suburban Featured in Hot Rod Magazine

Studebaker rearHot Rod magazine’s August 2014 highlighted two cars that we first saw at the SEMA Show.  Funny how some cars just stand out and end up being touted by all?  Out of the thousands of cars at SEMA, some just naturally are just dang drop dead perfect and deserve detailed views and attention.

66 Suburban

Our friends at Hot Rod Magazine For August, 2014 devoted three pages (page 108-110) on Mr. Gasket’s Lime Crush – a 66 Suburban.  We gave you our view of this awesome build here.  Great attention to detail and just about every body panel was massaged to some degree.Lime Crush Low Shot

51 Studebaker

In the same issue, they take a look at a 51 Studebaker owned by Dennis Varni.  It too was at the SEMA show and drew plenty of admiring glances in its prime aisle spot.  Eight pages don’t do it justice, so we had to add our pictures too.

The Studebaker actually passed through three sets of hands before completion.  It sits on an Art Morrison frame.  A Ford 427 engine has fuel injection and uses a GM 700R4 transmission.  The wood work is spot on beautiful.  Lots of onlookers took double takes trying to figure out if Studebaker ever made a woodie!

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56 Ford Goodguys Finalist Truck of the Year

56 Ford truck
Goodguys Late Truck of the Year Finalist

56 Ford Truck

This clean and sharp 56 Ford truck was selected as a finalist for the Goodguys’ Late Truck of the Year award.

In April, 2014 at the Goodguys’ Del Mar, California show, this truck was selected as Goodguys’ first finalist for this award. This previous article covered the Del Mar show.

Read the eBay Motors article for the full details on this build and the owner’s history with Ford trucks.

The truck was also entered at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California where it won its class and was named Truck of the Show.

Goodguys

Goodguys Rod and Custom has numerous awards and picks at their nationwide shows, and none are more sought after than winning a National Award. Throughout the balance of their show circuit, other trucks will be named finalists.  At their last show of the year in Scottsdale, AZ in November, 2014 they will announce the selected winners of many of these yearly awards.

Goodguys also selected a 31 Ford as an Early Truck of the Year finalist. Here is a short YouTube video on THAT truck.

Charlys Garage

The owner of the root beer brown 56 Ford truck selected Charlys Garage in Mesa, AZ to restore this gorgeous truck. Charlys Garage is truly a one stop shop and all word was done in-house.

Here is the link to our article on eBay Motors.  Let us know what you think.

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31 Ford Truck – Goodguys Finalist

31 Ford Truck 1931 Ford – Early Truck of the Year

At the Goodguys show in Del Mar, California, they selected this 1931 Ford Truck as a finalist for Early Truck of the Year.  We previously commented on the Del Mar show here.

Early Truck of the Year

At other venues during this year, Goodguys will select some more finalists before awarding one truck the coveted title of “Early Truck of the Year” at the Goodguys finale in Scottsdale, Arizona in November, 2014.  In fact at this final show of their year, several Yearly Awards are selected.

31 Ford Truck

This 31 Ford truck kept a stock looking exterior but freshened up the engine and drive train.  The paint had a color flake to add a little sparkle.  31 Ford Truck

Henry Ford would not recognize the power plant under this hood but I guarantee you it’ll move out from the traffic lights.  I especially like the wheel treatment with the white walls and maroon rims and chrome centers.  How about you?

Goodguys

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The Goodguys Rod and Custom show crosses the country with shows spread across numerous venues.  Although their name says “rod and custom”, in truth all sorts of cars and trucks show up at these three-day weekend events.  Plus on All American Sunday, modern muscle cars are welcome to join the party, so you get the opportunity to see a little of everything at one of their shows.

Entrants pay a modest fee for all three days of the show and the public pay at the admission gate for a chance to see some awesome classic cars and trucks.  Mots site even do a road course so cars can drive a timed cone outlined course to strut their car and their driving skills.

