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The Good Guys are here

by James on July 3, 2008

Keep your eyes peeled over the next 4 days for hot rods, customs, and even a few antique autos. The Good Guys are back for their annual 4th of July extravaganza, the 16th Heartland Nationals, July 4 – 6, 2008 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  It will cost you plenty ($17) to go, but if you love cars, it might be worth it. Organizers are expecting 3,500 cars. 

These exhibitors are very skilled, multi-talented craftsmen. They dedicate thousands of hours to bring their hot rod or custom to a high standard. Unlike many car shows the Good Guys usually drive both to and from the event, and that’s why you’ll be seeing them. The cars may look like some you’ve seen, but what you don’t see immediately are the powerful engines and heavy duty drive trains. 

There is more than a hint of nostalgia with names like Mercury, Plymouth, DeSoto, LaSalle, Hudson, Studebaker, and Packard, but you’ll see a Ford or a Chevy more often. In the past it has been a crowd that might use terms suped-up, cruising, chopped or channeled rather than a younger crowd that might say tricked out and street racing (Oh-oh, not a good idea). 

Good Guys at the Fairgrounds

In the past my experience at Good Guys has been oppressive heat and humidity, but we are very lucky this weekend with temperatures predicted in the low to mid 80’s.

Maybe we’ll see you this weekend at Good Guys.

If you have not had enough cars for today, other recent articles have come from Craig Clough, a national “staff writer” whose works appear on the web sites of scores of television stations:

  • What your car says about you (from KSBW in Santa Cruz, KMUR in Manchester, NH)
  • Flirtiest cars for women (from WCVB in Boston, NBC5i in Dallas)
  • Famous cars in cinematic history (from WMAQ in Chicago)
  • 48 states in 106 hours (from KPHO in Phoenix)
  • Macho cars (from 10News in San Diego)

Photos on Flickr by ahhyeah and Justin Berndt 

jim.jpg Guest Writer: James G. Lindberg (Jim) is the Purple Wren’s sweetie and is a visiting chemistry professor at Grinnell College and retired from Drake University. 

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Jim Lindberg July 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Fireworks are scheduled for the Grandstand area of the Iowa State Fairgrounds tonight, July 5, 2008.

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