The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has built quite a reputation for putting on laid back, quality shows across the country. On April 20-22, 2007, the 9th Spring Nationals took place in Jacksonville, giving Florida enthusiasts their chance to attend the only annual Goodguys show in the sunshine state.
The big news for 2007 was that this show was no longer limited to 1972 and older vehicles, but instead was expanded to include all years of American made and powered rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks. There weren’t a bunch of the 1972 and newer vehicles on hand, but the ones that were certainly were cool....and I think next year more people will take advantage of the ability to bring their cool 1972 and newer vehicle to a really first class event. The date was also moved up by more than a month this year, to take advantage of the typically cooler April temperatures. I guess it worked, because despite a little rain and cool temperatures on Friday morning, the rest of the weekend was picture perfect!
Ever since the show moved to Jacksonville, the Kick-Off Party has been held at Jax Custom & Street Rod Shop. It is located at 5854 Commonwealth Avenue in Jacksonville, with owners Doyle and Sherry Newsome inviting everyone to hang out, tour their facility, and have some good food that they prepare free of charge. Jax Custom & Street Rod Shop has been advertising in Mike Kelly’s Cruise News for many years, and this Kick-Off Party is just another example of how they take a hands-on approach to supporting our hobby. So if you need parts and services call them at 904-783-6851.
The location for the Car Show festivities was once again Alltel Stadium, making it the third year in this location. The grounds at the stadium are immaculate, with large expanses of pampered grass where most of the cars and trucks are parked, and even some covered areas with TV’s and ceiling fans, usually utilized by tailgaters waiting to see a football game, that made for an inviting oasis to participants and spectators wanting to take a break. Some show vehicles also lined the adjacent concrete areas right next to the stadium. At the base of the stadium is a large open-air area with a big overhang, were vendors displayed their wares in the welcoming shade. A quick ride up the escalator also allowed you to visit the air conditioned “Bud Zone” food and drink area. There was more than enough room here to accommodate everyone looking to relax a little, and it also provided a great view of the show field down below - plus a glimpse at the football field where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play their home games.
***Update - We are sorry to say that there are no Goodguys events scheduled for Florida during 2008. For more info on Goodguys visit their web site at www.good-guys.com. CN
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