 

Here is a short video we created on the 31 Ford Truck.  Enjoy

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Goodguys Del Mar Car Show Coverage

Here is a link to our  complete coverage of the fun times at Goodguys Rod and Custom car show in Del Mar, California show last month.  This is our article as posted by eBay Motors.

We gave you a sneak peek of the car show before, with this article.

Del Mar

Goodguys in Del Mar sort of gets the West Coast car guys to dust off the cars and start up the car season.  We had perfect weather and some great cars to look at.35 Chevy

Check out the article on eBay and let us know your favorite cars .

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Rod d’Elegance by Goodguys

Goodguys makes it a point to issue various yearly awards at their various shows throughout the year.  One of the first and eagerly awaited is the Goodguys/March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award that is issued at the Del Mar Nationals.DSCN4715

Del Mar

This was the 14th Nationals at Del Mar and the only time, they will be at Del Mar for this year.  They have had a late Fall show in the past but it couldn’t make their schedule this year.  For the region,  the Goodguys show is a wakeup call for all the cars that have been cocooned for the winter season.  In nearby Escondido, the Cruising Grand car show started on the first Friday in April, which was also the first day of the Goodguys show.

Street Rod d’Elegance

This award is issued to a street rod from 1948 or older and must be entered in the Goodguys indoor show.  For the Del Mar show there are two buildings utilized for indoor displays.  Car owners have to apply to be entered into the indoor displays to have a chance at this award.

Black Bow Tie

The winner of the Goodguys 2014 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award was a 1935 Chevy Phaeton owned by Wes and Vivian Rydell.  The 35 Chevy was named “Black Bow Tie” and is rather rare in the first place.  Couldn’t ask for more gracious and unpretentious owners.  They are not strangers to awards either.  They won the Detroit Riddler award back in 2002 for another 35 Chevy.

AMBR Winner

I figured this beauty was bound to be the winner when it was announced that Wes Rydell was bringing it out to the Del Mar show.  It burst onto the car scene at Pomona, CA where it won the AMBR – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster- award.  It also churned up some chatter and angst by some questioning whether it should be considered a “roadster”.  But it easily meets the standard and was deserving of the AMBR and now this award as well.

Troy Trepanier

Hot Rods by Troy worked on this car and spent a fair amount of time making it look just right.  The amount of custom touches is hard to recognize, especially when a stock unit is not close by to compare to.  The grill is angled forward and the windshield leans back.  The body was stretched 2 inches and the wheel base has three more inches.  Just check out the room in the rear seat.35 Chevy Rear Seat

Heidt’s

The rod rides on independent front and rear suspension from Heidt’s.   Mike Curtis, who used to work for Boyd Coddington, outdid himself CNC’ing this set of wheels.

I’m hoping that Wes Rydell will be sharing this awesome ride at other Goodguys shows as they crisscross the country.  It is worth the price of admission alone to check out this fabulous ride!

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Larry Fitzgerald’s 1968 Charger

front end of 68 ChargerMany people know Larry Fitzgerald as a NFL football player with the Arizona Cardinals.  He is well known and well liked by both the fans and the sports media.  He also is present for numerous charitable events in the Phoenix area.  He is always willing to lend his name and time to Phoenix area charities.  But did you know he also is a car aficionado?  Have you ever seen his 1968 Charger?68 Charger trunk

Goodguys Spring National

Recently at the Goodguys Rod and Custom 5th Spring National car show held in Scottsdale, AZ Larry Fitzgerald’s 1968 black Charger was on display indoors under the huge tent.  It was part of the display for Drew’s Garage, a local car shop with a great following.

Drew’s Garagelogo for Drew's Garage

Drew’s Garage has been a presence in the local car scene for years and often has hosted a cruise night as part of Goodguys.  This year they opted for a smaller presence at the Spring Nationals show, but small is hardly used when describing Larry Fitzgerald’s Charger.  Here is the shop’s photos of the restoration indicating the quality of their workmanship.

