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1940 Chevy Coupe Named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod

A 1940 Chevy coupe built by Mike Keller and his team at Big Creek Restoration in Ellis, Kansas, was named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod last weekend at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California, the association has announced. The vehicle is owned by Garry Crawford, a childhood friend of Keller’s father.

As a senior at Ellis High School in 1962, Crawford got his first car, a 1940 Chevy coupe, which he cruised around in with his friend Jerry Keller, according to Goodguys. More than 40 years later, Crawford commissioned Mike Keller to build him another 1940 Chevy coupe, only this one was to be “a lot nicer.”

Working from artist Jason Rushforth‘s design, Keller and his team reshaped the Chevy. The wide, square-ish front end was reworked extensively, including a scratch-made grille surround and insert, sectioned and pie-cut hood, and reshaped front fenders. Flush-fit front and rear windows add to the smooth look. The coupe features 1946 Ford rear bumpers that have been flipped upside down and taillights from a 1939 Chevy. Custom gravel shields were made from scratch. All of the hinges were hidden. The coupe was painted in PPG Vibrance Cinnamon candy over copper. The coupe is outfitted with polished Foose “Knight” 18 and 20 wheels.

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1939 Buick Wins 2011 America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod Title at West Coast Nationals

2011 America's Most Beautiful Street Rod

A four-door 1939 Buick owned by Harold Wiley was named the Goodguys 2011 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod last weekend at the 25thGoodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California. This marks the first time a four-door car has taken the title, according to Goodguys.

The two-tone Buick was built by Kindig-It Design of Salt Lake City and blends traditional classic lines with a low-slung modern street rod stance. The design team didn’t alter any of the car’s factory lines in an effort to keep it as stock as possible, according to Goodguys. Highlights of the car include an updated factory chassis, a RideTech air suspension and 17-inch “Smoothie” wheels by Intro that feature custom retro center caps that were designed in-house by the team at Kin-Dig-It.

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Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

The Food Lion AutoFair in North Carolina and Goodguys’ 25th West Coast Nationals in California have enthusiasts on the coasts covered this weekend, but there are plenty of car shows, cruises and other events for everyone in between, including those detailed below. Additional shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter  throughout the week.

The Food Lion AutoFair takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The four-day event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors and will feature a car show, vendors, a car corral and a collector car auction. Featured vehicle exhibits at the show include a 100th anniversary of Chevrolet display, movie and television vehicles, and the world’s lowest street-legal vehicle. For more information, visit

Autobooks-Aerobooks Car Night takes place Thursday at Maloof Racing Engines in San Gabriel, California. Car show attendees can get tech advice from the engine shop’s build team during the event, which will also feature music and food. Owner Sammy Maloof is also a stuntman who’s worked on films including “Mission Impossible 4″ and he will be giving attendees rides in one of his stunt cars. For more information, visit

Goodguys presents the 25th West Coast Nationals Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. The event will welcome over 3,500 rods, customs and classics through 1972 competing for awards including America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, PPG Dream Car and Moals Builders Choice Awards. The event will feature vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, a Cars 4 Sale Corral, seminars, special displays, a Pinstripers Brush Bash & Auction, live music and a fireworks display. For more information, visit

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Goodguys Announces Schedule for Next Week’s ‘Hot Rod Week’

Shop tours are one of the highlights of participating in Hot Rod Week. (Photo: Goodguys)

Goodguys has announced the schedule for the upcoming Hot Rod Week on its website. The four-day guided tour of shops and places of interests kicks off on Monday, Aug. 22, and runs through Thursday, Aug. 25, one day before the start of Goodguys’ 25th West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California, which runs Friday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 28.

“Hot Rod Week serves as a fun activity for locals as well as out of town visitors attending the annual West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton,” representatives from Goodguys said on the association’s website.

The free tour requires no reservations. Those wishing to participate are asked to meet at the Pleasanton Hilton at 8 a.m. each morning to join up with the tour group. All tours will leave the back parking lot of the Hilton at 8:30 a.m. sharp, according to Goodguys.

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Goodguys Releases 2011 Events Schedule

The first Wix Filters Speedway Nationals will be held September 16-18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has announced that it will stage 21 events in 2011. The event lineup features 18 national events for rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 vintage and three “Get-Togethers” in Northern California which welcome all years, American-made or powered specialty vehicles.

The schedule also features three new events led by the 1st Wix Filters Speedway Nationals, Sept. 16-18 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event will feature over 3,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars, plus vendor exhibits, an AutoCross, swap meet, track cruise and much more, according to Goodguys. Other new events include the 1st Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 18-20 at Texas Motor Speedway and the 1st Fall Del Mar Nationals, Nov. 25-27.

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This Weekend’s Car Show & Event Roundup

This weekend, associations, communities, museums and car clubs around the country are hosting car shows and cruises that give retailers the opportunity to show off their projects, connect with new customers and support local organizations. Here’s information on eight of those events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter ( throughout the week.

The BlackTop Nationals takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Wichita, Kansas. Organizers expect more than 4,000 cars, trucks and bikes to compete for cash awards and prizes in more than 13 classes. The BTN will also host a collector car and motorcycle auction featuring rare and exotic cars, bikes and purpose vehicles to be auctioned off to benefit the Kansas Aviation Museum, McPherson College Restoration Program and Wichita Children’s Home. The weekend will also include two cruise nights, an open autocross, drifting exhibition, manufacturers’ midway, food and beer gardens. For more information, visit

The Goodguys‘ 24th annual West Coast Nationalstakes place in Pleasanton, California, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature over 3,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 competing for special awards including 2010 America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, 2010 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2010 Truck of the Year Early Finalist, Goodguys Builders Choice Awards, Street Rodder Top 100 Event and PPG Dream Car categories. The show will also feature vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, Cars 4 Sale Corral, the Goodgals Gallery, seminars, a model and pedal car show, a toy and miniature car display, a mini engines display, the Pinstrippers Brush, and other activities. For more information, visit

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Goodguys West Coast Nationals to Welcome Muscle Cars Through 1972

Muscle cars will dot the landscape for the first time in the 24-year history of the West Coast Nationals as rods, customs, classics and muscle cars from over 15 states converge on Pleasanton, California on August 27-29.

In addition to celebrating the arrival of muscle cars, the Goodguys staff will be looking for a finalist for the 2010 Muscle Car of the Year award as well as winners of other awards such as “Mighty Muscle,” “Cool Camaro”, “Ford Muscle,” “Mopar Muscle,” “Chevy Muscle,” “Mighty Mustang,” and “Slick ’60s.”

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