Monday, July 15, 2013

Photos from the 16th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio

I joined the California Car Cover sales crew in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend for the 16th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals. It was my first time attending this event and I had a great time seeing our customers from Ohio and the surrounding community, plus seeing some beautiful hot rods and muscle cars at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

Our first stop of the weekend was actually on Thursday night before the show started. Our good friend John Bedell, owner of Bedell Hot Rods always hosts an open house before the show. The CCC Crew and I got to visit his growing facility and see some great cars. Big thanks to everyone at Bedell Hot Rods for the hospitality.

Everyone lined up for hot dogs and all the fixins

California Car Cover on Instagram

The show attracted just under 6,500 custom cars to Ohio for a three day car show. California Car Cover has attended the show for the the past four years. It is the largest event for Goodguys and there were plenty of great cars. Our booth is on the main street in the fairgrounds which is entrance for car owners. Just about every car at the show had to drive past our booth, so we had the perfect spot to see all the cars.

The Ohio State Fairgrounds are pretty large and cars are parked everywhere you could put them. I did not have a chance to see all of the fairgrounds, but I tried to walk around and look at some cars in the morning and afternoon before the California Car Cover booth got busy.
Chopped and Channeled 1937 Packard

Clean Classic Chevy

The Goodguys events bring in a lot of classic cars, hot rods, and muscle cars. There were a lot of Chevy Camaro and Nova vehicles. I am a big Nova fan and I do not think that I have ever seen as many Novas in one place as I did at the Columbus event.

This 1929 Ford Coupe is rumored to have 800 louvers.

The Root Beer Float Cadillac

Check out this 1934 Ford Pickup. The floor actually sits below the axle.

The Goodguys Auto Cross was a big hit at the show. The Auto Cross lets car owners will track ready cars take a few laps on the sectioned off road course at the show. It also showcased the event sponsors track cars in a Sponsors Shoot Out. The Auto Cross was set up across the street from the California Car Cover booth, so we listened to the screeching tires and roaring engines all weekend.
Chevy Camaro on the track

Hi-Boy Cruisin'

A view from on top of our car cover trailer.

 This clean Lincoln Continental was parked next to our booth on Friday. The car attracted a lot of attention all day.

A future hot rodder

Chevy Nova at the Church Boys Racing Booth

Ultra clean 1949 Chevy Tin Woodie

Saturday was the big day of the weekend. Plenty of cars starting cruising in first thing in the morning. In fact, plenty of cars were already parked before we even arrived at the show (& we were there pretty early).

Watching the cars cruise in at the main entrance
Custom Tot Rod

This Valiant is a definite sleeper. A little rough on the outside, but has a serious engine under the hood. Notice the Pissed Off badges.

Hi-Boy Sedans on the grass

Custom wagon parking.

This 1941 Willy Coupe has a 440 Wedge under the hood.

On Saturday, there was special parking for the vehicles in competition for the Street Rod of the Year and the Street Machine of the Year. There were a lot of amazing vehicles on display. Each award is given out on Saturday night at the Goodguys PPG Nationals.

After checking out the beautiful cars in contention for some awards, I hopped on the Sky Ride to get some photos from above the car show.

These metal cups are all over the Goodguys PPG Nationals. Everyone has then so the crew and I had to find out what the fuss was all about. You pay $20 bucks and get free root beer and cream soda refills from Wild Bill's all weekend. I don't think I have ever consumed as much soda as I did over that 3 days.

Sunday was the final day of the show. The All-American Cruise-in takes place on Sundays at most Goodguys events. This opens the show to all American made or powered vehicles, so there are many newer cars and trucks at the event.

Do you follow California Car Cover on Instagram? If you love custom cars, then you should! Just search for California Car Cover or #calcarcover next time you sign into Instagram. Here are just a few of the great photos we shared on our photo feed over the weekend.

Thanks to everyone at Goodguys for a great event in Columbus. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

I will be attending quite a few local events the next few weeks, so subscribe to the California Car Cover blog to see where I am at all summer long. You can also stay connected with California Car Cover on Facebook. We will have video from the show by the end of the week on the California Car Cover You Tube Channel.

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