1968 Chargerpassenger side of 68 Charger

The black beauty was given a total makeover by Drew’s Garage.  Of course it had to have a Hemi but this one is backed up with twin 62 mm turbos. engine of 68 Charger It was mated to a Hughes automatic 4L80E transmission and a Dana 60 rear end.  It slows down with Wilwood brakes; 6 pistons in the front and 4 pistons in the rear.  The rear is held in place with a custom 4 link rear suspension.  To top it off the Charger rides on Budnik wheels and has a Vintage AC for Arizona’s hot summers.Rear end of 68 Charger

But this car is hot year round!  What do you think?

 

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Dan Sobieski’s 1962 Cadillac at Goodguys

62 CadillacAt the Goodguys Fifth Spring Nationals Car Show held in Scottsdale, AZ Dan Sobieksi brought out his green 1962 Cadillac.  This Cadillac was scrapping the asphalt.  1962 Cadillac passenger side

The judges were right to award it their So Low pick.

62 Cadillac Hood

Dan Sobieski

While you might not recognize the name, you’ll probably recall that he was a fabricator at Boyd Coddington’s shop when it was captured on TV’s American Hot Rod.  Dan formed his own shop Poor Boys Hot Rods and in fact occupies part of Boyd’s old shop in La Habra, CA.  We have spotted Dan swinging by with one of his rods at the Friday night cruise – Cruising Grand – in Escondido Ca

 

1962 Cadillac

Passenger side Cadillac

The Cadillac was down low but also spotlighted a custom authenticate flake green paint job for the roofline.  In fact it was painted just months before the Goodguys Rod and Custom show.  1962 Cadillac Roofline

Everything about this rod screamed period authentic custom.  Nice to see such a good eye for detail.  Dan has a Facebook page for his 1962 Cadillac.

1962 Cadillac rear end

Purse

On Sunday in the awards area, Dan’s lady friend had a matching purse.  PurseHave to wonder which came first the car or the purse?

Front end of 62 Cadillac
Front end of 62 Cadillac

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Lime Crush 1966 Suburban at Goodguys

Lime Crush, a custom 66 Chevrolet Suburban, we first saw at its debut at the SEMA Show in 2013, came out of the winter blues for a sunny weekend at Goodguy’s Rod and Custom’s Fifth Annual Spring Nationals in Scottsdale.

Truck of the Year Finalist
Truck of the Year Finalist

SEMA Debut

At the 2013 SEMA Show, ACCEL revealed this awesome custom Suburban, named the Lime Crush.  ACCEL Performance Group is a mixture of speed parts including Mr. Gasket.  The Suburban is an eye catcher with the custom paint -Mr. Gasket Green- sprayed on by Charlie Hutton.  The truck was done by the Roadster Shop which is based in Illinois.  The amount of body modifications and custom pieces was just impressive.  Looking at where it started from, makes the folks at the Roadster Shop even more impressive.  It was quite a build!  Here was Hot Rod Magazine’s take on the debut.

Goodguy’s Spring Nationals

At the Goodguy’s Fifth Annual Spring Nationals, the truck came out again.  It looks even better in the daylight where the lime green paint can truly sparkle!  Of course the truck drew lots of admiring glances and the detailer spent his whole time keeping the dust down.  It is always nice to see vehicles that pop up at the SEMA Show also make it out across the country for others to see in person.

Finalist  – Truck of the Year

The judges at Goodguys know quality and picked Lime Crush as a finalist for their Truck of the Year Title.  If this is their first pick, it sure raises the bar for everybody else!

Good Guys Finalist Truck of the Year

Lime Crush Decals

It’s said that the attention to the little things is what counts.  It also helps if they have a sense of humor.  All the deals on the truck, including those on the window were hand made.  On the tailgate of the Suburban is this warning decal for the roof rack, for h the obligatory surfboards.

Here’s the close up.

Close Up Roof Rack Instructions

Someone has a gnarly sense of humor.

What better vehicle to highlight for St Patrick’s Day?

 

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